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River's Edge Ranch – SOLD (2013)

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango.

River's Edge Ranch is a beautifully situated 80+ acre sanctuary nestled in the Florida River Valley with more than 3,000 feet of river frontage on both sides. The virtually new 2,915 SF main residence has expansive views of the river valley, 3.5 acre pond and irrigated pastures. It has 4 bedrooms with 3 full baths and lovely landscaping around the house along with nine additional acres for exclusive use. Amenities include a coded gated entry, detached garage/shop, 60 ft round pen with additional corrals and new run-ins, extensive water rights feeding side-rolls, sprinklers and gated pipe. This is an exceptional equestrian property near historic downtown Durango.

The single story home has been completely and beautifully rebuilt all the way down to the studs. This major renovation, with its many tasteful and functional amenities, now offers a beautiful residence with Teak hardwood floors throughout, in-floor heat, and a chef's kitchen with custom cabinets and solid slab granite counters. The main wing of the home is an open great room style with a large deck that overlooks the fields and river. The Master Suite has its own private deck, a large sitting area with river views, and a top quality Master Bath with a huge walk-in closet and separate water closet. There is a Guest Master Suite with private deck and bath, as well as two additional bedrooms that share the third bath. The home is wired for surround sound with all speakers in place. There is extensive RG6 and CAT5 cabling throughout for entertainment, phone systems and a Multi-cam Internet DVR system that is in place and can be monitored from anywhere via Internet or Smart Phone. The detached 2-car garage, with additional carport, has a 400 SF shop in the rear (with 100 amp serv.) that could easily be converted into a guest home or caretaker's suite. Other amenities include a coded gated entry, 60 ft equestrian round pen, additional corrals and new run-ins. Extensive year-around water rights feeding side-rolls, sprinklers and gated pipe yield high quality grass hay.

Location and Area

Nestled in a picturesque, rock cliff and tree lined valley south of Durango, the ranch is bordered by the Florida River and is located off a paved road accessed from County Road 217

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 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 80s, 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 45,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix, 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 and coded entrance with gravel driveway
  • 80 acres of meadows and river property with an additional 9 acres for exclusive use
  • Dozens of mature oaks and Aspen trees surround the house and barns
  • All underground piping, irrigation pump and equipment new in 2009
  • Senior water rights with 2.5 CFS irrigate meadows and lawns around house via the 3.5 acre pond.
  • Meadows have been seeded and fertilized in 2010 and 2011 with Timothy and Orchard for exceptional grazing and/or haying
  • Side roll-irrigation keeps meadows lush and producing high quality hay
  • Irrigation and surround-the-house sprinklers on timed system
  • Three+ acre year-round pond fed directly from Florida River
  • Natural springs are found on the property to support wildlife
  • The property is protected by one of the first conservation easements established in Colorado and thus one of the most flexible and accommodating
  • Separate 2 car garage with attached 430 SF shop with 11' ceilings
  • Historic 2-level barn
  • Two new, movable custom 12' X 16' run-in sheds with filtered no-freeze horse waterer and corrals.
  • 60 foot circular riding pen connects to large corrals with no-freeze horse waterer

Main Residence / Features

  • Charming, immaculate 2,915 SF of spacious living with abundant natural light throughout
  • Single floor plan, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths
  • Tasteful stucco exterior with cedar accents and copper style Pro-panel metal roof
  • 9 ft high ceilings throughout bedrooms
  • Large foyer with arched art niches
  • Radius corners
  • Custom arched entrance and walk-throughs
  • Wood burning fireplace heats entire house via central ventilation system routed through attic
  • Special door to outside allows easy access to bring in firewood from outside via covered wood storage
  • Efficient and economical Hydronic in-floor heating system throughout
  • Blown insulation in walls with R49 in ceilings
  • House has high-quality wiring with central panel
  • Extensive RG6 and CAT5 cabling for internet, security and phone systems
  • Wired for surround sound with all speakers in place
  • Complete view of property through multi camera monitoring system with DVR and internet access
  • Whole-house water filtration system for quality drinking water
  • Teak manufactured flooring and tile throughout
  • Translucent honeycomb Hunter Douglas pull blinds throughout with blackout in Master bedroom
  • Recessed lighting
  • Open floor plan with kitchen access to dining and living areas
  • Entrance with dual closets and niche for your cell phones and keys
  • 800 SF of maintenance-free deck space with exterior stereo speakers
  • Low flush/two stage toilets

Gourmet Kitchen and Social Area

  • Large U-shaped kitchen with exceptional number of custom cherry finish cabinets (some designed for large pot storage, spices, etc.)
  • Granite countertops
  • Center island with extra storage
  • All drawers are pullout with custom divider options
  • Stainless steel appliances throughout
  • Double stainless steel Franke sink and brushed nickel fixtures
  • Stainless conventional and convection oven
  • Warming drawer
  • Built-in microwave
  • Bar seating for four at Butterfly Verde Granite countertop
  • Custom walk-in pantry

Living Room

  • Wood burning fireplace set in Chardonnay Stone providing heat ventilation throughout house via additional air ducts
  • Open to kitchen and dining
  • In-ceiling stereo speakers

Dining Room

  • Separate yet open to kitchen and living area
  • Surround windows looking out across meadows toward river
  • Walk-out to common deck
  • Sitting Area/TV Room
  • Adjacent to kitchen with swivel-mounted 47" TV; accessible visually from kitchen and bar seating area
  • In-ceiling surround sound system in place

Master Suite and Bath

  • Extra large sleeping area with separate sitting area, 30' X 15'
  • Exit to private deck overlooks northern pond and pastures. Additional exit for central deck to the south
  • In ceiling stereo speakers
  • Blackout blinds
  • Ceramic tile on walls and floors, tumbled travertine with custom Walker Zanger tile accents
  • Separate walk-in shower with glass block and marble tile floor accents
  • Deep high-end six foot Jason Spa tub
  • Twin porcelain sinks on granite countertops with custom cabinet bases
  • Brushed nickel fixtures
  • Separate water closet
  • Huge walk-in closet with adjustable shelves and poles

Guest Room One

  • Walk out to private deck with views of pond, river and pastures
  • En-suite bathroom with six foot Jason Spa tub, ceramic and tumbled travertine tile with Walker Zanger accents
  • Porcelain sink on granite countertop with custom vanity cabinet

Guest Bedroom Two / Large Home Office

  • Direct access to separate full bath can also serve as centrally located powder room with its two entrances
  • Ceramic tile with custom Walker Zanger tile accents
  • Free-standing porcelain sink on granite countertop with custom cabinet base

Guest Bedroom Three

  • Can be used as a small bedroom, nursery, Hobby room or Art Studio
  • Looks out across rear deck with 4' X 4' window for a nice view toward the river, oaks and grassy areas

Laundry Room

  • Built-in cupboard shelving, counter-space and drawers. Lots of storage!
  • Deep utility sink
  • Washer and dryer

Out Buildings

  • Two story historic barn: total of 916 SF with 100 amp panel and filtered water supply
  • Newly added over-hang is 14' X 26' to provide covered parking for tractor, equipment or additional hay storage
  • Two new custom built run-in sheds are 12' X 16' located within corral area
  • The slab that the barn sits on is 1,157 SF for future development
  • Separate 2 car garage with attached 430 SF shop, 220 power, 11' high ceilings and access to additional car port
  • 400 square foot workshop with 11 ft. high ceilings, 220 volts and great views toward the Florida River. Lots of storage with deep cabinets and plenty of natural light

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns/gardens and open hay meadows in a very private and secure setting. Commonly seen are migrating elk, deer, coyote, red tail hawks, eagles, waterfowl and many other small animals and sporting birds. The large peninsula jutting out from the shoreline provides a unique perspective of the pond and wildlife, and two small islands provide a haven for waterfowl.

Fishing is excellent on the property's Florida River frontage and 3.5 acre pond, and there are a variety of well kept trails for riding, 4-wheeling or walking in and around the property or spend the afternoon floating down the river in a tube. In essence, this is an exceptional equestrian property or private retreat near historic downtown Durango that must be seen.

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.

Offered at $1,595,000

This property is offered by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty, Tom Morse, Broker. All information provided by Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International 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 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.