Hi! Alpenglow is a developing, earth-friendly cohousing community in Ridgway, Colorado, that has purchased 4.5 acres in the middle of our small mountain town to build our project. After looking at land both within the city limits and out in the surrounding country, we decided we wanted to be within walking distance of the many amenities Ridgway has to offer and fortunately the perfect place came up for sale. Timing is everything!
Since securing the land we have been working with our architects, Conterra Workshop, and the town of Ridgway to develop a site plan and have begun to do the preliminary work necessary before we start construction. We intend to build 26 units with five designs ranging in size from 700-1600 square feet with six being town homes above their own garages. The 3,000 square feet Common House design has been completed and will include a large kitchen/dining/party area, exercise room, den/reading/meditation room, flex room for various activities and crafts, laundry, and a guest room with its own bathroom. Our plan is to start construction by April 2019 and move in by summer 2020.
Ridgway, despite being one of the smaller towns in southwest Colorado, population less than 1,000, has an amazing number of facilities and services to offer. Alpenglow will be within walking distance of some 10 restaurants, the town market, two banks, the post office, library, a medical facility, town offices, community center, churches, museums, and a couple of great town parks. A walking/biking path goes for several miles along the Uncompahgre River to Ridgway State Park which offers boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, camping, picnicking, and bird watching. One of the special places in town is the Sherbino Theater which hosts movies, live entertainment, travel shows, and educational talks throughout the year.
During the summer months there is a Farmers' Market every Friday which attracts vendors from Telluride to Paonia to Grand Junction. In July we have a free concert every Thursday which has become a traditional gathering place for friends and families to catch up and enjoy our amazing, alpenglow evenings. In the late summer Ridgway hosts an annual Rendezvous which brings in artisans from all over the western United States and has become a favorite of locals and out-of-state visitors as well. Telluride, about 45 minutes away, now seems to be the festival town of the universe with six major events during the summer including the Film and Mountain Film Festivals, Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues and Brews, and the Mushroom festivals!
Ridgway, itself, is becoming a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled on the north side of the San Juan Mountains we have it all. From casual hiking to world class rock climbing,Our neighboring community of Ouray, just nine miles down the road and nicknamed “The Switzerland of America,” serves as a base for outstanding 4-wheel drive and ATV routes over 13,000 ft. mountain passes to Telluride, Creede, and Lake City. Ouray's historic Wright Opera House offers nationally-acclaimed classical musicians and theater productions year round.
Ouray also attracts ice climbers from all over the world for its annual competition at the Ice Park. Telluride has become one of the premier ski areas in North America. If you enjoy cross-country skiing the options are endless. But if by February you're ready for a break from winter, southeast Utah, and its towns of Moab and Bluff, is only 3 hours away with great hiking and mountain biking opportunities. And if you really need to break away, Montrose Regional Airport is 45 minutes north, with direct flights to Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix all year and in the ski season Salt Lake City, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Newark, Charlotte, and Atlanta.
If this has piqued your interest and curiosity we'd love to talk with you. For more specific information, to contact us, and to sign up for our newsletter you can checkout our website: www.alpenglowcohousing.org and/or Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/alpenglowcohousing? We look forward to meeting you and to answering any questions you may have.
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