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Cherry Creek Ranch – SOLD (2013)

Colorado, La Plata County, Hesperus

Cherry Creek Ranch is a gorgeous 36.96-acre property with a custom 5,093 SF log home built in 2004. The property has a barn with 2 stalls, 6 car/toy garage, large shop and 1 bedroom apartment, and an equipment garage for large ranch machinery and RV. The property is fenced and provides irrigated meadows (excellent water rights) for horses and other animals. There is a stocked 3-acre lake with 1,500 feet of Cherry Creek frontage. With all of the amenities for recreation, this is a rare property with new home, barn, equipment garage and corral.

Location and Area

Nestled in the picturesque Cherry Creek valley, a convenient twenty-five minutes west of the historic downtown area of Durango and fifteen minutes from Mancos, the estate is located off US Highway 160 West, three miles down County Road 105, a well cared for gravel road.

Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, and many cultural activities. There are endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level (the estate is at 7,200 ft. above sea level), surrounded by scenic mountain views, and over 300 days of sunshine each year. Mancos sits at the base of Mesa Verde National Park, and as a small rural town, offers basic services to the surrounding community. The area offers comfortable summer temperatures that 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 including Durango and Bayfield has a population of 45,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas (June 2011) 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

Grounds and General Information

  • Electric fencing with wooden and metal posts
  • Paved driveway
  • House overlooks approx. 3 acre stocked lake with 1,500' of frontage on Cherry Creek; lake is fed with irrigation water from Cherry Creek; large aerator runs full time; small aerator operated by wind mill
  • ½ CFS of water rights; storage rights in lake
  • Pump house has 2 pumps; one pumps water from lake to upper pond; other pumps water all around house for irrigation
  • Sprinklers for irrigating orchard, lake frontage and grass
  • 25 gallon per minute – 80' well

Main Residence General Features

  • Redwood covered decks that surround almost entire house; overhang is 2" x 6" tongue and groove pine
  • Outside finish of Engelmann spruce logs with heavy duty staining finish; treated ponderosa pine logs and corrugated steel
  • Breezeway covered entrance with Engelmann spruce and river rock
  • Built-in outdoor B-B-Q area of river rock
  • 12' back deck has tempered glass below railing so view is unobstructed
  • Open floor plan inside
  • Custom front door made from solid white pine
  • Engelmann Spruce logs throughout
  • In-floor heating
  • Saltillo tile and carpets
  • Window are wood framed made by Simco
  • Log and chinking; Venetian plaster walls
  • Recessed lighting

Main Residence

– Main Floor Level –


  • Saltillo tiles
  • Coat room and large pantry off entry

Great Room

  • Wood burning fireplace with gas starter; oversized sandstone hearth
  • Engelmann spruce mantle
  • Surround sound in ceiling
  • 3 walls with windows allows for abundant natural lighting
  • Large dining area with Elk horn lighting fixture


  • 2" bull nosed granite counter tops
  • Custom cabinets made of spruce with inlaid centers of Monterey Cypress
  • Hydralic pulls-ins on drawers
  • Granite counter island with bar seating and housing stovetop
  • Jenaire dual-fuel convection and conventional oven
  • Maytag stainless steel side-by side fridge with freezer drawer below
  • GE dishwasher
  • Double stainless steel sink; RO unit below sink also supplies ice and water in fridge
  • 1900's factory lighting over the island and sink

Master Suite

  • Kiva fireplace in corner
  • Saltillo tiles and wool carpet insert
  • Venetian plaster walls
  • Surround sound speakers in ceiling
  • Double walk-out doors to back porch
  • Large closet
  • Bathroom with Saltillo tiles
  • Tumbled marble tiles on counter with porcelain basin sink; custom cabinets of spruce with Monterey cypress inlays
  • Tumbled marble tiled steam shower
  • Separate Jacuzzi tub

Guest Bedroom One

  • Saltillo tile floor
  • Large 2 door closet
  • Flat screen TV on wall
  • Ample windows
  • Private bathroom with tumbled tile marble counters; double porcelain sinks; custom cabinets of spruce with Monterey cypress inlays; shower/tub combo with tumbled marble tiles

Mud Room

  • Off main hallway and connects to garage
  • Saltillo tiles
  • Doors to outside and garage
  • Crawl space below
  • 2 washers and dryers
  • Skylights allows lots of natural light
  • Built-in seating bench and custom spruce cabinets – ample storage


  • 2-car garage with in-floor heating

– Lower Level –

  • Carpeted stairway to downstairs
  • Lighted landing with two doorways: one to the guest bedroom and hobby room area, another to the media room

Guest Bedroom Two

  • Saltillo tiles
  • Double doors out to patio
  • Double sliding door closet
  • Private bath has travertine tiles in shower with tile accents; shower/tub combo; floor travertine tiles; tumbled marble tile counter with double porcelain sinks; separate tumbled marble tile counter with single porcelain sink

Hobby Room

  • Multiple storage closets
  • Hickory cabinets with large hobby table

Media Room

  • Large, yet cozy area for recreation and movie time
  • Projection system for full size picture onto wall
  • Carpeted


  • Located next to media room with built-in cabinets and overhead lighting
  • Audio Visual system housed in section of cabinetry

Utility Room

  • Deep sink for dog wash
  • ETS – electronic transfer storage for heating with in-floor circulators and pumps
  • Fridge and freezer
  • Cabinets for storage
  • Kinitco water treatment system with filters to soften water and remove iron bacteria
  • Pressure pump to 1,200 gal. holding tank (stored under outside porch)

– Upper Level –

  • Engelmann spruce stairs
  • Arrival platform could house reading nook
  • Carpeted
  • Entry to large bunkroom for guests or kids
  • Great storage; multiple big closets
  • Flexible configuration allows for multiple beds, sitting/media/game area
  • Private bathroom with 18" x 18" Italian tile floor; tumbled marble in shower and counter, porcelain basin sink; Venetian plaster white-washed walls; Jacuzzi tub with shower


  • Framed with pine plank exterior
  • Separate 4 room apartment; bedroom, kitchen, sitting room & bathroom
  • Large shop area with built-in work benches; ample lighting (could be converted to large guest quarters)
  • 2 stalls and area for hay storage
  • Tack room
  • Fenced paddock for horses
  • 4-8' garage doors for car/toy/equipment storage

Metal Outbuilding for Storage

  • Wood siding with rusty metal trim and roof
  • 16' doors
  • Good storage for tractors or smaller RV

Wildlife and Recreation

Cherry Creek Ranch is beautifully sited and has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, irrigated meadows, lake and creek frontage, all in a very private and secure setting. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, black bear, bobcat, coyote, red tail hawks, wild turkey and other sporting birds. Cherry Creek provides for a live-water fishing experience in the spring and the lake is a fly fishing paradise having been stocked with large trout. Equine enthusiasts will find this estate to be first-rate riding terrain. In addition, the opportunities for exploration and recreation are exceptional–whether it's hiking, bird watching, rock climbing, hunting or just relaxing–this property, with its nearby access to BLM lands, has it all. The local area also provides many opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 60-minute drive from the estate, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the estate and throughout the area. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless in the area. Summertime is also filled with opportunities in the area for 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 65 miles).

$1,349,000 – Reduced by $146,000

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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