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Elevate to Secluded Beauty: Stunning Sw Adobe @ 8,900'

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Bird's eye view shows the picturesque Sneffels Range as a backdrop to property.

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Last updated: 08/21/2014
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Ridgway villa description

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

Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Considered

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 5-7

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Convertible bed(s)

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              • 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

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Refrigerator
              • Oven
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster

              Amenities

              • Wood Fireplace:

                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

              • Heating:

                In-floor radiant heat. And solar as collected in the two-story, south-facing sunroom....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                A second, large, flat homesite provides plenty of secondary parking....moreless

              • Linens Provided:

                High-thread count sheets, plus new memory mattress foam pads....moreless

              • Covered Parking:

                One garage bay available. A big SUV fits fairly tight....moreless

              • Garage
              • Parking Off Street
              • Washing Machine
              • Towels Provided
              • Clothes Dryer

              Entertainment

              • Television:

                (3) Living room has a 46-inch DLP flat screen. Master suite has 40-inch flat-screen LED, and guest suite has an old-fashioned tube TV with a small screen....moreless

              • Video Library:

                DVD collection, plus many recorded DVR selections on the satellite box....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                (2) Basic DISH, both in living room and both suites....moreless

              • DVD Player
              • Stereo

              Communications

              • Broadband Access
              • Wireless Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Jetted Tub

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Balcony:

                    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

                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    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

                  • Ski-Out:

                    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

                  • Rural:

                    It takes a trained eye to see any sign of civilization on the view to the west....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Churches
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Whitewater Rafting
                  • Tennis
                  • Swimming
                  • Skiing
                  • Sailing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Ice Skating
                  • Cycling
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Medical Services
                  • Snowmobiling
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Groceries
                  • Fitness Center
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Walking
                  • Sledding
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Shopping
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Boating
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Restaurants
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hiking
                   

                  Reviews

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                  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!
                  

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                  Last updated: 08/21/2014
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                  Location

                  32 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Montrose
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Highway 550
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Colorado Boy Brewpub
                  39 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Telluride
                  11 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Divide Ranch
                  6 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Adobe Inn

                  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.

                   

                  Owner info

                  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.


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                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • Bird's eye view shows the picturesque Sneffels Range as a backdrop to property.

                    Bird's eye view shows the picturesque Sneffels Range as a backdrop to property.

                  • Two-story sunroom highlights the south face of the custom adobe hilltop home.

                    Two-story sunroom highlights the south face of the custom adobe hilltop home.

                  • N entrance, garage right. Guest suite left, Master mini-balcony above door

                    N entrance, garage right. Guest suite left, Master mini-balcony above door

                  • East patio catches morning sun, or light the kiva fireplace under the stars.

                    East patio catches morning sun, or light the kiva fireplace under the stars.

                  • View from kitchen, dining room at left, west patio door back, living room right.

                    View from kitchen, dining room at left, west patio door back, living room right.

                  • Kitchen, looking to the east from dining room. Island houses electric oven/stove

                    Kitchen, looking to the east from dining room. Island houses electric oven/stove

                  • Master suite. Swing doors lead to walk-in closet and door to mini-balcony.

                    Master suite. Swing doors lead to walk-in closet and door to mini-balcony.

                  • Master suite Jacuzzi tub with a west-facing view window.

                    Master suite Jacuzzi tub with a west-facing view window.

                  • Guest suite king bed rests in its own adobe igloo, complete with skylights.

                    Guest suite king bed rests in its own adobe igloo, complete with skylights.

                  • It's a mile east on CR 5A to Elk Meadows. That's the Taco Bell above the road.

                    It's a mile east on CR 5A to Elk Meadows. That's the Taco Bell above the road.

                  • Ridgway boasts great views of the Cimarrons to the east, and Sneffels south

                    Ridgway boasts great views of the Cimarrons to the east, and Sneffels south

                  • The Taco Bell is separated from the Sneffels Range by an aspen-covered hill.

                    The Taco Bell is separated from the Sneffels Range by an aspen-covered hill.

                  • A sunrise highlights morning clouds — and the Taco Bell's iconic rooftop arch.

                    A sunrise highlights morning clouds — and the Taco Bell's iconic rooftop arch.

                  • Photo from east end of Elk Meadows; Dallas Peak, el. 13,809, provides backdrop

                    Photo from east end of Elk Meadows; Dallas Peak, el. 13,809, provides backdrop

                  • West side story. Sun(set) lovers rejoice, either upstairs or down!

                    West side story. Sun(set) lovers rejoice, either upstairs or down!

                  • From front door, Den, kitchen 2 L. Dining room, sunroom back R, behind living rm

                    From front door, Den, kitchen 2 L. Dining room, sunroom back R, behind living rm

                  • Architecture details amaze. Here, intersection of kitchen, living & dining room.

                    Architecture details amaze. Here, intersection of kitchen, living & dining room.

                  • Master suite, from door looking SE. Sunroom landing L, door to deck more L.

                    Master suite, from door looking SE. Sunroom landing L, door to deck more L.

                  • Master bathroom.

                    Master bathroom.

                  • Guest suite bathroom.

                    Guest suite bathroom.

                  • Fall colors are great, especially when viewed from the roof. (No shoes, please!)

                    Fall colors are great, especially when viewed from the roof. (No shoes, please!)

                  • They aren't called the elk meadows without reason. This is just NW of the house.

                    They aren't called the elk meadows without reason. This is just NW of the house.

                  • Guests enjoy the sunny west side after a day exploring Ouray County.

                    Guests enjoy the sunny west side after a day exploring Ouray County.

                  • My 'Sunset' photo folder has about 150 nights worth. This is one.

                    My 'Sunset' photo folder has about 150 nights worth. This is one.

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