Loma and Mack, Colorado

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The west end of the Grand Valley is great place for people who want an agricultural lifestyle or who simply want to be out in the country, away from noise, neighbors and traffic. Loma and Mack are home to few urban or suburban conveniences, although there was recently a planning hearing for a new 300-foot cell tower north of Loma that could improve telecommunications to residents in the Lower Valley. Loma has a school, a post office and a general store, while Mack has a liquor store and a post office. Loma is also home to the Western Slope Cattlemen's Auction, although that isn't exactly a suburban amenity.

Loma does, however, have a food truck, which is pretty urban for the laid-back farm community. Of course, the food truck serves barbecue, offering traditional offerings like ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and all the traditional sides.

"I live out there," said Beth Burt, who operates Double B Barbecue and first set up her barbecue trailer at the Western Slope Cattlemen's Auction on Wednesdays during the auctions while the restaurant was closed. "I developed a Loma following."

Burt has been operating at the Loma Country Store Thursdays through Sundays since April, and she's pleased with the amount of business she's had.

"I'm meeting so many different people," she said. "It's funny how much traffic is through that little place."

While mountain biking and river rafting are obvious pursuits in on this west end of the valley, Highline lake offers boating opportunities and biking too! It's a great addition for those looking for homes for sale near Loma, Colorado.

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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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