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Helmet Peak Ranch

Colorado, Montezuma County, Mancos

Property Details

Helmet Peak Ranch has a custom 4,538+/- sq. ft. stick built 3-story home of cedar, river rock and Engelmann spruce logs, with 3 master bedroom suites, a 4th bedroom or office, 3½ half baths, that has a double-gated sub-division entrance and is situated on 36½ meticulously kept acres. There is an additional heated and well-lit partially finished game/craft room over the garage and another heated wood working/craft room in the lower level. The home was built by Aaron Taylor Construction, who is revered in the region for building some of the most beautiful and architecturally significant homes. The custom design exudes quality and has the feel of casual elegance and understated luxury. There is a pleasing mixture of eco-painted and wood interior walls with plenty of natural light that streams from multiple windows, capturing beautiful views of the valley and surrounding mountains and woodlands. The property has 8 acres of meadows with scattered gambel oak and pines, backing up to thousands of acres of BLM land, and is roughly 3 miles from the San Juan National Forest with over 2 million acres to explore and enjoy 4-wheeling, hiking, horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, camping, and hunting. Set in a private canyon that is 6 miles long, 1 mile wide at widest point, and with approximately 200 ft. in elevation change, it is dramatic. Another significant feature of this property is the abundant water supply from a well that produces 15+ gallons per minute.

Location and Area

Nestled in a picturesque valley within the lovely gated community of Elk Springs Ranch, Helmet Peak Ranch encompasses 36.5 beautifully manicured acres in a very private setting. The ranch is at an elevation 7,600 ft. above sea level, in an area that is graced with 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 ranch is located 6 miles east of the rural city of Mancos which sits at the base of Mesa Verde National Park, and as a small rural town, offers basic services to the surrounding community. The charming town of Durango is located 25 miles to the east, 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. The four-corners area provides endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. 

The Montezuma County area, which includes Mancos, Cortez and Dolores, has a population of approximately 30,000 and is the most southwestern of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, Yucca House National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument preserve hundreds of ancient American Indian structures, including the famous cliff dwellings, found in the county. Roughly 1/3 of the county is tribal land, 1/3 is federal land (administered by the National Park Service, the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management), and 1/3 is private or state/county land. 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 approximately 75 miles from Telluride, 138 miles from Moab and Arches National Park, 192 miles from Lake Powell, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 210 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 320 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 430 miles from Phoenix.

Outside and Grounds

  • Gravel driveway with gentle grade and turn around area
  • Abundant wildlife year round
  • The natural landscape has been meticulously groomed around the house to enhance the beauty
  • Year-round stream crosses property
  • Well water produces an estimated 30-gpm, necked down to 15-gpm.
  • RV parking with turn-around in meadow with electric, telephone and water
  • Hot and cold water outside of garage for car washing, etc.
  • There is an oversized septic system
  • On either side of the main level there is one large fully covered deck and one large uncovered deck that look out to valley and mountain views; the open deck has electrostatic powder-coated railings for extended life; both decks are partially built with attractive metal grates that allow snow and water to disperse from key entry areas

Key Home Features

  • Numerous windows throughout home let in abundant natural light
  • Passive solar heat from SE face
  • The main master suite is on the main level with two additional master suites on the upper level
  • Open floor plan great for entertaining
  • Separate heating controls for each bedroom, garage and other areas of the house
  • Solid random-width Alder floors, carpet and tile
  • Aspen tongue and groove ceiling
  • Solid knotty Alder doors throughout
  • Hurd windows throughout that open from the top and bottom
  • Alder molding around windows and door jams
  • Hand-hewn pine railing and robust spindles going to second floor and down to lower level
  • Cross-beams have detail accent of black supports with silver bolts which give it a lovely touch
  • High-end, hammered antique brass hardware throughout
  • High-end Kohler plumbing fixtures throughout
  • High end stainless steel appliances: SubZero, Viking, Bosch and Fisher-Paykel
  • Non-toxic milk paint on all cabinets
  • Each of the master bedrooms have ensuite baths; oversized walk-in closets
  • Cathedral, beamed ceiling at 33’ in main living area with beautiful windows from floor to peak
  • 10’ ceilings in rest of the house except for 9’ in lower level
  • Radiant floor heating upstairs, downstairs and garage, with baseboard hot water heating on third level; 10 separate zones
  • Every room in house has live outlet with connection for a generator so if there would be a power outage, each room and appliances has power
  • Fans in most rooms
  • Unique and varied light fixtures and sconces inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright throughout
  • Recessed lighting throughout home
  • Two large outside decks (1 covered, 1 uncovered) for entertaining off dining room, kitchen and master bedroom
  • 1,000-gallon, in ground, owned, propane tank
  • Cameras, motion detectors (outside & in), with heat sensors in the garage

Main Level

Kitchen

  • Large open kitchen for entertaining
  • Alder Hardwood floors
  • Spacious slate tile countertops
  • Center island with drop-down halogen light fixtures; cabinetry and drawers; area for bar stools
  • Under counter and cove lighting give very functional work area illumination
  • SubZero side by side stainless steel refrigerator
  • Stainless steel double sink; Kohler plumbing fixtures
  • 6-burner gas Viking stove top with griddle and Best overhead vent
  • Viking oven, bread oven and warming drawer; electric/convection
  • Kitchen-aid compactor
  • Bosch super quiet dishwasher
  • Crown Point (NH) custom, solid maple cabinets and drawers; adjustable shelving; area above cabinets for decoration
  • Built-in standing mixer cabinet; stores mixer unit and pulls up to lock in at countertop level
  • Lazy Susan cabinets in corners
  • Cookie sheet and cutting board cabinets
  • Built-in cookbook shelf
  • Island nook with bar stools for extra or casual dining seating

Large Walk-in Pantry

  • Lots of adjustable shelving and drawers
  • Well-lighted
  • Alder Hardwood floors

Mud Room

  • Large room with Italian tile flooring - enter from garage
  • Alder wainscot half way up
  • Alabaster craftsman style light fixture

Laundry Room

  • Oversized area
  • Fisher-Paykel top loading washer and dryer in separate closet
  • Custom Crown Point (NH), solid maple cupboards and drawers; adjustable shelving
  • Built-in desk, and shelves with tile counter
  • Great cupboard and drawer storage
  • Functional broom closet
  • Stainless steel sink and Kohler fixtures
  • Double windows make it very nice and full of light

Living Room/Great Room/Foyer

  • Living room has 33’ cathedral ceiling; facing SE with lots of solar gain
  • Magnificent wall of floor to ceiling, molded windows; custom wooden blinds on upper windows
  • Unique solid 30’ tall x 30” wide Engelmann Spruce vertical support log beams at corners of living room
  • Hardwood Alder floors
  • 2 sets of double sliding doors go out to deck
  • River rock and brick fireplace; Flagstone hearth
  • Very efficient Extraordinaire wood stove insert with blow-out fan
  • Recessed lighting and wall sconces
  • Built-in media cabinet made of quarter-sawn oak on one side of fireplace; glassed and oak CD cabinet with adjustable shelves on other side of fireplace
  • Built-in 5.1 surround sound with multiple in-wall speakers in wall
  • Electric outlets in floor and walls
  • Distressed double wide oak doors entering foyer have bubble-glass to let in natural light; large foyer from front entrance is open to living room; with powder room and hall closet

Dining Room

  • Dining room separate from living room and kitchen yet with open floor plan
  • Alder wainscoting and stenciled accent wall
  • Alder Hardwood floors
  • Pendant lighting
  • Double sliding glass doors with access to deck

Powder Room

  • Victorian plunger pull toilet
  • Kohler fixtures and porcelain basin
  • Lighted wall sconces
  • Custom oak cabinets

Master Suite and Master Bath and Walk-in Closet

  • Separate closed-off foyer entrance to bedroom, bath and walk-in closet
  • Window views out to meadows and valley
  • Doubles sliding glass door out to deck
  • Attractive wainscoting
  • Large enough for sitting area
  • Alder hardwood floors
  • Separate entrance to huge walk-in closet with built-in shelves and storage with window for natural lighting and lots of lights
  • Master bath with double sinks, over-sized mirrors; great lighting; Kohler fixtures and basins
  • Large walk-in Brazilian slate tile shower; 3 shower heads; seamless glass; radiant in-floor heat in shower and floor
  • Large, separate water closet
  • Alder hardwood floors
  • Custom oak cabinets

Upper Level

Office or Reading/Entertaining Loft

  • Large area overlooking foyer and living/great room
  • Windows galore at front and back, looking out to meadows and valley
  • Alder hardwood floors

Guest Master Suite – Upper Level

  • Oversized bedroom with alcove and window/reading seats on opposite sides allow lots of light to enter
  • Cathedral ceilings with recessed lighting
  • Walk-in closet with access panel with steps down to first floor behind TV cabinets for easy access to electronic wiring
  • Ceiling fan
  • Carpet
  • Ensuite bathroom with pocket door
  • Tile counters at sink
  • Recessed lighting and over counter lighting
  • Oversized soaking tub
  • Shower with tile and seamless glass
  • Custom oak cabinets

Second Guest Master Bedroom Suite – Upper Level

  • Oversized bedroom with alcove and window/reading seats on opposite sides allows lots of light to enter
  • Cathedral ceilings with recessed lighting
  • Walk-in closet with access to craft/game room
  • Ceiling fan
  • Carpet
  • Separate bathroom with large soaking tub
  • Pedestal sink
  • Built-in-wall medicine cabinet behind mirror
  • Shower with tile and seamless glass
  • Custom oak cabinets

Craft/Game Room

  • Large heated area with great natural lighting and ceiling lights, 2 ceiling fans and 2 skylights
  • Wood floor

Lower Level

Library/Family Room/Office

  • Custom-made wall of built-in Alder bookshelves; wainscoting on back wall of bookcase
  • Lush deep forest green carpet
  • 2 French doors to walk out to lower level brick patio
  • Recessed lighting

Office/4th bedroom/Entertainment

  • Double French doors with paned glass entering in from library/family room
  • Extra outlets and wired for phone and internet so can also be used as office if desired
  • Windows looking to outside meadows

Electronic/Utility Room

  • Outlets and jacks for all TV, phones, satellite, video distribution throughout house; sound distribution for theater with in-wall wiring.

Home Theater

  • Built-in 98” drop-down screen
  • 7.1-channel surround sound with in-wall wiring
  • Built-in ceiling projector
  • Dark walls and ceiling with wood board and batten accent; good for acoustics
  • Crown molding
  • Double entrance from library and/or office/4th bedroom

2nd Large Craft/Wood Working/Storage Area

  • Great ventilation for a painter or stained glass worker
  • 220 single-phase volts outlets for machinery
  • Good natural and overhead lighting
  • Cement floor, dry-wall ceiling and walls
  • 2 large sinks with hot and cold water

Garage

  • 2½ car garage – 2 people/2 car entrance with electric openers
  • 2 Viessmann boilers
  • Large water heater hydronically heated
  • Hague water softener and Hague RO water for kitchen sink
  • House is wired for generator with a transfer switch
  • Large sink in garage with hot and cold water
  • Lots of windows and lights
  • Tool rack
  • Double door entry to garage
  • Pull down stairs for attic

Wildlife and Recreation

Helmet Peak Ranch has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat and privacy. Commonly seen through the canyon are migrating elk, deer, bobcat, coyote, red tail hawks, eagles, wild turkey and other sporting birds. Occasionally, a black bear or mountain lion may be spotted. Equine enthusiasts will find the ranch to be first-rate riding terrain, with good grass cover. The local area also provides many opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 60-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-a-half away and Telluride is 2 hours. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also available on the ranch and throughout the area. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless in the area. 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 $1,395,000

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.