Retirement can be a great time of life. You get to relax and do the things you’ve always wanted to do. A lot of people move to a new location when they retire, and if you’re thinking of moving to Montrose, there are a lot of great reasons to do so.
In 2018, the City of Montrose was awarded the Governor’s Healthy Community Award for its holistic health efforts, accessible healthy food options, economic development, workplace wellness, and ongoing developments that aim to increase the overall health of the community. One recent major development was a $28 million Recreation Center that features an 80,000 square foot facility with several pools, gymnasiums, racquetball courts, a 27-foot climbing wall, weight room, indoor walking/jogging track, and over 40 group fitness classes each week. Montrose also has 29 developed parks covering 118 acres, a state-of-the-art water sports park, and over 30 miles of concrete trails to encourage outdoor activity. In addition to in-town amenities, Montrose is close to world-class skiing or snowboarding in Telluride, which is ranked #2 in Forbes’ top 10 ski resorts in North America list. Also, a short drive away is Powderhorn, which is where the locals ski for more reasonable rates. And if you are a hiker, the Western Slope offers unlimited backcountry trails and mountain climbs that you and your four-legged friends can enjoy. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison, less than an hour from Montrose, offers jaw-dropping views, fly fishing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and camping where you can enjoy miles of hiking trails as well. A perfect playground, Montrose and the surrounding area offer something for everyone.
Incredible Mountain Views
In nearly every direction, you can expect to enjoy the beauty of the mountains that command attention. With 53 peaks in Colorado, including Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the American Rocky Mountain range, you will never tire of observing the ever-changing beauty in every season. The San Juan range is a prominent southern view from Montrose and includes the majestic Courthouse Mountain, Mount Sneffels, and the Cimarron Ridge. To the north, you can enjoy the views of the Grand Mesa, which is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. At over 11,000 feet, this plateau contains more than 300 lakes with abundant wildlife. The Uncompahgre Plateau is to the west and Elk Mountains to the east, so you can pick any direction for a scenic drive and not be disappointed.
If you’re ready to retire and spend your days golfing, Montrose offers a great variety of options with 3 different golf courses. The Bridges golf course features 400 acres of a stunning 18-hole layout with breathtaking mountain views in every direction. This Nicklaus Design golf course sports native plant life, gorgeous arroyos, rocks, and waterfalls around the formidable park-like setting. Cobble Creek is another challenging 530-acre 18-hole golf course that features 5 par threes, 8 par fours, and 5 par fives. With 10 stocked lakes strategically placed around the course, the atmosphere doesn’t get much better than this. And last, but not least is the Black Canyon Golf Course. The front 9 is a park style par-34 course, and the back 9 sports a links style par-36 option with deeper bunkers and longer fairways. Each golf facility offers dining options, but the Bridges and Cobble Creek serve up some of the finest dining in Montrose. Whether you are a pro or novice golfer, you will have plenty of options to choose from.
In case you’ve read this far and haven’t found a reason to retire in Montrose, maybe the off-road 4×4 options will spark your interest. If you like to take your Jeep or other off-road vehicles out and about in the wild, you’re probably always looking for new 4×4 trails to explore. Fortunately, Colorado doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the opportunity for outdoor activity and off-road trails. Within an hour or less from Montrose, you will find endless trails such as Engineer Pass, Yankee Boy Basin, Imogene Pass, and the Alpine Loop that will take you through the heart of the Colorado mountains past mines, ghost towns, and spectacular wildflowers. Rugged trails, mud holes, and challenging rocky areas are just a few of the encounters that will make your adventures memorable.
Live the Snowbird Life
If you crave sand and sun in the winter months and want to spend the season in a warmer climate, Montrose Regional Airport can take you there. With two runways and a wide variety of flights offered through four different airlines, you will be an hour from Phoenix, or a bit longer to hit the beach.
If you prefer a road trip, you can always head south through Ouray and enjoy the Ouray Hot Springs mineral pools in “Switzerland of America” along the way. Should your journey take you east, you can visit the Palisade wine country and take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Whatever direction you take, your trip will include lots of beautiful scenery and fun adventures along the way.
If you’re still on the fence about retiring in Montrose, just know that although we may have that small-town atmosphere, we have big town amenities. Montrose Memorial Hospital has been nationally recognized as an award-winning facility that can take care of all your health needs. They provide over 20 specialties that include joint replacement, cardiology, and complete cancer care, as well as many options for rehabilitation. With the latest in healthcare technology, MMH has your health needs covered.
Aside from that, Montrose offers a wide variety of shopping amenities like Target, Walmart, and multiple clothing stores in addition to the great selection of local merchants. Fine dining options are abundant as well with local cuisine as well as chain restaurants to sample and enjoy the nightlife.
Wherever you are considering retirement, if you like the outdoors at all, the Western Slope should rank pretty high on your list. The real estate market is healthy here, and buying a home in Montrose will be a solid investment since the median home sale price of $248,000 increased 5.71% over last year as of January 2020. Talk to a local real estate agent to get current information on the Montrose market. A knowledgeable residential agent can help you find the perfect retirement property to be your home base for all the new adventures awaiting you in Colorado.
With over 20 years of combined real estate and customer service expertise, the Atha Team helps more families move than any other team or agent in Montrose Colorado. Proud of its accomplishments as the Top Residential Sales Team over the past few years and Best of the Best Residential Real Estate Agent in 2017, the Atha Team continues to provide top-tier experiences for their trusted clients. Whether they are selling twenty MLS listings or two hundred, Atha Team agents make time for their clients and set clear communication as a priority to ensure that every transaction is smooth and stress free. We would love the opportunity to serve you for all your real estate needs in or around Montrose! Give us a call today at 970-417-9375.
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