According to an article in the New York Times, Granby "is decidedly unpretentious, more a traditional Western mountain town than a resort community." I like that. And even though "Granby is becoming known as a second-home destination, especially for buyers from the Denver area, about 85 miles or a 90-minute drive away," there is something so sweet, pure, and unspoiled in Granby's 7,000 acres of downhome, western appeal.
This same article in the New York Times also quoted several individuals who bought vacation property in Granby because they loved the lifestyle, the beauty, and the convenience to local amenities. But the one thing that surprised and thrilled them was that they got something much more valuable--the things that really matter in life.
Anna and Steve Conrad of Castle Pines stated, "We looked at each other and said, "Wow, this is where we want to raise our kids." They bought a two-bedroom condo at the 5,000 acre family-friendly golf and ski resort, Granby Ranch, so they can hike, fish, kayak, and mountain bike in the summer and enjoy the gentle terrain of the family-friendly ski area in the winter. "Some of our best friends are people we've met up there. We feel like it's an extended family," Anna Conrad added.
Sunday Mann, an interior designer from Denver, bought a three-bedroom riverfront cabin at Edgewater so that she could just walk outside her door and fly-fish in the half-mile of private gold-medal river and four stocked fishing ponds. What she also found was that she made great friendships with the other homeowners, while enjoying potlucks with other neighbors on her deck and roasting s'mores at the community's fire pits.
The Tieges of Aurora, bought a four-bedroom townhome in the 437-acre golf course community of Grand Elk. They get to enjoy golfing in the summer and take a shuttle owned by the Grand Elk Alpine Club, to the base of Winter Park's Ski Area to enjoy champagne powder and more challenging terrain, while spending about 40% less than a comparable property in Winter Park. "It's the best of both worlds," stated Mr. Tiege.
I have to agree. I have lived in Granby and I have lived elsewhere. Granby is better.
At Mountain Realty Group, we are the only real estate agency in Grand County that specializes in Granby properties--particularly the hottest properties in Granby, like Granby Ranch, Edgewater, Grand Elk, Legacy Park Ranch, and C Lazy U. We also sell in Winter Park and Grand Lake, and all over Grand County, for that matter, but Granby is our favorite area because it is decidedly unpretentious!
*All quotes were taken from the March 5, 2009 New York Times Article, "The Old Mountain West in Ski Resort Alley" by Cindy Hirschfield. Click on the link above to see the article for yourself.