Fall River Estates
During the search for a lot in Estes Park, both Del Lienemann, Sr. and Del Lienemann, Jr. felt that the land prices in Estes Park were undervalued. On August 21, 1968 they both went to Marden & Steffans realtors to inquire about land that might be available for sale in the Estes Park area.
Upon arriving at Marden & Steffans realtors, Fred Steffans was on the phone and when he hung up the phone, he said that the call was from Howard James and that the James family, which owned the Elkhorn Lodge, had just decided to sell 100 acres of land along U.S. highway 34 with Fall River running through it. Both Del Lienemann, Sr. and Del Lienemann, Jr. immediately went to look at the 100 acres and after viewing it, decided it should be bought for future development. The 100 acres of land was purchased in September of 1968 for $250,000.00.
In order to begin the development of Fall River Estates, both Del Lienemann, Sr. and Del Lienemann, Jr. walked the entire 100 acres with the Architects and Engineers to layout the road system and lots that would be developed. It was decided that the lots along Fall River would primarily be for commercial development and that the lots going up Deer Mountain to the border with Rocky Mountain National Park would primarily be for residential development.
The Fall River Estates Subdivision development was started in 1969 and The Fall River Estates Subdivision development was completed in 1975 at a development cost of $750,000.00, with a grand opening in October of 1975. There are pictures of the Fall River Estates Subdivision and the grand opening in the loft at Wa-Ste-La and are shown below.