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

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Half Baths1
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About the property

2 Bdrm (1king, 1qn), 1.5 Bath, 2 Living Rms, Big Kitchen, Extraordinary Garden

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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Doe Youtz
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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December 23, 2016

About Doe Youtz

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.

Doe Youtz purchased this house in 1995

Why Doe Youtz chose Southwest

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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Clean, Gorgeous Creative House in Quiet, Relaxed Neighborhood. Permit #15-162
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful, clean, spacious house with great accommodations

  • 5 of 5

I don't take time to review things (good or bad) but this was a great place to stay. Very big house for 2 bedrooms. The kitchen was loaded with lots of plates, glasses and other things. Doe had a great selection of coffee for us. Great location, great owner, great house!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's like coming home !

  • 5 of 5

This was our second trip to the Ryler House and we were not disappointed! The owner has provided a beautiful environment that feels like home. In fact, we were greeted with fresh flowers, an assortment of gourmet coffees and travel brochures with local discount coupons. If you want to do your own cooking, the kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and lots of extras. If you want to dine out, the location is perfect for a short drive to all the popular restaurants downtown. A glass of wine (or two) in the quiet backyard oasis is the perfect way to end a day of exploring the mountains or downtown shops.

We loved our bike rides taking the Animas River Trail route, just 2 miles from downtown.

If you are planning a trip for adventure or a quiet getaway, this is the perfect spot for you!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Couldn't have been better

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for two couples or two single people. Wonderful garden and landscaping. Quiet. Was like staying in a very nice hotel only larger and less expensive.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Beautiful, Quiet Vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This home is beautiful, inside and out. The rooms are so nice with gorgeous linens and the entire home feels very luxurious. The back yard is a quiet oasis of landscaping with plenty of seating.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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erie, CO

highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great experience! First of all, the property manager (Doe) was fantastic. Really nice touches: such as welcoming us with some coffee (beans from a local roaster, and there was a grinder and a french press in the kitchen) and leaving us discount-coupons for the train. When we ran low on a couple of supplies, we texted her and she brought over extras immediately. On to the house: excellent location. The neighborhood was very quiet -- although easy access to downtown, none of the noise or craziness. Very pleasant to sleep with the windows open at night. About a half a mile walk to the river. The house was comfortable for 4 adults as advertised. Tons of "seating areas" for reading, relaxing, eating, talking, etc. -- both in the house, as well as on the front patio and in the back yard. We used the grill in the backyard for two nights, and ate outside. There were even LED-candles that we could use for our meal! The kitchen was stocked well; plenty of dishes, as well as some very handy things like ziploc bags, etc., that sometimes are omitted from rental properties. The bedrooms were precisely what one needs in a rental: clean, comfortable, good linens, and good mattresses. Both bedrooms are upstairs and share a bathroom -- plenty of towels, etc. - so be prepared to be cozy with your housemates as far as sharing the space! Overall, would recommend without hesitation, and will plan to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Denver, CO USA

GREAT home - what a gem!

  • 5 of 5

What a find! We absolutely loved this house: beautifully appointed and lots of space, super clean, amazing backyard (water features, many sitting areas and shade), comfy beds, kitchen has everything you need to cook and the location is amazing! It's a short, easy bike ride to the Animas River Trail without riding on busy streets. I also think the owner is stellar - she is really accommodating and kind. 100% recommend this place - we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
16.5 Miles
Durango Lapiata Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.4 Miles
Durango Brew Pub - on the river
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Hillcrest Public Golf Course
Nearest Train
2.1 Miles
Historic - Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge RR
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
US Highway 550
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Historic Downtown District many great Restaurants
Nearest Ski
24 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Durango House Rental Rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Durango House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs - toilet , Custom decorated (Ralph Lauren Metalic!)
    Outdoor Shower - shower , Hot water too!
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bath with tub and shower is shared by upstairs bedrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
While the home is in a quiet residential area the backyard landscaping provides a private haven.

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