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The Pagosa Magazine & Real Estate Guide | 2014-2015 Winter/Spring Edition

Unless there has been a recent survey of the Where to Live In Pagosa Country
property, this is always a good idea. I personally
would always have an Improvement Survey Pagosa Country has a wide variety of locations Hauled water systems can be simple or complex. environment and are less concerned with close-
Plat done on any property I was purchasing. and environments to live in. From resort Some will have a cistern and a few pipes, while at-hand conveniences. It is very peaceful and
This will show you not only the location of style living to rudimentary lifestyles “closer to others are completely mechanized systems with private in the countryside and a wonderful place
the property and improvements exactly, but nature,” the area has it all. normal household fixtures and pressure. to raise children.
also verify the size of the property. The only
possible exception may be the purchase of a The Terrain Factor Highways and County Roads Developments
condo where the land is held in common or a
townhome where only the property directly The mountainous high terrain of the Continental Looking at a map will show divisions of the area There are many developments in Pagosa
under the building is transferred to you. Divide arcs around Pagosa Country on the by the highways and terrain. There are only Country from small neighborhoods to the large
east and north sides, and the lower elevation, two highways in Pagosa Springs, so it’s fairly and totally developed Pagosa Lakes area.
Other Inspections Available: There known as “mesa country” or “high desert” simple. Highway 160 runs from west to east
is in the southwestern areas of Archuleta with the distance from Pagosa up the San Juan The Pagosa Lakes area has all the attributes
are many other inspections that could be done County. Most of the high country is National River to Wolf Creek Pass as much north as and conveniences of a town in a lovely and
depending on the property and things that Forest land. Generally, properties closer to the east. Highway 84 runs from New Mexico north well-maintained environment. The area features
are important to you. Here are just a few to mountains get more snow in winter and are a to Pagosa and ends at its junction with Highway magnificent views of the mountains to the north
consider: Well and Septic System Inspection or greater distance from conveniences. 160. The lowest elevation area is generally south and east.
the suitability of vacant land for a septic system of 160 and west of 84.
if applicable; Inspection for Radon Gas, Mold, Water Other, smaller developments at a greater
Lead Based Paint, Asbestos and other toxic There are many county roads, most of which distance from Pagosa vary in conveniences.
material; Confirming the square footage of the A major concern for all living here is water. In exit directly from the main highways and wander Many of these have community organizations
home and/or property. Pagosa Country there is a lack of good potable back into the countryside toward the high that manage roads and snow plowing.
water in most areas. Exceptions are locations country. These roads sometimes provide access
There are other inspections that can be done. attached to the town’s water system and in to San Juan National Forest Access Roads, Town of Pagosa Springs
Ask your Home Inspector for his advice. Your major developments having their own deep- so sometimes deals exist between the County
Real Estate Agent is not an expert in these water wells. and the Forest Service for maintaining these Pagosa Springs proper has many nice living
matters. He or she can only advise you to get roadways. areas, and new neighborhoods are currently
the necessary inspections and seek the advice The problem is a high content of minerals being developed. The town’s boundary limits
of the professionals. in normal depth wells. A shallow well often Many of these roads were located along rivers are also expanded from time to time taking in
produces less than adequate water, and a deep and in place when the boundaries of the National developments close to the town.
Legal Advice: Get legal advice on well will produce minerals. As a result, easy Forest were first established. The most used
access to water has been made available at and lived-on properties along waterways were Take Time and Look Around
anything that you are unfamiliar with or have two coin-operated stations, and many people left in the owner’s hands as private land. Some
technical or legal questions about. Title is one living out in the countryside haul in at least of these parcels, those with river frontage and If you are considering buying property in the
example. We suggest you have your Colorado their drinking water, if not all of their water. To surrounded by National Forest, are highly sought area, take some time and a map and look
Attorney inspect the title of the property before haul, you’ll most likely need a truck, a tank for after. around. Think of what type of living you want
you close. These are a few of the things you the truck, and a holding tank (cistern) near the and drive around the various areas. Stop and
should think about when making a real estate home. There are several local water hauling Generally, the folks living at a distance from ask questions of the usually friendly people to
purchase. We will do our best to direct you in businesses that, for a fee, will bring water to Pagosa Springs along highways and out county determine what problems or assets the area
the right direction to get the professional advice your house and fill the cistern. roads are looking for that “closer to nature” may have. A little patience and time may move
you need. you into the Colorado paradise you’ve always
dreamed of.
--Jim Smith, Owner/Managing Broker
Jim Smith Realty

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