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This beautiful modern home is situated on the top of a mountainside with views of the Great Divide and the surrounding Rocky Mountains. Enjoy a wrap-around deck with breathtaking panoramic views outside and three large bedrooms with an open floor plan inside.
The first floor features a modern kitchen and an open dinning room and living room area with a wood-burning fireplace. There’s more than enough seating in this space for you and your guests to enjoy the views from the wall of large south and westward facing windows. There is a large storage closet for outdoor gear, ski equipment and coats. The master suite is located on this floor, as well as a half bathroom with a washer/dryer unit.
The second floor features two large, tastefully decorated bedrooms. Between the two rooms, you’ll find a comfortable pullout couch and a television with a DVD and Xbox player. There’s a full bathroom located on this level, as well.
Bedroom Breakdown: The master suite is located on the first floor. It features a large bathroom with a two person tiled shower, two large windows facing south and east and a king sized bed and a large dresser for clothing storage. There’s also a flat screen television with a built in DVD player. Please note, the closet is locked in this bedroom, but there is plenty of room for clothing storage.
The second bedroom features a plush double bed, a large east-facing window with woodland and mountain views, a table for writing, a privacy screen for luggage and hanged clothing and a built in dresser for clothing storage. This bedroom has a large vaulted ceiling. Please note, the closet is locked in this bedroom, but there is plenty of space for clothing storage within the room.
The third bedroom features a comfortable queen sized bed with plush bedding, a large closet for clothing storage, a large west-facing window with mountain views is featured here, as well. Enjoy a large selection of novels and books about world travel collected by the owners. This bedroom has a large vaulted ceiling.
The loft space between the two bedrooms features a double sized pullout couch. Linens are in closet of the third bedroom.
About solar living: We rely on the energy of the sun to heat and power the home. While it’s different than on-the-grid living, it’s surprisingly simple to maintain and enjoy. There are a few things to be aware of, but it won’t greatly impact your stay. In the winter months, guests will want to light a fire in the wood stove at night, but most of the day you’ll stay toasty warm thanks to great insulation and radiant floor heating. Please note that the use of hairdryers, space heaters and high wattage appliances cannot be used. Laptop computers and the like, are a-okay, but you won’t want to use these once you see this view. If the home does not have enough solar power to operate, a generator will come on. This is quiet and located on the far side of the utility building which is a about 20 feet from the house.
What to do while you’re here: Everything is within reach here at the Raven’s Nest. • Denver is a beautiful 50 minutes drive down I-70. • Skiing and snow adventuring: Vail Resort is one hour away, Loveland Ski Resort is a short 25 minute drive, and Winter Park is just 50 minutes away. (Depending on road conditions, of course) • Echo Lake on Mount Evans is a beautiful 30 minute drive where you and your group can hike and take-in the beautiful mountain setting in the summer or ice skate and sled in the winter. • Take a river or lake fishing trip just a few minutes from the house. • Enjoy mountain bike trail riding or running from your front door. • Try-out a white water rafting trip down clear creek in the town of Idaho Springs – a quick ten minute drive from the home or a 20 minute mountain bike ride from the house. • The home is located between Idaho Springs and Georgetown - two interesting towns with roots in the mining industry with many attractions and things to explore. • Need a rest from all of that adventuring? Spend a day at Indian Hot Springs or one of the many hot springs nearby. • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre is 30 minutes away.
Missing the hot tub? The Indian Hot Springs are just moments away from the house where you can relax after a day of adventuring. You'll also find a full sized indoor spring heated pool for the kids! ...moreless
Plenty of books on spirituality, film producing, travel and foreign languages. ...moreless
Parking for 3 vehicles. Please note, this is a mountain home with a steep gravel road. We HIGHLY suggest renting a 4WD or all wheel drive vehicle while visiting the home - even in the summer....moreless
Brand new and energy efficient. Please run only during daylight hours. Please bring your own soap and supplies. ...moreless
This stove keeps the home toasty warm during the night. ...moreless
Since this is a solar home, we use a french press. Instructions can be found at the home. ...moreless
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Fees and Rental Conditions:
Property Damage Protection$49
Cleaning fee$200 + tax
Rates are subject to change until dates are confirmed with owner. Renters must be 30 years old. Please understand that renters under 25 may not stay at the home without an adult present.
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Many in Idaho Springs - Tommy Knockers is our fav.
Hiwan Golf - many others.
I-70 & I-40
Many to choose from; BBQ, Bistro, Brewery, Pizza,
Pick a direction. Loveland is our favorite.
Let us know if you need some suggestions on where to go. Happy to help you customize your trip.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: I'm originally from Seattle, Washington. I currently live in Albuquerque for work. I'm an accountant within the film industry, so I often travel with shows on location. I rock climb, mountain bike, AT ski, eat and love to laugh. I also love to travel the world. You'll find many travel books at the house.
Why the Owner Chose Idaho Springs: I bought this home because it is absolutely beautiful and it's so close to skiing, climbing and mountain biking. I also believe in living a green and eco-friendly lifestyle. Living in a solar home has always been a dream of mine.
The Unique Benefits at this House: The views, the solar power and being able to step off the deck and mountain bike into town or to nearby lakes and trails. I can literally bike down the hill to a rock climbing area, climb for a while and bike back home. Amazing! We're also close to some the the world's greatest ski areas as well as some incredible back-country skiing. I like that it's an easy drive to Denver if I ever need a change of pace.