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1401 Celadon Drive

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 728784

Looking across the north Animas River Valley, this very private and secure 35-acre property features a lake, waterfall and pond, year-round creek and expansive views. It has a remarkable Hacienda style home, designed and built for Don Becket, a world-renowned architect and developer, with 8,000+/- SF, 4 bedroom suites and 5.5 baths and was constructed by the finest craftsmen from the area, creating a sanctuary that fits seamlessly into the surrounding environment resplendent with woodlands and rock outcroppings. The estate includes an impressive array of luxury features and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Juan national forest and exclusive Celadon gated community and its wonderful amenities.

Location and Area

Celadon is located in the San Juan Mountains east of US Hwy 550 and 16 miles North of Durango. The entrance gate is one mile off Highway 550 on Highway 250 South and across Baker's Bridge. Celadon is conveniently located for recreation, 20 minutes from either Dalton Ranch Golf Club or The Glacier Club, and 30 minutes to Durango Mountain Resort. The community is secure, private and quiet with many opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and horseback riding. The subdivision is bounded on three sides by National Forest Service lands with heavily wooded forest up to Missionary Ridge on the east, heavily wooded forests over to Saw Mill Flats and the Old Tacoma Trail to the north, and one of the biggest granite flows in Colorado to the west dropping down close to 900 FT in elevation into amazing box canyons and rolling granite, down to Bear Creek Canyon and the Animas River. There are numerous old gold mines and springs scattered throughout. Most of this adjacent national forest land is virtually inaccessible to the public.

The rugged beauty of Celadon has attracted a number of movie producers over the years, with numerous scenes filmed in the area. These include:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman
Ticket to Tomahawk with Walter Brennan and Marilyn Monroe
Naked Spur with Jimmy Stewart and Janet Leigh
Across the Wide Missouri with Clark Gable and Adolph Manjou
City Slickers with Billy Crystal and Jack Palance

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, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located at 6,512 feet above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain views, and over 300 days of sunshine each year. Comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80's, while the autumn days are clear, cool and full of vibrant foliage colors. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant powdery snow.

The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 52,000. La Plata airport runs daily commercial service to Denver, Salt Lake City. Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Dallas, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 105 miles from Telluride, 205 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 170 miles from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Celadon Community Amenities

  • Gated entrance with natural aspen log fencing along roads and front of all properties
  • Entrance area and all roads in Celadon are paved
  • Lighted mail and parcel boxes at the entrance outside the gate
  • Strong design covenants to protect quality of homes in the community
  • The home site building envelopes have been selected to insure the most inviting and unobstructed views while maintaining privacy
  • Buried utilities including natural gas
  • Private lake has absolute water rights for 2-acre FT dating back to a 2003 appropriation
  • Celadon II Ditch Company (or Celadon II HOA) has among other water rights, absolute water rights to 1.65 CFS, dating back to 1892
  • There is a full time property manager who maintains the common property and provides numerous services to property owners, including snow and trash removal, home security checks when requested, and airport transportation
  • Each owner is permitted to keep up to six horses on their property with which they access outstanding trails adjoining the National Forest
  • Celadon offers the opportunity for membership in The Dalton Ranch Golf Club and The Glacier Club

Property Grounds and External Features

  • 35-acre lot with separate electric gate to the long private driveway entering the property
  • Grounds are abundant with flowers, flowering trees, ponderosa pine, some native aspen, juniper, gambel oak; cottonwood, willow and substantial evergreens; nicely cleared for fire mitigation
  • A high-walled courtyard topped with Spanish tiles surrounding the house has apple, cherry and plum trees as well as berry bushes; two solid wood exit gates. Heated driveway down to first set of gates. Paved to front of property
  • Bear Creek Diversion runs year-round, passes near the driveway and house and meanders across the property
  • Private 1+ acre lake, a smaller retaining pond with waterfall on property. Lake stocked with rainbow, brook and brown trout
  • Approximately 2½ acres can be irrigated with creek water which flows into pond; irrigation on timers; pump house pumps pond water for irrigation
  • Large parking area, flagstone sidewalks and patios all have radiant heat for snow melting system with a sensor to detect moisture and activate the system
  • House foundation is built on granite and constructed with poured concrete walls covered with new adobe stucco; very well insulated; Spanish tile and metal roof
  • Ample outdoor lighting & parking
  • Carved 'skag trees' create beautiful artistic accents outside home
  • Covered porches with hand-scraped pine railings; covered porch area has stainless BBQ with copper hood vent; door to kitchen; wood burning fireplace on patio
  • Gravel apron around house for snow drip with drop stone pathway for runoff
  • Stables, heated tack room, 28' covered garage for ranch equipment, toys, hay, or recreational vehicles

Residence Features Include:

  • 6,600+/- SF of open living space on the main level
  • 4 master bedroom suites and 5.5 baths; 3 bedroom suites have a fireplace and all have private bathrooms
  • Abundance of natural light with many windows providing great cross ventilation
  • Wired with alarm system and entertainment system with built-in speaker and controls in most areas inside and out
  • Saltillo tile floors and baseboard molding throughout with Mexican tile accents and risers
  • Large radius corners with faux painted walls; patina finishes
  • 15+' Latillo and Vega ceilings throughout home & porches
  • Kohler low flushing toilets and Kohler basins; oiled bronze fixtures
  • Lower level with walk-out to courtyard and front parking area has over 1,400+/- SF finished, including one of the bed and bath suites that can be used as a separate lock-out or quarters
  • Main level has indoor heated, salt water lap pool, hot tub connected to pool; large exercise room, dry cedar sauna, walk-in steam shower with Kohler waterfall jets, and large sunny pool sitting area
  • Lower level has gorgeous wine cellar, a potting room and additional game areas; enormous storage
  • 3-car heated attached garage with ample storage cabinets, doggie shower and 2 walkout doors
  • Deep water well with consistent performance and good quality, upgraded by a water softener and whole house filtration
  • Whole house central vacuum
  • 2,200 gallon water cistern storage in lower level
  • Redundant Lochinvar boiler systems for heat and hot water; re-circulating hot water; 13 tons of air conditioning
  • Back up Kohler natural gas generator
  • Advanced electronics and plumbing throughout; sophisticated lightning protection system
  • Copious storage areas

MAIN LEVEL

Entrance Area/Foyer

  • Large open area features stone pedestal with sandstone top to display statuary
  • Solid wood antique arched front door with speakeasy window; transom sides with windows
  • Saltillo tiles with Mexican accent tiles
  • Large coat closet with automatic lighting

Powder Room

  • Soapstone vessel sink with built-in cabinets below
  • Stained glass window

Gourmet Kitchen

  • Kitchen dining and living all open; great for entertaining
  • 3 large islands; two with bar seating
  • Cork floors
  • Concrete counters with ample counter space and cupboards; seeded glass in most cupboards; burnish brass hardware and pulls; computer/recipe desk with drawers; 3 separate appliance garages
  • 2 copper sink and faucets
  • Huge Sub-Zero side by side fridge and freezer; 2 Sub-Zero pull-out drawers – all pine finish fronts
  • Recessed area for flat screen TV
  • 2 Bosche full-size dishwashers
  • Trash compactor
  • Thermador commercial 6-burner gas range with griddle and double oven; colored copper backsplash and copper hood vent
  • Separate Thermador convection and conventional ovens
  • Thermador built-in microwave
  • Track and pendant lighting
  • Large walk-in pantry with built-in shelving

Kitchen and Bar

  • Enclosed bar with silver dollar coins embedded in concrete counter
  • Clay wine rack
  • Cork wall and backsplash
  • Built-in pine shelving above with glass-front cupboards for barware and cupboards below
  • Copper basin and faucets
  • Ice maker; wine cooler; dishwasher for stemware

Dining Area

  • Spacious area for large table and chairs open to kitchen and living room
  • Lots of natural lighting

Great Room

  • Very large area full of light; area for grand piano or card and game area
  • Large custom closet with pine doors for all electronics
  • Wood burning corner Kiva fireplace
  • All 5 fireplaces have custom fire screens by
    Rod Pickett
  • Built-in bookshelves and art niches
  • Three sets of French doors open out on to large patio looking over valley; screen doors

Billiard Room

  • Built-in cupboards for games
  • Stained glass and iron light fixture over pool table

Laundry Room

  • Kenmore Elite washer/dryer
  • Drop down ironing board
  • Deep Kohler sink; counters with built-in cupboards, shelving and drawers

Master Bedroom and Bath

  • Kiva gas fireplace in corner
  • Large sitting area
  • Bath has his and hers separate concrete sinks and cabinets in cultured concrete
  • Large open walk-in shower with pebble stone glass walls and floor accent; rain head, separate hand-held and overhead shower heads; built-in niches
  • Separate water closet with bidet
  • Floor-to-ceiling mirrored closet with swing open mirrors with a secret locked closet behind
  • Large open walk-in closet and dressing room with built-in frosted glass doors; separate entrance to both master bedroom and bath

Guest Bedroom and Bath One

  • Spacious sitting area with lots of windows looking
    over valley
  • Gas Kiva corner fireplace
  • Views overlooking Animas Valley
  • Double closets in bath area
  • Cultured concrete counters with single concrete sink; custom cabinets
  • Walk-in shower has frosted glass with nickel coin tile accent
  • Double closets

Guest Bedroom and Bath Two

  • Large sitting area
  • Gas Kiva corner fireplace with hearth
  • Exterior door to large private patio
  • Cultured concrete counters with single concrete sink; custom cabinets
  • Large single walk-in closet with desk and storage cabinets
  • Walk-in shower with horse accent tiles

LOWER LEVEL

Guest Bedroom Three and Bath

  • Can be used as separate lock-out area
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Views looking down valley
  • Large walk-in closet off bathroom
  • Cultured concrete counters with single sink; custom cupboards beneath
  • Shower/tub combo with tile accents

Exercise Room and Pool Area

  • Large workout room with Precor elliptical AMT, free-motion double cable cross machine, exercise bike, weighted sit-up machine; mirrored walls; built-in flat screen TV
  • Spectacular south and west valley views
  • Large sitting area with swing; abundant windows so cross ventilation is great
  • Salt water lap pool with automatic retractable cover; inlaid glass tile bench and accents
  • Hot tub connected to pool
  • Cedar dry/wet sauna
  • Large walk-in steam shower with Kohler waterfall jets; glass tile accents on wall and floor and sitting bench
  • Enclosed bathroom with toilet and sink

Wine Cellar

  • Separate room with entrance to wine cellar through 200 year-old antique 3-panel doors; room is all hand painted like a Colorado aspen grove
  • Wine tasting area
  • Built-in counter with granite top
  • 700-800 bottle wine storage

Potting Room

  • South face with lots of windows and built-in benches and shelving to winter-over summer plants
  • Water and deep sink

Outdoor Stables

  • 4 paddocks; concrete flooring covered with rubber mats and sawdust
  • Heated tack room with water
  • Attached 28' deep garage can be used for hay or RV storage
  • Enclosed pasture area

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, woodlands and gardens in a very private setting. There is abundant wildlife that has been seen on the property, including mule deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat, weasel, beaver, coyote, raccoon, turkey and soaring raptors. This is a completely unspoiled property that is very private and secure. The property's private lake is stocked with Rainbow, Brook and Brown trout and can be caught from the lake or stream, flowing all year long.

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a short drive from the ranch, 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 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.

Excellent golf can be found at Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 60 miles).

Offered at $3,295,000

1/3 Share Option: In addition to the full purchase option, there is an option to purchase a 1/3 share for $1.2 million with a minimum of four months use, including one month prime ski season and one month prime summer. Call for more information.

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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