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Mountain Flower Estate – JUST SOLD

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango

Perched on a forest bench looking across the north Animas River Valley, this exquisite 35-acre property with a custom home features a unique and elegant design that incorporates log accents and a multitude of stunning views from virtually every window within the structure. It is the quintessential Colorado mountain home with 6,378 SF, 4-bedrooms and 4.5 baths and was constructed by the finest craftsmen from the area, creating a private sanctuary that fits seamlessly into the surrounding environment resplendent with woodlands, rock outcroppings and fabulous water features. The estate includes an impressive array of luxury features and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the exclusive Celadon gated community and its wonderful amenities.

Location and Area

Celadon is located in the San Juan Mountains east of US Hwy 550 and 16 miles North of Durango. The entrance gate is one mile off Highway 550 on Highway 250 South and across Baker's Bridge. Mountain Flower Estate is 2 miles from the gate at an elevation of 7,300' and has commanding views of the North Animas Valley and East and West Mountain Ridges.

Celadon is conveniently located for recreation, 20 minutes from either Dalton Ranch Golf Club or The Glacier Club, and 30 minutes to Durango Mountain Resort. The community is secure, private and quiet with many opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and horseback riding. The National Forest can also be accessed from Celadon.

The rugged beauty of Celadon has attracted a number of movie producers over the years, with numerous scenes filmed on the property. These include:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman
Ticket to Tomahawk with Walter Brennan and Marilyn Monroe
Naked Spur with Jimmy Stewart and Janet Leigh
Across the Wide Missouri with Clark Gable and Adolph Manjou
City Slickers with Billy Crystal and Jack Palance

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 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 miles from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Celadon Community Amenities

  • Gated entrance with beautiful landscaping
  • Paved entrance area and all roads in Celadon are paved
  • Lighted mail and parcel boxes at the entrance outside the gate
  • Strong design covenants to protect quality of homes in the community
  • The home site building envelopes have been selected to insure the most inviting and unobstructed views while maintaining privacy
  • Aspen tree fences along the front of all properties
  • Buried utilities including natural gas
  • There is a full time property manager who maintains the common property and provides numerous services to property owners, including snow and trash removal, home security checks when requested, and airport transportation.
  • Each owner is permitted to keep up to six horses on their property with which they access outstanding trails adjoining the National Forest
  • Celadon offers the opportunity for membership in The Dalton Ranch Golf Club and The Glacier Club

Property Grounds And External Features

  • 35-acre lot
  • Old ponderosa pine, some native aspen, juniper, gambel oak and beautiful granite
  • Paved driveway; garage and front entrance are stamped concrete with snow melting system with a sensor to detect moisture and activate the system
  • Bear Creek Diversion runs year-round, passes under the driveway near the house and meanders across the property
  • Two ponds fed by the Bear Creek near house
  • Extensive mature landscaping surrounds the house with aspen, spruce and other trees and numerous perennial flowers including a gorgeous stand of wild roses that bloom until frost
  • Water rights for irrigation from the pond
  • Automatic nine-zone watering system for landscaping
  • Three pumped waterfalls below the residence deck that re-circulate pond water
  • Stone patio by the pond with the waterfall stream on both sides
  • Stone patio just off the dining/BBQ deck featuring a large hot tub and outside granite fireplace
  • Engineered sewage system with large drain field
  • Water well with consistent performance and good quality, upgraded by a water softener and reverse osmosis system
  • 400-amp power supply – power supply is surge protected
  • Copper/bronze gutters, copper cupped chain downspouts and roof edge snow melt system to minimize ice buildup
  • Complete grounded lightning protection system
  • House foundation is concrete on granite

Residence Features Include:

  • 6,378 SF living space in 2 levels plus a loft
  • 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths (2 master suites)
  • 3-car 30' x 40' heated garage with extensive storage in alder veneer cabinets, doggie shower, large sink and sport closet
  • Natural gas boiler for hot water that re-circulates water throughout the house
  • Four forced air gas furnaces equipped with electronic air cleaners and humidifiers
  • Four separate air conditioners – both master suites have exclusive furnaces and air conditioners
  • Five distinct outside decks for sitting, BBQ and views that total 1,600 SF
  • Eight-foot solid knotty alder doors throughout the house, featuring oil-rubbed bronze Rocky Mountain Hardware
  • Tongue and groove knotty alder ceiling in Great Room, Entrance Foyer and Master Bedroom
  • Knotty alder baseboard
  • 4" knotty alder door and window trim
  • Custom built knotty alder cabinets with oil-rubbed bronze Hawk Hill custom knobs
  • TV cabinet in the Great Room is wormy chestnut
  • Distressed antique wide plank oak flooring on the main level, upstairs bridge, office, TV room and hall
  • Film and shade coverings (some motorized) installed on many windows to reduce UV exposure
  • Monitored security and fire alarm system
  • Sprinkler system for fire suppression
  • Vaulted ceilings exist everywhere except kitchen, baths and closets
  • State-of-the-art wiring system with Great Room surround sound
  • Speakers on three decks, ceiling speakers in the kitchen, dining area, both master bedrooms and baths, TV room and office
  • Office wired for a media room option
  • Foyer elevator to the second floor
  • Custom plumbing and light fixtures throughout
  • Heavy insulation and sealing provides a "no draft" home
  • All granite used inside and outside the home was harvested from the property
  • Interior and exterior metal work is all original design and one-of-a-kind hand forged iron


Entrance Area/Foyer

  • Large slate covered front entrance with cedar ceiling and metal roof guarded by two granite columns with accent lighting plus proprietary sconces.
  • Front entrance door is custom solid mesquite with laser etched aspen trees in translucent glass door, windows and side panels
  • Powder room including faux paint, pewter lavatory and granite vanity, travertine tile floor
  • Laundry room with tiled counter top
  • Two coat closets
  • Wide oak plank stairs to 2nd level with copper tone base lights and original design iron rails and accents.
  • Under stair storage and crawl space access behind one closet.
  • Master wing is directly opposite the entrance door featuring a 98-inch wide knotty alder entrance with 43-inch door and custom moon lights
  • Large art display area on the stairs and in the foyer

Hall to Kitchen

  • Wet bar with copper sink, Fisher-Paykel drawer dishwasher; tumbled marble tile top and built-in storage for glasses; custom down lights and accent lights
  • Refrigerator with icemaker and alder paneled door under the bar top
  • Iron railing and accents on the bar front with accent lighting
  • Bar opens into the Great Room

Kitchen and Bar

  • Extensive ceiling lighting
  • Under counter and cabinet top accent lighting
  • 48-inch side by side GE Monogram refrigerator with alder door panels.
  • Large granite center island – 39 inches high with custom 16-gauge stainless steel single bowl 23 x 20 x 9-inch sink with disposal, chiseled-edge cut
  • 48-inch Dacor six-burner gas range with double ovens
  • Dacor warming drawer
  • Built-in microwave
  • Trash compactor with alder panel door
  • Large pantry next to range
  • Original design leathered copper hood with iron accents
  • Long bar with recovered whisky barrel wood top and front; includes iron accents along bar edge and bottom rail with granite rock end treatments
  • Wine cooler in bar cabinet
  • Custom large 16-gauge stainless steel single bowl sink with Double D front; 36 x 22 x 9-inches
  • Includes a disposal with switch in the granite top

Dining Area off Kitchen/Bar

  • Large windows on three sides for beautiful mountain and valley views
  • Built-in custom made storage buffet
  • Access door to BBQ deck that has a Dacor gas grill
  • Built-in stereo speakers

Great Room

  • Very large 28' x 28' room with windows facing North, South and West
  • The centerpiece is a massive floor to ceiling granite fireplace with a five-foot wide fire box and 24 x 24 inch flue; fireplace door and tools are original design; fireplace has a natural gas fire starter
  • Wood storage area under hearth
  • Mantle of old Douglas fir with iron accents – 80 x 9 x 11-inches
  • Onyx chandelier is a double halo - 89-inches high; weighs 230 lbs.
  • Corner TV cabinet is custom made wormy chestnut unit that hold a 60-inch TV, speakers and storage with granite cabinet top
  • East and North windows have inside film and motorized screens
  • Accent long drapes on all the windows
  • Lodge pole pines mark the Great Room, kitchen and bar
  • Tongue and groove knotty alder ceilings
  • Main beam has alder veneer
  • Walkout door to the South deck in the SW corner

Master Bedroom and Bath

  • The master is over 900 SF
  • Distressed antique oak flooring
  • Ceiling fan with light
  • TV cabinet with gas fireplace
  • Door to BBQ deck
  • Accent light for display
  • His and hers separate clothes closets
  • Third closet is for shoes and purses
  • Bed wall is faux painted
  • Tongue and groove alder ceiling
  • Beautiful long motorized drapes for room darkening
  • Separate furnace and A/C for master


  • Onyx vanity tops and tub trim
  • Custom lighting sconces
  • Oversize storage cabinets
  • Walk-in 4' x 5' shower with bench and ROMA steam shower
  • Shower door glass enclosure has laser etched aspen trees and waterfall
  • 24 x 24-inch travertine tile on floor
  • Overhead electric heater outside shower
  • TOTO toilets in separate water closets with one TOTO bidet
  • His vanity 71-inch x 39-inch high w/TOTO under-counter lavatory
  • Her vanity 73-inch wide x 35.5-inch high w/TOTO under-counter lavatory
  • 49-inch wide x 30-inch high makeup area with knee-hole and electric drawer for appliances
  • Two-person Aquatic infinity whirlpool in NW corner with auto purge and multiple jets. 66 x 66 x 25-inches


  • Two custom chandeliers at top of stairs
  • 76-inch wide bridge to South Master BR
  • Copper tone lighting and proprietary iron railing and accent design on bridge
  • Distressed antique oak floor on bridge
  • Furnace for the South BR is on the bridge

South Master

  • Entrance to suite
  • Bedroom is 16' x 19'
  • Overhead lighting and fan with light
  • Large windows on three sides
  • Roman shades on all windows
  • Hall with oversized walk-in closet leads to bath
  • Carpeted bedroom
  • Large private deck outside bedroom; deck has IPE Brazilian hardwood surface, iron railings and stereo speakers


  • Neptune Penelope 60 x 31 x 18.5-inch tub with 63 micro-air jets
  • Metallic glazed porcelain walk-in shower
  • Glazed porcelain floors
  • Overhead accent lighted display area
  • Custom sconces by Cristal
  • TOTO toilet and under counter lavatory


  • 14' x 15'
  • Antique distressed oak floors
  • Alder built-in bookcase and under cabinets
  • Built-in alder 29 x 86-inch desk with drawers and file cabinets
  • Full length alder credenza with computer knee hole, 4 file drawers and seven drawers
  • Overhead fan
  • Wired for media center option
  • Overhead lighting including bookcase spots
  • West facing windows have pull shades

TV Room

  • Comfortable small TV viewing or reading area with sofa and oversized chair
  • Overhead fan
  • Door to 40-foot x 58-inch viewing deck in NE room Corner
  • TV cabinet under stairs to loft
  • Antique distressed oak floor
  • Pull and fixed shades on windows

Loft/Exercise Area

  • 370 SF carpeted area
  • Hold weight machine and treadmill
  • Has sofa and two chairs
  • Pull and fixed shades on windows
  • Ceiling speakers and keypad for music etc.

Hall to Guest Bedrooms

  • 12-foot hall with Antique distressed oak floor
  • 26 x 66-inch wet bar with alder cabinets above and below and whisky barrel wood top
  • Refrigerator/ice maker in the cabinet
  • Doors to NE bath and guest bedrooms are off the hall

NE Bedroom and Bath

  • Has door to East Deck
  • Carpeted
  • Roman shades on the door and windows
  • Overhead fan
  • Overhead display area with accent lighting
  • Large walk-in closet


  • Tile floors
  • Extra large bath area
  • Roman shades on East windows
  • 2 separate TOTO lavatories and cabinets
  • Walk-in shower
  • Small linen closet next to shower
  • Pocket doors to isolate the TOTO toilet and one lavatory
  • Premium sconces

NW Bedroom and Bath

  • Carpeted bedroom
  • Walk-in closet
  • Overhead fan
  • Pull drapes on West windows
  • Overhead display area with accent lighting


  • Tiled floors and vanity top
  • Shower tub with glass door
  • TOTO under counter lavatory and toilet
  • Premium sconces

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns and gardens in a very private setting. There is abundant wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, turkey and soaring raptors. This is a completely unspoiled property that is very private and secure. Consequently, it is more like a preserve for the game. The community's common lakes are stocked with trout.

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a short drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area and on the ranch. 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.

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 60 miles).

$3,850,000 – 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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