Whether you’ve been in Montrose for years or you’re considering a move, you’ll likely need to know some basics about the town. We’ve compiled helpful resources that clients and agents often ask about when we’re inspecting homes in the area.
A Little Background on Montrose, CO
Montrose is a municipality on the western slope of Colorado that is located just south of Grand Junction. Montrose is a city of about 19,130 residents according to the 2010 Census and is in the very populous Montrose County. Montrose sits at an elevation that is just a mile above sea level at just over 5,800 feet.
Building Permits & Project Approvals:
Montrose must approve building permits and projects that residents want to do on their property including projects related to drywall, heating/cooling, insulation, plumbing, and structural changes of buildings to ensure that all projects are up to city codes for builds, fire safety, and other regulations.
A list of the building regulations for the city of Montrose can be found here.
The city of Montrose, Colorado collects over 70% of its income from sales taxes on products. Montrose does not collect any property taxes. The current tax rates as a whole in Montrose are as follows:
- 3.30% – City (0.3% collected on behalf of the Montrose Recreation District)
- 1.75% – Montrose County
- 2.9% – State
- 7.65% – Total
The sales taxes for restaurants in Montrose are 8.45% and is at 8.55% for hotel and lodging establishments.
Public Works & Utilities:
The Public Works Department develops, maintains, and operates all city-owned infrastructure such as streets, water, sewage, parks, and trails. Moreover, the department also provides sanitation services throughout the city.
Public services in Montrose includes the following divisions: engineering, fleet management, parks, trash/recycling, streets, utilities, and water treatment.
Utilities that the city of Montrose provides include both water and sewer utilities to residents throughout the city. The city will charge a fee for each service to rendered to residents. These fees help keep the water and sewage services that Montrose offers of a top quality and helps those services to continue to be able to be provided well into the future.
Fees vary based on what the fees actually provide to cover the cost of the service.
The city of Montrose provides a variety of philanthropic services including a variety of charitable organizations that help develop and nurture the greater community. These community services that are provided include a variety of scholarships and nonprofits which community services go towards to help uplift and provide resources to the community.
Montrose is serviced by All Points Transit which is a transit company that provides basic transportation for residents that go all throughout Colorado. All Points Transit provides everything from standard bussing services to Dial-A-Ride services to resources that provide rides for people with disabilities or senior citizens.
All Points Transit is committed to helping all citizens of the greater Montrose area get around at their leisure all while being a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company that provides for the transportation needs of all people in the Montrose area including the economically disadvantaged, the disabled, and elderly populations of our area. All routes and vehicles are open to the public without discrimination.
Parks & Recreation:
Montrose provides a wide variety of services for the citizens of Montrose, including the entire Montrose Recreational District. The Recreational District provides programs and events for people with a variety of various interests and needs throughout the entire Montrose area.
The activities provided by the Montrose Recreation District include everything from aquatics programs (classes, clubs, water aerobics, etc.) to both youth and adults sports leagues. Moreover, the Recreation District provides a variety of different services to the Community Rec Center from rock climbing walls to basketball courts to fitness centers to racquetball courts to weight rooms and outdoor pickleball courts. The Recreation Center also provides child care services even options for birthday parties.
The Montrose Office of Business & Tourism (OBT) is proud to announce their partnership with the Champion Volunteer Program in support of the Montrose Business Center which is open Mondaythrough Friday 10am to 4pm with extra hours of operation extended throughout the summer. We are pleased to offer a variety of volunteer opportunities which are discussed in more detail here.
Moreover, those looking for additional opportunities to volunteer can find them at VolunteerMatch.org and set a search to find opportunities within so many miles (like 20 miles for example) of Montrose. Choose any of these options for more awesome ways to get involved with something near to your heart while staying within in your local community.
Montrose is home to a variety of public and private schools, many of which are included in the Montrose County School District RE-1J. The goal is to have all students that enter the district and graduate from their schools to have a variety of life skills they can use no matter which path they choose to take from there. Whether they choose to advance on to college or enter the workforce, begin a career, seek an apprenticeship, or work for a family business, they will have the basic skills they need to succeed in all areas in which they may seek out future endeavors.
Real Estate in Montrose:
Real Estate in Montrose is a rapidly growing industry as housing begins to pick up and sales begin to increase. Home values are increasing as well. The average home value in Montrose currently sits at $215,200, according to Zillow.com. These numbers fall in between other cities in the area such as Delta which only has an average home value of $160,400 yet is slightly lower than Crawford, which has an average home value of $218,900.
According to Trulia.com, the average home in Montrose is priced fairly as the average square foot cost in Montrose is only $150.00 per square foot. Montrose homes have increased in value an average of 10% since last year at the same time. The median rent per month for a home in Montrose is running at about $1,225 per month.
For more information on homes in the Montrose area, please feel free to contact us and we’ll help out in any way we can!