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Granite Fall Lodge

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 730111

Privately situated on a forest bench looking across the north Animas River Valley, this exquisite 35-acre property with a custom lap-siding, stucco and moss rock home features a unique and elegant design that incorporates a multitude of stunning views from virtually every window within the home. Imagine living in this Colorado mountain home with 6,115 SF, 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, constructed by the finest craftsmen from the area, creating a sanctuary that fits seamlessly into the surrounding environment resplendent with woodlands, granite outcroppings and Bear Creek cascading over the huge boulders – soothing to the senses as it is easily heard from most of the house. The estate includes an impressive array of luxury features and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the exclusive Celadon gated community and its amenities.

Location and Area

Celadon is located in the San Juan Mountains east of US Hwy 550 and 16 miles North of Durango. The entrance gate is one mile off Highway 550 on Highway 250 South and across Baker’s Bridge. Granite Fall Lodge is just over 2 miles from the gate at an elevation of 7,800 and has commanding views of the North Animas Valley ridges looking South, East and West.

Celadon is conveniently located for recreation, 20 minutes from either Dalton Ranch Golf Club or The Glacier Club, and 40 minutes to Purgatory Mountain Ski Resort. The community is secure, private and quiet with many opportunities for hiking, snowshoeing and horseback riding. The National Forest can also be accessed from Celadon.

The rugged beauty of this area has attracted a number of movie producers over the years, with numerous scenes filmed nearby. These include:

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with Robert Redford and Paul Newman

“City Slickers” with Billy Crystal and Jack Palance

“Ticket to Tomahawk” with Walter Brennan and Marilyn Monroe

“Naked Spur” with Jimmy Stewart and Janet Leigh

“Across the Wide Missouri” with Clark Gable and Adolph Manjou

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 80’s, 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 County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas, and Phoenix, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 105 miles from Telluride, 205 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 170 miles from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Celadon Community Amenities

  • Gated entrance
  • Paved entrance area and all roads in Celadon are paved
  • Lighted mail and parcel boxes at the entrance outside the gate
  • Strong design covenants to protect quality of homes in the community
  • The home site building envelopes have been selected to insure the most inviting and unobstructed views while maintaining privacy
  • Aspen/pine tree rail fences along the front of all properties
  • Buried utilities including natural gas
  • There is a full time property manager who maintains the common property and provides numerous services to property owners, including snow and trash removal, home security checks when requested, and airport transportation.
  • Each owner is permitted to keep up to six horses on their property with which they access outstanding trails adjoining the National Forest
  • Celadon offers the opportunity for membership in The Dalton Ranch Golf Club and The Glacier Club

Property Grounds and External Features

  • 35-acres with incredible bird’s-eye views looking over the Animas Valley and Missionary Ridge
  • Bear Creek rushes right by the side of the house through a large vein of Baker’s Bridge granite boulders
  • Water rights from the creek irrigate all trees, perennial flower beds, grass, numerous flower pots and vegetation on timed drip and sprinkler system
  • Sweet well water, approximately 13/GPM
  • Perimeter, Aspen rail fence around house
  • The driveway is paved asphalt. The parking areas at the house and garage are stamped concrete and have snow melt.
  • Low-voltage accent lighting all on timers line the driveway and parking areas
  • Multiple parking areas
  • House foundation constructed on top of solid granite.
  • Professional landscaping include a combination of aspen, pine, maple, flowering trees, gamble oak, chokecherry, rose bushes, and many perennials which bloom in succession all season
  • 4 different wood sculptures of wildlife featured throughout the property
  • Moss rock walkway around entire house with iron railing work by local Durango artisan, Rod Pickett
  • Lower patio on a granite bench overlooking the Animas Valley has gas fire pit, log stump seats and horse-shoe pit
  • BBQ grill has natural gas piped in, just off dining room and kitchen
  • Bathe in the lower level hot tub out underneath the magnificent starlit Colorado skies
  • 1,250 SF of Trex wrap-around decks attached by screws, take in sweeping views from all sides of the property; decks have vaulted ceiling overhangs to keep views expansive and unobstructed
  • Exterior is a combination of 1” lap-siding attached by screws, beautiful moss rock and stucco with multiple dormers
  • Flagstone cap ledges on exterior between lap-siding and stucco
  • The roof is plywood, covered with ice and water membrane, 43 pound felt, and CertainTeed Asphalt Shingles (color is Grand Manor)
  • Grounded lightning system on roof
  • Outside dog run
  • Buried 1,000-gallon cistern filtered through water softener
  • Underground utilities include: phone, electricity, and natural gas

Residence Features Include

  • Michael Bell, Architect
  • Tom Gorton, Builder
  • Vaulted ceilings up to 32’
  • 2” x 6” wall beams with heavy insulation makes for a very quiet interior between rooms and floors
  • The Master Bedroom/Bath Suite and primary living areas are all on the first level of the home.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Openings offer much natural light and expansive views from most every room in the house; sun shades on windows allow for views outside yet block strong incoming sun
  • All windows and sliding doors are Thermo (double paned)
  • Oversized panel front door with a custom knocker by Jackson Hole artist, Sandy Scott
  • Open beam (timber frame) construction; all beams of Douglas fir have been thoroughly dried prior to installation to prevent any shrinkage
  • Custom 8’ solid doors, window trim and 6+” baseboard molding are Alder wood; oil-bronze fixtures throughout
  • Radius corners throughout
  • Recessed and spot lighting all on dimmer switches
  • Exquisite custom ironwork on indoor railings with a unique copper medallion by local Durango artisan, Rod Pickett
  • Flooring is a combination of wide-plank white oak (dark stain), Vermont slate, stone tile and carpet
  • Forced air heat with humidifiers and A/C units
  • Instant hot water throughout house; Culligan water softener; Reverse Osmosis (R/O) unit supplies drinking water and supplies water to all icemakers
  • Entire house is wired for sound and current speakers are activated in the Office/Study, Living and Dining rooms, Master Bedroom, Main Deck area, and Garage.
  • Fire sensors throughout home
  • Security system throughout home with cameras to monitor all entrances, can be monitored remotely on internet. Also alerts security monitoring if temperature in house gets too low.
  • 1,025 SF 3-car heated garage is carpeted with plastic mats for catching tire debris; custom panel doors; tile backed dog wash with hot and cold water; work bench and tool chests; 5-hole putting course; man door out to dog run; pull-down stairway accesses upper level of storage
  • There are two storage areas on the second level of the home


Grand Foyer

  • Vaulted ceilings with flood lights and large Douglass fir trusses
  • Purple Vermont Slate with dark stained white oak trim inserts
  • Large coat closet
  • White oak (dark stain) stairway to upper level with carpet runner

Powder Room

  • Hammered copper oval sink on granite top vanity
  • Padded fabric walls with wood trim in corners and ceiling
  • Sconce lighting and art deco swan chandelier


  • Wood-burning fireplace with sandstone hearth and wood mantle; gas starter
  • Walls of windows have incredible views, east and south.
  • Built-in bookshelves and TV cabinet
  • Built-in file cabinets and shelves inside wide double doors
  • Faux paint walls and faux stamped copper ceiling

Great Room

  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows capture stunning views down valley with full-length lined fabric drapes
  • Floor-to-ceiling moss rock wall with large wood-burning fireplace has a moss rock hearth and wood mantle; beautiful custom hand-forged fire gate by Rod Pickett
  • Douglass fir trusses
  • Two double sliding doors walkout to Trex decks
  • Built-in media cabinet with all electronics included
  • Built-in bookcases on each side of media cabinet
  • Mural of outdoor scene on upper vaulted wall painted by local artisan, Mariah Kaminski

Kitchen/Pantry/Breakfast Area

  • Open kitchen with granite counters, under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances and breakfast sitting area
  • Large center granite island has bar seating, 5-burner Dacor gas stove top with retractable back vent and utility sink
  • Multiple custom cabinets with glass inserts on upper cabinets and Lazy Susan corners; tumbled travertine backsplashes with granite tile accents; built-in under cabinet electrical strips around the perimeter of kitchen
  • Double ovens with conventional and convection features; warming drawer; Sub-Zero 40” each side-by-side fridge and freezer, freezer has R/O water connected for ice; Bosch dishwasher; built-in microwave; 50-bottle Sub-Zero wine cooler
  • Oversized double stainless steel sink with oil-bronze fixtures looking out from oversized window take in the views of the Animas Valley; R/O water faucet
  • Granite desk with built-in drawers and cupboards above
  • Full length of a wall has a butler’s pantry with multiple shelves, cupboards, cubbies, granite prep counter and chest deep freezer
  • Breakfast area close to kitchen

Dining Room and Bar

  • Oversized dining room open to kitchen and bar easily seats 12 people
  • Two double sliding doors walk-out to deck
  • Full length silk drapes on multiple windows
  • Large chandelier over table
  • Bar has black granite counter with bar seating; hammered copper sunken sink; faux leather finish on bar front; Scotsman ice maker (R/O water supply) and mini fridge

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite with Workout Room

  • Carpeted and slate flooring
  • Walk-in closet has his and hers sides with built-in cubbies, shelves, drawers, dressers and hamper
  • Granite surround gas fireplace in master bedroom
  • Soothing sound of tumbling Bear Creek just outside the windows
  • Double sliding doors to private deck overlooking Bear Creek with a gated stairway to outside lower level


  • Dual porcelain wide Kohler sinks with marble vanity
  • Coffered ceiling with faux painting by Deb Herbold, with up lighting
  • Separate water closet
  • Deep soaking jetted tub on marble platform and backsplash with lovely views looking outside
  • Large walk-in marble shower with marble accent tiles; one-touch controls and overhead rain shower and regular shower heads
  • Large dressing area
  • Large built-in armoire

Workout Room

  • Carpeted with lots of windows overlooking Bear Creek
  • Ceiling fan
  • TV
  • Recumbent bike, treadmill and weight machine included

Laundry Room/Utility Room/Mud Room

  • Double coat closet
  • Tile floor
  • Built-in tables and sewing table have tile backsplash; drawers and cupboards for ample storage
  • Maytag Elite front-loading washer and dryer
  • Double wide and deep stainless steel utility sink
  • Separate storage closet off garage entrance
  • Ramp walkway to garage allows for easy grocery delivery to kitchen or if wheelchair would ever be needed

Mechanical Room

  • Culligan water softener
  • 500-gallon water storage tank for indoor fire system
  • 2 natural gas, forced air furnaces each with own humidifiers
  • 2 A/C units
  • There is a third natural gas, forced air furnace/AC unit on the second floor of the house
  • 40-gauge copper piping
  • Concrete floor
  • Boiler for driveway snow melt and hot water supply


  • Cedar-lined large storage closet
  • Large alcove with lighting for accent piece or statuary
  • Linen closet

Master Guest Bedroom and Ensuite Bath

  • Large king room with lovely views to the west and of Bear Creek to the north
  • Carpeted
  • Closet with full length mirror


  • Separate vanities with granite counters featuring marble sinks
  • Tumbled travertine floor with marble tile accents
  • Shower/tub combo with tumbled travertine walls and marble tile accents

Guest Bedroom and Ensuite Bath

  • Large king room with gorgeous views across valley to the south
  • Carpeted
  • Large walk-in closet with built-in shelving and drawers


  • Porcelain Kohler sink in granite counter
  • Shower/tub combo with tile walls and floor

Second Guest Room and Ensuite Bath

  • Carpeted
  • Walk-in closet with built-in shelving and drawers
  • Views from this room are of the high mountains to the north


  • Shower/tub combo with tile walls and marble tile accents
  • Tile floor
  • Granite counter with Kohler under mount sink

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has a combination of abundant gardens, granite outcroppings and manicured lawns in a beautiful natural setting. The area has a variety of wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, turkey and soaring raptors. And access to the National Forest is just a short distance away at a trailhead at the end of Celadon Lane. For recreation, there is downhill skiing at Purgatory Mountain Resort, which is 40 minutes from the estate, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are hour-and-forty-minutes away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area. Summertime is filled with opportunities for biking or horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, boating or canoeing in the area. Also, the Animas River provides great fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting. There are many other things to do in the area, like 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 60 miles).

Now $3,695,000 – Significant Price Adjustment

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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