Neighborhood Highlight #1

Pagosa Lakes

Pagosa Lakes is a large, covenant-controlled neighborhood located in uptown Pagosa Springs. With over 6600 properties across 27 subdivisions, there is something for everyone here! Residents have access to a private recreation center with indoor saltwater pool, weight room, and many exercise classes available.

It’s called Pagosa Lakes for a reason! There are several lakes in the area that contain rainbow trout, brown trout, large-mouth bass, and yellow perch. There are also black crappie, western white sucker, and triploid grass carp. The fishing is great, year-round! Kayaking and canoeing are also popular activities at the lakes. For more information on these lakes, click here!

Photo Courtesy Of PLPOA
Photo Courtesy of: PLPOA

If you would rather stay away from the water, there is also a paved walking/running trail system running throughout the Pagosa Lakes area. This trail offers great views along the way. There are also four parks located within Pagosa Lakes, two with playgrounds for the kids. There is even an RC flying field for radio controlled airplanes!

The San Juan National Forest surrounds PLPOA on 3 sides. You can enjoy off-roading, hiking, camping, and more; all just a short walk or drive away!

To learn more about this community, you can visit the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association website here. If you would like to view properties for sale in the area, see our featured homes on our website. If you would prefer to give us a call, our number is: (970) 507-8655. Thank You!

Congratulations!

Congrats to Launie & Teresa Anderson!

NextHome RMR is proud to have sold not 1, but 2 of your properties this past week! The Andersons also got a new property put under contract to purchase. Launie & Teresa have purchased 4 properties through Britney Chaisson and this new one will make #5. They have also used our Property management division to manage their properties as rentals in Pagosa.

Congratulations

Congratulations
Congratulations

Congrats again and thank you for your loyalty to NextHome Rocky Mountain Realty & Rentals!

Auction For The Animals

First Ever Virtual Auction For The Animals

For the past 25 years, the Humane Society of Pagosa Springs has hosted an annual live “Auction For The Animals” to help fund our local animal shelter. With current restrictions involving in-person gatherings, however, things are going to be different for 2020…

Auction
Photo: Humane Society of Pagosa Springs

In lieu of a live auction, the Humane Society has decided to move the bidding online! Items in this auction range from smaller items such as gift-cards and art pieces, all the way up to a Kilimanjaro climbing trip, and even a four wheel drive F150 pickup! You can also choose to donate money for food, microchips, vaccines, spay/neuter costs, or even emergency medical expenses.

This auction is a wonderful way to support your local Humane Society and animals during these uncertain times.

If you would like to register to bid, or just make a donation, you can visit the Humane Society auction page here. You can also see the dogs and cats available for adoption at the links provided.

Thank you for supporting these animals in need!

Home Staging Tips

Staging Your Home

Staging is an important step in preparing your home to sell. It is a method of decorating that highlights your home’s best features to potential buyers. In this post, we’ve put together some of the best tips for staging your home!

Home Staging in Pagosa Springs

  1. Get Rid Of Clutter: This one is fairly easy. Clutter takes up space, and space is what you are trying to sell! Storing the things you don’t use regularly or that take up a lot of space can make your home appear larger to potential buyers. Remember to clear out closets if possible, as buyers will want to see how much room they have.
  2. Stage Where You Need To: Typically, buyers are most interested in the master bedroom, kitchen, and living room. Staging these areas well is more important than staging additional bedrooms and bathrooms, as they will receive the most attention.
  3. Repairs and Patches: If there are nail holes and scuffed walls in the house, many will assume the home has been neglected. We recommend walking through the house with an eraser pad to get rid of all the marks and scuffs on the walls. You can also fill nail holes and touch up paint as needed. Potential buyers will appreciate the extra effort put in to maintaining the home.
  4. Make a Good Impression: The first thing a buyer sees as they walk up to the house is the front entrance. You want to make the best impression possible here! Remove seasonal decorations, as they can make the listing look dated in photos. If you have a front stoop or porch, consider power-washing it to remove any dirt or stains there may be. You can also add a doormat and some potted plants for curb appeal.
  5. Lighting: People like well-lit rooms, so turn on the lights and open all the blinds! Open windows can make your space seem bigger, but be sure whatever is on the other side of the windows is clean and tidy.
  6. Clean Up: You will want to clean like you’ve never cleaned before! Scrub from floor to ceiling; a clean home suggests you took great care in maintaining your home. Potential buyers will notice this!
  7. De-Personalize Your Space: Potential buyers want to be able to imagine the space as their own. Removing items like family photos, visible personal items (such as toiletries, clothes, etc.,) and refrigerator magnets is recommended. This turns your home into a “blank canvas” for potential buyers!
  8. Rearrange Furniture: Open floor-space and walk-able paths throughout the house can make it seem much larger. They also help potential buyers envision where their furniture can go in the home. If you have furniture that doesn’t match the rest of the room, or doesn’t fit, we recommend storing it.

Home staging is a great way to make your home more appealing to potential buyers. You want to present your home in a way that shows off it’s best features; and allows potential buyers to imagine it as their own.

These tips are just a few ways that you can make your home really stand out from the rest of the crowd! If you need some inspiration, you can view our currently listed homes here!

Scenic Drives In Pagosa

The Best Scenic Drives For Your Colorado Vacation

Pagosa Springs is home to some of the best scenic roads in Colorado. With more than 3 million acres of National Forest and wilderness areas, you are almost guaranteed to fall in love with these views as you head down the road. Below is a list of some of the best scenic drives Pagosa has to offer:

  1. Mill Creek Road – Turn off of Hwy 84 onto Mill Creek Road, next to the county fairgrounds. At 32 miles round trip, this road provides great panoramic views of Squaretop Mountain, as well as the upper San Juan Valley and the Blanco Basin. All but the last mile or so is accessible with any conventional vehicle, however 4wd is recommended if it has been raining. The road dead-ends, so you must return via the same route.
  2. Blanco Basin Road – Head south down Hwy 84 to the Blanco Basin Turnoff (CR 326) for amazing views of the Continental Divide, Squaretop Mountain, and Oil Mountain. If you have time for a  quick (6 mile) side trip, I recommend taking a right turn onto Castle Creek Road (FS 660) across the Rio Blanco to Fish Creek. These roads dead-end and are approximately 40mi round trip.
  3. Lobo Overlook – Accessible from June to September, this spectacular overlook is located on the summit of Wolf Creek Pass on the North side of the road. With restrooms and a picnic area at the top, this is a great place to stop for a quick photo-shoot or just a lunch break! Accessible by conventional vehicles.
  4. Plumtaw/Piedra Loop –  This 35 mile long Forest Service Access road begins in town as Four Mile Road and soon transitions into one of the highest forest roads in the area; making for great vistas and fall foliage opportunities. As Plumtaw transitions into Piedra Road (CR600,) you will cross over the Piedra River, and pass by the beautiful Piedra Gorge. This dirt road is accessible by all vehicles in the summer and fall months.
  5. East Fork – Located 10 miles down Hwy 160 on the right, East Fork provides incredible scenic views of “beehive” rock formations, as well as many valley and river views. The drive includes 2 river crossings, as well as some technical terrain so 4 wheel drive and high clearance is required. At the upper end of the valley there is a fork; going left will take you over Elwood Pass all the way to Summitville.

These are just a few of the many scenic drives Pagosa has to offer. It is recommended to check road conditions and closings here ahead of time so your drive goes as smoothly as possible. Drive Safe and don’t be afraid to explore!Scenic Roads

Anniversary!

4 Year Anniversary Of NextHome RMR!

This week marked the 4 year anniversary of NextHome Rocky Mountain Realty & Rentals. Our background spans 50 years in the Real Estate Industry; from buying and selling homes, to mortgage origination and processing, all the way to lending. We are here to help get you the best deal possible! The past four years have been great here in Pagosa Springs, and we are excited for the next four!

Anniversary! - Photo by: Gavin Kiker

Visit our Reviews page to see what some of our previous clients had to say about working with us over the years.

Thank You!

Vacation Rental

Davis Cup Available Now!

We have a newly listed condo available for rent in core area of Pagosa! With two beds in the loft and a high-tech steam shower downstairs, this space is perfect for your next Pagosa Springs vacation. Located within the Pagosa Lakes Property Owner’s Association, this rental gives you access to a rec center with indoor saltwater pool, Jacuzzi, weight room, and exercise classes. You will also have access to several stocked lakes in the area for your fishing and boating needs.

Check the full listing out here for more information. To view our full inventory of rental properties, click here: Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental

Archuleta Virtual Fair

Archuleta County Virtual Fair and Livestock Auction

2020 has been a difficult year for most. With public events being restricted left and right, it’s become increasingly difficult to safely execute them.  The Archuleta County Fair Board had to think outside the box to make the 69th annual county fair happen.

Faced with Colorado in-person meeting restrictions, they decided the best thing to do was move the shows, and 4-H livestock auction, completely online.

All shows are open to immediate family members only, but you will be able to watch the livestock shows and bid in the auction from the comfort of your home!

The livestock show live-stream links, as well as the auction link can be found here: Virtual Fair & Auction

Fair begins Thursday, July 30th, and the auction will take place on August 1st at 6pm. These 4-H’ers have put months of hard work into their animals and would appreciate your support during this transitional time!

Photo: archuletacountyfair.com
Photo: archuletacountyfair.com

Time To Go Hiking!

Hiking In Pagosa Springs

With July ending, and Pagosa getting much needed afternoon rain showers, it’s the perfect time to hit the trails and do some hiking!

Pagosa Springs is full of hiking trails, ranging from easy 1 mile hikes like the Piedra Falls trail, to more difficult 9+ mile hikes up into the High Country; such as the Little Blanco Trail, Fish Lake Trail, or the popular Pagosa Peak hike.

You can check out all the trails in Pagosa here: AllTrails.com

No matter what difficulty trails you are wanting to tackle, it is important to properly prepare for your adventure. Here are some general guidelines to insure you have an enjoyable experience:

  • Pack Plenty of Food and Water – You should drink 1 liter per hour while hiking, ideally. Snacks should provide good energy, no candy!
  • Carry a Flashlight and Waterproof Matches – Just in case you need to stay longer than planned
  • Bring a First Aid Kit – This one is pretty self-explanatory, if you get a cut, you can cover it up!
  • Leave Early – Afternoon showers are very common up in the mountains and you don’t want to be stuck in a lighting storm!
  • Stay On Trail – Preserve the land and views for future generations to enjoy!
  • Let Someone Know Your Trip Itinerary – If you become lost or injured and don’t contact them, they’ll know to send help.
  • Pace Yourself – You don’t want to be worn out halfway up the trail, take your time hiking and enjoy the southern Colorado scenery.
  • Enjoy Nature! – Put your phone down and take in the landscapes of this beautiful area!

With all the trails here in Pagosa, there is no reason not to get out and explore!

Quartz Ridge - Photo By: Gavin Kiker
Quartz Ridge – Photo By: Gavin Kiker
Little Blanco Trail - Photo By: Gavin Kiker
Little Blanco Trail – Photo By: Gavin Kiker

SUMMER TIME~ PAGOSA STYLE

Well it is official, PAGOSA SPRINGS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!

2020.6.3 river

The weather is beautiful & there is plenty of water in the San Juan River to go rafting.  As we all start to get outside more and realize how much we have missed nature. Lets take this to time to EMBRACE LIFE ~ enjoy everyday, tell the ones you care about that you care, do the things that you have longed to do. Enjoy everyday and be thankful for this day.

If you are in need of a vacation rental while in Pagosa Springs, CO or maybe you are moving to Pagosa Springs- or maybe you are looking to BUY in Pagosa Springs, CO – YOU ARE IN LUCK !  We can assist you with all of that, WE have Short term & Long term rentals as well as a experienced & talented Real Estate Agents.

please visit our website at nexthomermr.com or call us at 970-507-8655.