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Hermosa Creek Ranch – JUST SOLD

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango

Located in the heart of Hermosa, just 8 miles north of Durango and adjacent to the San Juan National Forest, this charming 22.25-acre estate features close to 900 feet of natural Hermosa Creek frontage and boasts water rights from the Gaines-Buchanan Ditch. This is a perfect family compound or vacation retreat, featuring a spacious 3,673 SF, 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom main house with large covered wrap-around deck and a separate 2,526 SF, 4-bedroom, 3-bath guesthouse and lovely grounds. The property is privately tucked into an orchard at the end of a quiet lane and overlooking the Hermosa Creek. The home is full of light and showcases a brilliant combination of rustic and country charm with many one-of-a-kind architectural treasures incorporated in the construction that fully captures the surrounding beauty of the Animas Valley.

Location and Area

Hermosa Creek Ranch is off of County Road 203 at the end of Bruce Lane just 8 miles from Durango. 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 80s, 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 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 mile from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Grounds and External Features

  • Close to 900' of Hermosa Creek frontage allows for fishing and recreation right outside your door
  • Irrigated pasture and beautiful landscaping with perennials and orchard on timed sprinkler system surround the property
  • Dramatic mountain and red rock valley views
  • Main house has large covered wrap-around Ipe-Brazilian hardwood decks with two additional decks, one off the kitchen/dining area for outdoor entertaining and relaxing, and a large lower deck overlooking Hermosa Creek with a sunken hot tub and built-in seating bench
  • Attached 2-car garage with cement floor
  • Cedar and rock exterior on both houses
  • Gravel driveway
  • Pea gravel concrete walkway around main house and guest house
  • Composite and rusted roof
  • Generac 10 KW generator as a backup
  • Barn, pump house and wood shed

Main Residence Features Include:

  • Vaulted and high ceilings with Douglas fir rough-sawn beams
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows; Levelor blinds throughout
  • In-floor radiant heat; evaporative cooler with thermostats, ducted for cooling
  • ¾" x 7½" white oak plank and slate floors throughout
  • Crown molding and 8" baseboard molding throughout
  • Surround sound inside and outside decks
  • Lights on dimmers
  • Ample storage

Entrance Area and Foyer

  • Cedar covered porch
  • Custom cedar door and transom with transom windows on both sides
  • Large open foyer; leads to guest wing and master suite

Powder Room

  • Slate floor
  • Antique basin stand with wood counter and embossed tin insert panel doors; Kohler porcelain sink with burnished bronze fixtures
  • Kohler fixtures


  • Natural stone counters with ample cupboard and storage space; cabinets have glass inserts, Lazy Susan corners, pullout drawers, appliance garage; porcelain country sink with satin nickel fixtures looks out large picture windows; glass tile backsplash
  • Built-in KitchenAid microwave and bookshelves
  • Large Carrera marble island with bar seating; recessed country porcelain sink with hot and cold instant water faucet; built-in cookbook shelves; hammered pendant drop down lighting over island
  • KitchenAid Superba 4-burner gas stovetop and griddle; Thermador stainless steel hood and exhaust hood
  • KitchenAid dishwasher and 2 KitchenAid dishwasher drawers for bar and glassware
  • KitchenAid double convection and conventional ovens and warming drawer
  • KitchenAid trash compactor
  • KitchenAid side by side fridge/freezer and 2 separate pullout fridge drawers
  • Walk-in butler's pantry with drawers, shelves and pullout baskets

Dining Room

  • Expansive open area to kitchen and living room
  • Fireplace with mantle
  • Sliding French door walkout to large covered decks

Great Room

  • Large open sitting area
  • Wood burning fireplace in stacked rock with spruce mantle, sandstone hearth
  • Built-in bookshelves and entertainment center

Master Bedroom, Office and Bath Suite

  • Spacious bedroom with bead board walls and wainscoting
  • Gas insert fireplace with hearth and mantle
  • Blackout blinds
  • Double door walkout to deck and lower deck with hot tub


  • Slate floors
  • Large his and hers natural stone counters with oval porcelain Kohler sinks; brushed nickel fixtures
  • Kohler jetted tub on oversized slate platform
  • Walk-in steam shower with double rain shower heads; slate tile walls and tumbled slate tile floor
  • Separate water closet
  • Large walk-in closet with cubbies, drawers and shelves; carpeted


  • Large separate office attached to Master Suite
  • Lots of windows

Guest Room One

  • Large walk-in closet with built-in cubbies, drawers and shelves
  • Windows bring in natural lighting

Guest Room Two

  • Large walk-in closet with built-in cubbies, drawers and shelves
  • Windows bring in natural lighting


  • Jack n' Jill bath adjoins the guest rooms
  • Slate tile floors
  • Natural stone counter with Kohler sink; brushed nickel fixtures
  • Separate room with shower/tub combo with glass tile accent and toilet

Laundry Room

  • Natural stone counter with large porcelain utility sink
  • Whirlpool front loader washer and dryer
  • Fridge/freezer

Mud Room

  • Huge mud room with slate floor leads to 2-car garage and outdoors
  • Built-in storage with baskets for gloves, hats outside gear

Guest House

  • 2,526 SF on 3 floors with functional family layout
  • 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths
  • Large private cedar deck off the guest house overlooks gorgeous Animas Valley and lush grounds
  • Radiant electric heat; evaporative cooler with thermostat, ducted for cooling
  • Vaulted and high ceilings
  • Interior pine walls; lots of windows
  • Enter on ground level to a recreation room; extra large bunk bedroom with carpet, double closets; full bathroom with shower/tub combo; linen closet; Kohler sink in tile counter; slate floor; separate utility room
  • Second floor has kitchen open to living and dining room with a high counter bar seating; kitchen with double stainless sinks and tile backsplash; electric stove; Kenmore microwave; upper and lower fridge/freezer; porcelain tile floor; laundry room with Whirlpool washer and dryer
  • Open living room and dining area have sliding doors out to deck; wood burning fireplace in a stacked stone wall
  • Upper level has master bedroom with carpeted floor and bath connected; sliding doors out to private porch; double closets access entire wall closet and storage; bath has separate room with shower and toilet; his and hers sinks; linen closet

Wildlife and Recreation

The property is on the banks of Hermosa Creek in the Animas Valley with lush meadows and rock formations that attract migrating elk, deer, coyote and an abundance of waterfowl. There is trout fishing on the creek, while the nearby Animas River is known for good fishing and 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 $2,395,000

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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