"It’s close to town, and yet far enough out that you’re not in town, and it’s convenient and friendly," Doug Smith said. "We really like it."
North of these two subdivisions are homes that sit on even larger tracts of land. Subdivisions such as Elk River Mountain Ranch split land into 35-acre lots.
Further north, these lots get even larger. Numerous historical and recreational ranch properties are for sale. Several of these ranches include land bordering the Elk River as well as prime hunting areas.
All of the homes in this area are on well and septic, so potential homebuyers should be aware that there can be extra costs associated with these features.
One of the Yampa Valley’s newest luxury land developments is the Marabou Land Preservation Subdivision. Using a private stretch of the Elk River winding its way on the westerly quarter of the property, the development encompasses 1,800 acres with only 62, 5-acre parcels dotting the remaining open space.
Big open spaces, large lots and ranches, gorgeous views and a pastoral, agricultural feel are all characteristic of the Elk River area. Residents say it’s almost surprising to have all of those features only 15 to 30 minutes outside of Steamboat Springs.
Elk River Valley
The Elk River Valley area, which is bordered by Steamboat Springs to the south and by Clark to the north, offers country living close to town. It is quiet and pastoral, with rolling hills that light up at sunset, plenty of open space and expansive views of nearby hills and forests.
Homes in this area are a top choice for any horse lover who wants to live near town. The area has two major subdivisions, Elk River Estates and Deer Mountain Estates, which together have about 100 family homes.
All of the homes are fairly new, with the oldest dating to the early 1970s. Houses range in size from 2,000 to 4,000 square feet, and sit on one to three acres of land in Elk River Estates, or about five acres of land in Deer Mountain Estates.
Doug and Ellin Smith live with their two small children in Elk River Estates. Their house backs up to the woods, so it has the feel of privacy and space, Doug Smith said. One characteristic of the development that the Smiths enjoy is that it is kid friendly, Smith said. Most of the Smith’s neighbors have children, and with little traffic and big lots, the children have room to move around.