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New 3 BR House on Canyon Ridge/Borders Forest/31 Windows- Just 3 Miles from Town

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Vacate in house 10' from canyon ridge & blocks from San Juan Forest

The View, Canyon, and Privacy
Our 2014 home sits on the edge of a canyon that provides solitude, wildlife, and a pleasant view across the ½ mile wide canyon. It’s on a cul-de-sac with several nearby entrances (within blocks) into the San Juan National Forest for immediate hiking, biking, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. Our cul-de-sac is almost attached to one of the San Juan National Forest entrances with no streets in between ours and the forest.

The Main Room
The main room is a wall of 6 large windows overlooking the canyon. It's designed to make you feel like you're sitting in the canyon.

The Mighty Sun
When the sun rises the east side of the canyon the house sits on lights up bright. The high quality shades in the main room are light colored and tone down the glare real well without darkening the room too much. The shades in all of the bedrooms are tan colored but they have the black out feature so it gets quite dark when you're ready to go to sleep. When the sun sets it lights up the west side of the canyon for a really pleasant effect.

Modern Architecture
It's hip, modern architecture at 2 stories with 9' ceilings, a granite kitchen, 31 windows for an open feel. The 1st floor has the MB bedroom/shower and a hallway ½ bath room for easy day time usage, the main living/dining room, and a gas fire place. The 2nd floor has 2 guest bedrooms, a full bath, a large "music" room and an exterior balcony. The backyard rock patio faces west over the canyon. All appliances are new and the kitchen is fully stocked.

Downtown Convenience
The house is about 4 blocks to the main street that takes you into the “new” down town 2 miles later. Whether summer or winter, it takes about 5 minutes to get to the “new” downtown or 8 minutes to the “original” down town area.

Local Knowledge
We don't live there so what we know we gather on our own vacations along with what we learn from our local friends. We ask them lots of questions. There is a guide book that details all of the things we discover, however that happens, so that you may benefit from it. The idea being to reduce as much time wondering what/how to do something as possible. The book grows annually.

Sleeping arrangements
The master bedroom has a king size bed.
Guest bedroom #1 upstairs has a queen size bed. Underneath it is a full size futon that can be used on top of the sleeper couch, or by itself.
Guest bedroom #2 upstairs also has queen size bed.
The "music" room upstairs has a sleeper sofa (full size bed) with an extra futon mattress pad under one of the queen beds.

All mattresses are new Simmons BeautyRest. I've had back trouble in my time, I know mattress importance. There's also a twin size air mattress perfect for people with young backs . The down stairs leather sofa has a queen size pull out mattress too.

Short term Property Damage protection
In a nutshell, it costs $59 and it insures up to $1,500 of damage. To me it's a no brainer for both your party and mine. There's a catch. New policy states you have an option to buy it or not.


If you don't choose to buy the application automatically charges your card $1,500, which you eventually get back, but let's not tie your card up with this extreme amount.

HERE'S THE GOOD SIDE OF THE CATCH- I will pay 50% of this provided there's no claims to make, which I'm confident there never will be. So when I refund your security deposit I will also add back $30.00. For example, I will credit back $330. I refund fast and to date I have NEVER not refunded a guest the full amount.

Rental Agreement
Some people have asked about a rental agreement to sign. There is a rental agreement but you don't sign it with a pen and send it back to me. Instead, the rental agreement is available to you off the VRBO site and you agree to it electronically when you pay.

Warm Options
Too many to list. Hiking options are everywhere close by.

Winter Options
Downhill skiing- Wolf Creek in 30 minutes or Durango resort in 70 minutes. Cross country/snow shoeing from as close as the front door. There are lots of other excellent options for these within a few miles. There is also a new tubing park nearby and outdoor skating options.

Music Room
There is an extra room on the 2nd story above the garage. It has a 36" TV and 5 large windows. It also has a Yamaha digital piano (88 weighted keys), a Yamaha FG401 acoustic guitar, and bongos for those (like me) less musically skilled.

Other Features
1) About 60% of the property falls into a canyon- the main living room is 15' from it.
2) Within blocks of the San Juan National Forest. There's a cool panoramic ledge
6 blocks from the front door.
3) 2 car garage (admittedly a tight fit for 2 cars as total width = 20 feet).
4) Our subdivision, Twin Creeks, gets its name from two cool canyons that
intersect and our house sits on one, within blocks of the other.
5) Central heat but also, central air conditioning.
6) A 2nd story family room above the garage that has its own 36” TV area,
sleeper sofa, and 5 large windows for excellent views/air flow.
7) 4 different areas for personnel space- a) main living room b) 2nd story
family room c) 2nd story balcony d) backyard deck/patio with speakers.
8) Hot water on demand system.
9) Ceiling fans in every room.
10) Various recreational equipment you may borrow in the garage, such as
3 mountain bikes, 3 tennis\racquetball rackets, basketball, baseball
gloves, helmets, 2 sets of name brand golf clubs and a football that
helps you throw like Joe Montana until you suddenly realize you actually
resemble John Banana.
11) New high quality German ping pong table can be set up in the garage in
minutes. No, not a Mercedes, a Kepler.

A Caveat
The house sits about 10 – 15 feet from the canyon ledge. You assume full responsibility for managing all risks inherent to this canyon. So far everyone has found it to be a non issue and very safe. It has a gradual 30% slope down into the canyon, but if it is a concern email me and I will email you additional pictures that I email you. These should be sufficient for you to make a decision. I took the thumbnail picture of the house from below this canyon by carefully walking under it, so it's not that steep. An adult could walk to the canyon floor in 10 minutes.

Hawaii Bound ???
if you're ever thinking Hawaiian beaches then check out my friend's really cool condo at He has a 2nd one on the beach near this one. Great owner, we play golf together about once a week, you'd like his style.
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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    The canyon ridge has security cables at the end of the patio but this is probably not ideal for kids between the ages of 1 and 7....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Guest Bedroom #1: 1 queen

    New-ish Serta mattress with 500+ thread count sheets...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom #2: 1 bunk bed

    Bottom = Full w/new Serta mattress and top = twin...moreless

  • Living Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Pull out leather sleeper sofa- very high quality ...moreless

  • Master : 1 king

    New BeautyRest mattress with 500+ thread sheets...moreless

  • Family Room: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Game room on 2nd floor sleeper sofa...moreless

  • 3 bedrooms, 1 big room that can sleep several more, living room sleeper sofa if necessary....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Guest Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

    Between guest bedrooms, 2nd floor...moreless

  • Half Bathroom: toilet

    Next to living room for easy access...moreless

  • Master Bathroom : toilet, shower

    Tiled walk in with sit down bench ...moreless

  • Master bathroom- walk in tiled shower Guest bedroom - shower/bath Half bath- next to living room....moreless

Other Amenities

  • There are also hiking backpacks you may borrow. The Twincreeks subdivision is next to the San Juan National Forest with multiple entries nearby. One is at the end of the cud de sac. The newest part of Pagosa Springs with the primary grocery store is about 3 miles off the main boulevard into Twincreeks, along with shopping and restaurants. ...moreless


  • Books:

    The main contribution is a guest book that covers basic administrative details but other info of things we have found to be fun. We continue to update it, we hope it reduces wasted vacation time....moreless

  • DVD Player:

    2 blue ray players, one on 1st floor and one on 2nd floor....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Extra large room above garage with 5 big windows overlooking canyon, a 36' flat screen TV, sleeper sofa, leather chair, and 3 quality musical instruments- digital piano, acoustic guitar, bongos....moreless

  • Games:

    The games are in the bunk room, but limited at the moment....moreless

  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Direct TV. Yamaha RX-V677 home theater receiver. With instructions!...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    1 HDTV flat screen 42' Sharp in living room. 1 HDTV flat screen 36' Samsung in family room. 1 HDTV flat screen 24' in Master bedroom. Direct TV access to all 3. DVR on 1/DVD players for 2. All LCD....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Has about 100 movies, stand up comedians, music concerts, documentaries, and TV shows. ...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities


  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The heart of downtown Pagosa Springs is about 3 miles from this location off of the main boulevard into town....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    House sits on a canyon next to the San Juan National Forest. You can see Pagosa peak (12,500 feet) from one of the guest bedrooms...moreless

  • Village:

    Pagosa Springs is a tourism town and this location is a gentle 3 mile climb from the newest part of the town. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining:

    The Dining\Living rooms combined are 28' by 14' with a 2 story vaulted ceiling that is wood tongue & groove. Table seats 8 with extra leaf in garage to add 2 more people. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central AC (if even required)...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    New Samsung Gas Dryer...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Gas fire place for convenience and added warmth. Very effective heat source....moreless

  • Garage:

    A high quality Kettler ping pong table can be unfolded for use beforehand provided you don't park inside it. 2 cars- it is 16'opening but only 1' on each side for 18' so 2 big cars will be tight....moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    New linens with 500+ thread counts on almost all of them (excluding back ups). Extra comforters. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    The Dining\Living rooms combined are 28' by 14' with a 2 story vaulted ceiling that is wood tongue & groove. High quality leather couch and chair, 42' Sharp flat screen TV, stereo and DVD....moreless

  • Parking:

    Drive way will handle up to four cars....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We have a lot of them....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    New Samsung...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    We bought so many post & pans, cookware, that we repeated a few of the items. High quality....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Kenmore bought in 2014...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Excellent slow closing cabinets, granite counter tops, island with sink, new cookware and got advice from my chef friend for a complete inventory. Also- kitchen sponge matt for feet....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Bought in 2014...moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas Kenmore oven & stove bought in 2014...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    All basics like paper towels, detergent, hand soap, toilet paper, foil, etc., in pantry. Important- trash pickup system instructions here too for Thursday 7am pick up (only if you have full load)...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Samsung split refrigerator top with bottom freezer, water filtering system and ice maker....moreless

  • Stove:

    Kenmore Gas bought in 2014...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    The 2nd story has a loft and small balcony overlooking the canyon. I'd say 3 - 4 people can sit comfortably....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    3 mountain bikes you can borrow- 1 K2, 1 Mongoose, and 1 no name brand. There are 5 helmets you may borrow....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Rock patio deck to front of canyon ridge with a small rock retainer wall....moreless

  • Golf:

    Public mountain course (even a 9 hole rate) 5 minutes away. At least 4 excellent courses within an hour. I have 2 sets of name brand clubs you may borrow....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    San Juan river is down town Pagosa Springs and various lakes/rivers within close proximity. ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    Wolfcreek (most snow in Colorado and cheapest rates) about 35 minutes away and big ski resort in Durango about 70 minutes away....moreless

  • Tennis:

    I have 3 tennis racquets and 2 racquetball racquets in the garage you can borrow. 6 tennis courts at the Wyndom hotel available to public....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    The recreation center is about 5 minutes away and has an indoor pool and spa, racquetball courts, full gym....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 31 - Sep 4, 2017
4 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11.5%


- We may pay the rental in two separate payments of 50/50, 40/60, 30/70, whatever works for you

- Due to the canyon ledge proximity you will receive additional pictures that highlight its inherent risk, particularly to children younger than 7 years old. You must sign a rental agreement acknowledging this.

- No pets, no smoking. This is a quiet cul de sac street so please, no loud late night partying.

- You assume all risks for borrowed equipment.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Pagosa Springs
180 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 25 / Santa Fe
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
35 Miles
Nearest Ski
Wolf Creek

Car: Necessary

The San Juan National Forest surrounds the house and several official entry points are blocks away. The town of Durango (20,000) is about 60 miles away and offers a lot to do as well. The are also numerous other areas of special beauty hours away if you want to spend a day or two away from this home.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: My Mother purchased this lot in 1977 on a whim while living in Houston, Texas. She never had the chance to pursue her dream to build here so in 2014 we did it for her. I think she would approve. My wife and two young daughters live in Austin, Texas. We love to be active and the San Juan National Forest challenges us to be as active as we want. For us, this area is perfect because it is cool, open, mountainous, and peaceful. Then you have Pagosa Springs- a town that offers a great vibe for escaping one's busy routine. If our policies are slightly off for you, ask us, we're flexible.

Why the Owner Chose Pagosa Springs, CO, USA:
I suppose mother Helen chose it for us. Once we visited Pagosa Springs we decided this is where we would build to escape the hot climate we live in. It's on a cul de sac next to the San Juan National Forest. It offers a variety of outdoor activities both in summer and winter and since the lot boundaries drop directly into the canyon, privacy is guaranteed.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
It's just so close to the forest, next to a fantastic canyon, so quiet, yet minutes from down town with the primary highway (HW 160) 2 miles away. You almost feel like you're living in this canyon. The architect grew up in the area and lives there today. So did the builder. The house is contemporary, hip, and designed to fit in with the environment. The canyon is the house- it provides space, peace, wildlife, wind, an overall relaxing feel.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • House near canyon ridge

    House near canyon ridge

  • Dining Room / Living Room 15' feet from canyon

    Dining Room / Living Room 15' feet from canyon

  • Kitchen - Dining Room view

    Kitchen - Dining Room view

  • Dining Room / Living Room Canyon View

    Dining Room / Living Room Canyon View

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Guest Bedroom #1 View of Pagosa peak from window

    Guest Bedroom #1 View of Pagosa peak from window

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Master Bedroom Shower

    Master Bedroom Shower

  • Upstairs hallway to bedrooms and loft

    Upstairs hallway to bedrooms and loft

  • Upstairs Loft and Balcony

    Upstairs Loft and Balcony

  • Greenbelt view 8 blocks from front door

    Greenbelt view 8 blocks from front door

  • Patio Setting

    Patio Setting

  • Back of House on Canyon Ridge

    Back of House on Canyon Ridge

  • Kitchen \ Island

    Kitchen \ Island

  • Front of House near end of cul-de-sac and SJ National Forest

    Front of House near end of cul-de-sac and SJ National Forest

  • Upstairs View of Living Room

    Upstairs View of Living Room

  • Guest Bedroom #1

    Guest Bedroom #1

  • Guest Bedroom #2 (Serta full size mattress)

    Guest Bedroom #2 (Serta full size mattress)

  • Master Bathroom

    Master Bathroom

  • View of Upstairs

    View of Upstairs

  • Extra room on 2nd floor w/TV and views

    Extra room on 2nd floor w/TV and views

  • Upstairs Balcony (4 people) Facing Canyon

    Upstairs Balcony (4 people) Facing Canyon

  • Back Yard Patio

    Back Yard Patio

  • Pagosa Peak from Front Yard after lotto snow

    Pagosa Peak from Front Yard after lotto snow

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Saturday, April 29, 2017

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