Rio Grande Ranchos, Colorado
(972) 649-6200 x105
(972) 649-6200 x105
The Rio Grande Ranchos are located in Costilla County, Colorado, 34 miles southwest of the town of Fort Garland, where stands the historic fort that was the last command of Kit Carson. Fort Garland is approximately 200 miles south of Denver and approximately 200 miles north of Albuquerque. Just 15 miles east is the town of San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado, founded in 1851.
If you are looking for a beautifully scenic Colorado property with road frontage, great wildlife, and $1 million views, this is the property for you. We encourage you to go view the property. Once you see it, you will be sold as we were.
This property is near Alamosa and San Luis, great towns full of nice people, good food, and entertainment. You get the advantages of country living, AND the advantages of living near the city. Pretty much a win-win situation if you ask me.
San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado, was founded in 1851. There's a cluster of wooden houses and a central square with a charming church. A path leading up a mesa features a series of bronze sculptures by Huberto Maestas, depicting the Stations of the Cross. Miniatures of these sculptures were presented to Pope John Paul II and are now in the Vatican Museum.
This is a perfect opportunity for someone looking for a land investment, and of course, to enjoy.
The elevation of the property is around 7,769 feet above sea level. This offers perfect summers with days around 80-75 degrees and an inch or two of precipitation a month, and cozy winters at 35 degrees with about half an inch of precipitation.
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Your interest rate will vary based on your down payment. The more you put down, the better rate you receive.
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1. WHERE IS THE PROPERTY LOCATED?
This master planned subdivision is located only 15 miles southwest from San Luis, Colorado in Costilla County within the beautiful San Luis Valley.
2. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE ELEVATION OF THE PROPERTY?
The average elevation is approximately 7,620 feet.
3. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR?
4. WHAT DOES THE PROPERTY LOOK LIKE?
Surround yourself with rolling hills, majestic mountains, and fabulous panoramic vistas and great landscape views. All are the perfect setting for the unspoiled countryside of Costilla County. With every breath of fresh, clean air, you'll know this pristine unspoiled property is for you - especially since it has been thoughtfully master-planned to exist in harmony with nature and wildlife.
5. WHAT TOWNS ARE CLOSEST TO THE PROPERTY?
This scenic property is approximately 15 miles southwest of San Luis, Colorado, 41 miles southeast from Alamosa, Colorado, and 225 miles south of Denver, Colorado.
6. WHAT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE?
All roads are county and state maintained which provide you permanent, legal access to your property. All of the lots have been surveyed, staked and marked for identification. This was done many years ago. Some of the corner markers may be difficult to locate without a metal detector.
7. WHAT ARE MOST PEOPLE PLANNING TO DO WITH THEIR LAND?
Most property owners feel that it is a good opportunity to own a nice lot, yet affordable piece of Colorado. The unique proximity of this property to Alamosa will allow owners to enjoy a country lifestyle while living just minutes away from the amenities a city has to offer. Some owners plan to make their property into a second home, while others plan to move to their property after retirement. Many plan to pass it down to their children or grandchildren, while others plan to possibly subdivide the property at a later date, keeping some acreage and selling the rest. Many of the property owners also plan to utilize the property as a permanent home or a recreational retreat or getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city. These lots are ready for you to build your dream home or just enjoy the good feeling of land ownership.
8. WHAT ABOUT WATER?
You will have several options for water all of which are at your sole expense. They include drilling a new water well or having water delivered to a water tank you have installed. It is estimated the depth of the water well will be between 100-200 feet. It is difficult to estimate an exact cost of drilling a new water well. This will depend upon the company you hire to drill the well. Prices may vary between different companies from $15 to $55 per foot. We encourage you to fully investigate every company offering this service and not base your decision solely on the price. There is no assurance that a productive well can be installed on your land and, if it cannot, no refund of the purchase price will be made. The purity and chemical content of the water cannot be determined until each individual well is completed and tested. Contact a Licensed Colorado Well driller for further information and proposed costs and contact county for required permits.
9. WHAT ABOUT UTILITIES?
Electrical lines are several miles away from your land. You will be responsible for any cost of installation. It costs approximately $5 per foot to extend electrical lines. If you would like to contact the electric company to find out how much it will cost to run the electrical lines to your land, you may contact them at: San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, 719-852-3538 or 800-332-7634. As a way to reduce your costs (both initially and over the long-term), we recommend you explore the use of alternative/renewal energy sources such as generators, wind or solar systems for your electrical needs. Both the Federal government and the State of Colorado have had programs to assist in the payment of a new solar system. The use of alternative power source will save you a lot of money. In this area, all you will need is a septic tank and leech field system for your cabin or home. For prices, check with a hardware store. Before installation of a septic system, a permit must be obtained from the County Health Officer in San Luis, Colorado. Further information about utilities and who to contact can be provided upon request.
10. WHAT IS THE PROPERTY ZONED AND WHAT ARE THE PROPERTY TAXES FOR A PARCEL?
The property is zoned Residential Vacant Land. Currently, the approximate annual property taxes calculate to approximately $100 per year but can vary by parcel.
11. IF I FINANCE THE PROPERTY, TO WHOM DO I MAKE MY PAYMENTS AND HOW WILL I KNOW I HAVE RECEIVED PROPER CREDIT FOR MY PAYMENTS?
Your payments will be made to Classic Country Land, LLC. We have our own in house financing available.
12. MAY I USE THE LAND WHILE I'M PAYING FOR IT AND WHEN DO I RECEIVE A DEED TO MY PROPERTY?
Yes, beginning the very day you sign the purchase contract, the land is yours to use and enjoy.
13. CAN I RESELL MY PROPERTY IN THE FUTURE AND MAKE A PROFIT?
While there is no guarantee of profit from any land sale, historically land prices have increased in value. We believe there are many reasons for this upward trend, including inflation, population growth, a decreasing supply of land, the public's desire for a more natural environment, trend toward movement away from urban areas and the increasing popularity of outdoor recreational activities.
14. IS THERE A PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION OR ANY RESTRICTIONS ON THE PROPERTY?
There is no property owners association. We are not aware of any restrictions, however we highly recommend contacting the Costilla County Planning Department to verify if any do exist.
15. WHAT WILL THE ROAD SURFACE BE LIKE?
Access to the subdivision is via U.S. Highway 159 and 142, a paved, two-lane highway. From Highway 142, access is via county maintained roads, which have gravel and natural surfaces. These roads are public roads maintained by the State and County and you will not be assessed any cost for maintenance.
16. DOES A BUYER HAVE TO BUILD A HOUSE WITHIN A CERTAIN TIME FRAME?
A buyer is never obligated to a timeframe to build on their property.
17. WHY ARE SOME PROPERTIES MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OTHERS?
The properties have been priced according to our "A B C" analysis and consideration of the proximity of the parcels to existing electric. "A B C" stands for Access, Beauty and Character. In other words, how good, quick or easy is the access to the property from the main highway or county road, etc. The beauty of the property mainly pertains to the vegetation and scenic views etc. The character of the property refers mainly to its topography. For example: Is the parcel flat, rolling, steep, etc.
18. IS THERE A PENALTY FOR PAYING OFF MY LAND EARLY?
There is absolutely no prepayment penalty. Your monthly payment is applied to your account balance using simple interest on the unpaid balance. Any and all extra monthly payments will be applied directly to the principal. All extra payments will directly lower your balance, reducing the overall interest you pay on your purchase.
19. CAN I MAKE AN OFFER AND WHAT KINDS OF DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE?
Offers are discouraged as the properties are priced for immediate sale under our "No Haggle" pricing policy.
20. WHAT IS THE LEAST AMOUNT I CAN PUT DOWN AND HOW DO I KNOW I QUALIFY TO BUY?
A minimum of $299 down payment is required for our no-qualifying, guaranteed financing and there is no further qualifying involved.
21. WILL I BE PRESSURED TO BUY?
Absolutely not! At Classic Country Land, LLC our "no pressure" policy is always in effect. Our prime properties practically sell themselves. We won't be hounding you to buy. However, our friendly ranch representatives are always available to take your call and answer any questions you might have and we welcome those calls. Be assured you'll always be treated with respect and there will be absolutely no pressure to buy. References are also available upon request. If you have any further questions about Classic Country Land, LLC please don't hesitate to give us a call at 972-649-6200 x105 and one of our friendly representatives will be happy to assist you.
Costilla County, Colorado
Costilla County is located in south central Colorado, sharing its southern boundary with New Mexico (of which it was once a part). Costilla is part of the San Luis Valley, an 8,000 square mile alpine valley nicknamed the American Tibet, with an average altitude of 7800 feet above sea level. Costilla County is the home to Colorado's oldest town, San Luis, founded in 1851. Many villages of the County were the last to be established on a Spanish/Mexican land grant in this country. It is home to Colorado's oldest Christian structure (the San Acacio Mission) and the nation's newest shrine, the Stations of the Cross. California's gold rush was about gold. Colorado's gold is water, and the state's first water rights, the San Luis Peoples Ditch, is located right here in Costilla County. And to top all that, Costilla County has the last working Commons in America where local residents have grazed their sheep, cattle and horses on six hundred shared, unfenced acres for hundreds of years.
Costilla County was inhabited by the ancestors of today's families well before Colorado became a state. Those first Hispano settlers brought with them a language and culture that still exists today, four hundred years after the Spanish first arrived in the Americas. Except for the Native Americans who were here first, this is the oldest community in Colorado.
Real Estate Values on the Rise in Costilla County
According to an article in La Sierra, the official news source for the Costilla County, real estate prices in the area are being driven higher by strong appreciation in property values from Taos, just an hour south.
According to the article, the town of Taos, New Mexico, has become an art mecca, lifestyle center, and tourist destination where wealthy newcomers are eager to buy up land for their dream homes. High Taos prices have been pushing growth to the north where even in Costilla County, two-acre lake front lots are being advertised for $85,000 and farmland is selling for $10,000 an acre.
You stand at waters edge of a high desert lake. The mountains encircle you and extend as far as the eye can see. A mid-summer storm has left a double rainbow framing distant peaks. You have come to Costilla County, a special place in splendored, protected isolation. Eleven-hundred square miles, nestled within the San Luis Valley, dotted with historic towns and villages, threaded by dusty, winding roads. This is where Colorado began, and this is where you begin your Colorado experience. You will find ranches without dudes, farms without petting pens and small-town eateries that consider rosemary smoked lamb a foreign dish. "Nouvelle cuisine" and "boutique" have yet to enter the local vernacular because Costilla County is no new age, neatly packaged theme park. It is history and adventure at every turn with all the necessary ingredients to entertain the whole family.
Come immerse yourself in a unique culture. Walk the roads of villages that were founded by ancestors of today's inhabitants. Meet the people who measure their history here in multiples of generations and speak a Spanish that still contains words and phrases of ancient origins. In our villages, visit some of the earliest structures erected in Colorado, the small, sturdy mission churches, built by local labor all those many years ago. If your timing is right, you might be lucky enough to take part in a local celebration, most likely of religious origin. Hike the Rio Grande Gorge and find petroglyphs, arrowheads or maybe grinding stones left by civilizations we are just beginning to know.
A peak experience awaits the mountain climber. Colorado has fifty-four peaks that exceed 14,000 feet and four of those can be accessed from Costilla County, Little Bear, Lindsay and Culebra. Blanca at 14,345 is higher than Pikes Peak. For the angler who relishes the Zen experience of fly fishing, or for the bank sitter, streams and lakes abound in cutthroat, rainbow, browns and pike. Elk, deer and mountain lion wander the forests and mountains.
Visit the artists village of Jaroso or explore Fort Garland, once commanded by Kit Carson. Find spiritual renewal as you tour the internationally acclaimed Stations of the Cross Shrine in San Luis, and then experience the grandeur of the Great Sand Dunes National Monument near Blanca. A seeming millennium away from the outside, whirling, mad dash world, Costilla County, year round, is the experience of a lifetime.
Gold and silver discoveries near Summitville in 1870 fueled the mining rush to the San Luis Valley environs. While other mining settlements quickly followed at Creede and Bonzana, the history of the Valley’s settlement was greatly influenced by the railroad, farming, ranching, and timber.
Before written history, native American cultures, including Clovis and Folsom, hunted and gathered in the area 11,000 years ago. Spain claimed the area in the 1500’s and established land grants to attract settlers. However, clashes with Comanches left the valley largely unsettled for many years. Zebulon Pike, exploring the southern part of the Louisiana Purchase and after his discovery of Pike’s Peak, was awed by the view of the Sand Dunes (probably from Medano Pass) in 1807. Until Mexico’s liberation from Spain in 1821, Spain claimed the San Luis Valley. The 1850’s saw the first permanent settlements.
Just 2 years after Colorado became a state, a narrow-gauge train loaded with expectant settlers and their belongings stopped at a protected bend in the Rio Grande shaded by a grove of cottonwoods. In 1878 Alamosa – Spanish for cottonwood grove – was founded.
Trains delivered lumber and hardware and left with agricultural products. Over the next ten years rails were laid in all four directions and Alamosa became a veritable center of the San Luis Valley.
The easy access to the mountain regions surrounding the San Luis Valley are a major attraction for visitors and locals alike. Not only a provider of recreation, the forests are a key economic resource. The extensive Rio Grande National Forest first came under government control in 1891 with the authorization of the Timber Reserves Act in 1891. Established to conserve the nation’s timber, range and water resources, much of this land has remained unspoiled and public. The Great Sand Dunes National Park and The San Luis Lakes State Park offer outdoor recreation on the valley floor.
In 1921, Adams State College was founded as a teaching college and is now a bachelor- and master-degree granting institution.
With a population of around 16,000, Alamosa today offers majestic mountain views, the winding Rio Grande, clear skies, breathing room, abundant agriculture, a thriving economy, and two institutions of higher learning.
But perhaps you’d like to recapture the feel of a bygone era. Travel our rails or visit mining towns. From Medano Pass let your gaze wander from the sand dunes across the San Luis Valley to mountains and your view of natural beauty will be similar to Zebulon Pike’s 200 years ago.
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