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4041 CR 250 – JUST SOLD

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 706981

This 6+-acre property and the charming 998 SF 2-bedroom and 1-bath energy efficient, hand-crafted home is right on the rushing Animas River north of Durango along Highway 250 in the beautiful, red rock lined Animas Valley. It was designed around the Bioneers’ philosophy – restoring people and planet by offering breakthrough solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time, creating a sustainable home, living in harmony with the environment and the cycles of nature.

Location and Area

Less than 15 minutes from historic downtown Durango, the property is tucked back on the Animas River on Highway 250. 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 54,000. 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 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.

Property Details

External Features and Grounds

  • Tumbling waterfall on property can be heard from house
  • Two 3-acre parcels with open meadows
  • Five A-shares of water rights from ditch for irrigation
  • Circular gravel driveway
  • Stacked rock and retaining rock half-wall offers landscaping interest
  • Healthy trees of cottonwood, aspen, pines, oak, river birch
  • Orchard trees include, apple, apricot, cherry, pear, plumcot
  • Enclosed fence area for vegetable garden and includes orchard trees
  • Perennials surround the house
  • Pergola with climbing trumpet vine and honeysuckle vines
  • Flagstone wrap-around patio walk
  • Historic barn structure on property; storage shed and lean-to
  • Net metering infrastructure in place for current house or to build larger house on property
  • 1,000 gallon buried propane tank
  • Two wells on property; one at 100+ gallons/minute; second at 30 gallons/per minute
  • 1,000 gallon buried water cistern

Interior House Features:

  • Non-toxic materials used throughout house
  • 10.5” thick straw-panel walls; house designed and framed around the straw-panels
  • Earth line-plaster walls inside and outside; plaster gets harder over time; pigments on walls use glazing and recycled Durango glass to give specific colors, patina and texture
  • Architecturally, house stays cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Large radius corners
  • Insulation inside walls has blown-in cellulose; non-toxic
  • Reclaimed wood from Durango used throughout
  • Reclaimed metal roof from Grand Junction
  • 11” thick Earth-based adobe floors, naturally tinted and sealed with multiple layers of linseed oil
  • In-floor heat; pipes containing glycol run through floor and outside house; two zones
  • Multiple double-paned jalousie windows allow for great cross breezes
  • Hardwood solid spruce doors throughout with oiled bronze fixtures
  • Aspen ceilings from reclaimed from Delta area
  • Hand-crafted hammered copper pendant lights; recessed and sconce lighting
  • Recessed art niches create interest

Living and Dining Room

  • Jøtul wood-burning stove heats entire home all day long in winter with 3-4 logs; electric bill averages $40/month
  • Barrel vaulted aspen ceiling
  • Double French doors walk out to flagstone patio; another single glass door walks out to flagstone patio
  • Large windows allow for light to come in, yet keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter
  • 3 large closets; one with hookup for washer dryer

Kitchen and Pantry

  • Ceramic tile counters with tile backsplash and one-of-a-kind tile accents
  • 4-burner gas Hotpoint range
  • Stainless steel LG top and bottom fridge/freezer
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Plumbed for dishwasher
  • Pantry cupboard goes deep
  • Hardwood cupboards and drawers

Master Bedroom

  • Door walkout to flagstone patio
  • Multiple windows
  • Area for desk or sitting area
  • Closet


  • Slate front on deep tub/shower combo; artistic tile accents
  • Yearly finish of soapstone on slate walls protected from water
  • Slate vanity top with Mexican agate vessel basin
  • Built-in corner shelving
  • Art niches

Guest Bedroom or Home Office

  • River and red rock views from lots of windows
  • Closet

Wildlife and Recreation

The property attracts migrating elk, deer, and coyote, fox, bear, eagles, red tail hawks and a variety of waterfowl. There is great trout fishing on the Animas River, which also offers a great launch site for rafting, kayaking and canoeing. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is 40 minutes away, while Wolf Creek is an hour and 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, Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 40 miles).

Offered at $1,095,000

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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