Stagecoach Meadows: Quiet Community with Mountain Ranch Living Vibes Minutes from the Heart of Fraser

The Fraser Valley is full of little gem, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, and Stagecoach Meadows just off County Road 5 in Fraser is one of our favorites. An alternative route from the Fraser ballfields to the top of Red Dirt Hill, County Road 5 winds between Fraser and Granby: a road-biking favorite, a scenic route with views for days, and a potential skip-the-weekend-traffic plan, but part of its beauty lies in the cozy residential communities along its path, including Stagecoach Meadows.

Minutes from town but in a world all its own, Stagecoach Meadows' ample-sized lots are nestled between Pole Creek and Crooked Creek among enchanting meadows and tall pines with views of the Continental Divide and Byers Peak. Open space complete with trails, wetlands, a pond, and a barn helps give the quiet community that mountain ranch living feel. 

The main entrance to Stagecoach Meadows is a turn off County Road 5 (4 Bar 4 Road) onto County Road 5171 (Stagecoach Drive), but a handful of homesites can be accessed off County Road 517 and County Road 5. The master-planned community of single-family homes is designed to limit density with 59 homesites that range from 2.5 to 5 acres that cannot be subdivided. Homes range in size from around 2,400 to over 5, 100 square feet. This luxury community complete with paved roads, cul-de-sacs, and plenty of space to enjoy the majestic beauty of the high mountain life is an ideal spot for a mountain retreat or full-time home. 


Stagecoach Meadows was developed on what was once the 4 Bar 4 Ranch, a family ranch homesteaded in 1895. A stop for the Georgetown and Middle Park Stagecoach Line that ran between Idaho Springs and Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass was soon built on the property, making the ranch one of two stops on the west side of the pass where horses were changed out. A log hotel and barn were erected utilizing trees on the property. The hotel remained operational until 1913. From 1913-1917 the Barn was converted into a Ford Motor Company dealership, selling Model T’s, helping it become known as “The Ford Barn”. The property was purchased in 1917 and re-established as a cattle ranch, remaining operational until the late 1980s when it was left vacant.  It was soon acquired by the Stagecoach Meadows Homeowners Association. They've since partnered with Historic Fraser, Inc., a local nonprofit, to restore the historic structures on the property. The 4 Bar 4 Ranch has been designated one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places by Colorado Preservation and is on the state’s register of historic properties.


One of the many perks of Stagecoach Meadows is its location. Just a little over three miles up County Road 5 from the Fraser ball fields, it's a quick drive into town to run to the store, grab dinner, or pick kids up from activities. Just 15 minutes from Winter Park Resort, down the road from Pole Creek Golf Course, a quick ride to hop on the on some of the Fraser Valley's best mountain bike trails, 20 minutes to skiing and golfing at Granby Ranch, and thirty minutes to the three lakes region, Stagecoach Meadows is in the heart of it all while still feeling like you're away from it all.   


Stagecoach Meadows Homeowners Association manages the open space and sets rules and regulations to ensure the community's standards are upheld. The association manages the open space, including the pond. While they ask homeowners not to swim in the pond, fishing is allowed year-round. The covenants are established to maintain a desirable and well-kept neighborhood, limiting the parking of recreational vehicles, trailers, and heavy equipment on homeowner property and requiring homeowners to maintain properties consistent with the aesthetic established by the HOA. Livestock is not allowed to live on homeowner property. The annual fees are currently around $800 and are always subject to change. 

The HOA is also responsible for design guidelines and review for new construction. Design guidelines help keep homes fitting with the natural setting: exterior finishes can be natural wood, natural or high-quality artificial stone, brick colored stucco, and textured concrete. They encourage a variation in pattern and texture of siding and do not allow homes with standing seam metal or corrugate metal as the primary finish. They ask for earth tones for any accents such as doors, trim, and roofs. A minimum of a two-car garage (attached) is required.


All homes in Stagecoach Meadows require a well and septic system. Natural gas, electric, cable, and high-speed internet are all available. 


If Stagecoach Meadows sounds like the place dreams are made of, we're with you! We would love to show you around the neighborhood and share the ins and outs of building or buying an existing home in this desirable subdivision. Reach out with questions, to schedule a buyer's consultation, or get set up with listing alerts. We'll be here for you every step of the way as you find your dream mountain property!

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