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Neela Bindu Farm

Colorado, Delta County, Paonia

Neelu Bindu Farm* is tucked into the base of the Grand Mesa just to the west of Paonia Colorado, best known as Colorado’s wine and fruit country. Immaculate, elegant, healthy, sustainable, picturesque, private and peaceful is the perfect description for this gem of a farm that has been given extraordinary love and attention to detail. The farm's 42-acres gently slope to the south creating a warm microclimate and awe-inspiring views of the West Elk Mountains. There are 24-acres of irrigated land including pasture and a commercial-size fruit orchard. Be ready to experience an immediate feeling of serenity as you walk into this light-filled 3,230 sq. ft. passive solar home with high-end finishes, featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, gourmet kitchen, separate summer kitchen, dining room, sunroom with grow-light beds and drainage, art studio, and dedicated meditation room.

The home is surrounded by the most bountiful and colorful well-established perennial gardens and landscaping, blooming from early spring to late autumn. In close proximity are an enclosed vegetable garden, herb garden, family orchard, berry patch, year-round greenhouse, and potting shed. Conveniently across the driveway there is a large stand-alone +/-500 SF office with exercise space, and a separate +/- 600 SF guest cottage. A bit further away is an extensively renovated 100-year old barn and new chicken house with run, enclosed workshop and various sheds. Every contingency has been taken care of in this home to create an incredibly self-sufficient and sustainable enterprise – solar, gas back-up and wood-burning, including +/-15-acres of woodlands to fuel the fires, allows you the choice to be on or off the grid.

Neela Bindu Farm has Fire Mountain Canal running through it and has access to hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. It has the feeling of being away on its own, while being only one mile from town and close to all the activities of town life. If you’re serious about living in an elegant environment with all the conveniences and the ability to be independent, this is a must see farm and home property – you won’t be disappointed!

All exterior furniture included with purchase price; some interior furnishings and equipment are negotiable outside of the contract. Also, there is another adjacent 6 irrigated acres available for $225,000.

*The name Neela Bindu Farm is copyrighted and does not convey with sale

Location and Area

The town of Paonia is located in the lush cradle of the Western Slope of Colorado and surrounded by numerous orchards, wine vineyards, and organic fruit and vegetable farms. It is known for its local self-reliance, and citizen activism to protect Paonia from over-development. It was named for the peony flower. Legend has it that Samuel Wade, who settled the area with William Clark and Enos Hotchkiss, wanted to name the town after one of his favorite flowers, using the Greek spelling Paeonia. Whether the name was misspelled intentionally or by accident, when the town was incorporated in 1902, it was given the name Paonia. Peony plants from the original stock are said to be growing today in Paonia Town Park more than 100 years later. It is a unique, sustainable living community inhabited with a vibrant population of artists, musicians, foodies and environmentalists, with a common goal – to make Paonia a great place! To quote a local, “This great place is small, yet the quality of life experienced by its residents is huge”. Wine tastings, festivals, an historic theater and a community-owned performing arts center rounds out the picture of enjoyable and charming life in Paonia.

Summer days in Paonia average in the mid-80’s while the sunny winter average temperatures rarely dip below freezing. The autumn days are crisp and full of the bountiful fragrance of ripe berries, grapes and produce. The North Fork Airport, complete with courtesy car is located in the valley between Hotchkiss and Paonia, and has numerous ‘five-star’ postings on AirNav.com for its exceptional service, while Montrose Regional Airport, with direct air service year-round from major U.S. cities, is only 50 miles away. Close by is the Gunnison National Gorge Conservation Area and numerous national parks, known for their striking beauty.

Property Details

Property Grounds and External Features

  • Awe-inspiring views of the West Elk Mountains and the North Fork Valley
  • Gated entry set back at the end of the road offers much privacy
  • 1” gravel driveway with circular drive-around and extra parking for guests
  • 42-acres total; 24-acres has professionally engineered, automatic irrigation system; 18-acres unirrigated and/or wooded
  • Income-generating 100% naturally grown hay fields, orchard, vegetable, chicken, and sheep or goat farming
  • 1-domestic water tap and well providing for up to three residences and 1-acre of irrigation, guest house and auxiliary irrigation (more domestic taps available from Pitkin Mesa Pipe Line Company)
  • 1,000-shares of Fire Mountain Canal irrigation water which meanders through the property
  • All irrigation shares are delivered by single-owner head gate
  • Home exterior is a double layer of adobe block, covered with lime plaster on top and stacked stone wainscoting with sandstone ledges and Douglas fir beam accents; organic perlite insulation in between blocks, which together naturally and efficiently keeps house warm in winter and cool in summer
  • Pro-Panel metal roof with eaves on all edges for protecting from water damage
  • Front and back cement slab porches have T&G pine ceiling overhangs
  • Upper balcony deck with overhang provides another entertaining area or ideal spot for en plein air painting; stunning West Elk Mountain views
  • Outdoor lighting fixtures of bronze and opalescent glass provide warm, welcoming glow
  • Professionally landscaped and magnificently established, well-tended grounds and terraced flower gardens surround the house with perennials blooming throughout the growing season; shrubs include among others, forsythia, lilac and dogwood with multiple native grasses; all landscaping, gardens and orchards on automatic timed, irrigation system with state-of-the-art filtration
  • Flagstone walkways surrounding the house interspersed with Woolly Thyme – charming!
  • Tumbling water feature near back sitting patio creates a most melodic and serene environment to enjoy the birds and the gardens, gaze at the mountains and watch the evening sunset
  • Healthy stands of cottonwood, pine and aspen
  • Fenced home garden space has loamy, well-cultivated and mulched soil
  • Family orchard & commercial orchard provide strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, apricots, apples, and even almonds; all automatically irrigated
  • Commercial orchard has over 260 established apples trees which are trimmed and productive – Golden and Red Delicious and Rome; younger orchard has 100 peach trees of various late season varieties; 138 Honeyberry bushes just coming into production – these are the new ‘Super Berry’ containing higher antioxidant levels than blueberries (See Addendum)
  • Guest cottage with ground floor bedroom, full kitchen, bath and spacious loft area
  • Large stand-alone office with exercise space and 2-car garage beneath
  • Year-round greenhouse and root cellar
  • Separate work shed/hobby house
  • Extensively renovated 100-year old barn and sheds
  • Tree house tucked in a massive elm tree
  • Elk fencing encloses 17-acres, including the commercial orchard, all the buildings, landscaping, home orchard and garden area
  • Western edge of the property is a wintertime elk corridor

Residence Features Include

  • Award-winning Architect: Paula Baker LaPorte – renowned for environmentally sound and healthy architecture; selected as one of the top 10 green architects in U.S. – EcoNest Architecture, Inc.
  • Builder: Jeremy Werlin Construction
  • 3,230 sq. ft., 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath in main house
  • Passive solar and healthy house
  • Solar panels produce 4.9 kilowatts of photovoltaic electricity; entire house setup to be grid-tied or off-grid
  • Hot water heated by solar panels, with gas backup, including in-floor heating
  • Firewood-fueled Russian oven heats the downstairs
  • Fresh air exchanger in the main house along with several ceiling fans, all with remote control
  • Natural and healthy finishes throughout
  • Gypsum and lime plaster interior walls with Venetian patina finish reflect maximum light
  • Solid oil rubbed bronze door fixtures on solid ash paneled doors throughout, from Santa Fe’s AllBright and LockWood
  • Recessed and custom light fixtures throughout with dimming features; lighting fixtures and hardware from Santa Fe’s AllBright and LockWood and Hubbardton Forge
  • Marvin vertical sliding and encased double-paned windows; many with recessed window ledges; beautiful nature views from every room
  • 10-solar tubes throughout the house and extra skylights allow for an abundance of natural light
  • Lighted recessed art niches strategically located
  • Beautiful hardwood cherry floors, natural sandstone and travertine tile floors throughout
  • Many built-ins to remove the clutter of furniture and maximize space; ledges and recessed windowsills are solid maple
  • Maple custom cabinetry throughout
  • Quadro Picture Trac Hanging System for all paintings and photos resulting in no nail holes in walls
  • All bedrooms have walk-in closets
  • Ample storage closets on both levels
  • Combination Roman blinds and solar shades
  • Comfort-height Kohler toilets with pull-flush knobs throughout
  • Satin nickel fixtures throughout

Main Residence

Main Level

Entry Vestibule

  • Welcoming lighted art niche and built-in maple wood bench
  • Sandstone tile floor
  • Solar tube
  • Linen closet

Powder Room

  • Ira Houseweart custom stone slab and copper pedestal with copper vessel sink; Rocky Mountain Hardware solid oil rubbed bronze fixtures, Hubbardton Forge lighting sconce
  • Sandstone tile floor

Living Room

  • Beautiful cherry hardwood floors
  • 3 solar tubes
  • Rumford wood-burning fireplace with Ira Houseweart custom iron screen; cubby underneath for wood storage; recessed built-in glass shelving to side, displays artwork has directional lighting
  • Built-in adobe window seats with custom cushions
  • Recessed built-in bookcases
  • Recessed built-in art niches with didgeridoos – will stay with house

Dining Room

  • Stunning views out to West Elk Mountains, gardens and meadows
  • Russian Temp-Cast, very efficient wall stove heats entire downstairs through ducting and conductive heat
  • Wall-to-wall maple window seats with custom cushions; underneath deep, self-closing drawers for storing china, etc.
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Hubbardton Forge pendant lighting fixture

Kitchen and Walk-in Pantry

  • Honed granite counters with tumbled travertine backsplash
  • Stainless appliances: Amana upper/lower fridge and freezer; Bosch dishwasher
  • Wolf 4-burner gas stove and oven with stainless overhead vent
  • Canadian Heartland 100% wood-burning stove and oven; no electrical components
  • Maple butcher block top on large center island with bar seating; ample storage underneath and Hubbardton Forge pot rack overhead
  • Double under mount stainless sinks with maple wood window-ledge above has windows looking into Sun Room and views of West Elk Mountains
  • Kitchen office with built-in maple desk, pull-out keyboard tray, built-in bookshelves and drawers
  • 4 solar tubes
  • Pantry has floor-to-ceiling built-in shelving
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Glass insert door leads to summer kitchen

Screened-in Entertaining Porch / Summer Kitchen

  • Screened-in porch makes this a lovely area for entertaining throughout the warmer months; easy access to kitchen
  • Custom mahogany breakfront with granite counter and under mount stainless farm sink with cutting board insert; storage above and underneath
  • Built-in window seats and stunning views of West Elk Mountains and gardens
  • Screened insert door leads to outside sandstone flagstone patio and gardens
  • Custom awnings can be lowered for shade
  • Pine T&G ceiling with recessed lighting
  • Ceiling fan
  • Double glass French doors with Roman blinds lead into master bedroom

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Private master wing with entry alcove with art niche; leads into master bedroom and meditation room
  • Bedroom has built-in recessed bookshelves and art niche
  • Double glass French doors with Roman blinds lead into screened-in porch/summer kitchen
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Walk-in closet with solar tube, polished travertine floor and built-in dressers, drawers, cubby storage; access door to laundry room
  • Roman blinds on windows and French doors

Bath

  • Polished travertine floors
  • Separate honed travertine his and hers counters with Kohler porcelain under mount sinks
  • Flush mirrors on wall have enclosed medicine cabinets
  • Separate water closet with pocket door
  • Separate Japanese-style room with French glass doors encloses a deep soaking tub for two, plus shower and built-in bench; tumbled travertine tiles; window looks out to garden with lower portion frosted
  • Pocket doors to maximize space

Meditation/Yoga Room

  • Built-in bench
  • Built-in corner cupboard
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Roman blinds on windows

Sun Room

  • This is the solar gain area of house – by opening and closing windows and door between sun room and dining room/kitchen, you can control heating and cooling for the lower level of the house
  • Designed as a growing area near the kitchen and herb garden; can over-winter outdoor plants and germinate seedlings here before taking them to the greenhouse or garden
  • Vaulted T&G pine ceiling with skylights and south facing wall-of-windows offer sweeping views of West Elk Mountains; wall of jalousie casement windows with solar shades
  • Built-in raised beds with grow lights and pebble drainage
  • Ceiling fans
  • Large enough for sitting and having lunch in the winter or reading on the sofa and chairs (conveyed with sale)
  • Two glass-insert exit doors – one to south patio by the tumbling water feature and gardens and the other to the herb garden
  • Built in mahogany cabinet includes water faucet

Laundry Room and Mud Room

  • Granite tile counters with deep, large stainless under mount utility sink
  • Ample cabinets and drawer storage above and below
  • Whirlpool front-loading full-size washer/dryer
  • Drop-down clothes drying racks
  • Generous closet for storage
  • Coat closet is self-lighting
  • Maple bench for easeful shoe/boot removal; hooks for outdoor gear
  • Dutch door entry and separate exit door to back porch
  • Door into master dressing room/closet for easy access

– Upper Level –

  • Cherry hardwood steps curve to upper level with custom iron railing
  • Recessed lighted art niche
  • Stair lighting for safety
  • Multiple large storage rooms utilize all available space

Guest Bedroom One

  • Walk-in closet (with secret cubby nook)
  • Built-in maple wall-to-wall wood desk with underneath lighting and bookshelves above
  • Full wall with built-in shelving
  • Two recessed built-in shelves
  • Vaulted pine T&G ceiling with skylights
  • Ceiling fan
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Roman blinds on window look out western gardens

Guest Bath

  • Honed travertine counter with Kohler porcelain under mount sink and custom maple wood cabinets and drawers
  • Tub/shower combo with tumbled travertine tile walls and European glass door/wall
  • Vaulted pine T&G ceiling
  • Linen closet
  • Polished travertine flooring

Open Art Studio

  • Built-in desks, drawers and bookshelves
  • Maple ledges
  • Vaulted pine T&G ceilings with skylights
  • Ceiling fan
  • Two large finished walk-in storage closets
  • Three glass doors walkout to upper cedar balcony with overhang and magnificent views of West Elk Mountain; balcony has two additional large walk-in storage areas

Guest Bedroom Two – currently used as a media room

  • Built-in maple bookcases house A/V equipment with built-in speakers above
  • Vaulted pine T&G ceiling with ceiling fan
  • Roman blinds on window look out eastern gardens and orchards
  • Cherry hardwood flooring
  • Large closet

Cottage and Stand-Alone Office

Guest Cottage – One Bedroom with Loft

  • Redwood siding and corrugated metal roof; part of original structure that has been completely renovated; perfect as a caretaker’s or guest cottage; gas and electricity powered
  • Wood-burning pot belly stove heats the entire cottage
  • Magnificent views
  • Cherry hardwood flooring downstairs
  • Half vaulted, pine T&G ceiling
  • Recessed and track lighting throughout
  • Custom Douglas fir ladder to loft
  • Tile countertops in full kitchen
  • Walk-in closet in bedroom
  • Bathroom has slate flooring, travertine counter and Kohler porcelain under mount sink, solar tube and storage/linen closet
  • Entire basement underneath has storage as well as enclosed storage at back of cottage
  • Behind and attached to the cottage is a bathroom with outside access only; great for gardener’s or outside help to use

Stand-Alone Office and Exercise Room

  • Free-standing arbor with all-season table grapes connects office to guest cottage, with patio and sandstone sitting bench
  • Redwood siding and corrugated metal roof
  • Large open office has recessed area with built-in shelves and cupboards; partial wall separates workout area (equipment conveyed with sale)
  • Wood-burning stove and Rinnai gas heater
  • Maple flooring
  • Wall-of-windows
  • Recessed lighting
  • Underneath office is a 2-car garage and storage with workshop area in back with built-in benches; 4-large stand-alone freezers – 1- solar powered, 3-electric (conveyed with sale)

Historic Barn & Outbuildings

Greenhouse and Root Cellar

  • Recently constructed greenhouse is bermed-in to the earth with cement walls for heat retention throughout winter; no additional heat needed
  • Raised cement beds with grow lights
  • Inside water spigot
  • Root cellar with separate entrance also is bermed-in under the earth to keep it cool year round, never freezing; three separate compartments for year-round storage and inside spigot; covered with Virginia Creeper
  • Frost-free water spigot outside

Workshop

  • Original building, newly renovated with built-in benches, shelves and pegboard for storage
  • Windows
  • Electricity

Storage Sheds

  • Several original buildings with good storage for tools and farm equipment
  • Recently constructed tractor and equipment shed

Barn and Chicken House with Pasture Run

  • Barn completely restored and renovated
  • Recently constructed chicken house, outside run attached to barn, and separate grain storage room.
  • Recently constructed wing for sheep or goats with birthing rooms, retro-fitted milking room complete with deep sink with hot water; separate pens for male and females; electricity throughout; extensive upper level hay storage (hay elevator conveyed with sale)
  • Two pastures separated with half fence
  • Frost-free water spigots outside

Potting Shed

  • Recent construction with stainless steel counters and mahogany shelving
  • Natural lighting
  • Drainage
  • Frost-free water spigots outside
  • Outside of potting shed are 3 separated composting bins

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns and lush gardens in a very sanctuary-like setting. There is abundant wildlife, including: elk, mule deer, black bear, turkey and soaring raptors. This is a completely improved and meticulously maintained property that is very private and secure. Consequently, it is more like a preserve for the game, especially with its elk fencing. Outdoor sports abound with many areas nearby for hiking, biking, rafting/kayaking, water skiing, down hill skiing, snow shoeing, horseback riding, and hunting. Paonia State Park lures nature photographers and campers to its fields of wildflowers, aspen forests and wildlife, while anglers revel in its cold-water fishing and boaters love to explore its crystalline reservoir.

Offered at $2,195,000

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.

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