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Retreat at Thunder Ridge

Colorado, La Plata County, Durango – MLS 726041

Enjoy the ultimate privacy and serenity from this 84-acre property and retreat site with its captivating landscapes, large pond, and lush rolling meadows just 20 minutes from historic Durango. Featuring a beautifully custom handcrafted 11,946+ SF log home with vaulted ceilings, walls-of-windows, yellow pine hand-draw-knifed logs and dry-wall interior with hand-scraped solid hickory floors. The home has 8 bedroom and bath guest suites, 4 powder rooms, 2 wood-burning fireplaces, 3 gas fireplaces, commercial kitchen, office, billiards and media room, 4-car garage, with multiple outside covered decks. In addition, there is a separate lock-off main living quarters with great room and gas fireplace, office, dining room, master suite, and laundry room. For outdoor entertainment right outside your doorstep, enjoy the 38’ heated sport pool with retractable cover, hot tub and abundant wildlife. This is a stunning property for entertaining or to host memorable family or corporate gatherings and weddings, for years to come.

Location and Area

Located on a ridgeline along Highway 240, a short distance from Durango, the setting gives this property and home a most pleasing location for long summer days and winter sun.

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 54,000. 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 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.

Property Grounds and External Features

  • Gated entrance
  • 84-acres, partially fenced with triple-split aspen log
  • Large pond brings wildlife year round
  • 120’ x 50’ wide, irrigated flat grassy area to host wedding receptions with electrical power access
  • Lush grassy meadows surrounded by healthy stands of aspen, pine and Gambel oak
  • 10” milled, kiln-dried and hand draw-knife exterior logs with stacked stone and log supports
  • Beautiful perennial landscaping surrounding home with grassy lawns and moss rock boulder retaining walls
  • Porte-cochère with stacked stone and log supports
  • Sandstone front steps and porch under protected T&G pine overhang
  • Expansive Trex decks for entertaining with pine T&G overhang ceilings; multiple gas connections for BBQ’s
  • Multiple separate Trex decks off bedroom suites
  • Gated and decked 38’ sport pool with electric retractable cover; pool has cement apron surround; sand foundation with metal exterior supports and vinyl liner; hidden heater and pump
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Flagstone pathways around home and leading to pool
  • Paved asphalt and circular driveway with stacked stone offers great interest; extra-parking areas
  • Large cement motor court adjacent to heated 4-car garage has automatic snow melt system; outdoor lighting on motion sensors
  • Multiple hose bibs, including a hot water hose bib and long hoses on metal hose racks
  • Carport for equipment and storage
  • Brand new asphalt shingle roof rated at 115 lbs/SF with snow melt and eve heat features; cross-cable to hook on for roof safety
  • Horse-shoe pit
  • 284 ft deep well with water at double digit/minute
  • 7,200 gallons water storage cisterns, buried
  • 2 separate water pumps, one to house – one for cisterns
  • Buried, water pipes, phone and electric are all regulation

Residence Features Include:

  • 11,946+ SF
  • Builder – Mark Galbraith, 2006
  • Architects – Owner and Michael Bell
  • Custom cabinets and wet bar by Bob Hansen
  • Combination of uniformly milled, kiln-dried and hand draw-knifed logs and dry-wall interior; 10”-30” logs, many dead-standing from Missionary Ridge fire
  • 42’ vaulted ceiling in foyer and mezzanine level
  • Graceful mountain and meadow views from multiple walls-of-windows with remote controlled sun-shades; smaller room windows have fabric valances
  • Sun visible indoors during daylight throughout the year
  • Combination of hand-scraped solid hickory planks, carpet and tile flooring; each hickory board in the house is singed by Amish craftsman
  • Heating on first two levels is forced-air; in-floor radiant heat on third level
  • Evaporative cooler effectively services third level of home
  • Ceilings fans throughout
  • Radius corners throughout
  • Jalousie windows allow for great cross ventilation
  • Master living quarters is a lock-off area with office, full dining room, gourmet kitchen and master suite, laundry room/office, and powder room
  • 8 bedroom suites with private baths – most with private outside decks; all with separate control zones for heating
  • Commercial kitchen in main living area
  • Dumb waiter to three levels All floors have fire-suppression sprinklers and hoses
  • Extra-wide hallways and door jams
  • Ample storage on all floors
  • Recessed and sconce lighting; many closet lights and hall lights on automatic motion sensors for instant on/off function
  • Surround sound inside and out
  • Security and fire system
  • Soft water system; re-circulating water system throughout
  • Location established for an elevator to all levels, if desired

– MAIN LEVEL –

Main Foyer

  • Large entryway of arched stone and log through wide, dual hand-scraped doors with bubble-glass, double-paned window inserts; transom sidelights; hefty oil-bronzed fixtures
  • Entry consists of arched stone blocks originally from the foundation of a local historic home
  • Stunning bronze eagle sculpture on a solid white elm stump as a Foyer centerpiece
  • Grand half-tread stairwell entrance to second floor with lacquered tread embedded for safety
  • Custom wood railings with bored-in metal, powder-coated spindles
  • Double-sided wood burning fireplace with gas starter; raised hearth and half cedar mantle
  • Cultured stone wall with large log magazine near fireplace

Wet Bar

  • Custom wood bar with bar seating has cowhide grill base and old coins embedded on top
  • Black granite counter with hammered copper sink and garbage disposal; underneath is an ice maker, 2 kegerators with dispensers; separate wine and beverage cooler
  • Beveled glass mirror with carved lariat detail behind bar from antique armoire
  • Curio cabinet cupboards of wood with glass inserts and thick glass shelving
  • Back-of-chuck-wagon detail on one wall

Game and Media Room

  • Double-sided wood-burning fireplace with gas starter; raised hearth and mantle
  • Pine built-in media center houses flat-screen TV; surround sound
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Carpeted
  • Billiard table area with overhead swag light fixture
  • Double French doors walk-out to covered Trex deck; hot tub with seating 8-12 people; BBQ
  • Storage rooms; one acts as a naturally cooled wine storage holding 360+ bottles

‘Jail Cell’ Bathroom

  • Brick wall with jail cell bars enclosing overhead flush toilet
  • Pedestal sink on barrel with old-fashioned enamel basin; water faucet dispensed out antique enamel pitcher
  • Recycled timber walls and flooring
  • Corrugated tin roof from local historic site

Mud Room

  • Cubby storage and hanging area for outdoor gear and clothing
  • Half bath with sink and toilet
  • Door to outside; raised outside porch has snow melt grates for easy elimination of snow or mud

Mechanical Room

  • Double boilers (re-circulating hot water system located here)
  • Extra large hot water tank

Guest Bedroom and Bath Suite Wings

In 2 separate wings on Main Level and Mezzanine Level and Upper Level

  • 8 separate guest rooms and bath suites; Room 1 has a double lavatory, walk-in shower and toilet with porcelain tile flooring and in the showers; all others have single lavatory, walk-in showers and toilets
  • Rooms 2-7 have plenty of space for a king-size bed, nightstands and bunk beds
  • Rooms 1 and 8 have king size bed and night stands
  • Each room has its own decorative theme; Hunter Room, Fishing Room, Winter Room, Cowboy Room, Bear Room, Foo-Foo Room, etc.
  • Rooms 1-6 all have walk-out exit door to outside private Trex deck
  • All rooms are carpeted with ceiling fans
  • Flat screen TV hookups in all suites
  • Double door closets in all bedrooms

– MEZZANINE LEVEL AND LOFT AREA –

  • Open loft with 3 separate seating areas and captivating views to the SE
  • Large wood-burning fireplace with gas starter within a stacked stone wall; juniper log mantle and sandstone hearth
  • Copper-lined wood storage cubby
  • Natural hand-scraped Amish hickory plank floor, stained with natural finish and Berber carpet
  • Large storage area
  • Access to third level

Dining Area

  • Spacious area for seating up to 40 people
  • Double French doors exit to second level Trex deck with T&G pine overhang with gas BBQ; can seat up to 60 people

Kitchen and Walk-in Pantry

  • Commercial kitchen with large central island – lots of storage underneath
  • Two stainless deep double sinks
  • Commercial stainless dishwasher
  • Stainless commercial fridges (3) and large freezer
  • 6-burner stainless gas stove with center griddle and stainless overhead vent
  • Stainless open faced broiler
  • Double stainless convection and conventional ovens
  • Stainless microwave
  • Ceramic tile floors
  • Lots of cupboard storage
  • Walk-in pantry with ample storage and open shelving has dumb waiter access; separate ice maker
  • Fire suppression

Powder Room

  • Kohler sink in a standing wood dresser
  • Kohler toilet
  • Ceramic tile floor

Laundry Room

  • Whirlpool Duet stacked front loading washer/dryer
  • Cabinets above and below with counters for folding clothes
  • Built-in hidden drop-down ironing board
  • Deep stainless utility sink

4-Car Garage

  • Heated
  • Cement floors
  • Built-in overhead storage shelving
  • Workbench with storage underneath and pegboard storage above for multiple tools
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Sound system
  • Utility sink with running hot and cold water
  • Four surge suppressors are Naval quality
  • Several man doors to outside including pool area
  • Stairwell to third level
  • Mechanical room with soft water system; filter system and pressure tanks; Grundfos pumps to transfer water from cisterns inside house
  • Electrical panels have switches for a generator to run primary systems in house in event of power outage

– UPPER LEVEL –

Double French bubble glass door entry to main living quarters

Great Room

  • Gas faux wood-burning fireplace
  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Carpeted

Dining Room

  • Built-in buffet with granite counter; storage cabinets above with glass inserts; storage cupboards below
  • Hand-scraped hickory floor

Kitchen

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Granite counters with bull-nose edges
  • Granite center island with bar seating
  • Stainless appliances; 4-burner stove with overhead stainless vent; side-by-side fridge freezer; warming drawer; double conventional and convection ovens; trash compactor; built-in microwave
  • Stainless steel sinks with satin nickel fixtures
  • Ample storage with lazy Susan corners; pot shelf storage above for decorative items
  • Dumb waiter access
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Access to private outdoor Trex deck with BBQ; overlooking pool looking to the east

Walk-in Pantry/Laundry Room/Office

Spacious walk-in pantry also serves as an extra office; built-in desk; pull-down gift-wrap station; stacked Whirlpool Duet washer/dryer; lots of storage; deep stainless utility sink with satin nickel fixtures; ample counter space; drop down ironing board

Owner’s Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Corner gas fireplace looks like wood-burning
  • Alcove recessed for king bed and night stands
  • Recessed elevated flat-screen TV with built-in drawers and A/V storage
  • Large walk-in closet with shoe shelves, 3-way mirror, drawers and shelving
  • Full-length fabric drapes with valances
  • Carpet

Bath

  • Double under-mount lavatories with tile-edge accents in porcelain tile counters
  • Oversized walk-in steam shower with one touch steam controls; porcelain tile walls, floor and ceiling have hydronic heating so surfaces stay warm; lay-down bench with slanted back rest; niches for shampoo
  • Jetted tub for two sunken in tile platform; looks out windows for serene views
  • Wall-to-wall and counter-to-ceiling mirrors with glass curio corner shelving
  • Separate vanity area
  • Separate water closet
  • Double linen closet
  • Carpet in dressing area; tile in bath and sink area

Office

  • Vaulted ceiling
  • Great views looking to SW
  • Built-in desk, bookcases and slanted drawing board, storage and file cabinets
  • Built-in humidor with superb drafting features
  • Carpet and wood flooring
  • Full-length curtains and valances
  • Storage closet

Powder Room

  • Pedestal Kohler sink; Kohler toilet
  • Porcelain tile floor
  • Crawl space

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns and gardens in a very private and pristine setting. There is abundant wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, fox, coyote, turkey and soaring raptors. There is direct access to the National forest for a myriad of recreational opportunities. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is 25 minutes from the ranch, 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).

Offered at $3,750,000

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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