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Property description

Casa Gioia Di Vivere

Imagine relaxing nestled in the majesty of the Colorado mountains just minutes from ski slopes, sledding, hiking trails, fishing, river rafting and all that the cool clear air at 8,700 ft altitude brings. Images of the old west, fine dining and historic atmosphere. A day trip to the delightful western town of Durango with its many unique and wonderful restaurants, galleries, shopping and historic train ride to Silverton is close by with our home away from home as your base. Maybe take a step back in time to enjoy a peaceful hike in the incredible mountain village of Ouray with its breathtaking waterfalls, history filled hotels and revitalizing natural hot springs all just a short drive from our condo home.

LOCATION:
Casa Gioia Di Vivere is surrounded by tranquil natural beauty just a little over a mile north of Durango Mountain Ski resort (free shuttle service to the resort) with views off both balconies of Needles mountain and backed by deep green forest and hiking trails where you can wander through the wilderness all the way to Denver. Just a 25 mile ride south takes you into Durango or 42 miles to the airport. The location is somewhat remote so a car is required.

UNIT DESCRIPTION:
Our vacation home offers 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen and spacious dinning area with a bar, comfy robes, a warm wood burning fireplace for chilly evenings, flat screen TV, DVD player, wireless internet, games and movies. Firewood is provided as are basic spices some special family recipes to use in the kitchen, 2 balconies to take in the views and underground parking.

AMENITIES:
Cascade Village offers a full size indoor swimming pool at the lodge, a ski shop and both indoor and outdoor hot tubs for use all year round, bike paths, hiking and tennis courts on site as well as an outdoor fire pit, barbecue and free shuttle service to and from Durango Mountain Resort.


Keywords: Condo, Mountain retreat, ski chalet, cabin, ski condo, mountain villa, getaway, San Juan hiking retreat, Summer vacation rental, Winter vacation rental, 3 bedroom condo, Family vacation home, Girls getaway

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Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 1
  • 1680 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Must be 25 years of age or older....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not allowed inside or on the balconies any smoke detected in the unit will result in loss of the damage deposit....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Due to multiple staircases and balcony access, children under the age of 10 not recommended....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Loft

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  • King size beds (1) Pillow top mattress with hotel quality sheets and plenty of fluffy pillows, Queen size Beds (1) Pillow Top mattress with hotel quality sheets and plenty of blankets and pillows for chilly nights, Twin or Single Beds (2) Comfortable twin beds together in a roomy space upstairs with a private bathroom., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double thick automatic blow up queen size mattress available as needed with plenty of warm comfortable bedding....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 3: shower

    oversize shower with 6 shower heads ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

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  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    On main floor with queen bedroom ...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

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  • 3 bathrooms, Master bath just remodeled to include a towel warmer and over sized shower with 6 shower heads and granite sink top. 2 hairdryers and plenty of fluffy towels...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Skiing and Snowboarding, Free Shuttle to Durango Mountain Resort during ski season, Hiking trails, Workout Facility, Outdoor Hot Tubs, Fishing Pond, Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Jacuzzi, Robes in the unit. Amazing dinning options in the area without having to drive to Durango or Silverton. Cascade village gives the feel of a European Chalet with heavy beamed / vaulted ceilings, cozy fireplace, located in the heart of the San Jaun's with wilderness in every direction and peaceful mountain views that will take your thoughts away to nature. The condo is never drafty it always feels cozy and comfortable winter, in summer the mountain breeze and the calming evening showers will relax you into blissful slumber. As one of our guests recently wrote - 'we have fallen deeply in love with these mountains and miss them already - we just can't help but come back'. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    a variety of books for leisure reading as well as Colorado hiking and travel books are available in the family room. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Community game room is located in the basement of the lodge ...moreless

  • Games:

    Games are located in the entertainment center in the main family room....moreless

  • Pool Table:

    Community pool table is located in the basement of the lodge....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    We offer Cable TV at no additional fee on both Flat Screens in the unit....moreless

  • Stereo:

    There is a Stereo in the upstairs twin bedroom for use if desired....moreless

  • Television:

    2 Flat screen TV's in the unit one upstairs and one downstairs ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    We have stocked the entertainment center with a variety of Video's for children and adults....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    Nearby Downtown Durango is full of western charm, nationally recognized dinning, one of a kind art treasures, fun filled festivals all year round as well as being the home of the famed railroad....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Great view of Engineer and Needles Mountains. The location reminds one of an Italian Chalet in the alps in fact we are delightfully nestled among the trees....moreless

  • Rural:

    Out of the hustle and bustle of town, the area offers stunning wilderness views, a near by organic farm, horses and 'real' friendly mountain people !...moreless

  • Ski-In:

    This unit is NOT ski- in but there is a free shuttle during winter months to the ski resort 1 mile away. The Shuttle runs every hour during the open hours of the mountain....moreless

  • Water View:

    There is a small but lovely little fishing pond at the entrance of Cascade village. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting

Dining

  • Dining:

    Table seats 6 and bar seats 4 with a wide sideboard for serving and open kitchen-dinning-family room area. 4 counter seats at the bar...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In unit- utility room on the main floor...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Two spaces with staircase access to Condo directly under the unit .. drive through for easy access....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Fire pit outside by the pond & fireplace in the unit....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Community fitness room is available for our guests use at no extra charge....moreless

  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage:

    Garage is under the unit 2 spaces provided....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    baseboard heating with a thermostat in each room for individualized comfort....moreless

  • Internet:

    Free wireless ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Hotel quality bedding with extra pillows and blankets. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room is in open concept on the main floor and there is a small den on the 2nd floor both have flat screen TV's...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    We get good service most of the time on the mountain with most carriers. We use Verizon and rarely ever have a problem with it....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking is available for 2 cars under the unit in the covered garage....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    There is additional surface parking available....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is a land line in the unit which is free for your use....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    plenty of soft towels in each bathroom ...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In unit - utility room on the main floor ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    There is Wireless Internet in the unit with directions beside the phone to access it. Please be patient as the connectivity is usually good but there are times when it goes up a down a bit....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firewood provided & included in the price is available for you and stacked by the downstairs door in the garage. heavy gloves and fireplace tools are conveniently located beside the fireplace....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart coffee maker and electric coffee grinder ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    We love to cook so you will find everything from an iron skillet to a blender and baking dishes. Tea pot, large kettle for soups and stews and 2 crock pots - 1 large and 1 small....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    tableware for up 10 people...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    full size dishwasher...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Microwave, Cuisinart coffee maker, coffee grinder, small and large crock pots, plenty of pots and pans , toaster some spices and condiments provided....moreless

  • Microwave:

    located in the large pantry in the kitchen...moreless

  • Oven:

    Full size oven...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    (2) 1 off the Master suite and one off the Dining room. The views of the mountains are stunning from both of them - enjoy coffee in the morning or a glass of wine if the afternoon with the views ! ...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a nice deck with tables and a large Patio for meals outside or you can sit on one of the 2 balconies at the condo and enjoy the views....moreless

  • Golf:

    Nearby - please review our 'summer things to do sheet' for more information...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Available near by - more information is on our 'summer top 10 list' . ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    In the summer months we have a Coleman gas grill on the balcony. If It is used and NOT cleaned after use there is a $50.00 fee for cleaning that is deducted from the security deposit....moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Purgatory is 1 mile south of us with a free shuttle in the winter months - gear can be rented on site at Cascade village or on the mountain....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Community tennis courts are for our guests free of charge .. and we keep 2 tennis rackets and 2 sleeves of balls in the unit for your use. ...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    available near by for fishing or river tubing and other fun !...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Indoor heated pool and jacuzzi are located at lodge...moreless

  • Indoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub:

    (2) Outdoors there are 2 wonderful hot tubs located on deck of lodge for use in the summer or winter months ... the end to a lovely day while watching the stars and soaking ....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Jun 1 - Sep 2, 2015
3 night min stay
$195
$1,230 $4,500
Fall
Sep 3 - Dec 1, 2015
3 night min stay
$150
$900 $3,000
Early Ski Season
Dec 2 - Dec 17, 2015
3 night min stay
$205
$1,230
Holiday
Dec 18 - Jan 4, 2016
3 night min stay
$380
$2,280
Ski Early Snow
Jan 5 - Jan 14, 2016
3 night min stay
$205
$1,230
MLK weekend
Jan 15 - Jan 18, 2016
3 night min stay
$275
Deep Powder
Jan 19 - Feb 11, 2016
3 night min stay
$250
$1,500
Presidents weekend
Feb 12 - Feb 15, 2016
3 night min stay
$250
Spring Skiing
Feb 16 - Mar 2, 2016
3 night min stay
$195
$1,230
Spring Break
Mar 3 - Mar 13, 2016
3 night min stay
$380
$2,280
Late Spring
Mar 14 - Apr 1, 2016
3 night min stay
$180
$1,230
Spring retreat
Apr 2 - May 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$140
$840 $3,200
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Cleaning Fee 1 - 6 guests $150
  • Tax Rate 6.8%

Notes:

Bookings are not guaranteed until deposit is received - prices are subject to change at any time. A car is needed for this area. Roads are good and easy to travel

Security deposit of $300.00 due at booking, 50% of total stay due 90 days prior to arrival, final payment due 30 days prior to arrival. We accept personal, echecks, major credit cards through pay pal


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Location

40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Durango Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Sows Ear
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
Glacier
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Durango
Cascade Village
Nearest Motorway
550
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Sows Ear
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
Durango Mountain Resort / Puragtory

Car: Necessary

Durango Silverton railroad (train trips), Trimble Hot Springs, Zip Line adventures, horse drawn sleigh rides, ice wall climbing, amazing 4th of July fireworks in Silverton

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: John and Jessica reside in Phoenix, Arizona where we raised four daughters. We have had the good fortune to be able to travel extensively both in the US as well as abroad experiencing many incredible vacation homes all over the world - it always provided us a get away that was much more meaningful more memorable and a real taste of the area culture... which is what prompted us to look for our own very special place to share with others like us who love to travel. Our experience has been that we simply do not enjoy a 'hotel' experience as much as a comfortable spacious environment where friends and family can gather together where the venue allows for cooking together, playing games in the evening or sharing a hot coffee on the balcony with a fabulous view in our robes and pj's - those are the special times we treasure the most. It is our goal to create a warm and friendly vacation home that truly is all about ' THE JOY OF LIVING' lots of laughter, definitely some romance and above all comfort for you, your family and friends to experience the magic of these very special mountains together. Mine and John's passion for the outdoors and need for an escape from our hectic professional lives is what brought us to the Colorado mountains. Our Casa Gioia Di Vivere (joy of living) provides us a place to connect with nature, celebrate life through adventure, food, wine, friends and family. It is a place where we have made new friends created memories and a place that still takes our breath away every morning when we wake up and look out the windows. We hope you come to visit and when you do you are as enchanted with the area and our home as we have been we believe you will come back again and again. Once you have been in the graceful atmosphere of these mountains it is hard to resist as your heart will tug at you to once again rest in the peace of their shadows.

Why the Owner Chose Cascade Village:
We decided our permanent get away would be at Cascade Village, on the mountain between Durango and Silverton because of what the immediate area offers. From hiking out the back door to the free shuttle service to Durango Mountain Resort during ski season, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tubs under the stars it is the perfect place for us. The area is easy to reach by car in a day trip from Phoenix, northern Texas, New Mexico, Las Vegas or parts of California and the airport in Durango is convenient for those from further away. Our condo unit space is very well planned with ample underground parking which can be a real blessing in snowy months and protection for your car during sudden summer rain or hail storms. The floor plan is multi-functional and roomy with over 1,600 square feet to spread out and relax in. The condo provides private space in each bedroom, 3 large bathrooms and plenty of community space for eating or relaxing together including a cozy loft with TV and DVD player to get away from the crowd downstairs when you need to or when the kids need a little space of their own. With only a short drive into Durango or Silverton, Cascade Village provides a home base with easy access to a wide variety of local activities both winter and summer months and is a delightful quiet get away in spring with amazing color and delightful weather in the fall. Cascade Village is just far enough out of town to experience a tranquil atmosphere even in the high summer and winter seasons but yet close enough to towns to partake of the area festivals, shopping, restaurants and events. It has proven to be the perfect location for all our needs and hope you will find it as wonderful a spot as we do. In the over 6 years we have been coming to this area we still never get enough of the amazing outdoors, delightful experiences in town or the simple, breathtaking majesty of the mountains that surrounds us here and allows us to shut out the rest of the world.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
You will find all the comforts of home at Casa Gioia Di Vivere. We have provided for your convenience comfy robes in each bedroom. There are soft coverlets for use in front of the fireplace where you can enjoy Cable TV, a selection of DVD's (or bring your own), games and books. Our well equipped kitchen has some of our favorite family recipes and spices for your enjoyment are available in the kitchen. The upstairs loft welcomes you with reclining rocking chairs, another TV with a DVD player, pillows, candles and reading materials. The Master Suite offers a private escape with a oversize rain shower and 4 body sprays in the bathroom as well as a walk out balcony with incredible views and King size bed. ** Please plan to bring breakfast groceries as there are limited restaurants in the immediate area that provide a morning meal ** In summer months we have gravity recliners on both balconies and a small coleman grill for your use. Our home is decorated with some local art and flavors of all the outdoor sports we are so passionate about here in the San Juans. You will notice the wonderful architecture of our buildings reminding your of an alpine chalet with thick walls, heavy exposed wood beams and vaulted ceilings throughout the units. The ambiance of the design will add to your alpine experience and as one of our guests recently said to me 'Your condo clearly is in one beautiful spot on the planet! Covered,protected parking directly outside you door under the unit with a private entrance steps from you car can be a real lifesaver in bad weather and so much easier to transport luggage and groceries than a remote parking lot offered at many of the other area facilities. Our Mountain home was just completely painted outside and inside the garage. Our home is family and group friendly. Experience tells us that we are well set up for groups of guys on a ski week - ladies on a retreat or families reconnecting with each other and nature.


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Speaks: english, italian

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Photos

  • Summer view off the dinning room baclcony

    Summer view off the dinning room baclcony

  • The dinning room table comfortably seats 6 with awesome views out the patio door

    The dinning room table comfortably seats 6 with awesome views out the patio door

  • Well equipped kitchen includes microwave, coffee maker, crock pot and tableware.

    Well equipped kitchen includes microwave, coffee maker, crock pot and tableware.

  • Downstairs bathroom with shower tub and plenty of soft towels

    Downstairs bathroom with shower tub and plenty of soft towels

  • Master Bath completely remodeled with travertine, 6 shower heads & towel warmer

    Master Bath completely remodeled with travertine, 6 shower heads & towel warmer

  • Entry with ample storage space and complete with electric glove and boot warmer.

    Entry with ample storage space and complete with electric glove and boot warmer.

  • Loft with chalet style exposed beams, 
three leather recliner/rockers, TV & DVD.

    Loft with chalet style exposed beams, three leather recliner/rockers, TV & DVD.

  • More fun on the mountain.

    More fun on the mountain.

  • Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

    Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

  • The view of Potato lake just one mile north of our mountain home at Cascade

    The view of Potato lake just one mile north of our mountain home at Cascade

  • Sleigh ride at dusk on the mountain - bring your hot chocolate and Enjoy!

    Sleigh ride at dusk on the mountain - bring your hot chocolate and Enjoy!

  • Relax on the 'BEACH' at the bottom of the run !

    Relax on the 'BEACH' at the bottom of the run !

  • Main floor living area is an open floor plan with balcony off the dining room.

    Main floor living area is an open floor plan with balcony off the dining room.

  • Wood burning fireplace, flat screen TV & DVD - firewood and cozy throws too!

    Wood burning fireplace, flat screen TV & DVD - firewood and cozy throws too!

  • Downstairs Master with a full bath and queen size bed

    Downstairs Master with a full bath and queen size bed

  • Upstairs master has king bed, private balcony, walk in closet, oversize shower

    Upstairs master has king bed, private balcony, walk in closet, oversize shower

  • Spacious Upstairs twin bedroom with private bathroom and large walk in closet

    Spacious Upstairs twin bedroom with private bathroom and large walk in closet

  • White water rafting on the Animas river.

    White water rafting on the Animas river.

  • Fall hike just a few miles north of our home

    Fall hike just a few miles north of our home

  • Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years.

    Ouray has been a special destination of world travelers for more than 100 years.

  • Historic train ride to Silverton through amazing hard to get to wilderness

    Historic train ride to Silverton through amazing hard to get to wilderness

  • Winter view from our downstairs balcony

    Winter view from our downstairs balcony

  • Nothing better than memories  with Friends and Family on the Mountain.

    Nothing better than memories with Friends and Family on the Mountain.

  • Fantastic skiing  - stunning views -beautiful weather !

    Fantastic skiing - stunning views -beautiful weather !

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Speaks: english, italian
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