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Property description

Welcome to our nature-wreathed getaway in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado!
When we were searching for our dream home in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado,
we were sold on this sweepingly rustic place the second we climbed the stairs into the main living area and set eyes on the view. The sweeping vista is framed by the softly swaying green-tipped branches on the trees that give way to the magnificent sight huge granite outcroppings, snow-capped mountains, and bright blue skies as far as the eye can see. We were instantly mesmerized, a feeling our guests report experiencing themselves time and time again. Here you can rest, relax, and breathe deep, knowing all you need in order to enjoy yourself is the key!
You'll also have access to an optional guesthouse, which offers up another bed and bath (additional fees apply). We lovingly took what was once upon a time a one-story living space and reimagined it from the ground up. An open-loft bedroom upstairs lends not only square footage but also an overall airiness, mimicking the breathtaking altitude outside. Instead of mass-produced drywall, we opted for pine, aspen, and slate, surrounding ourselves with a tangible homage to the incredible land that surrounds this mountain oasis. From the walls to the ceiling to the bathroom, everything is custom. This is heaven with a hot tub, and you're invited.

Book with the Original
In June 2012 we received the first ever short-term rental permit every issued in Jefferson County. It was a difficult permit to attain, as the residents here are committed to preserving the incredible landscape and coveted way of life that makes this locale so truly stunning, but we managed it, and we work hard to maintain the necessary requirements to keep the permit in effect. To date, there are still only 2 legal short-term rentals in all of Jefferson County (versus 40 listed in Evergreen), but we proudly retain the title of 'The Original.'

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The Basics
The house, which sits on a sprawling 4+acre estate, measures a roomy 2200 square feet. This generous footprint encompasses:
• 3 bedrooms, including a master with a king bed and en-suite bath
• 2 ½ bathrooms
• A fully-equipped kitchen
• Dining room
• Living room
• Loft
• Laundry room
• Hot tub
• A breathtaking view of the sun rising and setting over the surrounding mountains

House Overview
The main floor features an open-concept design, with the kitchen, dining, and living room areas all connected to allow friends and family to gather and enjoy each other's company. Also on the main floor is the laundry room and the master bedroom (complete with its own en-suite bathroom), and a deck that looks out over the mountains.
Part of the home's charm is its feeling of tranquility and privacy – you can't see any other houses from your perch on the property except for houses on other mountains, far in the distance – but you're still close enough to town to conveniently attend to routine shopping or have a meal at one of the nearby restaurants. This unique blend of solitude and opportunities for socialization makes it optimal for almost any family, group, or other fun-filled getaway.

The House's Amenities – Room by Room
Every room in the house has been outfitted with thoughtfully selected pieces of furniture, linens, and artwork all chosen an overall innately rustic vibe – and the overall Colorado experience – in mind.
• In many ways the kitchen is the heart of the home, and you'll find the kitchen here fully equipped to cook up just about any heart-warming creation you can think of. Forget cast-off cookware and hand-me-down dishes; our kitchen is stocked with newly bought items that are regularly updated with both aesthetic and quality in mind.
• The kitchen is open to the dining area and living room, creating one large unbroken space ideal for gathering and socializing. An oversized glass window gives diners a panoramic view of the outdoors that, given the open concept, can be enjoyed from several vantage points throughout the main level. Lounge on the cowhide-adorned leather sofa and chairs; cook up a quick snack or a multi-course gourmet meal using the spices, dishes, utensils, pots, pans, bakeware, and even a full complement of spices stowed in the large kitchen; gather around the hardy wooden dining room table and enjoy your hand-crafted culinary creation by the soft, glowing light of the vintage-look bronzed chandelier; or start your day off with a robust bowl of oatmeal from the comfort of one of three barstools accompanying the adjacent breakfast bar.
• The master bedroom has a masculine feel, thanks to the spacious king bed topped with cowhide pillows and complemented by leather accents. You'll find a television hidden away in the armoire, perfect for those nights when you just want to snuggle and sack out with a movie or two. The master bedroom's attached en-suite bathroom features dual his-and-hers hammered copper sinks set in elegant Caesarstone quartz countertops, the beautiful sheen of both accented by rich Italian tiles with glass accents.
• Comfort and character are key in the Guest Bedroom, where the queen-sized bed is accompanied by southwestern-style artwork, drums, and peace pipes. The vaulted and high-sloped ceiling lends a feeling of spaciousness, making this secondary bedroom seeming nothing short of first class. Also called the Indian Room, this bedroom is filled with furnishings that lend the space a unique Colorado-esque feel. From the rich patina on the copper-inlaid rustic pine headboard and dresser to the custom-finished turquoise night stands and a complete set of complementary artwork, the entire bedroom stands in homage to Colorado's distinctive charm.
• Also upstairs is the loft, a separate living space filled with a television, games, and music options, great for indulging in some indoor entertainment on a rainy or particularly relaxing day.
• Finally, we reach the Bear Room or Jarrett's Bedroom, an awesome two-story kid-friendly hideaway with bunk beds and bear-themed décor that we designed with our littlest guests in mind. Little black bears climb the walls (probably in search of honey, but that's just a guess!) next to the full/twin bunk bed, and a sleeping loft containing a queen bed is accessible via a rolling library ladder. There's even a log bench and a custom horn coat-and-hat rack, making this one very cool bedroom indeed.

The Great Outdoors
The outdoor area surrounding the physical property is every bit as enthralling as house itself. The house sits on 4+ acres' worth of property and abuts parkland that totals a whipping 1100 acres of gloriously untamed wilderness. One of our favorite things to do is just sit on the deck and relax. It's easy to forget your cares when you feel the pine-scented wind softly ruffling your hair as the sun lazily drifts through the clear, blue sky. The sights and sounds here are second to none, with critters of all shapes, sizes, and colors coming and going as they please. We get elk, deer, chipmunks, all kinds of birds, and in September 2012 we even saw a mama bear and her two cubs crossing the road, coming home downtown from Evergreen. Hot tub aficionados take note: while drinking in your share of the cool mountain air, you may be visited by Fox E. Brown. Our resident friendly fox has kept us company through a few hot tub excursions and beautiful sunsets, grooming himself from his perch on the rocky outcrop that juts out over the tub as we soaked. Don't worry, he never jumps in!

Our Home is Your Home Away From Home
Though our home in Evergreen is no longer our primary residence, we still take great joy in maintaining and sharing the property with guests who we know will come to love it just as much as we do. Over the years we've had groups return time and time again, creating so many memories in the warm, cozy comfort of our home. From honeymoons to holiday get-togethers, anniversaries to annual hiking trips, family reunions to friends who just want to spend a little time in the pines, people come from all over the world to discover for themselves just what makes our little enclave so very special – and you could be next.

The Cabin (aka The Guesthouse)*
For those trips for which you need a little extra room – or a little extra privacy – we offer the option of renting out our Guesthouse, otherwise known as The Cabin. Within these beautiful slate and knotted-pine walls you'll find an extra bedroom, complete with a king-sized feather bed, and an extra bathroom. This is the perfect place for meditating, writing, or working on your latest painting, and there's even WiFi should you feel the need to catch up on a little digital correspondence. Otherwise, curl up under the covers and watch the lights twinkle in the distance thanks to the impressive 21-foot tall windows. Slip out the front door and into your own private hot tub situated on The Guesthouse's deck; whether you choose to commune with the local wildlife, sit in silence and watch the moon rise over the freshly fallen snow, here you'll have the seclusion and quiet to live out your heart's every desire.
*Guesthouse/Cabin rental is in addition to rental of the main house. Please inquire about availability and associated fees when booking your stay.

Things to Do and Places to Go
While most people think of mountain destinations like Evergreen as a seasonal experience, there are so many things to do and places to go within a short distance here that Colorado Dream Vacation is truly is a year-round destination.
Check out our website, for a list of our favorite things to do!


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Property Type

  • House
  • 2207 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:


  • Pets Considered:

    1 or 2 Well behaved HOUSE TRAINED dogs, sorry-no cats...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

  • Master: 1 king


  • Jarrett's: 1 queen, 1 double, 1 twin/ single


  • Guestroom: 1 queen


  • King Bed in the Master Bedroom, Queen Bed in Guest room, Queen Bed & Twin/Full Bunk in Jarrett's Bedroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • The property is about 7900 feet. Dogs are welcomed if they are house trained, maximum two please with additional pet deposit. There's a Home Book is in with suggestions on activities. Please let us know if you have special needs and we'll try to accommodate you. There is so much to do here, all within an hour's time. Or you can just come prepared to stay and relax all week. You may not want to leave! There's hiking right out the door, dirt bike and ATV tours, biking, skiing, snowboarding, professional sporting events, gambling, casual and fine dining, museums, theaters, spa, spectacular scenic drives, wildlife viewing. Re-connect with family and friends. This is the place to relax and enjoy life! The views are amazing and truly unique. Join our list of thrilled repeat guests!...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Stereo
  • Television:

    (3) 3 in the Main House and 2 in the Guest House....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games:


  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    Amazing Mountain views. Breathtaking! Beautiful! Over 1000 acres to roam!...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    Open concept between Kitchen, Dining, and Living. Table will seat 10. Breakfast bar seats 3....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage:

    2 car attached garage...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All the linens you'll need are provided for you. Sheets are 1000TC, towels are Egyptian cotton!...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove:

    Central Heat as well....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Just bring the food you want!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Thoughtfully considered. You'll find everything you need!...moreless

  • Microwave


  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Breckenridge is an hour away! Our favorite!...moreless

  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Hot Tub


Write a review 4.9
from 44 traveler reviews
The bear loves the spiral staircase up to the master bedroom loft 05/20/2007

VRBO Bear stayed here:

My adventure story experiencing the "Colorado Dream Vacation" still feels like a beautiful dream! I arrived in Evergreen at 9:30 at night in the wilderness dark. It was so fun and exciting to follow the solar powered lights to the magnificent home and cabin on this mountain. It was even more gorgeous than any of the pictures I had seen of this "get into the woods and away from the city" vacation site.

The first sight was the Jacuzzi. It was so warm and cozy. Then I pounced into the amazing cabin and when I looked up, I saw the tin ceilings; and when I looked straight ahead, I saw this huge all natural mountain rock built into the family room. I couldn’t believe it! Then, as I turned to my left, there was this tall spiral wrought iron staircase that let up to the master bedroom. I couldn’t wait to see what was up there, so I climbed as fast as I could, and it was pure Colorado. It had tree trunks for night stands and a big comfy bed and a light with antlers. I felt just at home as any bear would here.

Did I mention the terracotta color slate tiles on the walls in the kitchen, bathroom and on the floor? They were so unique and wonderful, I just loved them. But my favorite was the view out these huge windows at the unforgettable Colorado Dream Cabin. I could see the tops of the trees and the moonlight - and in the morning - the blue sky.

The owner explained to me that there is a honeymoon package available including champagne, strawberries, and massage available for the most romantic getaway. I hope you find this cabin as much of a dream as I did.

The VRBO Bear

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 30 - Jul 8, 2015
5 night min stay
Jul 9 - Sep 2, 2015
5 night min stay
Sep 3 - Sep 11, 2015
5 night min stay
Sep 12 - Nov 20, 2015
5 night min stay
Nov 21 - Dec 2, 2015
5 night min stay
Dec 3 - Dec 18, 2015
5 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 5, 2016
5 night min stay
Jan 6 - Mar 4, 2016
3 night min stay
Mar 5 - Apr 10, 2016
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet(Dogs only)Refundable $100
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • HouseCleaning 3+ beds $150 + tax
  • HouseCleaning 1-2 Beds $125 + tax
  • Guesthouse Cleaning $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 4.5%


Three total payments: 1) first half of rental, cleaning & tax, due to reserve the property. 2) 2nd half of rental, cleaning and tax, due 30 days prior to arrival. 3) refundable damage deposit, due 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Special requests/circumstances will be considered.

**If rental is secured within 30 days of arrival, entire payment is due up front.

House Week-$2100 ///Guesthouse (2-4 people) Available with house for additional charge. $200/nt Guesthouse Week $1300. ////HOLIDAY RATES//// for House and Guesthouse apply for New Years, Spring Break, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas. 5 nights Guest House Holiday Rate $225/nt. Please call with questions!

**Check in 4PM Check out 10AM** Exceptions must be approved in advance!

Reservation is complete ONLY when payment AND completed, signed rental agreement is received. Signed rental agreement is required within 24 hours of payment, or reservation will not be confirmed, and any payment will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation made after Reservation Confirmation is received by guest directly from Colorado Dream Vacation will be charged 3% of entire rental fee as cancellation fee. Cancellations within 60 days of arrival forfeit 15% of rental fee as cancellation fee. Cancellations within 30 days of arrival date forfeit 90% rental fee as cancellation fee, but damage deposit will be returned if already paid.

Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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Last updated: 07/05/2015
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Denver Intl Airport
3.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3.25 Miles
Nearest Golf
3.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Necessary

Within 30 minutes to an hour to snow ski or snowboard in Evergreen or world class resorts, fine dining in Denver, Boulder, DIA, shopping in outlet malls, museums, dinner theaters, professional football, hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer, world class shopping in Denver, or quaint exclusive shops in downtown Evergreen 10 minutes away. Ice skate on Evergreen Lake in the winter. Watch ice racing in Georgetown. Enjoy the Rodeos in Denver or Evergreen. Hike right from the house! Motorcycle tours, snowmobile tours. One location to please everyone in the group! And what an extraordinary location! You may not want to leave at all!

Other Activities: ice skating, ice fishing, & snowboarding in the winter

Golf: Yes, Evergreen has a golf course, and there are many to choose from in the Denver area!

Ski: Visit Echo Park! Just about 20 minutes away from the house. Ski Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin. Ski Winter Park, or Copper. Take your pick or ski all of the slopes! We're an hour away! Plus, plus, plus! Prices are less expensive! If you don't have a pass, get discounted tickets here in Evergreen before you go to the slope, and then there's no waiting in lift ticket lines! Just go ski! Everyone in the group can enjoy the ski trip this year! There is so much to do from this location! Visit Lodo in downtown Denver. Ice skate on Evergreen Lake! Shop in Denver or Evergreen. Visit local hot spots and hook up with all of your group after skiing. Enjoy your private hot tub after a day of skiing! Enjoy the whole family or all your friends in a laid back beautiful location with awesome views and a beautiful home as well! This is a great location to do it all!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: You'll be able to tell how much we love our home! It's well maintained, and very much loved! We're pretty sure you'll love it too! Though life eventually called for our relocation away from our lofty oasis, we still take great joy in renting out our beautiful home to temporary tenants in search of a respite from the daily rigors of city living.

Why the Owner Chose Evergreen:
We love Colorado and all it offers. Once we looked out the windows and doors, we were hooked! The view was absolutely breathtaking! We still have the same feeling every time we're there! Here you can rest, relax, and breathe deep!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Unique and Private! All furishings were purchased new especially for this property, to enhance the mountain living feeling and provide the best experience for your visit. Did we mention that the views are Amazing!!?!!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The view from Colorado Dream Vacation!

    The view from Colorado Dream Vacation!

  • What a view!  Enjoy and relax at Coloado Dream

    What a view! Enjoy and relax at Coloado Dream

  • Custom Kitchen-lots of room and fantastic views!!

    Custom Kitchen-lots of room and fantastic views!!

  • The sun about to set while it's snowing!

    The sun about to set while it's snowing!

  • View of Living Area looking down from Open Loft above.

    View of Living Area looking down from Open Loft above.

  • Master Bath-custom tile, beautiful, & very relaxing! Hammered copper sinks!

    Master Bath-custom tile, beautiful, & very relaxing! Hammered copper sinks!

  • Guest room with vaulted wood ceiling, Copper Patina on Headboard and Dresser+++

    Guest room with vaulted wood ceiling, Copper Patina on Headboard and Dresser+++

  • Jarrett's Room with Full and Twin Bunk Beds

    Jarrett's Room with Full and Twin Bunk Beds

  • Front of the house after a little snow!

    Front of the house after a little snow!

  • Evergreen Lake. This view is just a short hike from the house!

    Evergreen Lake. This view is just a short hike from the house!

  • The Guesthouse(Cabin) another view

    The Guesthouse(Cabin) another view

  • Custom Bath in the Guesthouse!Slate,Aspen,Hammered Copper, Oiled Rubbed Bronze!!

    Custom Bath in the Guesthouse!Slate,Aspen,Hammered Copper, Oiled Rubbed Bronze!!

  • Oh, what a view from the Hot Tub at the main House!  Relax & Enjoy!

    Oh, what a view from the Hot Tub at the main House! Relax & Enjoy!

  • View of the house.

    View of the house.

  • View from the dining room table....Ohhhhhhh!

    View from the dining room table....Ohhhhhhh!

  • Dining Table for 10 with What a View!! Room for 3 more at the bar! Open to LR

    Dining Table for 10 with What a View!! Room for 3 more at the bar! Open to LR

  • Master Bedroom, King size bed with feather top mattress, ensuite Master Bath

    Master Bedroom, King size bed with feather top mattress, ensuite Master Bath

  • Master Shower, beautiful, modern, and spa like!

    Master Shower, beautiful, modern, and spa like!

  • Guest Room with Queen Bed, Southwest design features!

    Guest Room with Queen Bed, Southwest design features!

  • The hot tub tucked into rock outcroppings.

    The hot tub tucked into rock outcroppings.

  • This is Colorado!- Just a short hike from the house

    This is Colorado!- Just a short hike from the house

  • The Guesthouse(Cabin)

    The Guesthouse(Cabin)

  • The view looking out from the loft bedroom at the guesthouse(cabin).

    The view looking out from the loft bedroom at the guesthouse(cabin).

  • This is the view from the guesthouse hot tub!

    This is the view from the guesthouse hot tub!

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