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Playfully known as the 'Taco Bell' because of the Spanish archway above the whimsical stairway to the roof (or heaven), there's nothing but beauty to be found here — either inside the 2,700 square foot custom home, or outside on its 9-acre parcel and beyond. Please have a look at my new video that shows the stunning location.
What puts this special property far above the norm?
INSIDE This architectural masterpiece, features foot-thick New Mexico adobe brick, few right angles and dramatic ceiling vigas. Views of alpine nature are found outside every window. The original builder, a Hollywood special effects director, luxuriously furnished his home with fine furniture, tasteful Western art and numerous antiques. Among the rooms: * Airy, east-facing kitchen, with island range, custom cabinetry and bar seating. * Two-story, south facing sunroom which collects copious sunlight and heat, especially in winter. * A spacious guest suite, featuring a two-story ceiling, a king bed tucked into its own cozy adobe igloo, and separate doorway to east patio. The suite boasts its own full bathroom. * An second-story office loft (with a twin bed) accessed up a spiral staircase in the guest suite. * A tranquil den, perfect for morning coffee and your favorite novel, with a kiva fireplace. * And finally, upstairs, the master suite. Large, with its own kiva fireplace and windows on three sides. A large balcony deck is off to the west (and off it, the “stairway to heaven,” and a cute two-seat deck faces north for cool summer evenings. A jacuzzi tub with west-facing views highlight the master bath. * One of the bays in the garage is available for parking.
OUTSIDE The home sits atop a hill at the back of a 9.6-acre parcel, providing total privacy and 360 degrees of elevated alpine views. The private driveway winds a quarter mile through the aspens, up 200 vertical feet. To the west, the home overlooks the real “elk meadows” for which our unique subdivision is named. The meadows are preserved in wildlife conservation easement in perpetuity, meaning there is no human development for a mile to the west. The eastern horizon consists of the Cimarron Range, and a 14er, Wetterhorn. Nearly 100 miles away on the northern horizon are the Grand Mesa and West Elks. With the parcel heavily wooded with aspen, evergreens and oak scrub, game trails throughout the property have been improved for hiking, mountain biking (not for the faint!), and snowshoeing. A nine-panel tracking solar array supplies almost all the electricity consumed at the house. A fenced back yard of nearly an acre, gives the welcomed dog plenty of room to run and sniff. A second homesite lower on the property offers level land for other possibilities, such as parking an RV or pitching a tent.
If your vacation is meant to include unparalleled scenic alpine beauty, a memorable and hospitable home, and world-class sightseeing and recreational opportunities, you’re here.
Keywords: Views, mountain scenery, hiking trails, Santa Fe adobe, nature, dog yard, architecture, roof stairway
King size beds (2) Both suites have king beds, with motel-quality linens and memory foam mattress toppers., Queen size Beds (1) This a surprising comfortable, inflatable mattress, with control for firmness. It sets up in the sunroom, and has all new quality bedding., Twin or Single Beds (1) This is upstairs in the guest suite, in the loft....moreless
(3) Living room has a 46-inch DLP flat screen, connected to Apple TV for streaming about 20 channels, including Netflix. Master suite has 40-inch flat-screen LED connected to a DVD player....moreless
A good DVD collection of a wide variety of popular movies....moreless
Local Services & Businesses
Both ground floor patio (outside dining room), and balcony deck (master suite) face west, with almost no human development visible. Stairs to roof give 360• views; Cimarrons, Elks, Grand Mesa, Sneffels. East patio views Cimarrons....moreless
It takes a trained eye to see any sign of civilization on the view to the west....moreless
Well, this isn't a ski area property, but the owner skis the powder down the original straight-shot driveway, vertical of say, 200 feet. And snowshoeing and cross country trails traverse the 9 acres...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
One garage bay available. A big SUV fits fairly tight....moreless
In-floor radiant heat. And solar as collected in the two-story, south-facing sunroom....moreless
High-thread count sheets, plus new memory mattress foam pads....moreless
Parking Off Street
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
A second, large, flat homesite provides plenty of secondary parking....moreless
Two kiva fireplaces are in the home, one in the downstairs den, the second in the upstairs master suite. Until we get rain to relieve drought and fire danger, though, fires are not allowed....moreless
Two balconies off the master suite. Main one sits above the west patio, with the 'stairway to heaven (or the roof)'. The second small one that fits two chairs, is through the closet, facing north....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Two patios. One, off the kitchen and guest suite faces east and has a small outdoor fireplace. The second, faces to the west, ideal for sunsets and barbecues....moreless
Cleaning fees included.
Jan. 3-May. 23: $210 nt./$1,250 wk.
May 24-June 30: $295 nt./$1,900 wk. 3 nt. min.
July 1-Aug. 19: $365 nt./$2,190 wk. 4 nt. min.
Aug. 20-Oct. 21: $295 nt./$1,900 wk. 3 nt. min.
Oct. 22-Dec 20: $240 nt./$1,440 wk.
Dec. 21-Jan. 2: $325 nt./$1,925
Special one-couple rates available for vacancies. Ask!
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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House and location are ideal starting or ending point for San Juan Hut excursions. Ridgway and Burn Huts are about 3 miles away. Concerning the Google map ... Mi casa is not directly on Aspen Drive, but a quarter of a steep mile off the main road of Elk Meadows and 150 vertical feet above the road.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: For 15 years, I owned the newspapers in Ouray County, selling them in late 2010. Since my semi-retirement, I've enjoyed a lot of travel, and in catching up on the maintenance this house needed while I was toiling at my day job.
Why the Owner Chose Ridgway: I was born and raised in the mountains of New Mexico, and when this special home came on the market at what I thought was a fire-sale price (oops), I made the leap and moved here. Moving from a city apartment, the two dogs had found their Disneyland. The home's been lightly rented the last two summers by a local management, but with my unemployment, I've gone the vrbo route.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: I love living here, though one risks becoming a hermit, and starting to say 'ho-hum' to yet another unbelievable sunset. With all the outdoor possibilities and elevation changes, health and fitness are certainly benefits.