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Grand Junction, the Banana Belt of Colorado

Article submitted by Margi Baleztena, Broker Associate of Studt Realty LLC. Margi has lived in Mesa County for 35 years and been active in the Agriculture industry. Margi can be reached at 970-216-1086.
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Grand Junction, June 2015 - Grand Junction located in Mesa County boasts an average of 300 days of sunshine, mild winters, and year around recreational opportunities. The Grand Valley is surrounded by the Grand Mesa to the east, the Bookcliff Mountain range to the north and the Colorado National Monument to the south. The population of Grand Junction is approximately 60,000 and the surrounding area totals approximately 147,000 residents.

The confluence of the Gunnison River and Colorado River (previously named the Grand River) is how Grand Junction got its name. Vineyards, orchards and other crops grow abundantly in this desert valley oasis that we call home.

There are virtually 100s of trails for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, ATV enthusiasts, and climbers. The Colorado River offers fishing, rafting and kayaking. There are five golf courses and one miniature golf course. Ski areas within an easy driving distance are: Powderhorn 45 minutes, Sunlight 1 hour 45 minutes, Aspen and Vail 2 hours 15 minutes, and Telluride 2 ½ hours. The Grand Mesa is one of many play grounds that residents enjoy. It offers over 300 lakes and reservoirs. Many are easily accessed by RV or 4 wheel- drive. If you’re looking for a larger body of water Flaming Gorge is a three hour drive and Bull Frog Marina, Lake Powell is 4 hours away.

The average precipitation is 8.71 inches of rainfall and 21.4 inches of snowfall. A new resident to the area, senior citizen Cathy Ball calls Grand Junction the “outdoor person’s paradise. I’ve lived along the East Coast and Florida where summers are hot and humid. Grand Junction’s drier climate is just about perfect”.

The Grand Junction area is home to several wineries, art exhibits and the Grand Junction Symphony.  The newly renovated Avalon Theatre is one of Western Colorado’s largest performing art centers and features independent, foreign films, and other venues with seating of 900 persons. Grand Junction hosts the Junior College World Series baseball.

Mesa County residents are served by 4 local hospitals St. Mary’s Regional Hospital, Community Hospital, Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center, and the VA Medical Center.
Housing is affordable with the median sale price of homes in the Grand Valley of approximately $177,100 with an average of $115 per square foot.

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More about Margi Baleztena, Broker Associate of Studt Realty LLC

I have lived in Mesa County for 35 years. I’ve been active in the Agriculture industry. I am pursuing a career with Studt Realty LLC, Metro Brokers Inc., as a Broker Associate. I have extensive experience in business-to-business sales and customer support. In 2013 I started Accelerated Business Systems, LLC offering the services of Land Development Assistance where I assist land owners in various land division and property line adjustment projects. The contacts I have established in the community, the ability to speak Spanish, and my sales experience will be of benefit in my real estate career. Enthusiasm and dedication is the foundation of everything great! I would like to assist you in your real estate needs.
- Margi Baleztena, Broker Associate, Studt Realty LLC / Accelerated Business Systems LLC - 970-216-1086

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Posted June 2015 on www.SeniorsResourceGuide.com