Grand Junction Demolishes Old Ute Avenue House
Something is missing from the southwest corner of 4th Street and Ute Avenue in Grand Junction.
I would swear it was there when I went home for lunch on Wednesday sometime around 12:30 p.m. When I drove by the same location at 6 p.m., it was gone.
What's Missing from this Grand Junction Area?
Do you recall the old house on the southwest corner, just south of the Elk Lodge? It's been there since long before I was born. According to Google Maps, the address was 301 S. 4th Street. A number of years ago the structure behind it caught fire, resulting in some damage to the house.
For the last few years, the house has been boarded up. "For Sale by Owner" signs were painted on plywood and fastened to the side of the house. On a few occasions, I seriously considered calling to see how much they were asking.
This Grand Junction House Sold for How Much?
According to trulia.com, this house sold on January 15, 2021. The site lists the house as five beds, three baths, and 2,528 square feet. The site reports the house sold for $262,000.
I Don't Mean to be a Creep, but ... How Much?
I recently sold one of my income properties, a five-bedroom, three-bath, 2,700 square foot house on half an acre for $325,000. That house was built in 1971. It was in good condition with a very nice yard.
The price of $262,000 for this 121-year-old house at 301 S 4th Street sitting on less than 1/4 acre seems a bit steep. It's none of my business, but I suspect the buyer, the City of Grand Junction, is going to take a little heat for this.
What's the backstory About This Grand Junction House?
According to remax.com, the house was built in 1900. Remax disagrees when it comes to the info provided by trulia.com. Remax lists it as having one bath.
One historic note involves the home's past residents. It seems during its early years, the structure provided housing for railroad workers. As the son of a Grand Junction railroad worker, I find this awesome.
Property to be Used for a Good Cause.
According to the Daily Sentinel, the City of Grand Junction purchased the property with plans to turn it over to Catholic Outreach.
Sad to see it go.
I, for one, always enjoyed this old house. I never stepped inside, but for some reason, it always caught my eye. As a lifelong resident, there are buildings along 4th Street I've always enjoyed: the Elks Lodge, this old house at 301 S 4th, and St. Regis to name a few.
If nothing else, the house had a good run. Imagine how many Grand Valley residents called this place home over the last 121 years.