For Sale 1.4 Acres With Active Building Permit for a Straw Bale House in Colorado (SOLD)

St. Vrain RiverFor those of you interested in purchasing land in Colorado and building a straw bale house, here’s an incredible property that has the ball already rolling towards your success. Check out the information below about this amazing piece of land. Here’s a quick summary: 1.4 acres; Active building permit & plans for 1200 square foot straw bale, passive solar house. The photo is at the St. Vrain trailhead, 1/4 mile from the land.

Property Description

• We’ve already navigated one of the most difficult county permit processes in the country–so you don’t have to!
• 1.4 acres
• Active building permit and plans for almost 1200 square foot straw bale, passive solar house
• 500 foot well with recently tested, clean water
• 1/3 mile walk through national forest to St. Vrain Trailhead/river
• County maintained roads
• Fire mitigation plan already approved and 90% implemented
• Septic tests done and design completed and permitted
• National forest right at the end of the cul de sac (one minute walk)

Beautiful, diverse land with game trails, rock outcropping, two fire pits, multiple possible campsites in addition to the home site, and well above the flood plain. Building permit process included plan design, engineer approval, soils analysis, fire mitigation plan, revegetation plan, utilities plan design, waste management system plan, land use department process and approval, and five rounds of review by the county (a two year process)–all of which you can avoid!

We LOVE the land and house design, but life has changed and we need to stay in Denver. The land is south-facing, allowing for a passive solar home, oriented south-east and facing the river. The approved home is straw bale with trombe walls and a highly efficient wood burning stove.

Neighborhood Description

Cabins and homes are interspersed among upper-montane forest, an ecological transition zone of lodgepole pine, spruce, fir and aspen. This riparian corridor supports bigtooth maple, thin leaf alder, box elder, and willow. Elk, moose, deer, and small mammals are common.

Market Area

The land can be reached via peak to peak highway or via Jamestown and is 15 miles, or a 25 minute drive, from Boulder. Jamestown, a 7 minute drive, has a post office, restaurant, and general store, as well as community park area and river walk. The land for sale is well above the Jamestown flood plain.

School District

Nederland and Lyons school districts, both highly rated.


The three other residences within a three minute walk house folks who live here year-round. One is a nurse, one a teacher, and the third is a general contractor. All have lived here over 5 years. Cabins down by the river are largely rented out to folks drawn by hiking and fishing since they are at the Ceran St. Vrain trail head.

Cost and Contact

The asking price for the property is $99,000. If you are interested to learn more about the incredible potential for instant success this property offers, please contact the current owner: Rachel Balkcom at 303-856-4869. She will happily send you an email version of the current construction plans as well to review.


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14 Responses to For Sale 1.4 Acres With Active Building Permit for a Straw Bale House in Colorado (SOLD)

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    Anna Lindsay Mon, September 15, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    WOW… This sounds like my absolute dream plot of land… Aaaarg, WISH I were in a position to do something about it! Good luck!

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    Chrystie Sun, September 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Wow, sounds extremely tempting! Such a great fabulous part of the country! Someone will be very happy!

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    Deborah Cook Tue, February 3, 2015 at 10:36 pm #

    Is this property still available?

  4. Andrew
    Andrew Wed, February 4, 2015 at 9:29 am #

    Hi Deborah. I am not sure if it is still available or not. You can contact the owner at the phone number in the blog post to find out. Good luck. It sure is beautiful.

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    RACHEL BALKCOM Sun, March 15, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Deborah (and Andrew),

    It is still available! Just officially putting it back on the market.

    Deborah, let me know if you’re interested in chatting! 303-856-4869.


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    Woody Morelock Tue, April 7, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Love it would really love it more if it were just a bit bigger…… Maybe next summer we will be about ready then…..

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    Ellie Vaughter Sun, July 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    Today’s date: 7/10/16

    Has it sold yet?

    Please let me know.


  8. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Fri, July 15, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    I have not been told.

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    Dorothy Thu, January 26, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    I left a message for Rachel but I haven’t heard back yet.

  10. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Mon, March 6, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    I hope she gets back to you soon. I don’t have access to her other than through the channels provided in this post.

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    Niki Sat, December 2, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    I’m also interested to know if this is still available.

  12. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Mon, January 8, 2018 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Niki. I’m not sure. You would have to contact the agent or look it up on the MLS to see. Good luck.

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    DJ Novak Sat, August 10, 2019 at 7:20 am #

    Is there Internet access?

  14. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Sat, September 14, 2019 at 9:30 am #

    I don’t know the answer to that question. At very least, I imagine satellite would be available.

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