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Rockin' Ridge Ranch – SOLD (2013)

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango.

This 36.75-acre ranch is very private yet located conveniently close to the entrance of the Durango Ridge development on a bluff with outstanding views of the La Platas and eastern mountains surrounding Durango. The lovely 2-level 4,800 SF log home has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5-car garage, expansive gourmet chef's kitchen, game room, office, wine room, exercise room, all with high-end finishes/fixtures. This ranch has all the qualities desired—lush meadows, woodlands and expansive views—all within a short drive to the historic downtown area of Durango.

Location and Area

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, and many cultural activities. There are endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. The town is located 6,700 ft. above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain views, 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. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant, light powdery snow.

The La Plata County area including Durango and Bayfield has a population of 44,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas, with seasonal service from Houston. The airport has facilities for full service general aviation and hangers are available. The property is 120 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 210 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Details

The property has 36.75-acres that are very useable and the beautiful 4,800+ SF custom home is perched on a picturesque knoll with gorgeous mountain views. It is just 10 minutes from historic downtown Durango and all of its amenities. Although, you may not want to leave home with its inviting open floor plan, which makes for superb entertaining or just relaxing. It has plenty of natural light that streams in from expansive floor to ceiling windows, capturing views of the mountains and surrounding woodlands. The ranch is also home to an array of wildlife.

Outside and Grounds

  • Great care has been taken to preserve this pristine environment and not disturb the ecosystem and the myriad of wildlife
  • Fenced property; an acre around house has deer fencing – unobtrusive yet close enough to view wildlife that frequents the property
  • Recent planting of aspen and natural grasses; abundant flowering perennials, bushes and bulbs around house
  • Paved driveway has a cattle guard
  • Ample parking outside of garage area
  • Log and stacked stone exterior
  • Asphalt shingle roof with ice melt & electrical outlets for decorations; gutters around entire house
  • 270 degree Trex decks around back of house allow for fabulous views
  • Sprinkler system is on timed drip for trees and plantings surrounding house
  • Seasonal stream with culvert for snow melt off
  • Well water produces approx. 100/min.; 1,600 gallon cistern
  • Utility meters are enclosed in wood casements with windows for easy reading

General Home Features

  • Covered stamped concrete front porch
  • Spacious open floor plan; outstanding design for entertaining
  • Lots of natural light floods the main living, dining and kitchen areas
  • Vaulted and 8' ceilings throughout
  • Views from all main living areas
  • In-floor heating
  • Solid knotty alder doors throughout
  • Oiled bronze Emtek fixtures throughout
  • D-logs and dry wall interior
  • Radius corners throughout
  • Recessed lighting; all lights on dimmers
  • Double-paned windows
  • Multiple areas with ample storage



  • Oversized custom solid knotty alder front door with large 3-pane window to the side
  • Foyer 16" ceramic tiles with pebble accent
  • Spruce upright supports

Great Room

  • Hickory plank flooring
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Floor to ceiling windows with beautiful unobstructed views
  • Ceiling fan
  • Wood-burning stacked stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace; sandstone hearth; recycled 100-year old wood mantle
  • Built-in entertainment center with book shelves
  • Double sliding doors to deck
  • Custom built-in cherry hutch with granite counter-top; glass windows and rope lighting
  • Recessed retractable blinds helps to keep in heat in winter and sun in summer


  • Cabinets are natural cherry with brushed nickel pulls; room on top of cabinets for decorations; up-cabinet lighting; swivel double spice rack; lazy Susan corners; 2 cookie sheet cupboards; deep pull-out drawer storage; appliance garage; under cabinet lighting
  • Lots of granite countertops with bull nose edges
  • Long raised, chiseled-edge granite bar seating around cooking and prep areas; separate granite counter separates kitchen from dining
  • Large built-in kitchen office with granite counters, built-in drawers and cupboards; recipe & cookbook storage; Wi-Fi hook-up
  • Brushed stainless steel appliances; under counter Sharp microwave; Dacor fridge with French doors and freezer drawer bottom; 2 dishwashers – 1 Fisher-Paykel – 1 large Bosch
  • Dacor 8-burner stove with griddle top; pot filler; convection and traditional separate ovens; copper trim on all pulls; high backsplash is granite, like countertops
  • Custom brushed copper and stainless steel overhead stove vent
  • Triple porcelain farm sink with brushed nickel fixtures; wonderful views out to open space and mountains
  • Huge walk-in pantry with built-in shelving to ceiling
  • This is a chef's kitchen!

Dining Room

  • Octagonal shaped room with full windows; fantastic views of Twin Buttes and northern mountains; unblemished view of sunrises
  • Hickory plank flooring
  • Doors out to deck
  • Wine captain
  • Lots of cupboards and drawers for china and napkin storage
  • Warming drawer
  • Built-in upper curio cabinet with glass inserts and rope lights

Master Suite

  • Vaulted ceiling with fan
  • Gas propane stove in corner
  • Carpeted
  • Double sliding doors walk-out to hot tub on Trex deck
  • D-walls and faux finish wall with decorative soffit
  • Pull-down stairs to very large upper loft with good lighting and peek-a-boo window; used as a hobby room so all items can be left in place for continuous projects; ample storage area
  • Sunken, deep jetted tub on raised cherry base with granite ledges; crank triple windows over bathtub
  • Granite counters with double Kohler sinks; burnished nickel fixtures
  • Central medicine cabinets each opening toward sinks
  • Soffit area for decorations
  • Tile floors
  • Instant electric heater for quick heating
  • Separate water closet with cupboard above toilet
  • Linen closet
  • Large steam shower with heated bench seat; sliding glass doors with steam vent
  • Walk-in closet with built-in cubbies

Powder Room

  • Raised pedestal wooden cabinet with drawers and travertine top; handmade ceramic sink from Earth & Vessel; bronzed fixtures
  • Faux finish on walls and ceiling with whimsical mouse on wall behind door
  • Linen closet outside of powder room in hall

Large Private Guest Suite

  • Carpeted
  • Vaulted ceiling with fan
  • Double sliding doors out to Trex deck; incredible views
  • Walk-in closet
  • Bath has separate water closet
  • Shower/tub combo with sliding glass doors
  • Double Kohler sinks with granite counters
  • Instant electric heater for quick heating

Laundry Room

  • Off kitchen area
  • Built-in folding table
  • Built-in cupboards and drawers
  • Tile floor
  • Deep double utility sink


  • 3-car garage with ample built-in shelving
  • Concrete floors with drainage
  • Built-in workbench with many drawers and cabinet storage


  • Circular stairway to lower level is lighted with above-floor lights

Media/Game Room/Built-in Bar

  • Gas fireplace with sandstone hearth; built-in bookshelves on either side
  • Huge recessed area for 5' flat-screen TV
  • Double sliding doors open to downstairs patio
  • Built-in bar with raised black mosaic granite bar top and stainless counter-top; ice maker; fridge
  • Built-in cabinets and drawers; mirrored back and under-counter lights


  • Secret storage behind wall
  • Carpeted
  • Views to SE with walk-out door to lower patio
  • Wooden shutters

Second Master Guest Suite

  • Sliding glass doors to lower patio and grass; beautiful views
  • Ceiling fan
  • Carpeted
  • Walk-in closet
  • Bath with double Kohler sinks with black granite beveled-edge counters
  • Linen closet
  • Roman tub and built-in shower with tile walls with tile accent; large custom shower door
  • Electric heater for quick heating

Third Guest Bedroom or Smaller Media Room

  • Carpet
  • Recessed alcove with lighting
  • Attached bathroom also connected to hallway
  • Single Kohler sink
  • Walk-in shower with custom sliding glass doors
  • Linen closet

Wine Cellar

  • Self-contained underground keeps cool
  • Room enough for table and chairs
  • Tile floor
  • Stone veneer walls
  • 1,500 bottle storage

Exercise Room

  • Indoor-outdoor carpet
  • Windows looking out
  • Ceiling fan and mirrored wall
  • Flat screen TV wall mounted

Mechanical Room

  • Two 85 gallon Marathon hot water tanks hooked in-series supply continuous hot water
  • Closets with built-in storage

Electrical Room

  • Electrical connectors for in-floor heat
  • Storage
  • Carpeted to keep coldness down

Lower Level Garage

  • 2-car garage
  • Built-in cabinets
  • Concrete floors with drains
  • Hydronic heating system; water heater on computerized watt-watcher system for green heating during off hours; pressure tank has accumulator and exchanger for ETS (electronic thermal storage which is filled with 3 tons of ceramic firebricks to heat during off hours, drawing on demand for hot water heat for in-floor heating); if no heat is being used, humidity; 7 separate stations; keeps garage warm all winter
  • Pump for well

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, open meadows and bluffs creating a very private setting that supports a myriad of activities. Commonly seen are elk, mule deer, black bear, wild turkey, grouse, coyote, great horned owls and eagles including many other small animals and song birds. There is access to the National Forest through the sub-division, providing unlimited recreation.

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 40-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are 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).

Now $1,250,000 – Recently Reduced by $100,000

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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