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2501 County Road 250 – SOLD (2014)


This 29-acre ranch/farm is located in the Animas River Valley just 8 minutes from historic downtown Durango. The green-built, energy efficient 3,771 SF home was built in 2008 by Madera Construction. It has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a detached 3 bay garage with a separate office area and 500 SF studio apartment over. The beautiful main residence is full of light and is complemented by lovely trim, finishes and high-end appliances. The construction is of the highest quality and incorporates conscious and sustainable/green building features. The land is expansive with fertile pastures that are irrigated with priority water. And, there is exceptional Animas River frontage for picnics and water sports. The views from the home and surrounding land are exceptional and access to town and all the local shopping and recreational amenities is great. This is a "one-of-a-kind" property in one of the most sought-after areas in Durango.

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, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, with 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 44,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, 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


  • 29+ acres of lush open meadows and approximately ¼ mile Animas River frontage
  • Priority water rights from the Reid Ditch (3 A-shares; 3 B-shares) and other rights from the Animas River
  • Lovely views of red rock mountains up and down Animas Valley
  • Triple split rail fencing surrounds property
  • Two large fenced pasture areas
  • Large waterfall feature with rock-lined stream running around house down to pond
  • Large year-round pond fed by irrigation ditch; ditch opens in early May through November
  • Well water and septic
  • Cultivated garden area around house with native Colorado perennial flowers, shrubs and tress on timed drip system
  • Natural grass and pasture areas on sprinkler system
  • Stamped concrete walkways around house and to garage; gravel driveway

General House Features

  • Custom sustainable 3,771+ SF home with beautiful light-filled living space, great attention to detail, high-quality finishes and Green-Built features
  • Built 2008; 4 bedrooms; 3.5 baths
  • Separate heated 3 car+ garage and RV bay with attached office downstairs and one bedroom 500 SF apartment with kitchenette upstairs
  • Vaulted tongue-and-groove pine on deck overhangs and soffits
  • Trex decks
  • Exterior siding is SFI certified sustainable wood composite and stone exterior
  • Metal and composite roofing
  • Passive solar design; ultra high-efficiency radiant heating system with multiple control zones
  • Whole house fan; heat-loss-recovery ventilation system
  • Efficient space planning and use of natural light
  • Double-paned windows – many double hung – open to allow great cross ventilation
  • Advanced framing techniques, using urea-formaldehyde-free engineered products
  • Insulated shearing to minimize thermal bridging
  • Combination closed cell foam and blown-in insulation package (+30R walls, R60 lids)
  • Low or no VOC adhesives, paints and sealants
  • Dust collectors and air handlers were used to collect particulates as building envelope was sealed
  • All stone and millwork components locally sourced (< 100 miles)
  • Reclaimed timber used for beams inside and out; no metal brackets used to connect beams – only wood dowels
  • Kitchen, dining and living in open floor plan
  • Vaulted and 10' ceilings up and down
  • Interior doors are solid Koch & Co., 5-panel fir-stained with Emtek hardware
  • Built-in custom Alder cabinetry throughout made by Joel Schiavone
  • Recessed and custom lighting fixtures all through home
  • Floors are reclaimed white oak, slate and wool carpet
  • Central vacuum throughout
  • Surround Sound all through downstairs and both outside decks
  • High-end oiled bronze fixtures throughout
  • Ceiling fans
  • Crown and baseboard molding
  • Automatic lighting in all closets

– Main Level –


  • Custom European solid panel door by Joel Schiavone with transom windows on both sides
  • Inset reclaimed wood ledge with sconces overhead
  • Reclaimed white oak floor with Copper's Mine slate inset pattern

Gourmet Kitchen and Breakfast Area

  • Large kitchen open to dining room and breakfast nook
  • Breakfast nook with window seats; storage under seat cushions
  • Typhoon Green granite counters; Murano mixed glass detail on tumbled mini brick backsplash
  • Large island with granite counters and bar seating; vegetable sink
  • Stainless steel appliances; Kitchenaide 4-burner gas stove with center griddle; convection and conventional oven; Kitchenaide microwave has convection oven; Kitchenaide side-by-side fridge with freezer bottom
  • Custom cabinets are poplar inset white made by Joel Schiavone with: lots of storage with Lazy Susan corners; pullout drawers in cupboards; pullout lined baskets for vegetable storage; separate plate rack storage
  • Double door pantry with pullout shelves
  • Twin Kohler porcelain sinks; oiled bronze fixtures
  • Sliding glass doors to back deck
  • White oak floor

Dining Room

  • Built-in bar area with granite counters; custom cabinets with glass inserts and wine glass storage; wine cooler
  • Large seating area; open to kitchen and step down to Great Room
  • White oak floor

Living Room

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Custom built-in entertainment center with flat screen TV; cupboards for audio visual equipment; bookshelves
  • Ceiling fan
  • Copper's Mine slate floors in Versailles pattern
  • Stone wall with high efficiency wood-burning stove insert and venting system
  • Extra large windows face south for solar gain
  • Beautiful views down the valley

Studio/Workout Room

  • One wall of windows faces south to pond; lots of natural light
  • French glass-paned doors lead out to private deck
  • Built-in shelving
  • White oak floor

Office or Guest Bedroom

  • Can be used as a bedroom; standard closet
  • Built-in Maple cabinetry; laminate counters
  • Lots of windows look out to meadows
  • Wool Berber carpet


  • Full bath with shower; stone tiles with tile accents
  • Hammered copper top-mount basin with oiled bronze fixtures in antique styled cabinet; Giallo Santo granite counter
  • Kohler toilet

Laundry Room/Mud Room

  • Full sized stackable washer/dryer
  • Laundry chute from upstairs to laundry room
  • Lots of cupboards and drawers; bead board walls on lower half
  • Utility sink
  • Mud room off of walkway to garage
  • Built-in cubby for shoes; hanging coats and sitting area

Powder Room

  • Petite vanity with Kohler sink; chrome fixtures
  • Kohler toilet

– Upper Level –

Stairway Landing

  • Window seat at stair landing with built-in bookshelves underneath
  • Wall of opening double-hung windows above seat
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Double linen closets with bi-fold 5-panel doors

Master Bedroom and Bath

  • Built-in shelving by bed area
  • Vaulted ceilings with fan
  • Oversized windows allow in abundant natural light
  • Large walk-in closet with Closet Plus cabinets; built-in drawers; shelves and hanging; solar tube
  • Wool Berber carpet
  • Master bathroom has large tub with oiled bronze fixtures; with Tumbled Noce glass tile accent
  • Double Kohler rectangular under-mount sinks on Venetian Gold granite counters
  • Double recessed medicine cabinets
  • Walk-in shower with Tumbled Autumn slate and Tumbled Noce glass tile accent
  • Kohler toilet

Guest Room One

  • High ceilings with ceiling fan
  • Wool Berber carpet
  • Closet has built-in Closet Plus shelving, hanging and drawers; shelves
  • Lots of windows

Guest Bath

  • Double Kohler rectangular, under-mount sinks with Misty Carrera Caesarstone counter; Kohler fixtures; lots of storage under custom cabinets
  • Shower and extra-long bathtub with hand-held and regular shower heads; glass tile accent around shower tiles
  • Crown molding shelving for decorative accents

Guest Room Two

  • High ceilings with ceiling fan
  • Wool Berber carpet
  • Closet has built-in Closet Plus shelving, hanging and drawers
  • Lots of windows

– Lower Level –

Hobby room or kids play room

  • Houses mechanical room; 110 gallon hot water tank; Munchkin instant hot water unit; whole house water softener
  • Lots of storage under stairs
  • Cabinets Plus cabinets for extra food storage

Garage, Office and Guest Apartment

  • Separate 3+ heated garage featuring extra-tall Northwest garage doors with complete wood flush and custom divided-lites windows, keyless entry made of rough sawn cedar
  • Pegboard and tool storage; lots of drawers and cabinets
  • Separate hot water heater for this building
  • Office adjacent to garage with separate French door entry; can be used as a work room; vaulted ceiling; Berber carpet; cement patio surrounded by lots of perennials
  • Separate entrance to 500 SF apartment above garage; one bedroom; one bath and kitchenette with 2-burner hotplate, microwave; small fridge; sink and cupboards; lots of storage
  • Lots of natural light
  • Breakfast area and sitting room
  • Slate and Berber carpet flooring
  • Heated by gas fireplace with thermostat control
  • Ceiling fan
  • Bathroom has shower and tub with pedestal sink; solar tube
  • Bedroom with extra storage in closet

Wildlife and Recreation

The property is on the banks of the Animas River with lush pastures that attract migrating elk, deer, coyote and an abundance of waterfowl. The Animas River is known for good fishing and the property offers a great launch site for rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the river. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is 25 minutes away while Wolf Creek is one hour 25 minutes away, and Telluride is 2 hours away. Summertime is filled with opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, boating, golfing and 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 (5 minutes from the property), Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 40 miles).

Now $1,997,000 – Reduced from $2,150,000
By Appointment Only

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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