Colorado Retirement Mecca for Sale by Auction

BATTLEMENT MESA, Colo., Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The opportunity to own part of a unique community in Western Colorado is now available. Over 25 properties in Battlement Mesa, Colo., will be sold by auction on October 17 at 11 a.m. with preview dates on October 7 and 10.

Battlement Mesa offers the opportunity to purchase commercial property, hunting land and development land. Built in the 1970’s by Exxon, Battlement Mesa has become a retirement mecca and offers housing for workers for the busy Western Slope resort towns. It boasts many amenities including an 18-hole golf course, 52,000 sq. ft. recreation center, brand-new medical clinic, new high school, miles of walking and hiking trails and miles of Colorado River frontage.

Some of the properties for sale include:

  • 56,730 sq. ft. Town Center commercial core property, which includes Clark’s Market
  • 8,810 sq. ft. convenience center
  • 1,061 acres of hunting
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How to get a mortgage when considering downsizing in retirement

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If you’re retired and are thinking about downsizing or relocating, and it involves buying a home, you might want to look into how you would finance it.

You may discover that qualifying for a mortgage is different from the last time you bought a house. Not only have lenders tightened credit during the coronavirus pandemic, retirees generally have left a steady paycheck behind.

It can be tricky for retirees to get a mortgage, said Al Bingham, a mortgage loan officer with Momentum Loans in Sandy, Utah.

“You can have a lot of money but show very little income and have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage,” Bingham said. “It frustrates a lot of them.”

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Big Al Capone’s in Pipe remains closed; building for sale following owners’ retirement

PIPE – Big Al Capone’s, N10302 U.S. Highway 151, and its historical property are for sale.

a close up of a street in front of a house: Big Al Capone’s, present day.

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Big Al Capone’s, present day.

The restaurant temporarily closed in March shortly after the state’s safer-at-home order, deciding not to continue take-out services. By June, many local restaurants had reopened, but Big Al Capone’s was not one of them.

During the shutdown, owners Annie and John Schmitz retired and put the historical property up for sale, as of Sept. 20, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. 

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The building was originally built in 1846 as the Stage Coach Inn and Fuhrman Hotel and had earned a place on the State Historical Registry, according to The Reporter archives. 

The Schmitzes previously owned Schmitty’s Oar House, and after selling, bought this building — said to be one of Al Capone’s stops when traveling between northern Wisconsin and

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