Hobby farms moving quickly; agricultural properties attractive in valley’s west
There’s not a lot of commercial or residential development out in Loma and Mack, which is just the way most people who live out there like it. Most of the land is zoned agricultural, and there is no existing infrastructure to accommodate higher density development, which puts a huge damper on housing.
“We need sewer,” said Kay Simonson, senior planner with Mesa County. “We’re still looking for ways to fund the repair and upgrade of the Mack sewer plant and to ultimately implement the Loma plan. We will need to get sewer there somehow.”
Until there is available sewer for higher density housing, Mack and Loma are likely to remain exactly what they are: agricultural communities that also offer urban dwellers an opportunity to enjoy a hobby farm, if they can afford the price.
“Everyone I talk to wants a one- to three-acre parcel with a nice home,” said Geri Robinson with Robinson & Co. Realty. “Small acreage parcels move quicker than large farms. If we had things closer to the $400,000 price, they’d move quicker.”
Of the 29 total listings in Loma and Mack, 25 of them are priced for more than $400,000, which puts it out of the reach of many buyers who would enjoy having a little piece of land.
“Inventory is not as plentiful as it has been in years’ past,” said Mandy Rush with RE/MAX 4000, “but we’re still seeing nice properties that are available.”
There’s quite a bit of construction happening at Bestweigh Feed Yard on 14 Road in Loma, which is under new ownership. The new owners run cattle in Craig, but bought the feed yard in Loma because it gave them a more temperate climate and better feed solutions for calves in the winter.
According to Rush, those nice small acreage parcels are moving quicker than they were a year ago, and buyers who find a property they like don’t have the luxury of plenty of time to think about it.
“I’ve had some buyers who want to think about it, and a week later, it’s gone,” Rush said.
Larger farm and ag properties are also seeing more activity, although buyers have to be committed to agricultural production and have the necessary resources to make it work. “We have some beautiful farm ground for sale out there in Mack and Loma,” Robinson said. “We don’t have as many people who want to be farmers.”
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