The custom home is situated on a 28.3-acre parcel of mountain land on the ridge of Log Hill Mesa overlooking Pleasant Valley, west of Ridgway. While very private and quiet, the property is only 6.4 miles from Ridgway. The elevation is 7,800 feet at the front door. The improvements are situated on a bench in the ponderosa pines, and not more than a quarter mile away to the north, a steep cliff rises 600 feet to Log Hill Mesa. Vegetation is a pleasant mix of Gambel oak, ponderosa pines, juniper, and pinyon pine. Over half the distance to Ridgway is via paved roads, with the balance being well-maintained county and subdivision gravel roads. Access is very good year-round.
Conceived in a mountain timber frame style, reminiscent of the historic mining tipples in the area, the R&R Retreat was built to last with low maintenance. The cypress siding, for example, is an unusual wood in Colorado mountain homes because it’s so expensive. However, cypress lasts many decades without degrading or rotting. The roof is a combination of metal and Da Vinci slate, an engineered roofing product designed to last for decades. The porte-cochère entryway is built of massive Douglas fir beams and flagstone floors, with snowmelt systems installed in critical areas to prevent ice buildup. Gutters and drains are stainless for maximum lifespan. Windows are high-end Anderson Eagle custom windows for maximum energy efficiency and durability. The home is enveloped by 6,000 square feet of decks and porches, giving it plenty of room to host large groups of people.
One of the hallmarks of this property is the beautiful timber frame construction, particularly in the great room, which is reminiscent of one of Europe’s great halls or hunting lodges. However, the casual observer can’t tell that the home is actually built with an engineered steel “outer skin” superstructure. The impressive beamwork is actually not structural, as it was built inside the existing steel framework of the home. Regardless, the architect accounted for the extra weight of the timber framing by calling for extra stout footings and concrete pads to support it. Walls were built with “straight and true” timber-strand 2×8’s for maximum strength and straightness.
The interior features of this home are almost too many to list. Suffice it to say that the treatments were very carefully chosen and the finest materials were used. Every room was situated to take advantage of the incredible views of both the Mt. Sneffels and the Cimarron mountain ranges. There are 5 bedrooms, including 2 master suites with 5-piece baths, and a large guest apartment; 5 full and 3 half-baths; massage room and locker room; home theater/media room with chef’s kitchen; expansive executive office; 1,300-square-foot flex room (gymnasium, art studio, dance studio, weight room, party room); steel-line safe room; gourmet kitchen; custom lighting throughout including Hammerton Forge and Brass Light Gallery; oversized 2-car garage; 2 laundry rooms; walnut flooring.
The R&R Retreat was built with the idea in mind to sit out a natural disaster or emergency situation with little consequence. For example, the property is served by a very good domestic water company that is known for providing high-quality drinking water to a wide area. Regardless, the property has an 800-foot domestic water well as a backup, just in case. There is more than ample room for all kinds of storage, in the event that an owner wishes to stow away meals and provisions. The home is pre-wired for a large backup generator in the event that power goes out. The toy barn has its own “gas station”, with a large diesel tank and a large gasoline tank. For security’s sake, there is a “safe room” built entirely of reinforced concrete and lined with plate steel. The mechanical systems are redundant, with two water heaters and two furnaces, as well as two propane tanks.
The toy barn was built to accommodate the types of recreational vehicle that an enthusiast would use in the Colorado high country—Jeeps, ATV’s, snowmobiles, side-by-side quads, and even Class A motorhomes and coaches. The toy barn was designed so that it has open floor space with no columns in the way, due to a massive metal beam that holds the weight of the building. The garage doors on each end of the building allow a full-size RV, bus, or motorhome to drive through the building, entering on one side and exiting on the other side. There is even a “gas station” with a 275-gallon diesel tank and 500-gallon gasoline tank and electric pump.
The guest house is situated across the parking area from the main house and is integrated into the toy barn/garage. Downstairs is a sitting area and closets, while upstairs is the very comfortable fully outfitted apartment.
Property sold as-is, where-is. 5% buyer’s premium will be added to the high bid. Registered agents and referrals welcome. 3% broker participation.
ALL INTERESTED PARTIES MUST PRE-REGISTER PRIOR TO INSPECTION OF THE ASSETS, TOURS AND INSPECTIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT OR CAN BE PERFORMED DURING OPEN HOUSES. Each office is independently owned and operated.
970-872-3322 | GrandviewRanch@gmail.com
CO Broker ER.100016545
CO Associate Broker FA100071385
Todd Schroedel, Co-Broker
Mark Woodling, AARE
800-485-8214 | Info@United-SCS.com
Mike Jones, CAI, GPPA, BAS
Three Lincoln Centre
5430 LBJ Freeway, Suite 270, Dallas, TX 75240