You’ll be staying in South Main River Park, a New Urbanist community being built on the Arkansas River in the town of Buena Vista. If your priorities are 1) convenient access to the area’s many recreational activities, 2) a beautiful location at 3) an affordable price, our condo may be just what you're looking for.
You can launch a kayak, hop on a mountain bike or wear out your hiking shoes by just stepping out the front door. No building is closer to the South Main whitewater launch area, kayak play hole and Whitewater and Arkansas River Trails. These trails are tied to the Barbara Whipple Trail, Midland Bike Trail and Four Mile Travel Management Area. 175,000 acres of wilderness and BLM lands are your backyard. A skateboarding park and several playgrounds are just a few blocks away.
Shopping, restaurants, equipment rentals, theatre, Community Center, museum, town library and other amenities are within easy walking distance. The new Eddyline Brewery and Restaurant is at the other end of our block. After a hard day of recreating you can either sit down for beer and fire baked pizza or you can sit in your own courtyard and watch the sunset over Mt. Princeton and the Continental Divide. At any time you can step over to the park's 'Living Room Without Walls' to watch the kayakers and rafters running the rapids or bikers, hikers and rock climbers ascending 9600 foot Midland Hill on the other side of the river. Play a game of horseshoes, checkers or chess. If you're hungry fire up one of the grills. At night you can even build a camp fire in the fire ring and listen to the river below. Call it “convenient condo camping”.
South Main architectural standards are creating an authentic traditional neighborhood. High quality public space is designed for walking and creating community. You will be living on the first floor of a 3-story classical style stone and stucco building. The condo’s spacious living area and separate bedroom will sleep four easily. An open kitchen and dining area bring the total floor space to about 850 sq.ft. Entry is through a courtyard and large porch on the west side of the building. There is a good view toward 14,000+ foot Mt. Princeton and the Continental Divide, but none toward the River. The courtyard provides a private place for dining and socializing away from Main Street and the public square. The covered porch offers shelter and shade. Priced at less than the best hotel in town, we want to build a loyal core of vacationing guests who share our joy of living here. Our condo is clean, homey and affordable, but not luxury living. It’s where we plan to live when we can’t climb to the third floor anymore.
Married to Jana, three daughters and one son, Retired Lutheran minister and academic, co-founder and owner of two businesses: Cambridge Financial Advisors, LLC and People's Financial Advisor, LLC, enjoying a second career as a Fee-Only Financial Planner. An outdoor enthusiast, love running, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, exploring, history, reading, meeting people and learning something new every day.
Stephanie Rauch purchased this condo in 2009
The condo was originally intended to be a mother-in-law suite for our parents. After 20 years of building our list of dream retirement locations, we were unable to choose between mountains or water. Finally we decided to live, work and raise our family in the place at the top of the list because it had both. In other words, we couldn't wait to retire to enjoy retirement living. The condo shares the first floor with my office space in a three story classical style building. We live on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
South Main River Park is a New Urbanist development with access to the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area and Pike-San Isabel National Forest. Our back yard is 175,000 acres of wilderness and BLM recreation area. We can step out our front door for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, cross county skiing, wilderness camping, snow shoeing, four-wheeling, panning for gold and exploring historic ghost towns. If I have to work, I prefer to do it in the environment of 14,000 foot mountains. There's never a bad day when you're surrounded by the towering peaks of the Sawatch, Sangre de Christo and Mosquito Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Those same towering mountains on three sides create a protective wall for what the state climatologist calls 'The Banana Belt of the Rocky Mountains'. Winters on the valley floor are relatively warm and mild compared to the mountains around us. We actually enjoy a high desert climate with an average of 10 inches of rainfall.
"This condo was an excellent home away from home for a few days. So relaxing (and clean!)."
It was more than we expected! Great time and would recommend the Condo very highly!!
What a wonderful place to base all our adventures from. We walked a block to get to the Arkansas river and watched Kayakers play in the whitewater park then to the Eddie Line for dinner or lunch. The fall colors were amazing and easy to get to from this clean comfortable Condo. We were a little surprised of the amount of noise from the owners home above but definitely nothing that made our experience less than EXCELLENT. The owners are very helpful and friendly. We will be back!!!
This condo was beautiful and very well maintained. Great access to the River Park and a short walk to Main Street for shops and restaurants. We definitely plan to stay here again.
We absolutely loved staying here! It was clean, had a separate entrance, and Jana was the sweetest host. The walk-in closet attached to the main bedroom was a great place for our 9 month old's pack-n-play and the large flat screen tv was an unexpected blessing during some of the march madness basketball games. It's also just around the corner from Eddyline (one of our favorite places to eat in BV) and within walking distance of so many other great places to eat. We would love to stay here again when we return to BV next!
This spacious condo was just perfect - we were walking distance from trails, restaurants and shops, and a short drive to skiing, snowshoeing trails and the hot springs. In the summer it would be great for hiking, relaxing, and a perfect location for climbing nearby 14ers.
We had a wonderful stay at the condo - it had everything that we needed, and is in an amazing location. We and our children could walk to the river, parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and the skatepark. We hope to be back soon!
Four-wheeling (Jeep & ATV), mountain climbing, rock/mineral/fossil collecting, exploring ghost towns & historic mining districts, panning for gold.