Roam: A Winter Park Community

A new community next to Winter Park offers sustainable, connected high-country living.

Roam community center
Rendering by Beata Chudobinska.

Billed as a “new kind of mountain community,” Roam is set in the footprint of a former dude ranch adjacent to Winter Park, near both the Fraser River valley and Rocky Mountain National Park and poised between the majestic scenery of Grand County and the big-city amenities that Denver offers.

The surrounding vicinity provides boundless four-season opportunities for entertainment and recreation, as only Colorado can do it. World-class skiing, hiking, rafting, and biking line up next to shopping, concerts, live performances, and so much more. Located in the midst of this remarkable backdrop, Roam features a variety of home styles in four distinct ecosystems.

“Roam will be approximately 550 to 600 dwelling units, including condos, townhomes, and single-family homes,” says Brian Ripley, chief revenue officer for Fraser River Land Co., an affiliate owned by nearby Devil’s Thumb Ranch owners Bob and Suzanne Fanch. “Although Fraser River Development Company is the legal name of the company, Roam is descriptive of the sense of place and the opportunity to wander and enjoy the many different experiences in the county using this community as a basecamp,” says Ripley.

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Thanks to a partnership with CenturyLink, homes here are connected to high-speed gig fiber. The network runs through the community, establishing Roam as a work-from-the-mountains home base. Set close to shops, coworking spaces, cafes, and a miles-long bike trail, the community is walkable and bikeable as well as committed to using sustainable practices and materials. Stewardship is an important part of the plan; nearly 70% of Roam is preserved as open space, the developer has worked on river restoration projects, and lighting is installed with an eye towards protecting the precious “dark sky” environment.

Roam community house
Rendering by Beata Chudobinska.

The first buildouts at Roam started with 16 custom home lots set along the Fraser River. Other projects include townhomes and single-family homes, along with an 87-unit condominium project. The latest offering at Roam is MeadowGlades, being built by Marker Hill Construction. It’s an enclave of 32 single-family homes designed with a modern take on the distinctive gables of the former Garrett Trout Ranch and, more recently, Beaver Village Guest Resort.

Embracing respect for the land and an appreciation for refined living, the community tagline of “all trails lead to Roam” rings true.