For aspiring retirees who want space, fresh air and quietude, but want a major city within a few hours drive, Grand Junction, Colorado has it all!
Nestled between the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa, Grand Junction is growing, but still has a relaxed, unpretentious vibe. A small town with a high quality of life and a good economy which is drawing new residents to this outdoor paradise. Grand Junction allows you to escape the crowds and traffic of large metro areas but still retain the stores, services and health care options that make life in retirement easier.
Th population of Grand Junction is 63,374 (2017) and Mesa County is 151,616 (2017) at an elevation of 4,593 feet. The pleasantly mild and dry four-season climate in the Grand Valley, and its magnificent and unspoiled landscape appeals to seniors. The area is known as The Western Slope of the Colorado Rockies at the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado rivers. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, on the Grand Valley's east end is the charming town of Palisade. Long famous for its peaches, Palisade is also becoming known for its wines and the Fruit and Wine Byway, a scenic bike route that takes cyclists past orchards, vineyards and wineries. A budding food and wine industry has encouraged "Farm to Table" events and the local culinary trained chefs are making meals with locally grown ingredients.
Grand Junction has 4 seasons of outdoor pursuits
Outdoor lovers can find hiking, mountain biking, fishing, rafting, camping and more in Grand Junction. For the art lovers, Grand Junction has an active Commission on Arts and Culture and in 2018, the downtown area was designated as an official Creative District by Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the state's Office of Economic Development. Monthly Art Walks take place downtown on the First Friday of each month. One of the perks of living in the Grand Valley is the abundance of live music performed outdoors each summer. The tunes flow indoors and outdoors, all year long. Several of the wineries offer concerts whereby you can bring a picnic dinner and enjoy music in the vineyards. In Fruita, the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park features concerts under the stars. The new Las Colonias Amphitheater books top name entertainment for concerts along the Colorado Riverfront Trail. And finally, the historic Avalon provides a venue for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and other top name entertainers.
Retirement looks very different than it did even a few decades ago. Today's seniors are more active and most are looking for new opportunities after retirement. Perhaps you are a "continuing education" type of person? Colorado Mesa University offers a program for seniors, New Dimensions Lifelong Learning Institute is a membership education program for Grand Valley adults 50 and older offering a variety of classes focused on academic and personal enrichment.
The beauty of retired life is that we have the ability to customize our retirement lifestyle. But, what makes us individually happy can vary, influenced by widely differing tastes and unique passions. I think you will find all your passions here!
Take a closer look at Grand Junction, let me show you all the wonderful things Grand Junction has to offer. Relocation is my specialty, I know the areas, both as a RE/MAX agent and a resident. My specialized education as a Seniors Real Estate Specialist SRES® and an Accredited Buyer's Representative ABR® offers you a higher level of service and trust.
Together we can find the right home for you!
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