550 acres with a mile of National Forest Boundary
Buena Vista, Chaffee County, Colorado
This local artist’s home and 550 gorgeous acres is located 4 miles west-southwest of Buena Vista, Colorado right at the base of 14,197 foot Mt. Princeton in the Sawatch Mountain range of the Rocky Mountains. The property has unobstructed views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding mountain ranges. All the lands have been placed in protective conservation easements to preserve for all time the wildlife, ecological, and scenic values of this majestic location. The entire western boundary of the property, approximately one mile, borders San Isabel National Forest.
The acreage has a variety of land types. Land types include mixed conifer forests dominated by ponderosa pines but also include, lodgepole pine, limber pine, Douglas-fir, blue spruce, a few pinyon pines, cottonwoods and some bristlecone pine. There is a large quaking aspen forest, open grazing prairie and approximately 10 acres of haying ground. Included in the sale are water rights from the Silver Prince Creek which flows out of the National Forest onto the land in the SW corner of the 160-acre parcel.
Three separately deeded tracts of land comprise the 550 acres. A 320-acre tract in which the home sits, 160-acre tract which includes historic Gus’s cabin (Gustave Friskey) , the haying field, the majority of the aspens and a 70 acre treed parcel. Additional homes can be built on each of the three parcels.
As to be expected with a location at the edge of the forest and adjacent to National Forest lands the property supports an abundance of wildlife. The principal big game species include elk, pronghorn and mule deer. Other large species that have been known to visit the area include the black bear and mountain lion. Smaller wide-ranging species that could be present include coyotes and an occasional bobcat. Other mammals likely to be found are porcupine, squirrel, chipmunk’s and rabbit to name a few.
Bird species are also numerous and varied. Raptors include great horned owl, American kestrel and red tail hawk. Bald and golden eagles have been seen but are not resident.
The main living area of the spectacular home is 3,921 square feet with additional space above the three-car garage and in the finished basement. The home is tucked into the trees yet orientated to maximize both valley and mountain views and to leverage light from the rising and setting sun directions. A few of the design features include two bedroom suites, a large living room with wood burning fire place perfect for entertaining, a country style kitchen with open shelving and high end appliances, a breakfast or morning room that will be bathed in morning light, a dining room that has a wall of windows almost giving the feeling of dining in the forest, a plant room which provides a comfortable transition from the living area to the master bedroom, a library with its own fireplace, decks and patios which wrap around the house, lighting and wall space to display works of art and a master bedroom with two bathrooms, a laundry, multiple storage closets and a huge walk-in.
The kitchen accommodates multiple cooks or a crowd just hanging around. There is a separate prep area with its own sink and butcher block counter tops. Appliances include separate sub-zero fridge and freezers, four burner commercial style Viking range/oven with center grill, warming racks and lighted direct vent hood. There is a second Viking wall oven and a Bosch stainless steel dishwasher. The combination of windows, direct lighting, sky lights, under counter lights and hanging racks provide a well-lit and task oriented work space. The upper shelves are open with plenty of lower cabinets for all the practical items. Additional storage and pantry space is available just off the kitchen.
The dining room is accessed directly from the kitchen through its swinging door. Large enough to accommodate a good size table and still have room for a china hutch and serving bar. The floor is laid with specially acquired large limestone pavers designed to show the rough cut and sanding marks. The same pavers are installed in the main entrance and in the plant room. The west side of the dining room is a wall of windows highlighting the outdoors. From the dining room two sets of French doors open either onto the south patio or the north side deck.
Take two steps down from the dining room and you enter the main living area. Vaulted tongue and groove aspen ceilings with exposed Doug fir beams enhance the space. On the north wall is the stone-faced wood burning fire place which features a raised stone hearth containing a beautiful artist inlaid tile mosaic. Another striking and unique feature is the flooring which is made from random-width recycled floor boards secured with antique nails. The room accommodates a full size Grand Piano and still has plenty of room to entertain a large crowd.
From the main living room two steps down then past the library and through the sunny plant room is the transition into the master bedroom suite. The warm cozy library has floor to ceiling shelves and its own wood burning fireplace, aspen ceilings and exposed wood beams. There is access to the Northside deck from the library. The plant room has south facing windows, a window seat, built in plant hanging rods and its own water delivery system.
The bedroom suite has two bathrooms. One full and a one three quarter bath. The laundry room with its own sink, counter tops and hanging racks is conveniently located within the master suite. Windows on south, east and north side allow light to fill the room all day long. There is access from the bedroom to decks, patios and sitting areas on all three side of the suite. Closet space is no problem here with two sets of closets along the wall as you enter the suite and a massive walk-in closet with built in bureaus, drawers and shelving units. Access to the walk-in is through the separate contained dressing area.
Fully finished and heated the three-car garage can accommodate the full-size pickups. Within the garage but raised above the parking surface is a self-contained work shop with its own slide away dust curtain and a separate potting area with sink, shelving and cast concrete counter tops. The work shop has its own custom cabinets, built ins and the walls are T&G aspen. Above the garage accessed by its own set of steps is a large storage area that comes in handy for all that extra stuff. Additionally, the garage is where the clean out tank for the whole house vacuum system is located, the control panel for the landscape irrigation system, the house alarm system panel and an intercom system to communicate with other parts of the house. The home is protected by a whole house lightning protection system. Perimeter flood lights have been installed which can be activated from several locations throughout the house.
Look no further if you want a very private Colorado Mountain home site or if you need that get-away location in a pristine environment. Centrally located in the middle of Colorado the Upper Arkansas River Valley provides the best in outdoor activities. The Central Colorado Regional Airport (CCRA) is only 10 minutes from the property making for quick in and out access for those with planes. Otherwise it’s a pleasant two-hour drive from Denver or Colorado Springs. With the highest concentration of fourteen-thousand-foot mountain peaks in one Colorado County to our west and the Arkansas River to the east of our valley it’s no wonder Buena Vista Colorado has become a go to location for hunting, fishing, mountaineering, biking, hiking, white water adventure, skiing/boarding, snowmobiling and all things the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Or of course you can kick back and do nothing at all.
Gordon Sloat, Remax Mountain Vista Properties