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125 White Water Drive

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 730044

This idyllic mountain retreat features a custom three-level 10,791 SF log home with unique architectural details, 5 bedrooms suites with 5 full baths, 2 extra half baths on 7+-acres. Designed to incorporate the stunning natural environment, this home is full of light from its expansive windows taking in beautiful views of the Animas River Valley, Missionary Ridge and the San Juan Mountains. The master suite is on the main level and there is a spacious gourmet kitchen with everything needed for entertaining large numbers of guests and family. The cathedral ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of spaciousness and bring the outdoors inside, while the interior exudes warmth and comfort. There is a large dining room, hexagonal great room with massive fireplace and separate sitting room, large office and sewing/hobby room with built-in shelving and cupboards, separate workshop, and full-surround EON decks outside with multiple seating areas. And, there is an expansive award-winning O-scale model train railroad room, based on the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railroads found in the American western mountains.  The front of the home has a large pond fed by water from the Animas River, pumped in from an irrigation ditch which begins on the property, and massive rocks below the deck which form a tumbling waterfall cascading down to the pond and river, creating a most relaxing and private setting to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding this lovely property.  This is very well thought out home with easy flow and beautiful surroundings.  Most of the furnishings are included in the price of this one-of-a-kind home.

Location and Area

Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, and many cultural activities. For downhill skiing, Purgatory Resort is a short drive from the Glacier Club, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour away. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also available throughout the area. Summertime is filled with opportunities for riding, hiking, fly fishing, boating, zip-lining, golfing and visiting the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument. There are endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain views, and over 300 days of sunshine each year. Comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80s, while the autumn days are clear, cool and full of vibrant foliage colors. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant, light powdery snow.

The La Plata County area, that includes Durango and Bayfield, has a population of 57,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas, and Phoenix, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 100 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Details

  • Private and secure 7+-acres with Animas River access and views
  • Excellent water rights - 5 B-shares of water rights
  • Spectacular views of Missionary Ridge and surrounding mountains
  • Property located only 18 minutes from downtown Durango and 15 minutes from the Purgatory Ski Resort
  • Outside perimeter wood rail fence on north and south side of property (on neighbor's property)
  • Professionally designed exterior landscaping with automatically controlled water timer and pump system for the sprinkler system that gets its water from the river
  • Secure double-gated entry with large circular driveway; lower keyed gate with call button answered on inside phone system
  • Security monitoring whole exterior house and gate DVR camera system is accessible from TV
  • Custom designed exterior lighting system has automatic nighttime exterior lights turn on-and-off; low voltage lighting on exterior landscaping
  • Concrete sidewalks on east side with custom designed exterior steps; heated driveway and snowmelt system; west side garage at driveway and sidewalk hydronically heated with timer switch set for 12 hours
  • Tumbling waterfall emerging out of massive rocks cascade toward pond and river
  • Large pond on east side of property approximately 75 x 150 ft. has re-circulating pumps and automatic water feed bringing up nightly fresh water from river; perfect for trout — up to 20” trout grown in this pond; excess water drains to lower pond; 7 hp pump system controls pond and 5 hp system controls waterfall and stream
  • All exterior basement walls and post footers covered with cultured rock surfaces
  • Spiral staircase connects main level deck to upper level
  • 6 ft. high carved bear by famous wood carver Chad Haspels (carved the firefighters on trees at Vallecito Lake) on patio deck

General House Features

  • House featured in Country’s Best Log Home Magazine – Floor Plans and Designs 2010 – 12 page article feature
  • Custom designed Neville log home approximately 10,791 SF; 14” Engelmann spruce hand-crafted (pealed) logs from dead-standing trees from British Columbia; 9% moisture; Douglas fir trusses for stability
  • House professionally designed for water runoff; all water from roof and side of house drains into pond
  • Roof: Decra aluminum cedar shake – grit coated tiles with 50-year transferable warranty (38 years remaining)
  • 3-car garage (hydronic heat) with storage closet and back side TV access for Great Room
  • Combination of log and sheet rock offers interest internally; radius corners on all sheet rock walls
  • Insulation on log walls are rated at R-40 and ceilings have 10” insulation
  • Alarm system with 24-hour monitor and keypads throughout house; fire sensors throughout home; door chime, wall bells answered on phone system
  • Cathedral ceilings 28’ tall; ceiling in most areas are 2½’ x 6’ tongue and groove pine sealed and professionally installed
  • Custom designed ash front door and side panels by Doug Christie with beveled glass window inserts
  • Baseboards throughout are wood and interior doors are knotty pine with extremely hard finishes
  • Flooring is top of the line carpeting, stone tile, and Kahrs maple hardwood flooring — only hardwood manufactured flooring guaranteed with hydronically heated floors
  • Recessed and directional lighting
  • Top quality Hurd windows in entire house with heat mirror in all glass exposed to sun; wooden blinds
  • Most lighting fixtures custom designed
  • All cabinetry in house custom made from Hickory with slide out drawers - locally made and installed by Ed Zock
  • Ceiling fans in all bedrooms, sewing room, family room, and basement living room
  • Whole house hydronically heated in-floor radiant heat; natural gas; total cost to heat home last two years averages $1,800.00
  • Hot water system features return loop with circulator pump for instant hot water throughout the entire home; 2 hot water tanks; 160-gal. hot water heater
  • Two separate A/C systems – main floor and upper floor with ducts in every room and centrally controlled with thermostats
  • Two separate Humidity systems – main floor and upper floor – that control the % of humidity with humidistats – up to 80-gal. each of water can be converted to steam daily
  • Northland water softener for entire house
  • Stealth central vacuum system available on all floors
  • Digital phone system with as many as 24 lines available
  • Whole house interior and exterior sound system installed and potential sound access in every room
  • 38 KW natural gas-fired standby generator with auto start and 400 amp automatic transfer switch; runs entire home if electricity goes out
  • City water and natural gas
  • Professionally designed septic system designed to handle whole house
  • Large EON decking around all four sides of house – NO decking maintenance required

– Main Level –


  • Large area with slate tile floor
  • Coat closet

Great Room

  • 28’ cathedral ceiling
  • Expansive ‘bump-out’ hexagonal shape with multiple large windows to showcase beautiful views of Animas River and Missionary Ridge; jalousie window allow for great cross ventilation
  • Double French doors walk out to extensive deck
  • Wood burning fireplace with gas starter set in floor to ceiling river rock wall; sandstone hearth and wood mantle; wood storage cubby
  • Custom circular iron forged chandelier
  • Brand new 80” Samsung 4K TV – Ultra high-definition 4K TV system with 3-year warranty; complete DVD, CD, DVD burner controlled by one remote; Direct TV satellite system; custom designed hickory media cabinet with pull-out drawers easily access bedside the TV

Gourmet Kitchen and Pantry

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Engineered wood flooring
  • Custom granite counters with tile backsplash
  • Ample cabinet storage, many with glass inserts; under cabinet lighting; forged iron pulls; Lazy Susan corners; bake ware cabinet
  • Large center island counter with granite counter top; cabinets are accessible from both sides
  • Kitchen appliances – top of line Dacor; halogen multi-level heating stove with timers for burners; down draft exhaust; double ovens; built-in microwave; built-in warming drawer
  • Sub-Zero 48” side-by-side fridge and freezer
  • Kohler sinks with satin nickel fixtures; great views with window ledge looking east out to Animas River and Missionary Ridge
  • Walk-in pantry with adjustable shelves

Dining Room

  • Easily seats 10-12 people
  • Built-in buffet and hutch with granite counter, drawers, cupboards and shelves

Powder Room

  • Hammered copper sink with granite top
  • Handicap accessible

Master Bedroom Suite

  • Carpeted
  • Large area with separate sitting area
  • Large walk-in closet with built-in cubbies, drawers and shelving


  • Travertine floors
  • Black granite counters with his and hers Kohler porcelain sinks
  • Large tub with travertine surround
  • Walk-in shower with travertine and tile accents
  • Separate water closet with phone system
  • Linen closet

Sewing/Hobby Room

  • Double door entry
  • Carpeted
  • Large area with walk-out French doors to deck
  • Multiple windows allow for great natural lighting with Animas River and Missionary Ridge views
  • Plenty of built-in storage and cabinets with long counters
  • Flat-screen wall-mounted TV

Laundry Room

  • Large area with additional coat closet and storage closets
  • Double access doors for multiple entrances
  • Built-in counters for easy folding; deep Kohler utility sink
  • Upright freezer
  • Front loading washer and dryer

Garage & Storage

  • 3+ car garage
  • Access to all A/V equipment and TV for Great Room

— Upper Level —

Half log risers with center-line carpeted

Family Room

  • Cathedral ceiling with multiple windows featuring great views to west
  • Large gas fireplace with sandstone hearth and wood mantle
  • Wet bar with built-in fridge and freezer; microwave; sink; built-in cabinets
  • Etched glass door and side panels leading to spiral staircase


  • Carpeted
  • Built-in counters with lots of storage
  • Full of light with great views of Animas River and Missionary Ridge
  • Double door walk-out to decks
  • Built-in cabinets

Half Bath

  • Tile floor
  • Granite counters and Kohler sink

Guest Bedroom Suite One

  • Carpeted
  • Dormers allow for easy access and separate sitting area
  • Walk-in closets with built-in drawers and shelving


  • Tile floors
  • Shower tub combo with tile accents
  • Single Kohler sink in porcelain tile counter
  • Linen closet

Guest Bedroom Suite Two

  • Carpeted
  • Dormers allow for easy access and separate sitting area
  • Walk-in closets with built-in drawers and shelving


  • Tile floors
  • Shower tub combo with tile accents
  • Single Kohler sink in porcelain tile counter
  • Linen closet

Guest Bedroom Suite Three

  • Carpeted
  • Dormers allow for easy access and separate sitting area
  • Walk-in closets with built-in drawers and shelving
  • Walk-out to private deck


  • Tile floors
  • Shower tub combo with tile accents
  • Single Kohler sink in porcelain tile counter
  • Linen closet

— Lower Level —

Sitting Room

  • Carpeted
  • Hexagonal room with great views of Animas River and Missionary Ridge
  • Double French door walk-out to lower patio
  • Area has plumbing and electrical pre-installed (including fan and vent pipe for future kitchen area – apartment area, living room, kitchen and eating area, bathroom, bedroom

Guest Bedroom Suite Four

  • Carpeted
  • Walk-in closet


  • Bath has double entry to allow access to downstairs area
  • Shower tub combo with tile accents
  • Single Kohler sink in porcelain tile counter


  • Built-in benches and peg boards
  • Full phone system

Train Room

Amazing detailed and large (86’ x 45’) O-scale railroad layout in basement; one of 5 best layouts in the USA — award winning and featured in O-Scale Trains Magazine Nov/Dec 2009. All of the rolling stock will be omitted in sale, but is negotiable by separate agreement if new owner desires. www.duanedanielsonrailroad.com

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns, gardens, in a private setting. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, red tail hawks, eagles, and many other small animals and birds. The local area is phenomenally gifted with diversity and a myriad of options for most outdoor activities and pursuits. For downhill skiing, Purgatory Resort is a short drive from the property, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area and on the ranch. Summertime is filled with opportunities for biking or horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, boating or canoeing in the area. Also, the Animas River right out your door provides great fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting. There are many other things to do in the area, like visiting the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument. There is fishing in Electra Lake and nearby at the Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs. Several excellent golf opportunities can be found at Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Community Club, Glacier Club (private membership) and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 60 miles).

Offered at $3,695,000

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC, Tom and Zach Morse, Brokers. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC or its sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness and any users of such information waive any claims related thereto. Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, LLC recommends that every item of interest to the purchaser (i.e. issues regarding title, water, minerals, survey, zoning, permits, land use regulations and other applicable laws, and any other issues) be independently verified by the purchaser's attorney.

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