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Montrose and Montrose County
Montrose is 27 miles north of Ridgway. It is a community of some 18,000 population, and at 5,500 to 6,000 feet above sea level. The area has little snow. Features in and around Montrose county include farms, ranches, abundant water settings and rivers and a verdant valley.
Olathe is 10 miles north of Montrose. Nucla and Naturita are in western Montrose County.
Diverse and sustainable economy includes farming, ranching, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, construction, medical facilities and services, plus education. The Montrose airport has direct service to Denver and Houston, with added, scheduled service during ski season to Phoenix and Florida . The airport also accommodates corporate and charter jets of all sizes.
Montrose has a major hospital and elder care facilities. The Montrose/Olathe school district is the largest on the western slope. Schools include four elementary, two middle schools, two junior high and two high schools, plus after-school programs. One private school, kindergarten through high school, is operated by the Presbyterian Church. In advanced education, Mesa State College has a Montrose campus, and the Delta Montrose Vocational and Technical School offers specialized training. Montrose also has a large library.
Shoppers are gaining with the current expansion of major retail stores. The community and its leadership are proactive for the quality of life, business and the economy, with an active chamber of commerce, manufacturing association, economic development council and other organizations..
Youth are actively served by community organizations and programs. Crime level is moderate, considered low when compared with that of other areas of the United States.
Take a good look at the scenic mountain vistas from Montrose city and county.
You get a lot for your money in real estate in Montrose County. Small developments range from some upscale developments to modular, factory built and mobile home communities. Older, beautiful homes are available, most with mature trees, and valley views. More affluent properties are found throughout the county in rural settings and include many log homes. Average range in home prices $150,000-$350,000.
Four golf communities include: one with an executive course for retirees, one for retirees with an 18-hole course, one family community with an 18-hole course, and a new Jack Nicklaus-designed course now under construction.
Montrose city and county have established building codes and regulations. Average new home construction cost is $100 per square foot.

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