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New Condo on Arkansas River Park with Wilderness & Town Access

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Property type condo


About the property

Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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.

Keywords: Condominium

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Stephanie Rauch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 25, 2017

About Stephanie Rauch

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

Why Stephanie Rauch chose South Central Colorado

This 1 bedroom, 1 bath first floor condo offers an unparalleled South Main experience. You are in heart of the subdivision within steps to all of Buena Vista's outdoor activities. The master bedroom features a spacious walk-in closet and private access to the full bath. Big screen tv for those evenings after an adventurous day to wind down and prep yourself for the next day's expeditions. With a fully stocked kitchen, you can enjoy prepping your own meals and enjoy a shaded dining experience on the covered porch. Plenty of storage on this covered porch for your kayaks, bikes, rafts or whatever gear you may be bringing. This is the ideal place to stay for the adventurer.

What makes this condo unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This condo was an excellent home away from home for a few days. So relaxing (and clean!)."
May 2013
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Buena Vista Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , + 1 Full sleeper sofa in living room
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
25 yards from South Main Square, 75 yards from Arkansas River, kayak launch, play hole and the Whitewater Trail.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

New Condo on Arkansas River Park with Wilderness & Town Access
average rating of 4.9459457 based on 99 reviews

The best property we have stayed at with VRBO

  • 5 of 5

My husband travels quite a bit for work and we use VRBO often. This condo exceeded our expectations on every level. It is steps from the river, restaurants and shopping. Everything you need is there- extra towels, soap, dishwashing soap, paper towels etc. I usually have to make a trip to the store as some rentals only provide you with the bare minimum however, everything we needed was provided when we arrived.

It may be a 1 bedroom/1 bath but it was very spacious and comfortable for 4 of us. You will not be disappointed in this condo but pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it is!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and fantastic condo!

  • 5 of 5

I have meant to write this review for a long time and am just now getting around to it. Me and my husband rented this condo last June for a long weekend and we were NOT disappointed. The condo was clean/well kept/well stocked and had plenty of room. The location is perfect as it is basically across the street from the river and in walking distance to the "downtown" area where there are several nice/good restaurants. Deborah was great and easy to work with and it was a very easy/pleasurable transaction overall. If I return to BV, I will definitely book this condo again!!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I wish we could have stayed longer

  • 5 of 5

We were in town just for the night but this property was perfect. Very clean and in an awesome location.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Easy to find, super nice property, in cozy neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

This place was super cute! Loved the location, the condo was new, and comfortable. The only complaint I have was the pullout couch mattress was very uncomfortable! Would be great if the mattress was a little thicker. But everything else was lovely. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review! And thank you for the feedback on the pull-out couch. I will look into alternative solutions to making that mattress more comfortable. Thank again and I hope you will stay again! Stephanie
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Comfort and Convenience

  • 4 of 5

This place met all of the expectations we had from reading previous VRBO reviews and surpassed some. It was clean and modern and thoughtfully furnished to make a four-night stay for two people very comfortable.

Everything you need in the kitchen is there with plenty of empty cupboard space to stow the groceries we bought at the always busy City Market in town. Lots of room for cooking, and eating at the bar was as good as the table. The dishwasher is a little loud for watching TV at the same time but...we probably shouldn't have been watching TV in Colorado anyway. ;-)

The bathroom was clean with plenty of storage in the vanity and medicine cabinet so we didn't have to live out of a shaving kit or cosmetic case. A walk-in closet and dresser also provided plenty of room to unload suitcases. The bed was soft with extra blankets in the closets to add warmth even when sitting on the couch in the living room during our winter evenings. Washer and dryer worked well though the dryer didn't have much for cooler settings.

There was no more wear to the place than you would expect in your own home for the age and certainly less than you'd expect in a rental. We met the owner while he was shoveling the snow that was done very promptly during our stay.

Easy to access in the trendy South Main neighborhood that was active even in an unusually snowy winter for BV. Some shops and restaurants are there in South Main plus more are to be found on Main Street and Highway 24 in "old" Buena Vista.

There was a nice covered porch at the entry where we would have certainly enjoyed coffee in the mornings or sunsets in the evenings if we had been visiting in the summer. The view of mountains from that porch are limited but better than nothing. That's probably the only thing that keeps it from getting five stars from us. We come to Colorado to be in the mountains.

We read some reviews that commented on the noise from second floor tenants but we didn't consider it excessive and one of them even knocked on our door early one evening to ask if we minded if he did his laundry then because the washer is kind of loud above our bedroom. It was a nice gesture we wouldn't have expected.

It will be among our favorites as a place to stay on return trips. Our thanks to Stephanie and Bob for sharing it with us.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place for exploring the area!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for over a week in this convenient little condo. Super clean, comfortable, and was exactly what we were looking for. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
South Main River Park & Whitewater Trail Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Buena Vista River Park and Bridge
Nearest Point of Interest
Abandoned Midland Railroad and Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Four Mile Travel Management Area
Nearest Point of Interest
Midland Bike Trail System
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Railroad Museum and Courthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Midland Railroad Tunnels

Four-wheeling (Jeep & ATV), mountain climbing, rock/mineral/fossil collecting, exploring ghost towns & historic mining districts, panning for gold.


Rates & Availability

Buena Vista Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Off Season
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
2017 Peak Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
2017 Off Season
Oct 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $40 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.8%

Peak Season (May 1-Sept 30) ... $105.00 for a one night stay
Off Season (Oct 1-April 30) ... $85.00 for a one night stay
$200 deposit, $35 cleaning fee plus tax. Inquire for quote.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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