If you love the outdoors — whether up close & personal or through a picture window — pure heaven is living in breath-taking Durango with its 300 days of sunshine and incredible views of the Rocky Mountains’ San Juan Range and wilderness at your backdoor.
Durango’s gold medal fly fishing waters are equally as popular for whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, all fed by the incredibly beautiful and exciting Animas River which so vividly traces Durango’s exciting history. When early explorers passed through this area, they named
the river “El Rio de las Animas Perdidas en Purgatorio” — “River of the Lost Souls in Hell.” They thought the river offered little in the way of riches. Boy, were they wrong!
Almost seven miles of the Animas flow through Durango, offering myriads of public access points. “Big Water Grows Big Fish” goes the old saying and the 100-foot wide Animas produces state championship catches.
The name Purgatory, heard often around Durango, has two possible historical origins. When bodies of the early Spanish explorers completely disappeared, other explorers believed their souls had been relegated to Purgatory. Others say the name comes from a toll road from Durango to prosperous mines. Miners who couldn’t pay the toll were stuck in Durango, in limbo – or Purgatory.
In additional to multiple off-road draws for hiking, biking, backpacking, rock climbing hunting and golfing, five major nearby ski areas are 25 minutes or less from downtown. The first-ever Mountain Bike World Championships were held in Durango. Among the notable sports residents are former Major League baseball pitcher Steve Carlton and tennis great Andrea Jaeger.
Durango has amassed many “Top” awards from national magazines and newspapers, including “Top Ten U.S. Travel Destinations.” Durango is closely tied to the “Old West” and even older histories. Archeological sites abound, including Darkmold Site, a Basketmaker culture, and Talus Village, a Basketmaker site.
Most Americans are familiar with the famed historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Although it now only hauls tourists, it’s the reason Durango exists. A depot was needed for the transport of precious metals from high country mines. Wide tracks wouldn’t work. Hence the “narrow gauge.”
With an intensity that belies its small size, Durango has become a magnet for luxury on all levels, while still maintaining that small town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere which are so attracting, explains Horizon Properties of Durango, the area’s leading realtors. High-end
residential real estate opportunities — that take advantage of all the area’s treasures — abound in Durango now thanks to that community’s intensive focus on all the amenities demanded by those who can afford the very best. Excellence is the byword in educational
opportunities, shopping, entertainment, cuisine, arts and culture.
Many of the world’s finest classical musicians have performed at the Music of the Mountains summer festival in nearby Pagosa Springs. Nearby major regional airports make access easy. The incredible scenery makes Durango an immediate draw for movie settings, such as “City Slickers,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sons of Katie Elder,” “How the West Was Won,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” and “Nurse Betty.” The famous cliff-jumping scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was filmed at Baker’s Bridge, just north of Durango.
When it comes to shopping, Durango’s “HoliDAZZLE” showcases so many unique shops (last count was over 500!); the city was voted one of the nation’s “Top 10 Christmas Towns.” The charming Historical Downtown District in particular is a year-round feast for the eyes with its chic bakeries, old-fashioned diners, and both chic and quaint boutiques offering an amazing array of collectibles and unique gift items.
Durango’s and Southwestern Colorado’s premier real estate firm since 1980, Horizon Properties offers discreet buyer and seller representation and provides individual attention to every client, from first homes to luxury homes, ranches and land.
Horizon’s team of real estate professionals works to find the right property for each client. When it comes to offering the highest level of real estate brokerage services, Horizon Properties’ owner/broker, Geof Schlittgen, holds strongly to the conviction that bigger is not necessarily better.
With this in mind, he organized a small and diverse team of professionals dedicated to providing their customers and clients a more thorough and comprehensive approach to marketing properties.
One of the cornerstones of Horizon Properties is strict adherence to the old adage about treating people in the same manner that they, themselves, would want to be treated. Team Horizon prides itself on assisting its clientele in achieving their real estate related goals, from conception through completion
Geof Schlittgen 970-759-3702
Rob Littfin 970-749-8526
Representing Durango Real Estate and Premier Properties in Southwestern Colorado since 1980.
Horizon Properties offers discreet buyer and seller representation and provides individual attention to every client, from first homes to luxury homes, ranches and land.
Horizon’s team of real estate professionals works to find the right property for you, your family, your business or investment interests. If you are a Seller, Horizon is positioned to expose your property nationally via our exclusive area affiliation with American Luxury Estates/Classic Properties International. This affiliation affords Horizon’s clients access to out of area markets through our referral network, hard copy media as well as digital magazines of varying genres of properties broken down into particular regions.
Horizon recently moved to a new location in the Animas Valley at Willow Springs, 275 Trimble Lane (County Road 252), between Trimble Crossing and Dalton Ranch Golf Club. Please call for an appointment.