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Merriman Ranch – NEW PRICE

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango/Bayfield – MLS 705738
In size, scale, and quality this ranch is a gem. Rarely does a property come on the market that fits so well for its purpose. Located in the Pine River valley, the 100 acres are meticulously groomed. Lush hayfields are supported by exceptional water rights to keep the two side-rolls, and pivot sprinklers running all season long on the certified weed-free hay meadows. The balance consists of treed acreage interspersed with meadows to provide exceptional grazing.
With a floor plan that flows for easy living and entertaining, the 3,300 SF home has been completely remodeled with greatroom, dining (w/ entertainment bar), master suite, and library on the main level. Plus two guest suites on the upper level. An equestrian’s dream riding/roping arena complemented by a 9-stall barn, complete with guest apartment and bunk room, plus there’s another breeding barn.

Location and Area
The ranch is located just 5 minutes from Bayfield and 25 minutes east of Durango in the Pine River Valley. Access is east on US Highway 160, north on CR 502 to the intersection with CR 505, ¼ mile on left side of CR 505. Roads are paved except for the last 1/4-mile of county maintained gravel roads. CR 505 is a dead end road, and the properties along this road enjoy quiet privacy. The Pine River Valley is known for its beautiful ranches, and much of it is protected with conservation easements. The lushness of the valley and the nature of the topography make it a wildlife mecca.
Many of the neighbors ride together and fish together, enjoying contiguous properties and neighborhood friends. There are hundreds of miles of riding trails in the National Forest and the Wimminuche wilderness located approximately 10 miles from the ranch.
Bayfield, Colorado is situated in the eastern part of La Plata County in southwestern Colorado. It lies approximately 18 miles east of Durango and 50 miles west of Pagosa Springs on Highway 160. The San Juan Mountain range is located to the east and the La Plata Mountains loom to the west. For many, Bayfield serves as a bedroom community for Durango and offers convenient shopping and multiple recreational opportunities, including boating and fishing at Vallecito Lake, fly-fishing on the Los Pinos River, hiking, biking and other pursuits. Bayfield’s climate boasts moderate temperatures and low humidity.
Durango is a town of rural mountain character and charm, yet has many big city conveniences including a new hospital, hotels, shopping, restaurants, golf courses and a four-year college. It is said that the number of restaurants per capita is the highest in the West. Located 6,512 ft. above sea level, Durango is one of the most varied and picturesque of all the Rocky Mountain towns. Enjoying over 300 days of sunshine each year, the comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80s, while the autumn days are clear, cool, and full of vibrant foliage colors. Crisp and sunny winter days feature abundant light powder snow. The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 44,000. La Plata County Airport is 10 minutes from the estate and has daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and facilities for full service general aviation. The ranch is approximately 180 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and around 285 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs.
Durango is the home of Fort Lewis College, a 4 year Liberal Arts school with an enrollment of 4500 students. It is probably best known for the Business School, as well as its Archeology School.

Property Details
This property has the perfect mix of amenities on the right amount of acreage to make it very manageable while providing for maximum privacy and enjoyment.
  • Meticulous, turnkey 100 acre equestrian ranch; equipment negotiable
  • Excellent conservation easement potential
  • Beautiful landscaping around main residence with giant willow tree along with apple and aspen trees; 60 Dogwood bushes line fenced yard; ¼ acre lush lawn
  • Built-in propane outside grill on large shaded flagstone patio with Thai antique ironwood freestanding wagon wheel bar
  • Great irrigation water—1 cubic ft of water irrigates approximately 35 acres. (1 cubic ft. is enough to irrigate 70 acres); water rights to Sullivan ditch
  • Ditch/creek runs through property; re-bottomed last year
  • Lush hay meadows lined with pine trees
  • Two side-rolls and one pivot irrigates three hay meadows/pastures
  • Treed and gently sloping areas are interspersed with grazing meadows, some of which are irrigated with K-line.
  • Horse trails throughout the property rising to an elevation of approximately 7,000’
  • 3,500 70 lbs. bales from meadows of alfalfa and grass (certified weed free)
  • Fishing and swimming pond—15’ deep, clay lined
  • Cross fenced on front 60 acres; 1 mile of wood rail fence and 1 mile of wire fence with gates to enter pastures and meadows
  • Riding arena (approx. 280 X 180) with 2 shoots and holding pens (large enough for team roping events).
  • Hot walker next to riding arena
  • Double entrance horse barn: 9 stalls with wood floor, tack room has built-in shelving and 10 saddle prongs with cement floor; washing station with hot and cold water; separate varmint proof feed room; washer and dryer for blankets, etc.
  • Horse barn has bunk room with ¾ bath, built–in shelving; separate room for washer/ dryer; rustic pool/game room upstairs with wet bar and fridge, along with a caretaker apartment with 2-bedrooms and remodeled kitchen/dining area; reclaimed wood on floors and beautiful views to meadows
  • Separate large hay and equipment storage barn (this is many stalled, and was used as a breeding barn in a previous life)
  • Two car detached garage with weld house and built-in work bench
  • Two dog fenced kennels between barns
  • Buried propane tank 1,500 gal for the residence and 500 gal. above ground dedicated to the barn, bunk room, and caretaker residence
    Cistern; 1,000 gal
  • Heavily graveled driveways
  • Separate entrance to the equestrian barns and arena areas

General Home Features
  • 3,300 SF, 3 bedroom, 3 ½ bath home
  • Remodeled by Ralph Masterson; Michael Bell architect
  • Cedar wood siding on outside of house
  • Propanel roof; great for snow melt
  • Decks are solid redwood planks
  • Security system
  • Surround sound throughout first level and patio
  • Hot water (propane) radiant in-floor heating; baseboard hot water heating on second floor, 4 separate zones
  • All French double doors have window panes and retractable screens
  • Great air circulation and cross ventilation throughout
  • Oak floors, carpet (in the Master bedroom) & tile
  • Ceiling fans throughout
  • Ample storage
  • Recessed lighting throughout; most on dimmer switches
  • Wired for satellite TV and DSL internet
Great Room
  • Large river rock wood-burning fireplace with gas starter; Sandstone hearth and mantle
  • 12 ft. vaulted tongue and groove ceilings with exposed beams
  • Cedar siding on outside
  • French double door access to front entry covered deck
  • Double-hung wood windows on all sides with swag window treatments
  • Carpet
Dining Room
  • Extra large separate dining area
  • Wide plank wood flooring
  • Double French doors open out to patio
  • Lots of windows and light
  • Sunken bar by dining room with plentiful bar seating; wet bar
  • Double sided gas fireplace; lighted art niches on either side
  • Built-in wine cooler; 2 temperature capacity
  • Built-in cupboards and drawers
  • Large office with abundant windows looking out to meadows
  • French double doors open to side deck/porch
  • Built-in bookshelves and TV alcove, built-in drawers
  • Hickory cabinets in kitchen with under counter lighting
  • Double French doors open to shaded Flagstone patio
  • Two sided gas fireplace between kitchen and dining room
  • Ample storage; Lazy-Susan cupboards in corners and pull-out selves
  • Cookbook shelf corner
  • Center island with stove; Viking stainless steel range with griddle and automatic lift-up hood exhaust vent
  • Ceramic tile countertops; backsplash accent
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Double stainless steel sink
  • Convection/microwave
  • Sub-Zero side-by-side freezer/ fridge
  • Powder room off kitchen with freestanding sink
  • Hardwood floors
Laundry Room
  • Mudroom entry from garage and back patio; Hickory cabinets for plenty of storage; washer/dryer; sink
  • Raised up storage bench
  • Coat closet
Master Suite and Bath
  • Built-in bookshelves and cupboards
  • Master walk-in closet, custom shelving
  • Flat panel TV
  • Lots of windows
  • Sitting area
  • Double French doors open to private patio; single door to front deck area
  • Sauna and steam shower; steam on a timed unit; tile shower accents with wall niches
  • Built-in custom medicine cabinets
  • Double sinks with tile counters; pullout cabinets; tile backsplash accents
  • Linen closet with built-in cupboards
  • Carpeted
Second Floor -
Wood staircase to second floorGuest Bedroom 1 and Ensuite bath

  • Double French doors open to outside Romeo and Juliet balcony
  • Raised ceiling
  • Walk-in closet with built-in shelves and lots of storage
  • Storage closet off private full bathroom with built-in cupboards
  • Carpeted
Guest Bedroom 2 and Ensuite Bath
  • Plenty of windows with beautiful views
  • Big double closet with lighted art niches
  • Natural lighting in private full bathroom
  • Tile sink and separate bathtub/shower
  • Carpeted

Wildlife and Recreation
The property has an ideal combination of open meadows, pine woodlands, trails and wildlife habitat, creating a very private setting that supports a myriad of activities. The property has exceptional equestrian facilities and riding terrain, and the ranch offers great trails and topography for hiking and climbing. The ranch is also home to an array of wildlife. Commonly seen are elk, mule deer, wild turkey, coyote, great horned owls and eagles along with many other small animals and song birds. Occasionally, you may even see a black bear crossing the field. The ranch has a well-maintained irrigation ditch and pond which supports the wildlife in the area and provide an opportunity for fishing. For a complete fishing experience, the Pine River, along with Lemon and Vallecito Reservoirs, provide a wonderful destination, just minutes from the ranch. Also, the Animas and Florida Rivers are nearby.
The National Forest as well as the Wimminuche Wilderness, with hundreds of miles of riding, is approximately 15 minutes east or 45 minutes north of the ranch.
For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 40 minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek Ski Area is 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 $2,695,000 – Significant Price Reduction

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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