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Old Ponderosa Ranch

COLORADO, LA PLATA COUNTY, DURANGO – MLS 719394

This 246-acre ranch has some of the most beautiful rolling and naturally irrigated meadows you’ll find in the Pine River Valley. The fenced property includes several year-round ponds with water rights and ditch rights, 40 acres of organic hay, varied topography including pine forest with aspen groves, meadows and beautiful rock outcroppings. There is abundant wildlife with mule deer, elk (in the middle of the elk migration path), black bear and other small game. The valley views are stunning and the meticulous care of the property and improvements make it a “one-of-a-kind” estate and most welcoming environment. The property features a beautifully constructed 4,476 SF custom log, 3 bedroom and 3.5 bath main house with additional first floor optional room that may be used as first floor master bedroom, office, or recreational room.; a 2,800 SF guesthouse with 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths; and, a cedar horse barn with 2 stalls, workshop and hay storage. This is a serene country setting, offering great privacy and magnificent views, yet still close to historic downtown Durango and Bayfield. The ranch is a perfect property for horses or small cattle operation and it has great hunting opportunities. There is a 40-acre option available with all of the amenities listed for $2,349,000 (MLS 724647)

Location and Area

The ranch is located just 5 minutes from Bayfield at 10676/10674 CR 502, 25 minutes east of Durango in the Pine River Valley. The Pine River Valley is known for its beautiful ranches, and much of it is protected with conservation easements. The lushness of the valley and the nature of the topography make it a wildlife mecca.

Many of the neighbors ride together and fish together, enjoying contiguous properties and neighborhood friends. There are hundreds of miles of riding trails in the National Forest and the Weminuche wilderness located approximately 10 miles from the ranch.

Bayfield, Colorado is situated in the eastern part of La Plata County in southwestern Colorado. It lies approximately 18 miles east of Durango and 50 miles west of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160. The San Juan Mountain range is located to the east and the La Plata Mountains loom to the west. For many, Bayfield serves as a bedroom community for Durango and offers convenient shopping and multiple recreational opportunities, including boating and fishing at Vallecito Lake, fly-fishing on the Los Pinos River, hiking, biking and other pursuits. Bayfield’s climate boasts moderate temperatures and low humidity.

Durango is a town of rural mountain character and charm, yet has many big city conveniences including new hospital, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and a four-year college. Durango is the home of Fort Lewis College, a 4-year Liberal Arts school with an enrollment of 4,500 students. It is probably best known for the Business School, as well as its Archeology School. It is said that the number of restaurants per capita is the highest in the West. Located 6,512 ft. above sea level, Durango is one of the most varied and picturesque of all the Rocky Mountain towns. Enjoying over 300 days of sunshine each year, the 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 and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and facilities for full service general aviation. The ranch is approximately 180 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and around 285 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs.

Property and External Details

  • 246+-acres of diverse topography including forest and open meadows
  • Double-posted log rail fencing
  • Gated entrance
  • Beautiful views up and down Pine River Valley
  • Beautifully manicured rolling meadows with healthy stands of ponderosa pines, aspen and some Gambel oak; spring blooming trees and flowering shrubs
  • Naturally irrigated meadows
  • Several year-round ponds
  • Property has several large wood-carved bear sculptures plus a carved eagle sculpture on top of old snag
  • Productive well water
  • Septic
  • Heavy gravel driveway with extra parking areas
  • Stacked stone retaining wall to side of house
  • Composite concrete walkways around house
  • Log exterior with combination of cedar plank and cedar shake shingle siding create beautiful textures
  • Dormers add architectural interest
  • Moss rock exterior wainscoting with Colorado buff stone cap wicks away moisture from foundation
  • Heated roof for snow/ice melt
  • Composite shingle roof
  • Covered Trex deck at back of house with T&G Pine ceiling looks out to the meadow and forest
  • Natural gas attachment for outdoor BBQ
  • Font porch of Colorado Buff Stone with T&G overhang

Main Residence Details

  • 4,476 SF
  • 3 bedroom 3.5 baths
  • Beautiful logs imported from British Columbia, combination of finished log interior with thick chinking; lots of windows and skylights
  • Open living areas
  • Vaulted ceilings with Engelmann Spruce crossbeams and Pine T&G ceilings
  • Flooring a combination of high-gloss Hickory wood-plank, tile and carpet
  • Recessed, sconce, pendant and directional lighting
  • High quality oil-bronzed fixtures throughout
  • Knotty alder cabinets throughout
  • Ceiling fans
  • Jalousie windows offer great cross ventilation
  • Custom arched entrances from room to room
  • 3-car attached heated garage with large cement apron outside
  • In-floor hydronic heating
  • Full house water filtration
  • Re-circulating water offers instant hot water
  • Sprinkler system for lawn and garden areas
  • Monitored security system
  • Heated roof

– Main Level –

  • Foyer
  • Beautiful custom hand-carved oversized door with wide sidelights
  • High-gloss Hickory hard wood floor
  • Coat closet with automatic lighting
  • Exit to back Trex Deck from opposite side of entryway

Gourmet Kitchen

  • High-gloss Hickory hard wood floor
  • Beautiful granite counters with beveled edges
  • Stainless steel appliances; Dacor 6-burner with center griddle and overhead vent; KitchenAid compactor; Whirlpool side-by-side fridges with freezer bottom; KitchenAid built-in microwave under center island
  • KitchenAid dishwasher with wood panel front
  • Bar seating with granite countertop looks into kitchen
  • Chopping block center island with great storage underneath
  • Double stainless sinks with beautiful views looking out the large windows
  • Swinging door walk-in pantry with storage shelves

Open Dining Room

  • Open to kitchen and partially to great room
  • High-gloss Hickory hard wood floor
  • Fabric valences
  • Over table chandelier
  • Great views out to the back meadow and forest

Great Room

  • Vaulted ceilings with skylights
  • High-gloss hard wood floor
  • Floor-to-ceiling moss rock wall has wood burning fireplace with gas starter
  • Beautiful views from floor-to-ceiling windows to either side of the large fireplace look up valley to the ponds and lush rolling meadows; Pine mantle and moss rock hearth; windows have sun shades
  • Double door walk-out to back Trex deck

Large Game Room/Bedroom and Bath

  • Large open area could also be used as master bedroom on main level
  • Carpeted
  • Custom half log pool table light

Bath

  • Full bath with tub shower combo with sliding glass doors
  • Granite counter with radius edge; under mount sink with chrome fixtures
  • Window with Roman blinds
  • Kohler toilet

Laundry Room/Mud Room

  • Whirlpool Duet full-size front loading-stackable washer and dryer
  • Folding counters with storage overhead and under
  • Stainless utility sink
  • Porcelain tile floor
  • Laundry chute
  • Powder Room
  • Granite radius edge counter with under mount Kohler sink; chrome fixtures
  • Porcelain tile floor
  • Kohler toilet
  • Window looking out to front

3 Car Attached Garage

  • Automatic garage door openers
  • Heated cement floors
  • Storage closet
  • Mechanical room
  • Great lighting with extra windows

– Upper Level –

  • Half log treads with custom hand-hewn wood railings
  • Sconce lighting

Master Suite Bedroom, Bath and Office

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Carpeted
  • Ceiling fan
  • His and Hers closets with automatic lighting; built-in shelves and cubbies
  • Great open views out to meadows and forest

Bath

  • Huge two-person Jacuzzi tub
  • Walk-in shower with porcelain tile walls and tile accents; built-in bench and niches for shampoo, etc.
  • Granite radius edge counter with Kohler under mount sink
  • Windows with half-curtains looking out to front; lots of privacy
  • Flat-screen wall mount TV
  • Tile floor
  • Laundry chute to 1st floor laundry room

Office

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Large room with direct access to master bedroom could be used as office, work-out studio or media room
  • Arched entrance mimics large arched windows
  • Carpeted
  • Cross-beam log supports
  • Reading Area
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Hickory hard wood floors
  • Looking over great room
  • Sconce lighting
  • Extra storage closet

Guest Bedroom

  • Carpeted
  • Ceiling fan
  • Double door closet with built-in shelving
  • Multiple windows looking out to front of property

Guest Bath One

  • Oversize tub shower combo
  • Radius edge granite counter with Kohler under mount sink
  • Porcelain tile floor

– Outbuildings –

Guest House and Storage Garage

  • 1,800 SF, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 baths with an attached 1,000 SF storage garage
  • In-floor hydronic heating on both floors
  • Partially heated roof area
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Hardwood pine floors
  • Open living area with living, dining and kitchen; double sliding door out to Trex deck with outside stairs to ground level
  • Moss rock half wall and hearth houses high efficiency wood-burning stove; heats whole second floor
  • Great views of the Pine River Valley and meadows through multiple windows
  • Full kitchen with double stainless sink, trash compactor, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, built-in microwave; custom cabinets; built-in buffet
  • Bathroom with oversize tub shower combo, toilet, custom cabinets with Kohler sink and laundry chute to 1st floor laundry
  • Laundry room with full washer and dryer; storage cabinets and folding table
  • Powder room with toilet and sink
  • Exterior of cedar siding and moss rock and Douglas fir supports
  • Cedar decks on lower level with T&G overhang; great views up the valley and overlooking meadows
  • Large garage nicely finished with heated cement floors has double door entrance for easy drive through of large equipment. Knotty Pine interior walls
  • Added bunk room off garage
  • Large concrete apron off garage entrance offers lots of extra parking

Horse Barn

  • Separate gravel driveway to barn
  • Cedar siding barn with two sliding doors for drive through capability
  • Cement floors
  • 2 interior stables with wood gates and turnouts; concrete pads
  • Hay storage on second floor
  • Separate workshop with pegboard wall storage, vice grips, etc.

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of open meadows, pine woodlands, trails and wildlife habitat, creating a very private setting that supports a myriad of activities. The property has exceptional equestrian facilities and riding terrain, and the ranch offers great topography for hiking and climbing. The ranch is also home to an array of wildlife. Commonly seen are elk, mule deer, wild turkey, coyote, great horned owls and eagles along with many other small animals and song birds. Occasionally, you may even see a black bear, Bobcat or mountain lion crossing the meadows. The ranch has well-maintained irrigation ponds, which support the wildlife in the area. For a complete fishing experience, the Pine River, along with Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs, provide a wonderful destination, just minutes from the ranch. Also, the Animas and Florida Rivers are nearby.

The National Forest as well as the Weminuche Wilderness, with hundreds of miles of riding, is approximately 15 minutes east or 45 minutes north of the ranch.

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 40-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek Ski Area is an hour and 20 minutes away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area and on the ranch. 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. 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).

Offered at $3,495,000

40-acre option will all amenities listed, offered at $2,349,000 (MLS 724647)

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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