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Mountain Vistas – SOLD (2013)

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango.

Mountain Vistas is a beautiful 70-acre estate with a gorgeous 5,031 SF newly renovated (at a cost of $250,000) custom home with 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half-baths; 3,840 SF barn/stables with 6 stalls, tack room, and caretaker quarters; excellent water rights; and expansive views of the La Plata Mountain Range. The property has been meticulously maintained with lovely landscaping, Juniper woodlands and 5 lush pastures with piped flood irrigation system. This ranch has all of the nicest amenities along with a beautiful residence that is the very epitome of living life in casual elegance – Colorado style.

Location and Area

The estate is located 6 miles southeast of Durango – an easy 15-minute drive – on the Florida Mesa. Access is south on US Highway 550 and east on paved CR 302 to the entrance. The Florida Mesa is known for beautiful properties and productive hay farms and offers a gateway to Durango. The Florida Mesa is also known for its climate – longer summer and shorter winter. Durango is a town of rural mountain character and charm, yet has many big city conveniences including a new hospital, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and a four-year college. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level in a picturesque area with 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. Crisp and sunny winter days feature abundant light powder snow. The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 44,000. La Plata County Airport is 10 minutes from the estate and has daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and facilities for full service general aviation. The estate is approximately 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and around 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs.

Property Details

Outside and Grounds

  • Two 35 acre legal parcels providing 70 acres divided into 5 irrigated pastures
  • Cross-fenced with out-door pipe arena, corrals and cutting-horse round-pen
  • Automatic waterers in crossed fenced pastures and stalls
  • Deer-proof, park-like back yard with lush grass and gardens surrounding the house; all on timed irrigation
  • Deeded water rights and shares include: 43+ acre feet of deeded water from Florida Conservancy District and ½ (.50 cfs) of adjudicated water from the Florida Canal Enlargement District delivered through five hydrants
  • Two water well permits, one well drilled to serve main residence and barn/stables
  • Cedar deck in back of the main residence with lattice covering to keep it cool. Large wrap-around deck in front and side of house; make for great entertaining. All decks re-painted or stained in 2011
  • Flowered arbor entrance from driveway to back yard; wide built-in flower boxes along back-deck area; well established perennial gardens and mature landscaping surround the main residence, including the addition of 10 new trees in 2011
  • Seasonal porches capture sun or shade and views
  • 2 water tanks fed by irrigation water or well serve sprinkler system for lawns and gardens
  • Well-established Aspen groves around house give summer shade
  • Paved driveway (new in 2011) ends at beautifully landscaped circle which separates the main residence from the barn/stables with ample turnaround area
  • The property has free high-speed Internet
  • Main residence is serviced by a 1,500 gallon septic system

Main Residence

An extensive remodel to the home was completed in 2011, making it exceptional in every detail. The remodel included a complete re-design of the kitchen, dining and family rooms, new low-maintenance exterior siding, and many other enhancements and features. In all, over $250,000 was invested in the remodel.

General Features:

  • Architectural design maximizes solar gain in the winter and interior rooms for coolness in summer
  • New low-maintenance Hardie house siding was installed in 2011, along with several new windows, renewal of the others
  • Complete renewal of the metal roof in 2011
  • Heated walkway entrance for efficient snow melt
  • 5 bedrooms, 4 full and 2 half-baths
  • Most of the living space in this home is on the main level, including master suite
  • 1,000 gallon propane storage tank
  • Excellent cross ventilation throughout
  • Ceiling fans in several rooms
  • Light slate tile and carpet on main floor; travertine and ceramic tiles in baths
  • Large windows in several rooms capture views of La Plata Mountains
  • Natural wood window panes in many windows
  • Numerous gabled and very high ceilings; cedar timbers ceiling throughout
  • Open floor plan for kitchen, dining and family room
  • Baseboard and crown molding
  • Wide door jams
  • Custom stained glass door to side entrance
  • Separate wings open to master and guest bedrooms through double, glassed French doors
  • New propane hot water forced air for heating; separate system for main living area/master and guest wing for efficiency
  • New air conditioning system
  • Two half baths on main level
  • Several extra large carpeted and heated storage areas
  • Over-sized 2-car attached garage
  • Water softener
  • Several entrances to house from exterior decks through double French doors

Main Level

  • Entrance Foyer and halls
  • Large foyer with powder room
  • New wall texture and paint in 2011
  • Light slate tile floors new in 2011, wide hallways

Great Room

  • Double French doors leading into this spacious great room
  • Gorgeous views of the La Plata Mountains, skylights and lots of windows give this room a most relaxing feel
  • Huge moss rock wall, large fireplace and hearth; fireplace has gas starters
  • Double French doors lead out to large front deck
  • Hand hewn and distressed hardwood floors

Master Bedroom Suite and Bath

  • Separate private wing with double French door entrance
  • Enter separate sitting area off master bedroom through double
  • French doors; brick gas fireplace
  • Charming window seat in master bedroom
  • Curtains and valances frame beautiful views of the La Plata Mountains from multiple windows and window seats
  • New carpet in 2011
  • Vaulted ceilings with fan
  • Separate bath with travertine tiles on counters and floors
  • Double Kohler sinks
  • Extra large walk-in travertine shower with sitting bench and translucent window
  • Thick glass shower doors and wall
  • Separate water closet with original brick wall; Kohler fixtures
  • Skylights in bath give great light
  • Double closets in bath area

Kitchen, Dining and Family Room

  • Completely remodeled in 2011 with an open floor plan
  • New appliances – GE Monogram Series (including refrigerator, dish washer, trash compactor), Sharp microwave
  • DCS stove/oven
  • All new custom cabinets of Knotty Alder
  • Pull-out pantry drawers; ample cupboard and storage space
  • Large granite counter tops and bar seating
  • Separate breakfast nook seating adjacent to kitchen with lots of windows looking out to back yard
  • Pantry and broom closet
  • Red Oak floors in kitchen, dining room and family room
  • Large wood burning fireplace with alcove for logs in family room
  • Dining area open to family room with wonderful views of the back deck and lawn area
  • New wet bar made from barn wood

Double Guest Bedrooms with Jack n' Jill Bath

  • Carpeted bedrooms have ensuite Jack n' Jill bath with thick granite counter tops and backsplash, tile floors; Kohler fixtures (remodeled 2010)
  • Separate water closet
  • Walk-in shower with accent tiles and thick glass doors
  • Separate walk-in closets with built-in dresser drawers and storage
  • Skylights and window seats with lots of windows; vaulted gabled ceiling
  • Climb-up balconies in each room to fit extra beds or separate play area

Guest Bedroom 3 and Ensuite Bath

  • Vaulted, gabled ceilings; plenty of windows
  • Carpeted
  • Closet with built-in dresser drawers and storage
  • Walk-in shower with floor to ceiling tiles
  • Granite counter tops, Kohler fixtures (remodeled 2010)
  • Separate water closet

Laundry & Sewing Room

  • Extra large with sink, tile backsplash, desk, ample cupboards, dropdown built-in ironing board, windows
  • Large hall closet for storage


Guest Bedroom 4 and Ensuite Bath

  • Full sized bedroom with double closet
  • Oak flooring in bath
  • Tile shower with oak and glass sliding shower doors

Sun Tower/Observatory

  • Circular stairway to sun-filled viewing tower
  • Completely replaced with new structure in 2011
  • 360-degree windows to see views for miles, including the night lights of Durango
  • Great cross ventilation


  • Finished basement, carpeted and heated
  • Ideal wine cellar
  • Separate office or sitting area

Barn and Caretakers Quarters

  • Heated
  • Blacktop throughway opens at both ends of the barn
  • Separate office and ½ bath
  • Tack room
  • 6 stalls and a Stallion stall
  • All stalls have automatic water feeders
  • Wash room for horses
  • Double sink; hot and cold water
  • Caretakers apartment; full kitchen, full bath; loft and living/sleeping area

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns and gardens, juniper woods, lush irrigated pastures in a very private setting. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, coyote, red tail hawks, eagles, and many other small animals and sporting birds. The focus of the property is equestrian activities – riding across the pastures and through wooded areas with views of the La Plata Mountains always in sight. It is truly an equestrian paradise!

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 45-minute drive from the property, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are a little over one hour away. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiling opportunities are also available throughout the area and on the property. Summertime is filled with opportunities for 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, along with Lemon and Vallecito Lakes. 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 40 miles).


This property is co-listed by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty and Joe Clair of Prudential Triple S Realty. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, Prudential Triple S Realty or their sales representatives in connection with this property was acquired from sources deemed reliable and is believed to be accurate and reliable, however, we do not warrant its accuracy or completeness. Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty and Prudential Triple S Realty recommend that every item of interest to the purchaser (i.e. water laws, mineral laws, zoning, land use regulations, state, federal and private permits) be independently verified by the purchaser's attorney.