About Craig Townsend
Craig, alongside his cherished wife Ranada, has found a slice of paradise in Steamboat Springs, where the great outdoors offer a canvas for adventure and community engagement. His connection to the land is not just professional; it’s a family legacy, as he’s an integral part of his family’s farm and ranch operations, which have prospered through six generations of dedicated management.
His venture into the Land Brokerage Industry in 2018 was a natural progression of his generational expertise, yet Craig’s knowledge is far from merely inherited. His academic achievements include a solid Bachelor of Science in Economics from the United States Naval Academy and a Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Real Estate Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder. These qualifications have not only enriched his understanding but have also equipped him with the analytical tools to navigate the complexities of land transactions.
A decorated veteran, Craig’s 11 years of military service have been recognized with numerous commendations, illustrating his leadership and commitment. These traits have been instrumental in his transition to a civilian career where he has demonstrated exceptional skill in the procurement and negotiation of development land deals nationwide.
2023 marked a milestone in Craig’s career as he was honored with the “Colorado Land Broker of the Year” award, reflecting his exceptional contributions to the industry and his clients’ successes. This accolade sits alongside his depth of experience in real estate finance, serving as a beacon of his professionalism and excellence.
Craig’s philosophy is underpinned by the importance of teamwork, a value ingrained in him from his days on the farm, his time at the Naval Academy, and throughout his land brokerage career. His innate ability to dissect a deal, providing comprehensive insights, helps his clients navigate the complexities of land selling and buying with utmost confidence.
With a mission to connect people not just with properties, but with the possibilities of land, Craig’s strategic insight into water and mineral rights, conservation practices, and sustainable development are pivotal in serving his clients’ best interests. He’s a proud member of the National Association of Realtors, Land Broker Coop and the Realtors Land Institute, which keeps him at the forefront of industry trends and best practices.
His service extends beyond his professional life into fervent community involvement. Craig actively supports his local community by advising the Future Farmers of America, serving on several boards including the Steamboat Springs Rodeo, Community Ag Alliance, VFW, and as President of Historic Routt County, showcasing his leadership and dedication to preserving and promoting the values of his homeland.
Amidst his professional and community service, Craig finds solace in the recreational offerings of Steamboat Springs, indulging in the cherished pursuit of the evasive wapiti with his bow or hunting over his point lab Doc. His commitment to Mason & Morse Ranch Company mirrors the high standards he upholds in every facet of his life, where excellence is not just pursued, but lived.
Craig’s reputation as a land broker is not just built on transactions but on the lasting relationships and trust he cultivates with each client. As the “2023 Colorado Land Broker of the Year,” his approach to business is best summed up by client Annette Dunckley: “Craig’s drive and enthusiasm are unwavering, but his personal approach to generating a genuine connection with his clients have led us to adopt him into our family. Craig has transformed how brokerage is done, helping our family thrive.”
Craig’s track record speaks volumes, with over 25,000 acres of land brokered and over $50 million cumulative deal value that stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication and savvy negotiation skills. His personal tales, such as childhood summers spent working the family farm and learning the intricacies of crop rotation, resonate with farm and ranch owners, reinforcing his genuine passion for the land.
Craig looks forward to future possibilities, creating deep, genuine connections with clients, and delivering a higher standard of service. Craig invites you to reach out to connect and discuss your own real estate needs. Craig is licensed in CO, KS, MT and WY. Regardless of where you and your real estate is located, we will find a way to deliver a tailored solution to your needs.Experience:
- 29 Years Farm and Ranch Management, 6 Generation Family Operation
- 11 years of service as a Naval Officer, spanning 5 continents, 46 countries and 42 states
- Designed and entitled over 1.4 million SF of commercial space
- Implemented Asset Management platform responsible for over $300 million in assets
- Secured financing for over $100 million in development projects
- Developed over $50 million in commercial projects
- Led disposition of a $225 million Colorado real estate portfolio
- United States Naval Academy - B.S. Economics 2003
- University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business – M.B.A Real Estate Finance
- Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Life Member Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
- RLI Board Member Colorado Chapter
- Member Pheasants Forever
- Member Colorado Bowhunter’s Association
- Member Colorado Snowmobiler’s Association
- Member University of Colorado Real Estate Council
Benkelman, NebraskaCounty: DundyAcres: 1760 | $9,900,000Income producing commercial irrigated farm for sale in southwest Nebraska, with exceptional soil and water characteristics
Phillips Creek Yampa Ranch
Yampa, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 2131 | $7,020,000Colorado mountain ranch for sale offering excellent water rights including the #2 water right in the upper Yampa basin; live water fishery in Phillips Creek; deeded land with hunting cabin backing to National Forest; and a solid cattle operation.
Copper Ridge Ranch
Steamboat Springs, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 360 | $4,900,000Colorado ranch for sale with mountain views, wildlife haven, end of road privacy, plus direct access to over 1.4 million acres of national forest. Located only three miles north of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Stage Stop Ranch
Yampa, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 113 | $2,549,500Cabin for sale near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, fully furnished main cabin to the barn caretaker quarters and winterized workshop area, mountain property that offers privacy and seclusion
Rio Grand Industrial Park
Craig, ColoradoCounty: MoffatAcres: 12 | $1,025,000Colorado development opportunity, currently subdivided into five separate parcels, zoned industrial, large parcel of developable land located adjacent to the city of Craig, Colorado, with great access to US 40 and State Hwy 13, ideal street frontage, serviceable with city water and sewer.
Yuma County Cattle and Energy Ranch
Eckley, ColoradoCounty: YumaAcres: 6200 | $9,750,000Land for sale in Yuma County, Colorado, with four Irrigated circles, seven pastures and a headquarters. Opportunity to capitalize on a number of additional revenue streams such as conservation easements, to carbon leases or renewable energy leases.
Phillips Creek Toponas Ranch
Toponas, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 560 | $3,000,000Ranch for sale in Colorado primarily used for production of hay or grass from the 330 acres irrigated, historic significance allowing other income possibilities, adjacency of BLM land to the south allows direct access to public land hunting opportunities
The Waters on Savery Creek
Savery, WyomingCounty: CarbonAcres: 200 | $2,995,000200 acres with nearly one mile of private fishing water plus a newly renovated 4,300 square foot, six-bedroom, three full and two half bath log home headquarters, and a separate fully remodeled one-bed/one-bath caretaker unit.
Independence, KansasCounty: MontgomeryAcres: 600 | $2,850,000Kansas farm for sale includes 600+/- acres with three homes, ranch features a cattle operation comprised of two grow/starting yards, each permitted for 999 head, three separate houses and over 400 acres of grass/pasture with ponds and recreational hunting opportunities.
Yampa, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 107 | $2,300,000Colorado mountain retreat at the foot of the Flattop Mountains, centrally located between two of Colorado’s most iconic ski towns
Anglers Envy Ranch
Dixon, WyomingCounty: CarbonAcres: 317 | $2,200,000Ultimate Outdoorsman Ranch for sale in Wyoming with spectacular fishing, abundant wildlife and lush hay meadows along the banks of the Little Snake River offering approximately a mile of riverfront access
Greeley County Land
Tribune, KansasCounty: GreeleyAcres: 954 | $1,875,000Farm land investment opportunity for sale, 954± acres of Western Kansas dryland cropland located in Greeley County, west of the town of Tribune, Kansas
Oak Creek, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 42 | $1,680,000Colorado horse ranch for sale with year-round access, seclusion, mountain views, modern conveniences surrounded by world-class recreational opportunities located only a couple of miles from Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Independence, KansasCounty: MontgomeryAcres: 180 | $1,600,000Kansas cattle ranch for sale, grow operation in the heart of the cattle industry, conveniently located close to several sale barns, and large cattle operations, 180+/- acres associated with the two yards, water reservoir, manager’s home and equipment shed.
White Hawk Ranch
Yampa, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 351 | $1,350,000Boundless Recreational Opportunities Bordering BLM
Oak Creek, ColoradoCounty: RouttAcres: 40 | $1,275,000Conveniently located ranch for sale with less than a mile from town, privacy and wildlife, plus a 3,600 square foot home