Telluride Academy earlier this month closed on a property located along the Highway 62 river corridor, approximately four mile miles past Placerville in Leopard Creek for staff housing. The 3.8-acre parcel, adjacent to public lands, is a high desert landscape dotted with scrub oak and pinon trees with natural sandstone terraces. Amidst sunny meadows is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house.
“The academy has always been on the hunt for a piece of property where we can take students and enhance programming,” executive director Luke Brown said.
Over the past six months, however, the focus for land acquisition changed from enriching programming to securing staff housing, which became especially concerning when the academy started hiring for the summer season in January.
“We saw a marked change in the frequency of applications with people hesitating to pursue Telluride because of housing,” Brown explained. “Which put the fire under us as an organization to get serious about addressing affordable housing for our staff.”
The Academy House is a fantastic step forward to ensure they can continue to provide outdoor experiences for both local families and out of town guests for many years to come.
We are very excited that we could help make it happen. Telluride Properties broker, Allison Templin, who has served on the academy board of directors for nearly six years, volunteered her real estate brokering services, time and expertise to close the deal.
Read the recent article in the Telluride Daily Planet HERE.
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