Sunday, April 16, 2006

Marabou Ranch press release

Here is a press release from the Developers: (its worth reading as a good summary)

MARABOU PROTECTS RANCH LAND WHILE OPENING IT FOR CUSTOM HOMESTEADING

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLO. - Close to 1,800 acres of productive ranch land on the shores of Colorado’s renown Elk River will soon be home to approximately 62 families seeking to live on a working cattle ranch. Offering a relaxed, yet adventurous lifestyle, MARABOU will preserve the land’s ranching and farming way of life, with more than 1,300 acres of it remaining a working, sustainable cattle ranch.

Here, residents and their guests can participate, at their discretion, in all aspects of ranching, from herding cattle, mending fences and baling hay on the property to caring for the horses that live there. Or they can simply kick back and enjoy the many amenities built just for them on the edge of the Elk River, a renown private fly fishing retreat. Marabou is three miles outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, an authentic Rocky Mountain town widely known as Ski Town USA.

Homesteads will average 6.3 acres and are carefully placed on the land to maintain privacy and protect the overall viewshed of the property. Homes can consume less than three-quarters of an acre, preserving the remaining land as open space, left undisturbed and cared for by the ranch association. More than 1,300 acres will remain common open space.

“When designing this project, preserving the land and protecting the wildlife was our first priority and will continue to be the most critical part of this community,” said Jeff Temple Marabou Development Managing Partner. “Marabou families will have the unique opportunity to enjoy the adventures of ranch life and the variety of year-round outdoor recreation right in their own backyard.”

At Marabou, no homes will be built on ridgelines, protecting views of the ranch and surrounding mountain ranges. Home sites are situated on the edges of meadows, outside of agriculture areas and wildlife corridors. The remaining land will continue to be farmed and ranched, as it has been for the past 105 years. Only now Marabou residents will have partial ownership and will be able to hone their skills and learn new ones, all under the watchful eyes of the masters.

Marabou’s Master Guide Program is a defining characteristic of the community. The Marabou Master Guides are experts in areas such as fly fishing, horsemanship, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. They will mentor and educate residents about how to have safe and enriching adventures while living on the ranch. U.S. Olympian skiers Nelson Carmichael and Todd Lodwick, fly fishermen Steve Herter and Steve Henderson, master snowboarder Erin Simmons and ranch manager Chad Bedell are among the masters at Marabou who will be sharing their passions and experience with residents and their guests.

For the rest of the press release click here.



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