If you've been out to Palisade for the Colorado Mountain Winefest and are now dreaming of relocating to Palisade to open a winery, drink local wine or perhaps to simply enjoy the charm of the Grand Valley's peachiest town, you may have to be persistent in your search for the right property.
"There haven't been enough properties for a long time," said Tammy Craig, owner of Fruit and Wine Real Estate in Palisade. "When we opened in 2004, we were averaging 135 to 145 total properties - residential, commercial and land. Right now, we only have 51. It's been around 50 properties for the last two years and has been as low as 38."
What that means to buyers is that if they see a property they like, they might want to make an offer immediately and not take a few days or weeks to think about it.
There is, however, a new residential subdivision currently under construction in Palisade that will eventually bring 72 homes to the community. Cresthaven Acres, which is just east of Palisade High School, right off G Road, is a Chronos Builders development that has taken a little longer than initially planned to have homes available for sale. Three homes are currently under construction, however, with one that will be in the October Housing and Building Association Parade of Homes.
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The town of Palisade has already started the 2019 festival season, which continues throughout the summer and into the fall. The next festival, Palisade Brews & Cruise, is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and will take place May 3 - 4, with a festival in the park on Saturday, May 4.
On Friday, May 3, the town is hosting a street dance and inviting the community to come and enjoy, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Lincoln Pants Band. Three Palisade restaurants, 357 Grill, Palisade 11.0 Cafe and 13 Brix Cider Bistro, will be offering special beer and appetizer pairings that night. On Saturday, there will be 37 brewers at the festival, which takes place at Veteran's Memorial Park, along with live music, vendors and an antique truck show.
Out-of-town visitors will have a few more options for overnight stays this year in Palisade. Dancing Moon Bed & Breakfast, 568 34 Road, recently opened for business and is ready to welcome guests to one of its four guest suites. The B & B sits on nine acres in the middle of farm area, right on the Fruit and Wine Byway. Owners Trey and Annette Lewis had been planning and looking for the right opportunity somewhere in Colorado since 2011.
The Colorado Mountain Winefest is winding down today, and as visitors to the festival look around, many of them are perhaps taking an envious look at the charming areas near Palisade and East Orchard Mesa, wondering if they can become farmers, too.
The good news is that yes, there are farm properties available and farming doesn't take an advanced degree from Harvard to succeed.
The bad news is that it takes money to buy farm properties, farm equipment, trees or grapevines and farming is hard, 24/7 work, especially during the growing season. There's also a steep learning curve as someone new to farming learns about plant diseases, preventing bugs, birds or deer from destroying crops, irrigation, winter and spring pruning, as well as harvesting and marketing a crop.
In spite of the difficulties, new people come to the area every year, and through hard work and help from the community, they've learned how to successfully embrace the agricultural lifestyle.
It also helps that the east end of the valley is such a unique micro climate in Colorado, which is why farmers can successfully grow peaches in Palisade and not in Parker. Read more about Palisade, Colorado here.