Just a few of the details include:
• Western style log home superbly crafted using Engleman Spruce logs from British Columbiaand Red Cedar from Vancouver. High-end finish work!
• A great room with vaulted 40 foot ceilings and huge windows which look out onto views of the La Plata Mountains.
• A stone, double sided fireplace which also opens onto the dining area.
• A stone waterfall with lighted aquarium.
• A commercial sized kitchen, custom bar and dining area with double doors opening onto one of the many decks.
• Seven bedroom suites, each custom designed on a western theme.
• In-floor heating throughout.
• A 1,372 square foot Manager's Apartment.
• A theater/media room with a walk-in safe.
• A conference center/meeting room.
• A gym and workout room
• An office
There is a one acre trout pond adjacent to the rear of the house, fed by a four tiered waterfall. Completely landscaped and it even has its own private beach! The views of the trout pond and the La Plata Mountains are some of the most captivation views you will find anywhere in the West. The ranch is zoned commercial. There is plenty of room for a 5,000 foot private airstrip. And, the entire ranch is an excellent candidate for a conservation easement.
Commercial water well, multiple septic systems and a paved drive are all in place.
This property may be purchased a number of ways. The entire 362 acre ranch is only $4,550,000.
The Lodge/trout pond can be purchased separately with either 35 acres or 100 acres.
Avery Ranch is a convenient twenty minutes west of the historic downtown area of Durango.
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, and many cultural activities.
There are endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located 6,512 ft. above sea level (the ranch is at 8,000 ft. above sea level), surrounded by scenic mountain views, and over 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 La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 45,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Phoenix, with seasonal service to Houston, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 100 miles from Telluride, 170 miles from Grand Junction, 200 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs and 450 miles from Phoenix.
ACREAGE AND DESCRIPTION
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Avery Ranch offers an ideal blend of recreational activities and wildlife preservation with a traditional working ranch.
In a "Wild Lands" setting, there is privacy and seclusion with expansive La Plata Mountain views, just a 20 minute drive from historic downtown Durango.
Create a conservation easement where you can fish to your heart's content, provide a family retreat that your great-grandchildren will enjoy, or use the commercial zoning to develop an exclusive Bed and Breakfast or Corporate Retreat.
The Main Level - Great Room, Dining Room and Kitchen
As you walk up the entry steps, there are two massive 4'x9' custom-carved front doors to greet you and on either side of them there is decorative etched glass windows of aspen trees trimmed in copper. These full-length windows open, allowing the fresh mountain air to circulate throughout the house. The copper molding around the doors is handmade by a coppersmith in Mexico and then has been hand-finished on site to a high quality patina.
The solid core doors were made by Rene Rubalcava, a famous 79 year-old wood carver from Sonora, Mexico. Each door features a bronze sculpture replica (exact, to-the-millimeter) of Skips Napoleon, the famous stud horse, made by highly acclaimed Tucson artist, Paul Olesniewicz.
As you enter the house through the front door you see the floor to ceiling picture windows on the opposite side of the living room, framing the nearby La Plata Mountains and the pond at the rear of the house.
The living room or in the true sense of the word—great room—opens from the front to rear of the house. The walls are made from log and beautifully hand-polished Venetian plaster and the ceiling is vaulted to a height of 40 feet to open log beams.
On one side of the room is a floor to ceiling stacked-rock, double-sided fireplace (the other side opening to the dining room and kitchen) with custom, oversized wrought iron doors detailed with copper trim. Over the fireplace is a copper mantle with a custom bronze relief replica, entitled “Cowboy’s Dream”, depicting the snow-covered La Plata Mountains, as seen from the property.
On the opposite wall is a built-in rock waterfall enclosing a lighted fish aquarium; the soothing sound of flowing water can be heard from most areas of house.
An exquisite hand-carved central pillar, by artist Chad Haskell, accents this great room depicting the owner’s father’s life as a lion hunter while living on the Idaho River of No Return. The entire column consists of 17 pack mules, each with a different expression on their face and carrying authentic packs, ascending the mountain to a cabin at the top. This lovely column supports a beautifully crafted log bridge that connects the two second-floor wings.
Second Level - Bedroom Suites. On the west end of the second level is the spacious Santa Fe Suite with a private living area accented by a built-in adobe wood-burning fireplace, Anasazi decorations and large windows with views of the hay meadows and southern vistas.
Connected to the living area are two separate bedrooms and baths. Both have steam showers, one with a hand painted drawing of Mesa Verde and the other with a wildflower scene. One has a Jacuzzi tub and the other a freestanding, porcelain claw tub, each with modern accents in the rest of the bath area.
A bridge/breezeway, exterior decks or stairs from the first floor kitchen area can access the Santa Fe Suite.
On the north end of the second level there are split level stairs accessing a two-bedroom suite down and a second master suite up. The lower suite level includes the Navajo Room and Cowboy Room. The Navajo Room has a bedroom, full bath with Jacuzzi tub, separate steam shower with Navajo themed etched paintings and exterior deck.
The Cowboy Room includes a sitting room, Jacuzzi tub, steam shower with etched paintings of cowboy life and exterior deck.
On the upper level is a VIP or second master suite named the Eagle’s Nest. This private suite is very large and can be used as a master or as a bunkroom to accommodate many children. A beautifully carved eagle’s head on one of the beams as you enter gives this room its name.
There are open wood beams, mountain and hunting scenes illustrated on select walls; a sitting area, large private deck, one large closet, beautiful views looking at the La Plata Mountains and a kitchen suite featuring microwave, refrigerator and sink. The bath area includes a Jacuzzi tub with decorative inlays surrounding it and custom steam shower with hand painted artwork.
Third Level - The Cattle Baron's Master Bedroom Suite. The third floor and can be accessed either by custom staircases from the first and second levels or from the exterior decks via stairways. The third level houses the Cattle Baron’s Suite. This master suite, reminiscent of the Victorian style used by the old cattle barons, is a large private suite located at the highest level on the west end of the house.
The main access point is from a stairway on the second level that is enclosed by a replica of the cell bars and door found in the Noglas jailhouse. It is a fully functional private entrance as well as a delightful touch that brings a smile from all who enter. This spacious room has a beautifully carved floor-to-ceiling mantelpiece of cherry wood with coat of arms over the fireplace.
Across from the king-size bed area there are two walk-in closets with a custom built-in wood bookcase and separate entertainment center. There is custom fixture lighting throughout. Walls are a combination of wood and high luster Venetian plaster. There is also a kitchen suite in this room with concrete countertops, custom Alder wood cabinets, sink, microwave and refrigerator.
The suite has a Jacuzzi tub and separate steam shower, both with gorgeous views of the La Plata Mountains. Also, there is a separate walk-in sauna, imported from Finland. Out the large carved double door there is a large porch designed so you can follow the sun throughout the day.
The doors and porch are designed where you can actually roll a king size bed on to the porch and sleep under the stars like the cattle barons were reported to do.
Lower Level - Conference Room, Media Room and Gym. The Board Room/Conference Room or Game Room is spacious and very private with sitting room alcove outside for coffee service and informal discussions. Inside the room, there are no windows to facilitate uninterrupted meetings and privacy. It is designed to house a sophisticated satellite communication system which is wired to the entire house.
There is an LCD projection unit for projection to a 96" screen along with hook-ups for multiple computers. If a board or conference room is not required, it would easily retrofit into an outstanding game room—large enough for pool table, pinball machines and computer games played on the big-screen.
The Media Room has been created to replicate an old-fashioned theatre with modern rear project equipment, 102" screen and surround sound. The décor includes three level seating, decorative potbelly stove and a walk-in safe that is functional for the purpose of securing all valuables and firearms.
The large Workout Room provides all the essentials for a good exercise program. It has been designed with a reinforced ceiling for heavy bags, a rubberized floor for comfort/safety, and numerous electrical outlets for workout machines. There is also a half bathroom off the gym.
Features and Upgrades
• Numerous picture windows provide exquisite views and plenty of natural sunlight
• Highly upgraded dual pane vinyl casement windows—most have been custom built and designed for the house and many have numerous oversized panels to take advantage of the great views
• Highly decorative custom made wood railings and staircases—Interior and exterior
• Detailed, hand-carved door jambs around main entrances
• Highly finished tongue-and-groove wood beams (Fir and Pine) along with vertical and horizontal beams throughout house
• Highly efficient in-floor heating on all levels with numerous heating zone options for energy management. Heat source is highly efficient exterior wood-fired water coiled furnace or propane fired furnace that automatically fires if wood furnace is not used or is not fueled. This system is highly economical and easy to manage
• Recessed lighting in ceilings and niches throughout home, much of this lighting is customized with variable switching
• Engelmann Spruce logs and railings from British Columbia, red Cedar from Vancouver for many pillars and vertical beams—all hand- rubbed and finished to furniture quality
• Arched doorways throughout the house
• Floors are hand-troweled concrete—some in-laid with wood
• Beautifully executed Venetian plaster finish on many the walls
• Highest possible fire detection system throughout house; 4" thick floors
• Custom fixtures and track lighting creates up-lighting on cross beams throughout house to highlight beautiful natural wood (art gallery quality)
• Double 5/8 inch sheet rock throughout the house
• Interior doors throughout house are hand rubbed solid core knotty Alder
• Numerous logs and wood burrows from the ranch were incorporated into railings and other accents around house—many with custom hand carvings of animals
• All rooms in house wired for satellite TV and high-speed internet
• Upgraded plumbing, lighting, door fixtures and hardware throughout house
• Custom window sills and ledges throughout home, including upgraded base board molding and trim around the doors and windows
• Attached oversized two-car insulated and heated garage, with a shower and wash sink
•Custom finished concrete throughout house – floors, countertops, Jacuzzi tub bases and showers—many of these surfaces have etched drawings of local points of interest or western lore
• Wall panels for accessibility to all water pipes leading to entire house. There are 2 mechanical rooms with state-of-the-art hot water heating systems with separate zones for each room of the house; computer regulates each zone in an easy user-friendly way.
• In west mechanical room there is space for commercial laundry
External house features include:
• Beautifully designed Porte Cochere off the front entry makes attractive entry statement and provides all weather protection
• Extensive multi-level Terex decking in front and rear of house
• Custom metal railings and staircases provide access to all levels for safety and private suite entrance
• Exterior decks have metal railings to reinforce wood railing
• Engelmann Spruce exterior logs walls with river rock wainscoting around house
• Upgraded wood garage doors
• Custom wood and iron artwork around house
• Wood tongue-and-groove ceilings and open log beams (both vertical and horizontal)
over covered deck areas
• 362 acres of beautiful meadows and Pine/Oak forest including:
• 100 acres of irrigated hay meadow
• 262 acres of high-fenced wildlife preserve with trophy elk and other game
• Barn and complete livestock working facility for elk, buffalo, cattle, horses etc.
• Old cabin that could be restored as quaint hunting cabin or guest cottage
• Commercial well
• Year round live fishing stream, 1⁄2 mile plus
• Doubled-lined pond at rear of house
• Exquisite views
• Native vegetation landscaping
• The property is platted for development, if desired, and already has a commercial classification available for use if one wanted to use it as a retreat site or other commercial purpose.
• There is adequate room and terrain to build a 5,000 ft. private airstrip
The 300 acre wildlife preserve is tucked into the hills on the northwest side of the ranch.
The resident herd of elk currently numbers more than 50.
The rest of the ranch is home to a wide variety of wildlife including deer, black bear, migrating elk, coyote. A host of smaller animals are attracted to the lush habitat as well, especially wild turkeys.
The game preserve has been hunted with the philosophy of “big-game catch and release.”
A dart rifle has been perfected and used for limited hunting where the animal is downed, picture taken, antlers removed and the animal walks away able to grow a more impressive set of antlers the next season.
This is a unique approach that has allowed the herd to prosper. Only the elder bulls are taken in the traditional way when their health is weakened and in jeopardy. For the new owner, all options are open for establishing the purpose for the preserve.
The local area also provides a myriad of opportunities for all types of recreation. For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a 45-minute drive from the ranch, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are a little over an hour away. Cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and snowmobiling is also available on the ranch and throughout the area.
Equine enthusiasts will find Avery Ranch to be first-rate riding terrain. Trail riding possibilities are virtually endless on and around the property. The ranch has been used as a quarter horse facility for 18 years, producing some of the finest performance horses in the country.
Summertime is also filled with opportunities 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 35 miles).
Historic Durango, Colorado
Founded in 1880 by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad, historic Durango is 6,512 feet above sea level and is the county seat of La Plata County.
Located in the southwest corner of Colorado near the Four Corners area, Durango is cradled in the Animas River Valley and surrounded by the San Juan Mountains. This diversity of the surrounding geography and ideal climate provides endless recreational opportunities and attractions.
Best known for the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, as the home of Fort Lewis College, and for its proximity to Mesa Verde National Park, Durango is a popular year-round destination. From pristine snow and waterways, majestic mountains to superb shopping and dining, fascinating arts and culture, you’ll find an array of activities as relaxing or adventurous as you like.
Avery Ranch is a spectacular piece of southwestern Colorado property, just 20 minutes from Durango near Hesperus, Colorado. This working ranch is 362 acres and includes 100 acres of pastures and hayfields,and almost 300 acres of high-fenced wildlife preserve.
Avery Ranch has been used to raise elk, buffalo, cattle, and some of the finest performing quarter horses in the country.
The centerpiece of the ranch is the 12,700 square foot lodge or main residence. This impressive log home is the perfect place to host large events, corporate retreats, seminars, bed & breakfast or whatever your imagination can dream up.
The property has a 1,372 square foot managers apartment.
There is a one acre trout pond adjacent to the rear of the house, fed by a four tiered waterfall. Completely landscaped, it even has its own private beach!
The ranch is zoned commercial. There is plenty of room for a 5,000 foot private airstrip. And, the entire ranch is an excellent candidate for a conservation easement.