Licensed in: CO, NM
Jim’s family settled in rural Boulder County, Colorado in the late 1960s where he attended high school and the University of Colorado Boulder. Family weekends were reserved for hunting, fishing, camping, and trying to get lost on the backroads of Colorado and New Mexico. He has spent a lot of years missing easy shots, tangling fishing lines, and getting bucked off horses he shouldn’t have been on.
Jim permanently moved back to Colorado from Florida in the early 2000s after a 28-year career that included Director of Tennis, Marina & Fitness at ITT Corp and Director of Tennis for the city of Daytona Beach. ITT Development Corp was at the time the largest land developer in Florida. While in Florida Jim spent many days in a single outboard engine boat thirty to fifty miles offshore trolling for striking fish or bottom fishing for grouper and snapper. During this time Jim was a US Coast Guard licensed boat captain and was also a USPTA certified tennis professional for 33 years.
Jim lives and headquarters out of La Veta, Colorado, a small rural ranching town of about 800 permanent residents in Huerfano County, Colorado, that has recently seen an influx of artists, and baby boomer retirees. The town has no traffic lights or nationally franchised businesses. Las Animas is an adjacent county that also boasts some of the best elk hunting in Colorado. La Veta and Huerfano County also boasts several large elk herds and plenty of mule deer. It’s not unusual to have a herd of ten to twenty mule deer outside the office window. The La Veta location allows Jim to easily travel around Colorado and south into New Mexico. New Mexico towns like Santa Fe, Mora, and Taos, Red River Raton, Eagles Nest, are easy drives. Drives to Colorado towns such as Pueblo, Trinidad, Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Salida, and many other towns and cities are just as easy.
Jim belongs to the Realtor Land Institute which is a worldwide organization of land professionals that offers the opportunity to network with and market to other outstanding brokers across the country. Jim has earned the Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) designation. This is an elite group of 480 land specialists who hold the designation across the globe. To achieve the ALC designation a broker must take over 100 hours of specialized courses, meet stringent experience requirements, and provide a portfolio of land sales that exceed $10M.
In addition to subscribing to the REALTORS® Code of Ethics, ALCs support the high standards of conduct and experience that directly relate to their specialty. As an ALC, Jim has access to the best industry knowledge, network of fellow land professionals, and resources to help best serve his clients’ best interests. He has experience helping clients navigate the 1031 exchange process and is currently researching how and where the new Opportunity Zone capital gains tax deferral program can help his clients. Jim specializes in recreational ranch and hunting properties in Colorado and New Mexico and would love to take you ranch shopping, it’s fun!
5633 State Hwy 12
PO Box 965
La Venta, Colorado 81055
Available Property Listings by Jim Vidamour
This is the perfect ranch for so many reasons. The incredible 5,000 SF log home is the perfect retreat for your family to enjoy and feel safe in today’s unpredictable world. Ranch life awaits you, complete with comfort, security, connectivity and all the amenities to make the rural life yours.
Located in the heart of a four-season recreational mecca, in an area infused with the incredibly unique New Mexican culture, this ranch is truly one of a kind. The unique zoning allows the owner to explore numerous possible uses. We invite you to schedule a tour today to experience the beauty and serenity of this place.
This ranch has it all. A gorgeous home, superior outbuildings, big game hunting, direct BLM access, water rights, year-round access, state-of-the-art greenhouse, and passive income opportunity. Conveniently located with proximity to all the fine recreational opportunities Colorado has to offer. Enjoy as a fulltime property or a home away from home.
Deriving its name from a wild strawberry patch on the top of a towering bluff, this ranch offers outstanding big game hunting or watching with an abundant number of species such as trophy elk, mule deer, black bear and pronghorn antelope. Valuable water rights and a diverse terrain making this ranch suitable for agriculture or recreation.
The property includes a stunning seven-bedroom lodge with a kitchenette apartment situated in the small well-conceived Arrowhead community that also includes a guest inn, restaurant, and community activities. The wild elk herd is abundant in the area and the ranch backs up to public lands on three sides so recreational opportunities are endless.
This is one of the few medium-sized acreages still undivided in the area. The diversity of the property, the proximity to town, the incredible views and general location make it a very desirable property for now and years to come. Ride, hunt, hike, explore or farm your own piece of the old west.
Cedarwood Ranch features abundant grass for grazing, multiple springs/seeps, pinion & juniper hillsides, and a dramatic setting on the Huerfano River Canyon. The ranch has supported a cattle grazing operation in the past and because of the water and grass would be suitable for seasonal grazing. This property is a great location to create an off the grid retreat and perhaps it’s the best use might be as an outstanding parcel to build that ”get away from it all” retreat residence. Power is nearby and could easily be brought to the property line.
Articles Authored by Jim Vidamour
A Skilled Spot and Stalk Hunter’s Paradise! by John Watson of Fay Ranches The 785+/- acre Dos Rios Ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, has a rare combination of ideal attributes that enable the skilled spot and stalk hunter to regularly harvest big mule deer in the 170”-185” Boone and Crockett class every year. Located in […]
The land, color and skies of New Mexico, combined with its outdoor recreation opportunities, culture, people, history and arts attract ranchland investors to this most unique mountain state, long known as The Land of Enchantment. New Mexico, the fifth largest state, is long on landscapes that range from vast deserts to open mesas to snowcapped […]
Denver, CO – Fay Ranches has announced the acquisition of John Watson and his Colorado real estate brokerage. Watson has been a Colorado ranch broker for the past twenty years, directed a national real estate practice and handled land transactions in 12 U.S. states. Last year, Fay Ranches closed approximately $200 million in sales across […]