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From the house s massive hand-crafted logs, huge rock fireplaces, reclaimed wood flooring and towering window... to the majestic 14,000 ft. mountains and wide open pastures just out the front door... this is the Colorado of Hollywood movies and your fondest fantasies.
Set on 40 acres with magnificent 360 degree views, the house is adjacent to 6,000 acres of public land which joins tens of thousands of acres of San Isabel National Forest. Perfect for horseback, ATV, and mountain bike riding, hunting and hiking right from the house. And the valley s Arkansas River and high mountain lakes and streams create some of the best trout fishing in the west.
In the winter, the valley s 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and proximity to some of the best skiing in the country (Vail, Copper, Monarch, Keystone, Breckenridge), make this truly a year around playground.
And all of this in the "Banana Belt" of Colorado. The influence of the towering mountains on the valley s west side, create a climate boasting 310 days of sunshine, average daytime temperatures of 41 degrees in January and 82 degrees in July, and an average annual snowfall of just 40 inches rapidly melting under the warm, brilliant sunshine.
So, if you are looking for:
Magnificent outdoor playground in which to spend your retirement
Spectacular haven in the mountains for you, your family and friends to soak in the best that mother nature offers
Safe, outdoor recreation paradise to raise your family
Impressive corporate retreat to reward and entertain employees and customers
Peak Haven is that place.
This custom designed, exquisitely crafted, one-of-a-kind home, sits in the Arkansas River Valley, surrounded by majestic, snowcapped 14,000 foot mountains.
Perfect for entertaining friends or accommodating a large family, this 1st or 2nd home has 8,715 square feet of living space with:
24 rooms including 7 bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms
3 massive, all stone, wood burning fireplaces and 2 gas fireplaces
A gourmet kitchen and breakfast room with views 50 miles down the valley
A family room with a walk-in fireplace and an octagon dining room looking out on five 14,000 foot snowcapped mountains
A great room/library with a 35 cathedral ceiling, huge rock fireplace, and 5 waterfalls cascading into 2 ponds.
A 1,200 square foot saloon/recreation/media room and recreated 1880s town of Buena Vista
109 picture windows and 4,000 square feet of decks and blue stone patios to capture the magnificent 360 degree views.
An outdoor entertainment area with sauna, hot tub, gas fireplace, and Viking gas bar-b-q.
Radiant in-floor heating throughout, including all 3 garage floors; 18 independent thermostat zones and a house-wide computerized energy management system for increased efficiency and control.
A whole house (including garages) central vacuum system
Additionally, 3 over-sized garages totaling 1,432 square feet include large storage closets and generous workshop areas.
What makes this home and this valley so special?
The 12" and 18" diameter logs envelop you with a sense of structure and mass that impart a feeling of permanence. They align you with nature and history in a way that will reconnect you to simpler and purer times past. And they surround you with a feeling of warmth and romance that make it more than just a house. The logs create a special experience of living luxuriously in the present while embracing the rustic charm of yesterday. No other building materials can evoke such rich and deep emotions.
The logs were harvested from dead standing Lodgepole Pine trees in Montana and Idaho. They were shipped to Victor, Montana where they dried for 3 years and were then hand crafted and assembled over 6 months into this custom home. They were then disassembled and transported to Colorado where they were reassembled and finished over 18 months into PeakHaven. The home was completed in early 2002.
Stone for the massive fireplaces and the kitchen floor was quarried throughout the West in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona. The boulders accenting the property were hand picked in Alma, Colorado for their unique color and streaks of rodochrosite, a mineral used in making fine jewelry.
Floors in the great room, library, and family room were reclaimed from mills and barns in the East where they were part of buildings erected 200 years ago.
The cabinetry, doors, and trim throughout the house were crafted from butternut wood, a wood source used in fine woodworking by cabinetmakers for well over a century.
Windows were made with Low-E energy-efficient insulating glass that blocks harmful UV rays and reduces solar gain, but lets the sun shine in.
The views are unsurpassed anywhere in the west. The open ranch land, heavily forested slopes, and 14,000' snowcapped mountains surrounding the valley create an artist's palette of colors, textures, and topography. 4,000 square feet of redwood deck and blue stone patios take maximum advantage of these magnificent views 360 degrees around the house.
Chaffee County, population approximately 25,000, is a ranching/tourist/retirement community nestled in the Arkansas River valley. Flanked on the West by seven 14,000' mountains (the highest concentration of 14ers in the U.S.), and on the east by the Arkansas River, the valley has successfully resisted over-development and has retained its vast open spaces, historic character, and simplicity (87% of the land is protected public state and federal land). While it is a lifetime away from the population density and social conventions of neighboring Eagle and Summit county ski areas, it is just a scenic 1 + hour drive to take advantage of their amenities before retreating back to the solitude, serenity, and exceptionally mild climate of this paradise on the leeward side of the continental divide.
The opportunities for recreation are virtually limitless. In the summer, fish in the Arkansas River or in the other gold medal waters in neighboring counties; hike the vast expanses of the national forests and wilderness areas throughout the mountains; ride ATVs, horses, or mountain bikes on the almost 300 miles of trails in the county; golf the 2 municipal courses (or the numerous courses in Eagle and Summit counties), or road bike throughout the county and the rockies.
In the winter, the snow line is 2,000 feet above the valley floor so that snowshoeing and cross country skiing are close at hand; 150+ miles of groomed trails throughout the mountains make this a haven for snowmobiling; and world-class skiing at numerous major ski areas is a short 40 minutes to 1 1/2 hours away. Because the climate is so mild, almost all of the summer recreation activities are also available throughout the winter.
Buena Vista, the "banana belt" of Colorado is nestled in the Arkansas River Valley, protected on the West by seven 14,000' mountains. The weather climbs up the backside of these huge mountains and pops across the valley dropping very little of its moisture. As a result, the valley boasts 310 days of sunshine a year, only 40 inches of snow in the winter (which melts quickly in the intense sun), and average maximum temperatures of a dry 41 degrees in January and 82 degrees in July. So, in the winter, you can ski, snowshoe or snowmobile in the morning, and then play golf, ride horses, or go fishing in the afternoon.
Selected Room Features
This room has been designed and furnished to celebrate a Colorado lodge at the turn of the 20th century with massive logs towering 35 feet to the ceiling, a huge granite fireplace, reclaimed 200 year old Antique Heart Pine floors, indoor waterfalls, wall hanging animal mounts, an 18 foot totem pole, and a wall of windows overlooking the 14,000' mountains across the front yard.
FLOOR: The 10 wide Premium Grade Antique Southern Heart Pine floor planks have been sawn from reclaimed Heart Pine timbers. This rare antique flooring has been recovered from old factory floors and textile mill posts and beams in New England and along the East Coast, where, because of its strength and durability, it was used to rebuild the North during the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago.
There is living history in each plank, and it is truly the wood that built America. This beautiful historic Antique Heart Pine flooring is characterized by a tight, vertical grain structure and deep orange patina. It is accented with authentic nail holes and markings from an earlier time, as well as knots, and some checking. This character coupled with color variation ranging from the light blonde of the sap wood to darker red heart wood, enhances the floor's warmth and tells a story about the history of the floor.
FIREPLACE: Crafted from Black Mountain Granite in northern Idaho, this one of a kind fireplace is the perfect centerpiece for family and social gatherings. At 6 1/2 feet wide, 5 1/2 feet high, and 2 3/4 feet deep, it accommodates 3+ foot logs to fuel fires to fit the size of the room. A fresh air intake is built into the front of the hearth to fuel the fire with fresh outside air thus minimizing loss of heated air from inside the room.
MANTLE: The 17 foot mantle has been crafted from a huge, 18 inch Western Juniper harvested from central Oregon and coped to fit the granite stones facing the fireplace.
PONDS & WATERFALLS: Five waterfalls cascading into two ponds at either side of the entryway, add a real mountain sound and experience to the entire home. (The waterfalls can be turned on and off, and modulated in terms of flow and sound). The waterfalls and ponds are crafted from the same Idaho Black Granite used in the fireplace.
ANIMAL MOUNTS: The walls are adorned with mounts of animals indigenous to the property including elk, mule deer, foxes, pronghorn and mountain lion.
TOTEM POLE: An 18 foot totem pole crafted from Engelmann Spruce in Montana commemorates the Pacific Northwest Indian tradition of carving huge sculptures recounting familiar legends, clan lineages, and notable events.
WINDOWS: The entire west wall of the great room is composed of windows looking out to five 14,000' snow capped mountains literally across the front pasture.
Family Room/Dining Room
This room has been designed and furnished to replicate a Colorado trappers cabin circa 1810, from the cozy log walls, to the massive walk-in fireplace, the rustic, reclaimed barn siding floors, and the panoramic dining room.
FLOOR: 7 and 10 wide Barn Siding planks were reclaimed from historic barns in New England, and then milled to bring out each plank s rich patina giving the floor a rugged, antique look with a sense of history and character.
FIREPLACE: The room s centerpiece is a massive walk-in fireplace measuring 8 feet wide, 5 1/2 feet high, and 3 1/2 feet deep. The fireplace is crafted from Arkansas Valley Moss Rock which contributes a primitive feel to the room. Large cooking pots hang inside the fireplace as they did 200 years ago as if the venison stew were still simmering.
HOME THEATRE: The sitting area in front of the fireplace has butternut cabinetry which houses a full home theatre with a wide screen tv, amplifiers that drive sound throughout the entire house, DVD, VCR, CD players, and 6 surround sound speakers that bring the screen action into the room.
The dining room is an octagon of logs and picture windows looking out over the 14,000' mountains in front of the house. The dining table is a 7 foot round beveled glass top mounted on a sculptured, 1000 year old Bristle Cone Pine tree trunk collected in Colorado.
Gourmet Kitchen/Breakfast Room
The gourmet kitchen is appointed with the best appliances and conveniences to accommodate the most demanding gourmet chef as well as the casual Saturday morning cook. And, at 600 square feet, it is large enough for even the biggest family or social gatherings.
Professional Series Viking gas burner (plus griddle) cook top
Thermador Professional Series convection double oven
Sub Zero built in refrigerator
2 islands: one for cooking and one for preparation
1 compact refrigerator for wine and beer
Generous pantry and cabinet space crafted from butternut wood
Expansive granite counter tops made from granite harvested in Brazil and finished in Italy.
Flooring made of polished slabs of Arizona Buff Stone.
Provision for an elevator from the garage to the kitchen and up to the master bedroom
Set in a log and picture window octagon, the breakfast room overlooks the floor of the Arkansas River Valley, and 50 miles south to the 13,000' and 14,000' Sangre de Christo (Blood of Christ) Mountains which glow pink at sunset. The breakfast room table is a 5 foot round beveled glass top set on a wagon wheel atop an antique sugar press.
Master Bedroom & Bath
This is a suite fit for a King and Queen. The bed is set on an elevated floor surrounded by an octagon of logs and glass. You will wake to a view 50 miles down valley to the south, and to five 14,000 foot mountains close enough to touch, to the West. Elk and Mule Deer traverse the slope beneath the 500 square foot deck outside the octagon picture windows.
There is a large sitting area in front of a Wyoming Pioneer Quartz Stone hearth and chimney with gas fireplace, and a balcony overlooking the entry way and great room.
The master bath and dressing area has:
2 his/hers granite and butternut lavatories
A jacuzzi positioned to view 50 miles down the valley to the South and to the mountains to the West
2 his/hers dressing rooms with saloon doors
A built-in washer and dryer
An open front shower built like a grotto with the same Wyoming Pioneer Quartz Stone as the fireplace. The shower contains 6 different shower heads to envelop you in hot water as you view the mountains and valley and watch the wildlife foraging for breakfast just outside and below the windows.
Loft & Offices
The 1000 square foot loft includes a seating area positioned to look through the west wall of windows to the snowcapped peaks just across the font pasture, and to the hills across the Arkansas River to the east. The loft is flanked on either side by his/her offices tied to a central networking hub. The hub also carries 7 miles of cabling throughout the house for speakers, telephones, computers, and touch pads in 4 rooms that operate the home-wide sound system. Both offices look out over the back horse pasture and across the Arkansas River valley to the eastern hills.
Guest Rooms, Sitting Room, Exercise Room
The 4 guest bedrooms (2 on the main floor and 2 on the second floor) each have a custom, built in, log king sized bed, a vanity/lavatory, a private balcony, and a full bath shared with the adjoining guest bedroom.
Each bedroom is themed to commemorate an historical figure who either lived in or frequented the valley (Doc Holiday, Kit Carson, Baby Doe Tabor, Ute Chief Ouray).
A sitting room adjacent to the 2 guest bedrooms on the main floor is a getaway space for guests allowing them to enjoy time and space away from the activity of the main house. It includes a gas stove, a washer and dryer, a kitchenette, and a balcony overlooking the East valley.
An exercise room adjacent to the 2 guest bedrooms on the second floor overlooks the East valley, North up the valley, and South down valley to the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Enjoy the incomparable 270 degree views while "sweating to the oldies".
A full saloon is the centerpiece for more casual relaxing and entertaining. The saloon includes:
Wet bar complete with sink, refrigerator, plenty of shelf and counter space, and authentic saddle stools.
Dry stack, river rock, wood burning fire place.
Full surround sound system allows this room to double as a media room
700 square feet of open space for sitting area, game tables, and play space for kids.
Buena Vista Re-creation/Bunk Room
Outside the saloon is a re-creation of the town of Buena Vista circa 1880 complete with a mercantile store, a bank/assay office, a sheriff's office and jail, and a livery stable.
Around the corner is a bunk room with 6 built-in log bunk beds modeled on the old Pullman trains, each bed with pull curtains and reading lights so the kids (or adults) can "hide out" in their own "tent".
And, next to the bunk room. is a full bath with 2 sinks, tub/shower, separate shower, and a toilet room.
The main garage measures 30' by 20 , large enough to house 2 full size pick up trucks (or cars) with plenty of room left over. Additionally, it also has a 90 square foot work room, 3 very large storage closets, and an adjoining studio bedroom with full bath and outside entrance.
The "Toy Garage" measures 14' X 28', large enough to house most of the toys you can accumulate.