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Animas River Estate – SOLD (2016)


With over 500 feet of Animas River frontage, this 8.5+-acre estate is located along the picturesque, mineral-rich red cliffs of the north Animas Valley less than 10 minutes from Durango. Built to maximize the views and proximity to the Animas River the house is surrounded by beautiful landscaping and perennial gardens, including an apple orchard, a tumbling water feature and an easy path directly to the Animas River. The main house has 3,977 SF featuring a newly remodeled gourmet kitchen and master suite, 3 guest bedrooms, 2.5 remodeled baths, and a 2,410 SF guest house with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and 2 smaller homes that can be used as income rentals or caretaker’s residences. If you’re in search of the perfect riverfront family compound close to town, you’ll find everything you're looking for to maximize comfortable living and entertaining in this soothing and tranquil environment.

Location and Area

Nestled in a picturesque red cliff and tree lined Animas River Valley, a convenient ten minutes north of Durango, this beautiful property has a private gated entrance off of the west side County Road 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 52,000. 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


  • 7 shares of senior water rights from Reid Ditch
  • 3 separate deeded parcels
  • Gorgeous red rock mountain, valley and Animas River views
  • Delicious well water from 3 separate wells
  • Paved driveway with ample parking
  • Split rail fences surround much of the property
  • Pasture and meadows surround house; all irrigated
  • Irrigated apple orchard, landscaping and grass; healthy stands of maple, willow, cottonwood and aspen trees
  • House situated well above flood plain
  • Tumbling water feature meanders along side the house surrounded by perennial landscaping
  • Flagstone walkways around house
  • Flagstone path right down to waterfront; great boat or raft launch directly on to the Animas River

General House Features

  • Concrete foundation with wood frame and river rock and wood siding; composite roof
  • Cathedral tongue and groove ceilings; Douglas fir beam accents
  • Walls-of-windows capture gorgeous views; numerous skylights; wooden blinds
  • Recessed and access lighting
  • In-floor radiant heat; natural gas heating
  • Floors are hand-scraped hickory, tile and carpet
  • Large attic fan brings in cool temperatures in the evenings
  • Kohler fixtures
  • Large deck with partial overhang and multiple sitting areas; built-in flower boxes surround back deck; Japanese soaking hot tub; gorgeous views to Animas River and red cliffs
  • Inside and outside built-in speaker system
  • Central vacuum
  • 2+-car garage; slate tile dog wash; cement floors and built-in storage, work benches and peg boards

House Details



  • Sandstone pony wall and river rock pillars divide living room and dining room at entrance
  • Custom solid door with side and transom lights
  • Grand stairway upstairs with carpet runner

Living Room

  • Wall-to-wall windows
  • Wood burning fireplace in floor-to-ceiling river rock wall; flagstone hearth and mantle; built-in bookcases and bookcases on both sides houses A/V equipment
  • Hand-scraped hickory floor
  • Double glass door walkouts to back deck; transom lights over door

Dining Room

  • Open to kitchen and living room
  • Wall-to-wall windows
  • Sandstone pony wall and river rock pillars divide living room and dining room
  • Custom light fixture
  • Hand-scraped hickory floor


  • Bright and inviting; great views in multiple directions
  • Large granite center island with ample storage; wine fridge underneath; bar seating
  • Wolf 6-burner stainless gas range with center griddle extra; double conventional and convection ovens; overhead stainless vent; glass tile backsplash
  • 48” side-by-side Sub-Zero fridge/freezer
  • Stainless KitchenAid built-in microwave; stainless KitchenAid dishwasher
  • Quartz counters and ample cupboard storage with satin nickel pulls, ample storage; glass tile backsplashes; separate vegetable sink with satin nickel fixtures
  • Under mount stainless double sinks; satin nickel fixtures; situated under large windows looking out to south and water features
  • Hand-scraped hickory floor

Powder Room

  • Curved wall with petrified wood counter; Venetian glass vessel sink and matching mirror; oil-bronzed fixtures
  • Pendant lighting

Master Bedroom Suite

  • Double wooden door entry
  • Hand-scraped hickory floor
  • Wood-burning fireplace with flagstone hearth and mantle; wood cubby storage
  • Private walkout to deck overlooking Animas River; close access to Japanese soaking hot tub
  • Large walk-in closet


  • Light and bright with lovely views
  • Tile floor
  • Double under mount porcelain sinks in quartz counter with stainless fixtures
  • Wall of mirrors
  • Large walk-in steam shower with European glass enclosure; multiple shower heads; glass tile accents; shampoo niches
  • Separate water closet
  • Deep soaking jetted tub on wide quartz platform
  • Built-in medicine cabinet and linen closet

Laundry Room/Mud Room

  • Quartz counters for clothes folding with cabinet storage and brushed nickel pulls
  • Full size LG front-loading washer and dryer
  • Large stainless utility sink
  • Large pantry closet
  • Large coat closet
  • Doggy door
  • Tile floors
  • Exit to garage

Large Storage Room/Wine Cellar

  • Large storage closet with wine storage and separate vault closet


Loft Area

  • Wood floors
  • Multiple skylights
  • Central area leading to bedrooms/office

Guest Bedroom One

  • River rock wall
  • Double closets
  • Walk-out door to private Trex deck overlooking Animas River
  • Carpet

Jack ‘n Jill Bath

  • Granite counters with glass tile backsplash and double under mount porcelain sinks and stainless fixtures
  • Granite and marble shower floor with block glass walls and European glass enclosure
  • Linen closet
  • Built-in medicine cabinet
  • Separate room accessed from hallway with second sink; stainless fixtures

Guest Bedroom Two

  • Double closet doors
  • Walkout door to private Trex deck looking east to the red rocks
  • Carpet


  • Windows looking to east red rocks
  • Carpet

Guest House

  • 2,410 SF with cathedral T&G ceilings and wood beam accents; big windows make this a bright and comfortable space for your guests
  • Retaining walls of river rock outside
  • 1-car garage
  • Entrance at ground level with tile floors; arched hallways and windows
  • Large room off garage currently used as work-out facility; carpeted and 2-full mirrored walls; built-in shelving; flat screen TV
  • Laundry room on main level with utility sink and washer/dryer; counter space; cupboard and drawer storage
  • Second level has open living area; great room has cathedral ceilings; wood burning stove
  • Full kitchen with 4-burner gas stove and oven; fridge/freezer; dishwasher; microwave
  • 3 large bedrooms with good sized or walk-in closets; 2 baths; tumbled travertine tile shower; granite counters sink with oil-bronze fixtures; tub/shower combo in second bath

Caretaker/Guest/Rental House A

  • 1,395 SF
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Separate parcel and well along with House B

Caretaker/Guest/Rental B

  • 1,350 SF
  • 1 bedroom, 1 bath
  • Separate parcel and well along with House A

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has a combination of manicured lawns and abundant gardens in a beautiful setting. The area has abundant wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, turkey and soaring raptors. And, access to the National Forest is just a couple of miles away off of Missionary Ridge Road. For recreation, there is downhill skiing at Durango Mountain Resort, which is 20 minutes from the estate, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are hour-and-forty-minutes away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area. 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.

Now $2,999,000 – Significant Price Adjustment

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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