Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club in Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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We know that North Texans always think of Colorado as sort of an annexation, a bedroom community, where we can escape the heat in summer, and glide around in that white stuff called snow we never see much of during Texas winters. It’s not that far that many drive, there are so many direct flights, and there are just so many wonderful, charming communities.

But Steamboat Springs, located in the northwestern quadrant of the state, is a departure flavor from the flashy, ski Resort communities that dot the heavily-trafficked I-70 corridor: Aspen, Snowmass, Vail, Breckenridge. (Don’t get me wrong, I love them all.) Steamboat brings home more of a relaxed, Montana-feel: true cowboy culture, a warm, tight-knit community of people populated with those who visited either during or right after college and never left. Who can blame them? The mountains are majestic, the billion-dollar views are everywhere, and the weather is terrific. The summers are warm but dry, and the winters are freezing, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, temperatures  can go as low as 8 degrees Fahrenheit but in the summer, the hottest is about 88 or 90 at the most. And that lack of rainfall makes it totally possible to get outside and enjoy — hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, and of course skiing.

It was in Steamboat Springs that we were invited to check out a new shared-ownership ranch property that blew me away for beauty, amenities, and intelligent use of neighboring resources that keep the ranch property pristine and, well, ranchy.

Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club is a 1,216-acre community nestled in the famed Yampa Valley. Located about five minutes outside of Steamboat Springs, the property offers 5-acre luxury home sites abutting the Steamboat ski resort, a National Forest, and the area’s most prestigious golf club, the Tom Weiskopf-designed Catamount Ranch & Golf Club. There are 63 homesites, a 900-acre wildlife preserve, a swim-able fresh water lake, owners’ lodge, equestrian center, miles and miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. There is even a backcountry cabin in the center of the property aptly named The Hermitage. Raw land prices start at about $1.4 million for those five acre parcels, and two completed homes are available starting at $4.495 million. The views!

And while Steamboat has great altitude, it’s not killer altitude that requires a few days of adjustment for us flatlanders.

So you get the natural beauty, a luxury ranch experience without all the work, fly-fishing, horses, golf, and even a place literally at the base of the mountain to park your gear and family when you ski. They have covered all the bases, and I am shouting the whole story over on…

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Candy Evans

Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters, bloggers and consultants. She reports on Dallas real estate for WFAA-TV’s Daybreak with Ron Corning, and is frequently called as a real estate expert by other Dallas media. She is also a real-estate editor for CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, the Katy Trail Weekly and the White Rock Weekly. She even has her own web-based Real Estate show called, The Party Line. Candy has written for AOL Real Estate, and is a guest blogger for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News plus a host of national sites. Candy was a longtime contributing editor to Dallas’ D Magazine and sister pubs, and in 2007 founded the wildly successful Dallas real estate blog, DallasDirt. That’s where she broke the news on where former president George W. Bush bought his Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of an exciting platform of Dallas-based real estate sites including, devoted to the vacation home market, and her signature, everything you need to know about real estate in North Texas. And yes, we are still psyched about the GOLD! In 2013, was named Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations, and the only association for journalists covering real estate, home and urban design. We snatched silver in 2015, and who knows what 2016 brings...

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