14 May Picking the Land
In May 2017, a year after we went out to Colorado for the first time as a family, Nick and I decided it was time to start making our dream a reality.
We picked a point in Colorado we thought would be a good area to look – not too far from the cities & airports, but still in the mountains beyond the front range. I drew some lines on a map and landed in Park County, specifically the Fairplay area.
Fairplay real estate was a bit expensive for us, and a bit too residential for us. So we scanned around online and found found Jefferson Colorado.
We booked a weekend trip out to meet with realtor, Lora, from Jefferson Realty. Our youngest, Jacob, who was only a few months old at the time, came with us while we left the two older boys with their grandparents at home.
We were on a mission. Our goal was to find a ready to move in cabin in our price range. If we absolutely couldn’t do that, we would consider building but it wasn’t top on our list.
Jefferson consists of maybe about 3-4 businesses on a two lane highway that stretches from Denver to Fairplay. The town population is under 800 people.
Upon arriving in town, Lora told us that before she took us out to see cabins, there was one piece of land she thought might interest us. It was in the Michigan Hill / Jefferson Heights area, which was just right off the main highway, but still tucked back away from the road.
To be honest, we were skeptical, but after a 10 minute drive past some unbelievable mountain views, we arrived at the land. 3.5 acres for sale in a beautiful little corner of Colorado. The land sloped gently downward giving way to views of the beautiful valley and more mountains in the background. Up in the other direction, more impressive, snow-peaked mountains.
The land had both an open meadow space that is considered wetland in Colorado (though there is no sign of water running through in any season), a small grove of aspen on one side, and then a forested area full of spruce and aspen on the other side.
It was everything we could imagine and I remember Nick and I looking at each other and agreeing, “this is what Colorado is all about.”
It’s no exaggeration to say that after that, all the cabins we saw in other parts of Jefferson paled in comparison to that land. They were mostly in a neighborhood that was very far from the highway (another 30 minutes), and none of the land compared to what we had seen at Michigan Hill.
After two full days of cabin hunting, we retired to our rental unit in Breckenridge and we had made up our minds. A piece of land in Colorado would be our first investment into our dream.
A year and a half on and although we haven’t started building, we have seen the land in 3 out of 4 seasons (Spring, Summer & Fall), and we have absolutely no regrets. In terms of location, view & the vegetation on the land, there could not be a better combination for us!