Clean, Gorgeous Creative House in Quiet, Relaxed Neighborhood. Permit #15-162

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Living Dining overlooking Garden with access to deck


Last updated: 12/06/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

We are located at the end of a quiet residential street with a large vacant field as one of our next door neighbors. Parking is never an issue as I have 4 off-street spaces. The house is ideal for 4 low key adults. It is not as ideal for children due to the sensitive nature of the gardens and higher quality linens and fabrics throughout the house. (Please call for information if traveling with children - thanks!).
Across the street from the neighborhood is a trail network that can take you up the hill to the golf course and Fort Lewis College or over to the local ski hill and skating rink (ice skating in the winter) It's not uncommon to share the trails with a few 4 legged "deer" friends. The views from the top are first rate of the river and town below and the dramatic La Plata Mountains beyond. Another direction out the front door and a few minutes stroll is Riverview Elementary - a favorite place to play Frisbee, kick around a soccer ball or take in the serenity of the evening colors as the mountains turn their magical hues. In another couple blocks you can hop on the popular Animas river trail system which is a hard surface shared use path which stretches nearly 7 miles through the river greenway and is consistently rated as one of Durango's top amenities. Accessing the fairgrounds and the magnificent 71,557 sq. ft. rec center from the trail is an easy 10 or 15 min. walk from your front door. Continue down river another few min. and you're at the beautiful new library and botanic garden. A few more paces and have fun feeding pellets (bring your quarters for fish food) to a frenzy of young trout. In another few minutes you'll be crossing over the river and into the north end of downtown with all the shops and good eats. Be prepared for a close encounter with a real 1800's steam engine and train as it passes within feet of the river trail! If you enjoy hiking without the longer drive, we are located about 1.5 miles away from one of my most favorite in- town trail destinations, Animas Mountain and Dalla Parks system. It's got some great steep terrain through ponderosa oak forest often loaded with wildflowers for an elevation gain of about 1500ft (or take any of the shorter, less vigorous loops for awesome walking and bouldering).
If you prefer cycling we are located pretty much at the start of where the Durango Wheel Club, whose membership started in 1895, often begin their scenic club rides going North into the Animas Valley. Don't miss joining the local riders who frequent the unofficial bike headquarters, Bread Bakery, to enjoy refueling and tales of the road. Switch gears and indulge in a peaceful and relaxing soak and massage at Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs and enjoy the large lawns and mountain views.
Other spectacular things on "my favorite things to see and do in Durango list" include the really fantastic Train Museum. It is located behind the Durango/Silverton train depot and it is free admission! You will not be disappointed. There is also the charming Animas Museum which offers a view into Durango's local history and then there is The Center of Southwest Studies up at the Fort Lewis Campus which is rich in information about the plants, animals and people of our area using exhibits and a great lecture series. The river offers so much fun it's hard to know where to start. You can rent a kayak or paddle board, take a raft trip, rent a tube or just sit and watch the world go by with your feet in the cool, clear water. I don't fish but I see plenty of fisher people loving it and there are plenty of good fisher people shops in town to steer you to the good spots. We do have a zip line in town now which I haven't had the opportunity to try out yet but I've heard it's FUN! Do you like music and great performances? Durango's Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College is right up the hill across from our house and they book some really great acts. In the summer month of July and August the town is excited by the return of the Music In The Mountains classic music festival concerts held up at Purgatory as well as in town. In fact, if you like music and fun community events, summertime in Durango is no stranger to closing off blocks of main street and throwing a party or hosting a street fair with plenty of original art booths to tempt.
There is so much more to list but I think for now I will only offer one more super great, DO NOT MISS destination. You will have a night to remember when you book tickets to go see Durango's favorite local legends, The Bar D wranglers! The ticket includes dining at the chuck wagon, outside, under the western cowboy sky and then seamlessly erupts into one of the most fun, old time cowboy music shows you didn't know you were missing. You absolutely will not want to miss it.
When all this activity has you dog-tired you will be pleased you picked a home that is so ready to make you feel welcome, warm and comfortable.

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Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 12/06/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Back upstairs Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Front upstairs Bedroom : 1 king


  • Front bedroom gets morning sun and dramatic lavender afternoon lighting with E & S facing windows, king bed, seating area with couch, 2 convertible ottomans, closet with hanging space and clothes rack, ceiling fan with light and dimmable reading lamps. Back upstairs Bedroom is vibrant and charming with a fresh green palette of colors. It has large south facing windows overlooking the garden and a view of nearby mountain trails. A smaller west facing window allows plenty of natural light in. The room features an organic materials queen bed, open seating area with 2 comfortable chairs and a beautiful floral New Zealand wool rug, walk in closet, ceiling fan and lots of lighting. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Downstairs: toilet

    Custom decorated (Ralph Lauren Metalic!)...moreless

  • Outdoor Shower: shower

    Hot water too!...moreless

  • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Full bath with tub and shower is shared by upstairs bedrooms...moreless

Other Amenities

  • While the home is in a quiet residential area the backyard landscaping provides a private haven....moreless


  • Games:

    Cards and games are stored in a cabinet under the dining/game table...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    46" TV has satellite, Blue-ray player and Chromecast...moreless


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


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


  • Dining:

    There are 2 dining areas. Informal attached to the kitchen seats 4 without additional leaf. Formal dining area which overlooks the garden seats 4 without the leaf...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Both upstairs bedrooms have air conditioning....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    4 off street parking place plus plenty of street parking...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee grinder...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Organized and well appointed kitchen ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Wraparound high deck with seating, table and shaded glider. Cross a tiny stream to seating on the low deck or go to comfy chairs on the blue patio. The side garden has a picnic table on flagstone...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Unexpectedly private and lush landscaped gardens in front, side and back of house. Dedicated lockable shed in the backyard for 4 bicycles. Bike wash station with bike stand and hose....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Winter
Nov 28 - Dec 21, 2016
2 night min stay
$250 $275
Fri, Sat

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 - Jan 1, 2017
2 night min stay

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $600
  • Cleaning $150
  • Tax Rate 9.9%


Pet allergy free, No pets please

Smoke free, No smoking

Rates are subject to change until reservation confirmation

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days prior to arrival date

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Last updated: 12/06/2016
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  • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

    "Unexpected gem with something for everybody. And it is Free!"

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16.5 Miles
Nearest Airport
Durango Lapiata Airport
1.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Durango Brew Pub - on the river
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Hillcrest Public Golf Course
2.1 Miles
Nearest Train
Historic - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR
1.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US Highway 550
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Historic Downtown District many great Restaurants
24 Miles
Nearest Ski

Car: Recommended

Just listed with an inspired renovation by the designer/owner.

1500 sq. ft. of living space in a tranquil setting a mile and a half from downtown Durango: luxurious bedrooms, a kitchen equipped with everything we can think of that you might want or need. Spacious entry with hooks and benches for jackets and gear. Easy flow into a large, airy living room with a cozy gas fireplace and tasteful, relaxing furnishings. A second living area is a great place to curl up with a book – bring your own or pick from our bookcase featuring local titles. Entire home is exceptionally comfortable, functional and scrupulously clean. Surrounded by beautiful gardens of rare serenity, blending art and nature – an intermix of boulders, plantings, and a small stream to surprise and delight. Lots of places to repose, socialize and dine.

**(Please keep an eye on children in the gardens. They are so tempting but are SO easily trampled and damaged).***

Cycling and hiking right out the door: trails easily accessible to take you to downtown Durango along a picturesque river path or challenge your mountain biking skills in spectacular mountain terrain.

THE HOUSE: bright, light, airy, clean, serene, and perfectly proportioned throughout; amenities include wi-fi and HD TV, exceptional outdoor living and garden area.

First Floor

Spacious and Pleasing Entry Area: benches and hooks for coats and hats

Living Room: bright, light, tastefully and comfortably furnished;

gas fire place; 46” inch HD TV

Secondary Living Room: a cozy place for reading or conversation. Dining Area: seats up to six; overlooks enchanting rock garden Office Area with desk, comfortable desk chair; shelves.

Kitchen: spacious airy, light; intelligently and efficiently organized with its own dining area; dishwasher, stove, fridge, coffee maker, and everything else we can think of you’d want or need;

Washer and Dryer

Half Bath

Second Floor

Master Bedroom: airy, clean and comfortable; king-size bed

2nd Bedroom: airy, clean and comfortable; queen-sized bed

Full Bath Room with tub and shower.


Grill; Low table and comfy conversation seating with 12’ umbrella; Picnic table under the aspen tree for outdoor dining; Lounging area by small water feature off the kitchen; Seating in front yard under the maple tree gets afternoon shade; Outdoor hot/cold shower; Bike- wash station on north side yard with bike stand and dedicated hose (cleaning rags supplied in laundry closet); Lockable bike storage shed in back.

Note: the garage and downstairs bedroom and bath are reserved for owner storage.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1995

About the owner: I moved to Durango 21 years ago from Ojai Ca. and continued my career as a design/build landscape professional. I enjoy making things beautiful whether it is a landscape, this vacation rental or a camp site! My passion is hiking and I do as much as possible. In the winter I like to skate ski, snowshoe and relax in front of the fireplace with my husband Marc who is presently teaching me the art of photography & videography.

Why the Owner Chose Durango, CO, USA:
I bought this property in Ryler Park after having lived in one of the other houses here as a renter while they were completing the rest of the neighborhood. I liked the convenience and proximity to town without all the parking issues and noise of being right in the thick of downtown. I have been the sole owner and lived in this house for all those years and loved watching the garden mature into a little paradise. It has been extremely rewarding doing a total decorating redo in anticipation of giving you the best experience for your vacation in Durango.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 12/06/2016

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  • Living Dining overlooking Garden with access to deck

    Living Dining overlooking Garden with access to deck

  • Living room with office space in the background.

    Living room with office space in the background.

  • Kitchen area looking into living room and dining area with seating for six.

    Kitchen area looking into living room and dining area with seating for six.

  • Backyard sitting next to stream, perfect for afternoon relaxing.

    Backyard sitting next to stream, perfect for afternoon relaxing.

  • Front entrance. there is a sitting area not shown left of front door.

    Front entrance. there is a sitting area not shown left of front door.

  • Kitchen seating area (with leaf available)

    Kitchen seating area (with leaf available)

  • King Bedroom

    King Bedroom

  • Night time in front of The Ryler House

    Night time in front of The Ryler House

  • Partial view of backyard. The birdbath gets a lot of activity!

    Partial view of backyard. The birdbath gets a lot of activity!

  • Living room with gas fireplace and TV.

    Living room with gas fireplace and TV.

  • A wonderful place to unwind or quietly socialize. Too fragile for kids to play.

    A wonderful place to unwind or quietly socialize. Too fragile for kids to play.

  • Kitchen with breakfast table.

    Kitchen with breakfast table.

  • Second living reading room with sound system and library.

    Second living reading room with sound system and library.

  • Queen Bedroom with Organic Mattress, New Zealand Wool Rug

    Queen Bedroom with Organic Mattress, New Zealand Wool Rug

  • Upstairs shared bathroom

    Upstairs shared bathroom

  • Just for fun the downstairs 1/2 bathroom

    Just for fun the downstairs 1/2 bathroom

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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Durango, CO, USA #710510

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