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Villa Anavaris – SOLD (2014)

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango

This 35-acre parcel is situated in the prestigious North Animas River Valley and features a spectacular 6,590 SF, 4-bedroom, 4-bath grand chateau with separate 989 SF guest apartment, all located in a very private and secure setting. The grounds offer manicured lawns, vibrant colored perennial gardens, year-round running creek with waterfall feature and island sitting area, large pond and tennis court. The outer woodlands and meadows provide shelter for elk and deer or they could be used for equestrian facilities. This is a special offering where gracious living is a way of life surrounded by nature and beauty.

Location and Area

Tucked away off County Road 250 with a private gate entrance, this estate is a convenient twelve miles north of Durango in the picturesque red cliff and tree-lined Animas River Valley.

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 at 6,512 feet 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 powdery snow.

The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 52,000. La Plata airport runs daily commercial service to Denver, Salt Lake City. Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Dallas, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 105 miles from Telluride, 205 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 170 mile from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Grounds and External Features

  • 35-acre parcel (additional adjacent acreage may be available)
  • Mature terraced perennial gardens surround home; on drip irrigation supplied from large pond
  • Expanses of manicured lawns with sprinkler system; some hand-placed watering
  • Large old cottonwoods, native aspen and juniper, ponderosa pine; outside down lighting for trees surrounding house
  • Coon Creek runs (year-round) through the property and includes water rights to fill the pond and irrigate the meadows and grounds, keeping them green from early spring to late fall; the creek passes behind house with a tumbling waterfall feature and bridge to private island
  • Surrounding concrete patios look over Coon Creek and water feature, bridge and island, tiered perennial gardens, grassy lawns
  • Concrete sidewalks and walkways surround home and guest house
  • Large pond with 2 pumps for moving irrigation water; pond has dock and could be stocked with trout
  • Tennis Court is enclosed and has a viewing gazebo just outside; resurfaced in '07 with new asphalt layer
  • Doorbell on long driveway alerts the approach of guests
  • Multiple patio areas
  • Built-in BBQ on patio overlooking Coon Creek
  • Outside sound system recessed
  • Private well with separate indoor and outdoor filters for main house and guest apartment
  • Engineered septic system with large drain field; 3 separate tanks
  • Sizable fenced area for vegetable garden and/or dog run next to guest house, full of established raspberry bushes

Main Residence Features Include:

  • 4 bedrooms, 4 baths; master on main level in its own wing
  • Natural light floods the interior of this stately home
  • Inside sprinkler system for fire control
  • All wood baseboard molding
  • All wood crown molding
  • Marvin wood-clad windows
  • All soffits and fascia are custom crafted of solid wood
  • Red heartwood flooring, carpet, tiles
  • Vaulted, 10' and 8' ceilings
  • Lighted niches for art display; expansive walls for artwork
  • Alarm system
  • Recessed and focused lighting; sconces
  • Hot water radiant in-floor heat; 7 zones
  • 80-gallon hot water heater
  • 4-car garage plus toy storage; colored concrete aprons with de-ice system; large separate storage for summer outdoor furniture
  • Roof: Owens-Corning slate
  • Stucco exterior with radius corners


Entrance Area/Foyer

  • Large grand foyer with sweeping semi-circular stairway
  • Solid mahogany front door with side transom beveled windows on each side; arched beveled glass windows above
  • Limestone tiles imported from Portugal
  • Large coat closet with automatic lighting

Powder Room

  • Marble counters
  • Kohler sink and toilet

Kitchen and Breakfast Room

  • Large spacious and sunny kitchen; 23' x 17'
  • Center island counter with available bar seating; houses 4-burner electric Thermidore stovetop (plumbed for propane)
  • Custom white oak cabinets; spice drawers, Lazy Susan cupboards; lots of storage up and down; all drawers lined with melamine
  • Full-wall pantry with some pull-out drawers
  • Portuguese tile counters and backsplash
  • Satillo tile floors
  • Kohler double porcelain sink looking out double arched window; garbage disposal
  • Sub-zero side-by-side fridge
  • Kitchenaide dishwasher, Gaggenau side-by-side oven; toaster oven, warming drawer
  • Built-in microwave
  • Built-in recipe desk with cookbook shelves above
  • Octagonal breakfast sitting area with large windows overlooking patio, gardens and Coon Creek
  • Walk-out door to patio/terrace
  • Second walk-out to garage

Mud Room/Laundry Room/Powder Room

  • Built-in boot bench with snow-melt drain
  • Ample storage selves and cupboards
  • Deep Kohler porcelain sink
  • Walk-out to garages
  • Second powder room with Kohler sink and toilet

Family/Great Room and Bar

  • 25' x 16'
  • Satillo tile entrance and wool carpet
  • Custom mahogany bar with seating
  • Inset arched mirrored wall above long counter with glass barware shelving
  • Stainless steel bar sink
  • GE Monogram wine cooler
  • Ample built-in storage
  • Built-in audio-visual cabinet with glass windowpane doors
  • Barco state-of-the-art projector with auto drop-down screen
  • Built-in flatscreen TV with cabinet storage above and below
  • Surround sound
  • Full masonry brick wood burning fireplace with hearth; built-in wood bookshelves on either side with cupboards for CD and video storage
  • Room surrounded with windows for views of the lush property; morning sunlight streams in
  • Walk-out doors to front patio and driveway

Formal Dining Room

  • 20' x 18'
  • Hardwood floors
  • Swinging door entry from kitchen
  • French door walk-out to outdoor patio overlooking gardens and Coon Creek
  • Wall sconces
    (Chandelier is excluded)

Formal Living Room

  • Large area 23' x 17'
  • Hardwood floors; step down into living room from dining room
  • Built-in bookshelves accented with rope lighting and cupboards underneath
  • Fireplace with custom carved mantle; fireproof tile hearth
  • Wall sconces
  • Lots of windows and natural lighting
  • Valance and full length drapes encase double French doors; walk-out to patio and overlooking gardens and Coon Creek


  • 19' x 19'
  • Double solid wood 'window-pane' door entry
  • Elegant, custom fluted walnut built-in bookshelves and cupboards; made by local artisan, Dave Lamb
  • Separate cupboards with pull-out TV
  • Hardwood floors

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • 20' x 20' (not including bath and closets)
  • Double door entry to suite
  • Light and bright room; plenty of room for sitting area and desk
  • French doors lead to private outdoor access
  • Built-in pull-out TV with speakers; cupboards
  • Long cushioned window seat looking out to Engineer Mountain and expansive lawns; storage underneath
  • Wool carpet
  • Pocket doors close off main master to dressing rooms and bath
  • Oversized his and hers open closets with custom built-in shelving and drawers; built-in shoe racks; walkout door to side of house; access to heated crawl space
  • Separate dressing room has full-length mirrored walls; built-in drawers and shelving
  • Extra large jetted tub overlooks gardens; mirrored walls on either side; waterfall faucet; surrounded by Portuguese tile platform
  • Separate water closet with telephone and reading rack
  • Separate walk-in shower with overhead and hand-held shower fixtures; built-in bench
  • Separate his and hers counters with large oval Kohler sinks; tile counters


  • Mahogany railing and risers
  • Wool carpet
  • Large brass chandelier

Guest Room One

  • Carpet
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • U-shaped window seat looking out over lawns and Coon Creek
  • Built-in cubbies for books
  • Spacious enough for sitting area
  • Large closet
  • Built-in dresser drawers

Guest Room Two

  • Carpet
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • U-shaped window seat looking out over lawns and Coon Creek
  • Spacious enough for sitting area
  • Over-sized double walk-in closet with ample storage shelves for bedding, etc.
  • Built-in cubbies for books
  • Built-in dresser drawers

Office Two
(could also be used as another bedroom and is large enough to add another upper bath)

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Long closet
  • Built-in cubbies for books
  • Built-in dresser drawers
  • U-shaped set-in area currently houses a desk looking over Coon Creek


  • Tile and stone bath with two Kohler porcelain sinks; built-in cupboards and drawers underneath
  • Separate shower
  • Jacuzzi Tub with big window looking out to Coon Creek

Large Linen Closet

Utility Room

  • Houses hot water boiler
  • 2 separate heating units
  • Storage shelves

Guest Apartment

  • Separated from the main residence and above garages is a 989 SF guest apartment; entrance has door to garage with separate entrance into guest house; glass pocket door separates upstairs entryway to keep warmth inside
  • Ample inside storage area adjacent to garage
  • Baseboard propane heat
  • Includes washer/dryer; deep Kohler porcelain sink; ample cupboard and drawer storage; clothes hanging area
  • Full living area upstairs, with well-appointed kitchen and attached dining room, full living room, large bedroom and bath
  • Kitchen is full of light and multiple windows looking over lawns; Kohler double sink; GE fridge; trash compactor; dishwasher; microwave, 4-burner electric stove and oven below; tile floors
  • Dining room open to kitchen and living area
  • Living room has vaulted ceilings; built-in window seat with underneath storage
  • Built-in speakers, ceiling fan; built-in recessed bookshelves and area for large screen TV
  • Wall sconces and recessed lighting; directed reading light
  • Bath has skylight; shower/tub combo; vaulted ceiling
  • Large bedroom with recessed area for desk looking out to gardens and lawn; recessed window seat
  • Mirrored double closet doors with extra storage behind
  • Built-in dresser drawers


  • Large 3-car bays
  • Shop and storage areas

Wildlife and Recreation

The property is on the banks of Coon Creek in the Animas Valley with lush meadows that attract migrating elk, deer, coyote and an abundance of waterfowl. There is trout fishing on Coon Creek and the pond could be stocked, while the nearby Animas River is known for good fishing and offers a great launch site for rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the river. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is 25 minutes away while Wolf Creek is one hour 25 minutes away, and Telluride is 2 hours away. Summertime is filled with opportunities for horseback 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 (5 minutes from the property), Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 40 miles).

$3,850,000 – By Appointment only

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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