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Tres Arboles Ranch – SOLD (2016)


Poised on expansive rolling mesas and surrounded by grounds sacred to the Ute Indians with panoramic views of the snow capped La Plata Mountains, this spectacular 35+-acre parcel truly embraces this masterfully built 3,260 SF luxury home. Plentiful custom windows and solar skylights are strategically placed throughout the home allowing for massive mountain and meadow views that serve to illuminate the charm of this wonderful home. With fine attention to detail and architectural interest throughout the home, it features an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2.75 baths, gourmet kitchen and walk-in pantry, separate office, bonus room, with master suite on separate sides from guest living quarters for extra owner privacy, and a 2+-car finished and heated garage. In addition, there is an enclosed greenhouse and separate 2+-car garage or barn that matches the architecture of the main home, for storing equipment or creating a guesthouse. Beautiful landscaping surrounds the house, including front and back tumbling water features and multiple flagstone and cobble patios, some with cedar pergola, all are situated to capture the stunning views and maximize outdoor living under the expansive Colorado skies much of the year. This home and grounds are meticulously maintained and offer a soothing harmonious retreat for quiet and private country living.

Location and Area

Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Durango, CO, this property is still close to city conveniences while offering a completely private luxury living lifestyle. Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four-year college, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, both alpine and cross country skiing, rafting, and kayaking, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. There are 40 national and state parks within a day’s drive. 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 52,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas and Phoenix, bi-weekly service to Las Vegas, 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.

Exterior and Property Detail

  • Log pillar driveway entry is landscaped and lighted
  • Driveway alert system
  • Driveway all 3” graveled surface with 5” road base
  • Separate guest and delivery graveled parking area
  • Circular drive with landscaped center
  • All 2” x 6” wood stick frame construction
  • Stucco outer walls of Portland cement and wire mesh have been completely and professionally color coated and resurfaced in 2014
  • Fascia is solid clear cedar resealed in 2014
  • All exterior walls have double insulated 2” of Styrofoam panels (standard is 1”)
  • All exterior and interior walls are 2” x 6” construction; fully insulated
  • Eaves of solid T&G aspen are extended to 2’ 6”
  • Entry has main beams exposed with log vertical support posts; flagstone porch with covered T&G aspen overhang
  • Water feature at front house entry
  • Fully landscaped front and rear of home with a nice variety of perennials with mulched beds and grassy areas
  • Rear landscape has a custom 1,200 gallon pond and waterfall feature
  • Rear yard has 2.5 acres fully fenced wood railing/wire
  • Two separate flagstone patio areas with beautiful views of the La Plata Mountains
  • Cedar pergola covering patio area on west side is 450 SF with custom cobble decking and propane gas outlets for both an overhead outdoor heater and a separate line for gas BBQ; gorgeous La Plata Mountain views
  • Cement and flagstone paver walkways around house
  • 670’ well is 14 GPM; 1,800 gallon cistern
  • Second 2-car garage and loft storage building is 960 SF, could serve as guest house whose architecture matches the main home
  • Natural water catchment draws wildlife
  • 11-acres around house have been carefully and professionally fire mitigated
  • Local fire house with 4 fire apparatus, 20,000 gallon water storage within 2 miles of home

House Features

  • Architectural design by owner, drafted by Terry Ackerman; builder Rick LeGrand
  • Main house 3,260 SF
  • 3 bedrooms, 3 ensuite baths
  • Open floor plan that is full of natural light
  • 20’, 16’ vaulted and a minimum of 9’ ceilings throughout
  • Custom features floor to ceiling
  • Ceiling accents with vertical log support posts have custom rustic metal hangers
  • Flooring a combination of ¾” solid character cherry hardwood in main living areas, tile and carpet
  • Recessed lighting with custom sconce and pendant lighting; lighting on dimmer switches
  • Radius corners
  • Oversized hallways (48” – handicap accessible)
  • Solid knotty alder raised panel interior doors throughout
  • 6” knotty alder baseboard molding
  • All cabinets are custom made knotty alder by James Jansen with oil-bronzed or satin nickel fixtures
  • Solar tube skylights for extra natural lighting in hallway and 2 bathrooms
  • Hurd custom jalousie window (high-E dual pane) with mullions and custom fixed glass (high-E dual pane) windows at end of main ridge beams in great room and master bedroom
  • Honeycomb Levelor blinds
  • Ceiling fans in most rooms
  • Whole house water filtration system
  • Whole house R/O drinking water system with supply fixtures in kitchen and all 3 bathrooms
  • HVAC is forced air propane with 4 zones
  • Two Lennox heater units with 2 zones and separately controlled humidifiers
  • Lennox central A/C
  • 1,000 gallon in-ground propane gas supply
  • Wired for auxiliary generator with a separate garage mounted fuse box/circuits for maintaining appliances, heating and/or A/C and limited lighting with external plug-in for auxiliary generator
  • Crawl space has sprayed on foam insulation with large capacity 110 volt blower fan
  • Central alarm system by ‘Superior Alarm’ with whole house/garage motion detecting and sound activated; outside siren to include fire and CO monitoring with remote off-site monitoring capability
  • Heated main garage is wired for both 110 and 220 volts and has 10’ 6” ceiling
  • Second 2+-car garage/building: 960 SF also wired for both 110 and 220 volt service

– Main Level –


  • Custom made Spanish Oak and Cherry Wood 8’ x 42” wide solid core 2½” Arch-paneled door by Doug Christy with sidelights and trapezoidal clerestory windows above; oil-bronze fixtures
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Tile floor
  • Stained glass chandelier

Great Room with Separate Media Area

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Deep wood-burning fireplace with 100-year old cedar half log mantle and ‘Colorado Gist’ natural stone surround and hearth; custom hand-forged metal screen; mantle matches bar counter top
  • Fireplace has floor-to-ceiling windows on each side with panoramic views of rolling mesas and La Plata Mountains
  • Separate media sitting area has arched recessed area with built-in knotty alder bookshelves and accent lighting above; recessed wall for flat-screen TV
  • Wall mounted Bose built-in stereo speakers for surround sound

Gourmet Kitchen and Pantry

  • 16’ x 13’
  • Vaulted ceiling with lots of custom lighting
  • Custom knotty alder and glass bead board cabinetry with oil-bronze pulls; pot shelving on top for decorations
  • Views galore
  • Granite counters and backsplash with copper outlet plate detail
  • Eat-in bar surround with carved horse head corbels and 100-year-old cedar log counter top
  • KitchenAid appliances with stainless gas cook top and electric oven; oven and cook top have custom designer tile and metal backsplash with below counter hood that rises at the touch of a switch
  • Fridge/freezer with cabinet matching wood facing
  • New Bosch dishwasher with cabinet matching wood facing
  • Stainless built-in microwave
  • Double porcelain sink with Hans Grohe fixtures; separate R/O faucet
  • Custom tile flooring
  • Walkout door accesses outside patio
  • Separate and enclosed walk-in pantry with pocket beaded glass door has three walls of built-in shelving
  • Separate recessed desk area with built-in granite counter and drawers

Dining Room

  • Formal large dining area separated by custom bar
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Surrounded by windows
  • Walk-out door to cobble patio with cedar pergola

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • 19’ x 15’
  • 16’ vaulted ceilings
  • Wake up to stunning views of the La Plata Mountains
  • Architectural interest in ceiling and walls
  • Carpeted
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Walk-in closet 13’ 6” x 8’ 6” with built-in cubby storage and shelving; window brings in natural lighting
  • Sconce lighting on walls
  • Ceiling fan ‘Casa Blanca”, 19th century brass
  • Double French wood and glass patio doors with casement opening mullion windows above; accessible to patio area and pond

Master Bath

  • 14’ x 13’ 6”
  • Travertine tile random cut floor
  • Granite tile counters with under mount Kohler porcelain basins in custom knotty alder cabinets with wood plug detail; Hans Grohe bright nickel fixtures with separate R/O fixtures
  • Recessed built-in shelving and drawer space serves as linen storage, custom built with granite tile counter and knotty alder drawers
  • Walk-in shower with custom glass door and pebble stone floor; dual shower heads
  • Kohler deep porcelain soaking tub with travertine tile and granite surround; Hans Grohe bright nickel fixtures; double sets of windows looking out to property; very private
  • Separate water closet with pocket door and Kohler toilet
  • Crystal and glass chandelier


  • Arched entry
  • Character Cherry ¾” hardwood floors
  • Lots of windows with desk and sitting area

Bonus Room – Exercise Room

  • 20’ x 10’
  • 2 each large Hurd casement opening windows bring in ample natural light
  • Directional accent lighting
  • Hardwood floors
  • 2 separate entries

Guest Bedroom and Bath Suite One

  • 16’ x 14’
  • Stunning views of La Plata Mountains
  • Carpeted
  • Walk-in closet 6’ 9” x 6’ with built-in shelving
  • Glass door to 2nd patio area with casement opening mullion windows above
  • Ceiling fan


  • Tile floor
  • Granite Tile counter with single porcelain sink; separate R/O faucet; custom knotty alder cabinets below with satin nickel pulls
  • Walk-in shower with tile walls and floor
  • Solar tubes bring in natural light
  • Double entry accessed from bedroom and hallway
  • Kohler fixtures throughout

Guest Bedroom and Ensuite Bath Two

  • 19’ x 15’ 7”
  • Could be used as an In-Law suite or apartment
  • Stunning views of La Plata Mountains
  • Berber carpet
  • Double French doors with casement opening mullion windows above, walks out to 2nd patio
  • 9’ of upper and lower custom cabinetry and built-in with under cabinet mounted lighting
  • Built-in mini fridge and microwave
  • Granite counter top and backsplash with double porcelain under mount sinks and separate R/O faucet
  • Large double door closet area with built-in shelving
  • Ceiling fan


  • Tile floor
  • Double porcelain under mount sinks in granite tile counters; custom knotty alder cabinets below
  • Walk-in shower with tile walls
  • Solar tube brings in natural light

Laundry Room

  • Custom built knotty alder cabinets
  • Tile countertops with separate built-in desk area
  • Front loading Brand New Maytag Direct Drive washer and steam dryer
  • Deep basin Kohler utility sink
  • Walk-in closet and storage area with built-in shelving

2+-Car Garage

  • 28’ x 26’
  • Cement apron outside
  • Double arched oversize garage doors
  • Heated interior with epoxy painted concrete floors
  • Completely finished, insulated, and painted interior
  • Full of light with man door
  • Ceilings 10’ 6”
  • Wired for both 110 and 220 volt service


  • Enclosed glass and heated for year round growing

2nd Garage/Barn

(Could serve as possible Guest Quarters)

  • All construction professionally done; finishes architecturally match main house
  • 32’ x 30’ (960 SF)
  • Architectural grade Dow Corning 40-year roofing shingles
  • Hurd glazed High-E dual pane windows
  • 2” x 6” framing throughout with 9’ ceilings
  • Fully insulated, finished and painted interior walls and ceiling
  • Roofing trusses designed and built to accommodate attic storage
  • Fire rated and fully insulated storage area with sturdy access ladder
  • Architectural grade automatic barn door fully insulated with design cladding to simulate a barn door
  • Electrical wiring has both 110 and 220 volt service

Wildlife & Recreation

The ranch has a multitude of mule deer, smaller animals, turkey, migrating birds and various soaring raptors. The local area also provides a myriad of opportunities for all types of recreation. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available out your front door. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless in the area. For downhill skiing, Purgatory Resort is a 60-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away. Summertime is also filled with opportunities in the area for 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 45 miles)

Offered at $763,500

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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