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Located in the Historic Core of Crested Butte, this property boasts local downtown Historic Core living.
When we bought the property in 2001 it had been a rental property for decades. The house was trashed and so was the yard. The home boasted very breezy walls and windows as well as several low budget remodels. The washer and dryer were in the poorly lighted kitchen with electrical conduit lining the walls. The mudroom consisted of a shed set on cinder blocks without heat. The living room was a dark den but offered the most authenticity, which we preserved in our later rehab project. There were car engines and tires piled up in the yard and the weeds had taken over the historic gardens.
It only took a week or so to improve the yard with my landscaping skills and as soon as that was done we received many compliments. Even though we did nothing to the house at first the initial landscape and yard clean up added to the charming appeal to the property. We were soon visited by the dozens of locals that had been renters in the house and to their amazement the home was already much improved form when they lived there.
Fully rehabilitated in 2003 according to the National Historic Foundation's regulations the property is like walking into the past. The home was built in 1882 and was the residence of several 'Old-Timers' and their families. When we started the remodel we were visited by many of the offspring that actually grew up in the home before plumbing and heat. They had tears in their eyes as they recalled the days of coal mining and dirt streets. Several of the families expressed their support and intrigue of our rehab and visited often during the process. We invited them in and they looked around in amazement and reminiscence.
The rehab project was overwhelming. In order to remodel a historic building in Crested Butte or any National Historic District, every effort must be made to preserve the look and feel of the original property. This is how the sentiments are preserved. so the remodel needs to come from the inside out. None of the exterior was demolished in the process. Think of it as building a model boat inside a glass bottle. despite the inconvenience of this method we were proud to be saving such a contributing property in Crested Butte and embraced the process.
As we started the demo we watched our life savings being thrown out the window, quite literally as we had to demo from the inside and huck all the materials out the windows and haul to the dumpster. We had no idea we would be throwing away 75% of the home! After a month or more of that we could then move forward again.
Since then we have finished the remodel and have been decorating and landscaping ever since. Our home has turned into a cozy, authentic miners cabin.
Keywords: 450 SF, miners cabin, historic renovation, bus route, nordic center, elk avenue, restaurants, yard, landscaping, gardens, cozy, steam shower, suite, studio, private suite, local, main street, elk avenue,
There is a Water Feature on the property that is not safe for toddlers. Please discuss before renting....moreless
Non Smoking Only
Must be obedient and quiet at all times. Must be friendly to all other animals and people. Very Serious.
Owners have friendly female cat and a new puppy as of Feb 2, 2012
Our dog is Kernel and is 2 1/2 years old in June 2014...moreless
Queen size Bed (1) Queen and Twin in same bedroom;
Bedroom is 156sf;
Organic cotton sheets, Twin or Single Beds (1) Queen and Twin in same bedroom;
Organic cotton sheets, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Couch in living room pulls out into single bed;
Main living space is 180sf...moreless
Walk in Steam shower with dual shower heads. The highlight of the smaller apartment!
Stocked with linens and basic soap.
Hairdryer and OTC meds available....moreless
The Apartment is a small and cozy 444sf upstairs Suite that shares a common staircase with the main house. The entrance is semi private. The living space is equipped with a small corner sink in a redrock counter of Hickory Cabinets. The bathroom has a large walk in steam shower with two shower heads. The bedroom has a Queen and a Single.
The Property is exquisitely landscaped with a brick patio, log furniture, perennial gardens, an archway, bonsai garden with waterfall, large lawn, mature tress and an unobstructed view of Mt Crested Butte....moreless
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Wildflowers, Gardening, Trail Running, Rum Tasting, Wine Tasting, Backpacking, Downhill Mountain Biking, Chairlift Rides, Zipline, Four Wheeling, Waterfalls, Hiking 14ers, Hiking 13ers, Bonsai, National Historic District, Contributing buildings in Historic Core, Museum, National Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, United States Pro Cycling Challenge, Ride the Rockies, Hartman Rocks, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Black Canyon Nation Park
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: Kevin is a full time groomer at the Nordic Center and a photographer. He is also an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker. He has been growing Bonsai Trees in Crested Butte for 10 years and displays them in the Bonsai Garden on the property.
Marilyn is the Executive Director at the Trailhead Children's Museum. She also enjoys skiing, mountain biking and yoga.
Kernel is our very friendly Aussie mutt that loves to play in the yard with other dogs and guests.
Why the Owner Chose Crested Butte: We chose this property because of its downtown location, historic charm, view of Mt Crested Butte and the large yard. You will see why!
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: Guests will be hard pressed to leave the garden sanctuary of 209 Whiterock Ave. After 10 years of landscaping the property has been described as the most beautiful yard in town. Aside from that, the property is just 2 blocks off of Elk Ave, the towns main street where all of the businesses are. Across the street is Big Mine Park where the Ice Rink, Nordic Center and sledding hill is located.