Glade Park, Colorado is a hidden gem on the Western Slope and most full-time and part-time residents of the area would prefer to keep it that way.
"Glade Park is distinctive for its lack of change," said Kaye Simonson, senior planner for Mesa County.
Although land use and zoning haven't changed for Glade Park, the real estate market has made a complete turnaround.
"Twenty properties have sold since the first of the year," said Lynn Grose with Chesnick Realty, who typically has multiple listings in the area. "I only have two listings left."
Of the twenty properties that sold, most of them were for vacant land sales. One was a hunting cabin, and only six were for existing homes.
Part of a $13 million ranch currently for sale in Glade Park.
Most of the area on Glade Park is zoned agricultural, with lot sizes at least 35 acres or more. Many of the parcels of land that are currently for sale or that have recently sold are much larger than that.
"It's the world-class elk hunting that drives the market," said Brian Mason with Mason Real Estate, who has multiple large-acreage listings. "That, and the convenience to the Grand Junction airport."
Mason has has several multi-million dollar listings of land on Glade Park, including one parcel with more than 1,700 acres, which has three lakes, and year-round creeks in a normal-precipitation year. He recently sold a 481-acre parcel of hunting land for more than two million.
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