When my husband and I drove into Salida Colorado, we thought we had driven back into 1955. Not that I remember 1955. What we found was that this small historical mountain town was alive. There were families on bicycles, with strollers, with dogs all walking about town. The city parks were full with kids and families playing and having a picnics.
The historic downtown was bustling with people going in and out of small shops, art galleries and restaurants. Then at the end of town, we ran into theArkansas River and a large park over-looking the kayakers doing tricks in the river, kids getting their feet wet and dogs swimming after sticks. Everything seemed so alive with activity.
The streets in town are named F street, G street, Fourth and Fifth streets. Lining these streets, there are 1900's historical Victorian homes with no one home looking like another home. You can walk the streets everyday and notice a different historic home that you had not seen before. There are 16 blocks from the river to the main highway with lovely homes that line the streetsall the way. Again, people running, riding 1950's bicycles with baskets and bells and gardening in their front yards planting flowers or just relaxing on their front porches watchingthe world go by. There is also a trail system that you can access from town where you can walk from the river to the country in a short period of time.
Surrounding the small town of Salida are14 thousand foot peaks that were snow capped at the very tops and between town and the peaks are small farms and ranches. There is just lovely county side lining the valley floor with the river meandering through it.
We also found that there are so many events, activities and interest groups that you can get involved in so it is so easy to meet local people. You cannot go to the grocery store and not run into several people that you know. When you drive down the street, you wave at every other car going by.
In the winter, there is Monarch Ski Area which is 20 minutes from town. Again, it is just a good old fashioned ski resort, no lift lines and plenty of skiing. If you want to teach your kids to ski, this is the place for them to learn. Many people also enjoy snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
In the summer, there is hiking, biking, four wheeling, river rafting, festivals, car shows, art walks, hot springs and music venues, time with family in the park, Fourth of July with parades and fireworks, playing in the river or just relaxing on your front porch with friends watching the world go by.
After driving back into 1955 and finding "Mayberry" with a small historic mountain town lifestyle, we decided to make this special place our full time home in 2003. I have the opportunity to share my town with the many visitors and people looking for this kind of place to live on a daily basis with my real estate business.
If this lifestyle appeals to you feel free to contact me. I will introduce you to the local activities and personalities who make up this wonderful town that makes you feel like you are living in "Mayberry" back in 1955.
Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, GRI
Salida Colorado Small Town Lifestyle - Real Estate market conditions
It’s the place where you celebrate family gatherings, sleep late on the weekends, go out and enjoy all of the outdoor activities from biking, hiking, white water rafting, snow skiing, four wheeling, hunting or just enjoying a family picnic in the park. It’s the place where you live – and the right place has a huge impact on your quality of life. No matter what the market conditions are, most experts agree that real estate is the best investment. Of course, you want to be smart about it too. If you’re buying in Colorado, how much can you really afford and what can you get for your money? What are the best mortgage options ? What are the must-haves in a new home…and what may become a liability down the road? If you’re selling, what’s the real value of property in Salida? Do you need a realtor? What makes a home sell fast and what factors keep it lingering on the market? Talk to a Realtor, a professional and cut through the opinions of your in-laws or next door neighbors.
Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, GRI - Broker Associate - Top Producer 719-207-3884 www.barbarapearson-sawyer.com
This is where I live and work and play. Salida Colorado.
Where I am from is all about lifestyle. The Rocky Mountains offer so much in the way of outdoor activities both Winter Spring, Summer and Fall.
The reason you want to live here is the "Colorado Mountain Town Lifestyle" and wonderful climate which is why it is frequently called "The Banana Belt" of Colorado.
For more than 100 years, the Heart of the Rockies has drawn people...people looking for riches in the hills, wealth in the trades, solitude in the majestic mountains and excitement in the cascading Arkansas River and the beautiful 14 thousand foot peaks and Monarch Ski area. Today, more than ever, they can experience all that Salida Colorado real estate and all the area community has to offer. Salida also has the largest Historic District in the State Of Colorado offering a historic downtown and homes which were built in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
We have the highest concentration of 14,000 foot peaks in the United States, the San Isabel National Forest, the Arkansas River which is one of the top ranked whitewater rafting locations in the United States, Colorado's largest historic downtown district and ample affordable lodging and fine cuisine. All this plus an average of 330 days of sunshine a year mean that the Heart of the Rockies is the all season spot for any family for first or second homes!
Salida and Buena Vista provide access to more than a million acres of San Isabel National Forest encompassing the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges for unlimited fun from white water rafting, camping, fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding to skiing, snowmobiling, four wheeling and jeeping. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, containing 150 miles of the Arkansas River from Leadville to Pueblo, ensures quality recreational resources for boaters, anglers, photographers and sightseers.
Contact me today to learn more about the area, lifestyle and Colorado real estate opportunities in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains.
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Barbara Pearson-Sawyer, GRI
Top Producing Sales Broker of the Year 2008
Nominated for Realtor of the Year 2009 Chaffee County Board Of Realtors 2009