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Colorado land for sale

Colorado lot with view looking NW Dad bought a piece of land 35 years or so ago and I inherited it when he passed away. One of the sad things about it is he never actually got out there to see it. He and Mom went to a convention in Denver one year and he had planned to drive down there and look at it but it was incredibly hot that day and Mom pitched a hissy-fit because the car wasn't air conditioned and she was miserable, so they never got there to see it, opting instead to stay on the interstate and get to someplace where they could get an air-conditioned hotel room for the night.

It's in the Forbes Park gated community near Fort Garland, Colorado. It's just north of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, 35 miles north of the Colorado/New Mexico border and about 75 miles north (as the crow flies) of Taos, New Mexico.

I think Dad bought it because he expected it was going to be worth big bucks some day... after all, it was being promoted by Malcom Forbes of Forbes magazine.

Anyway, I've never gotten out there to see it either but in my case, it's because it's in the mountains and it snows a lot there, so it's the sort of place I'm definitely not interested in moving. I've been in Wisconsin my whole life and have vowed that if I ever move out of Wisconsin, it'll be to somewhere it never, ever snows (I'm thinking either Casa Grande, Arizona or San Marcos, Texas).

So anyway, I'm trying to get my shit together (by not going to Colorado) and I'm looking to sell it. It's a buildable lot about 1-1/3 wooded acres. Property taxes are cheap at a little bit more than $300 per year and the land owners association annual fee is about $200. From what I've read over the last several years in the landowners association newsletter, it's a lovely area and people are building some very nice homes there (mostly retirement or vacation homes since it's such a remote area there's probably very few prospects of work out in that neck of the woods).

From a Wikipedia article about several different Forbes Parks around the world:

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There is also a Forbes Park gated community located in the historic San Luis Valley of Colorado about 13 miles east of Fort Garland and 130 miles south west of Colorado Springs. It is truly a "PARK" with many alpine meadows, aspen, spruce and fir forests, and several alpine lakes. Forbes developed Forbes Park starting in the Mid 1970's and sold all properties. The Homeowner's Association maintains roads, common areas and the club house keeping the area pristine and as a first class gated development is the goal of the residents. Only short-term camping is allowed, and covenants ensure that new construction fits into its natural, alpine setting. The Association has snow plows and many of these parcels are accessible the year around.

I've listed it with a realtor (I could be in big trouble because I didn't capitalize the word realtor and I didn't attach the registered trademark symbol). Here's the link to the listing...

Link: homes.realtor.com

You can also visit the official Forbes Park Land Owners Association website at http://www.forbespark.org.

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