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La Plata Canyon Estate – JUST SOLD

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango

Nestled into the Rocky Mountains at 8,700 feet, this enchanting property offers stunning beauty and seclusion. Breathe in the crisp mountain air from this one-of-a-kind Colorado sanctuary consisting of approximately five-acres of impeccably manicured lawns and gardens, with incredible views of mountain peaks over 13,000 ft. high and the cascading La Plata River below. Guarded by stately stone columns, a coded electric wrought-iron gate and encircled by custom redwood fencing, the striking natural surroundings and award-winning landscaping are complemented by a custom-built 3,180 SF 4-bedroom, 3-bath home, plus a separate 1,000+ SF 2-bedroom 1-bath guesthouse with its own private entrance, and a total of 5 car garages with large work shed. County roads to the property provide easy access in winter, and the property borders the San Juan National Forest, which will continue to protect this very private setting, while allowing direct access for hiking, biking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and fishing in the La Plata River.

Location and Area

This Hesperus retreat is located off on County Road 124 just 15 minutes west of Durango and a ½ mile from one the areas best restaurants, Kennebec Cafe. 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, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, both alpine and cross country skiing, rafting, and kayaking, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. There are 40 national and state parks within a day's drive. 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 80's, 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 52,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas and Phoenix, bi-weekly service to Las Vegas, 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


  • Gated private entry with river rock stone columns; coded electric wrought-iron gate
  • Asphalt driveway and walkways; circular driveway
  • Cedar post fence and cross-fence surrounds property; sealed and preserved yearly with Penofin
  • House well is 340' with 2,000 gallon underground cistern/storage tank; pump house with 2 boost tanks
  • 3-tiered spacious redwood decks; stairs have snow vents; looks out over La Plata River and straight up the La Plata Mountain Canyon
  • Deck lighting on automatic timers
  • Hot tub on back deck captures extraordinary mountain views in an exceptionally private setting
  • Award-winning landscaping – perennial gardens and over 8,000 SF of sod create lush grassy lawns; surrounded by custom redwood fencing; healthy aspen, pine and evergreens; manicured scrub oak trees
  • River rock wall with slate bench top separates driveway from main house and lawn
  • Irrigation well with 1,000 gallon underground cistern/storage tank; irrigation on timers
  • Separate septic with leach field
  • 4-season greenhouse, attached to house
  • Detached deep 3-car garage with 400 SF workshop; pegboard wall storage and work bench with built-in drawers and shelving; metal roof; separate entry door; concrete apron for drainage
  • Pasture behind garage has separate gated entry
  • Private access road to San Juan National Forest
  • Guest house with 1,000+ SF, 2-bedroom, 1-bath; detached
  • 2 ½ car garage with separate private road entrance; decks on back with private hot tub; pro-panel roof

Main House Features

  • Approximately 3,180 SF with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths
  • Redwood exterior frame sealed and preserved yearly with Penofin
  • Roofing is fiberglass 'carriage house' shingles
  • Solid mahogany window-pane doors throughout; solid brass hardware
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Abundance of natural light from double-paned windows throughout
  • Insulated Verasol blinds
  • Ceiling fans
  • Recessed and track lighting
  • Spanish-style stucco and cedar walls; radius corners
  • Tongue and groove and Spanish-style stucco ceilings
  • Hawaiian Koa hardwood floors, carpet, tile
  • Surround sound for audio in most of home
  • Separate thermostats for each room
  • 100% cedar-lined closets throughout


Living Room

  • 3 walls of windows includes 10' x 10' bay window allowing for breathtaking views of 13,000+ ft Babcock Mountain, framed with groves of aspen and pine trees; side window sashes can open to allow for great cross ventilation; valances
  • Tongue and groove cedar vaulted ceiling with hand-carved wood beams; ceiling fans; track lighting
  • Custom moss rock wall encloses an exquisite 8-sided stained-glass eagle
  • Avalon wood-burning stove with solid brass trim and clear glass door; blower; separate built-in stone wood bin
  • Custom moss rock window seat with cushions look out to deck and views
  • Stairs to loft area


  • Open kitchen and dining areas
  • Hawaiian Koa hardwood floor
  • New stainless steel appliances; GE Profile Dishwasher, trash compactor; upper and lower fridge; double stainless steel sinks
  • Garland commercial 6-burner gas stove with griddle and broiler; dual ovens; enamel shelf; custom copper hood and vent
  • Abundant hardwood ash wood cabinets and drawers; lazy Susan corners; pantry cupboards with pull-out basket drawers
  • Long tile counters and backsplash
  • Coat closet
  • Tongue and groove cedar siding and Spanish style stucco walls with large arched windows looking into living room

Dining Room

  • Large area for entertaining
  • Hawaiian Koa hardwood floor
  • Avalon wood-burning stove with solid brass and clear glass door, surrounded with custom stone wall and stone wood bin
  • Multiple floor-to-ceiling beveled-glass windows allow for beautiful natural lighting
  • Double French door walk-out to patio; valance with full-length Roman shades
  • Bar seating at counter with under counter storage
  • Built-in bookshelves, cupboards and drawers

Master Bedroom/Bath and Laundry Room

  • Large suite with sitting area; views of lawn aspen and pine
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Cedar walls; carpet
  • Avalon gas stove with solid brass trim and clear glass door; blower
  • 2 large double-door closets; separate storage cupboards above closets
  • Triple glass doors out to lawn
  • Fabric full length drapes
  • Pocket door to bathroom
  • Double porcelain sinks with long tile counters; mirrored wall with hidden medicine cabinet
  • Shower/tub combo with mirror and glass sliding doors
  • Heat lamps; separate hot water tank for this bathroom
  • Separate glass door to greenhouse
  • Laundry room with built-in shelving, drawers and cupboards; oversized deep stainless sink; double-door cedar closet
  • Large stand-up storage room goes length of wall


  • Metal and Plexiglas with drainage; heated
  • Cedar floors and adjustable slat cedar shelving
  • Copper tubes behind south wall allow for extra solar heating
  • Electric outlets

Guest Bedroom One

  • Double door closet with built-in shelves
  • Carpet
  • Large windows looking east

Guest Room Two

  • Built-in bookshelves
  • Double door closets with built-in shelves
  • Carpet
  • Large windows

Guest Bath

  • Full bath with tub/shower combo and mirrored and glass sliding doors; separate water tank
  • Mirror medicine cabinets



  • Carpet; ceiling fan
  • Built-in shelves and drawers
  • Seasonal clothes closet
  • Built-in speakers


  • Full bathroom has ample tile counters; single sink
  • Walk-in shower with clear glass doors

Guest Bedroom Three

  • Lots of natural light
  • Double sliding glass doors out to private deck
  • Built-in drawers with decorative brass pulls
  • Separate seating area
  • Behind wall storage


  • Arched Dutch door to downstairs
  • High ceilings
  • Would make an ideal wine cellar due to naturally cool temperature
  • Brick fireplace with blower
  • Wood panel above fireplace with burned etching scene of elk in mountains
  • Separate door to outside allows for easy access
  • Storage closets with built-in shelving

Guest House

  • Approximately 1,000+ SQ FT; 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
  • Cedar siding and decks; pro-panel roof
  • Detached 2 ½ car garage with built-in shelving; cement floors; separate entry door; outside concrete apron for drainage
  • Separate private road entrance from main road leads to San Juan National Forest; gate between main house and guest house
  • Separate pump house for lawn and garden irrigation
  • Separate septic with leach field
  • Decks on back with private hot tub
  • Mud room entrance
  • Hard wood floors first level; carpet upstairs
  • Tongue and groove cedar interior walls and vaulted downstairs ceiling
  • Recessed lights; ceiling fan
  • Living room open to kitchen; multiple large windows give an abundance of natural sunlight
  • Avalon wood-burning stove with solid brass trim and glass front; blower
  • Living room leads out to deck with hot tub
  • Kitchen has doubles stainless steel sink; Frigidaire electric 4-burner stove; Admiral dishwasher; Frigidaire up/down fridge/freezer; tile counters
  • Bathroom and laundry room; sink with separate shower/tub combo and toilet
  • 2 bedrooms upstairs; lots of windows; linen closet

Wildlife and Recreation

A recreational paradise awaits you out the back gate of the property. There are 2 million acres of National Forest with all of the recreational pursuits literally at your backdoor. Summertime is filled with opportunities for horseback riding, hiking, fishing, boating and camping. Winter sports include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hunting. For downhill skiing, there is Hesperus ski hill, less than 5 minutes from the property and Durango Mountain Resort is 1 hour away, while Wolf Creek is one hour 25 minutes away, and Telluride is 1 hour and forty-five minutes. You can visit the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument–all close by. Excellent golf can be found at Dalton Ranch Golf Club (35 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 $998,000 – Recently Reduced by $197,000
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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