The word special does not even begin to describe this property. Located just ten minutes from historic downtown Durango on 5.7 acres on the bank of the Animas River, this architecturally designed custom home and top-notch equestrian property are a dream come true. Detailing on the 3,200 sf home will impress even the most discriminating buyer, and the four-stall barn is one of the most attractive barns in the area. Designed to capture the 360-degree views of the Animas Valley, materials including stucco, stone, metal, stained concrete, American Clay plaster, granite, and wood were meticulously chosen to blend with the surroundings. The open floor plan is an entertainer's dream, with a dining area that currently accommodates a custom made table that can expand to seat up to 22 guests. The kitchen was designed for those who love to cook, with granite countertops giving you ample prep and serving space, and custom maple cabinetry providing plenty of storage. During warm weather months, the entertaining space can be extended to one of several outdoor living spaces. Off the living room is a deck that overlooks the pasture below and the mountains in the distance, and two upper roof decks provide a bird's eye view east and south. But perhaps the best outdoor spaces are the flagstone patios on the south side of the home with a running water feature between them and bridges that connect the patios. With doors opening directly from the dining room and living room onto these patios, they are sure to be your favorite spot to enjoy the fresh Colorado mountain air and spectacular views during all seasons. Back inside the home, you will find a comfortable living room with strategically placed windows that bring the outside in, taking full advantage of the surrounding views. The centerpiece of the living room is a wood burning, Rumford design, stone fireplace and hearth. Tucked off of the living room you will find a dedicated home office space with a built-in desk that is perfect for work from home situations, or can serve as a tranquil reading nook or separate tv room. Passive solar engineering incorporates artfully designed concrete floors that span the main level of the home and keep you cozy in the cool winter months with comfortable, efficient radiant in-floor heat. The upper level master suite not only serves as a peaceful retreat, it is also one of the best spots in the house to take in the incredible views. Windows on three sides and a private balcony frame the lush property below and the mountains in the distance. For horse enthusiasts, the barn is quite possibly the best barn in the area. With four stalls, each with automatic waterers and swing-out mangers, a full wash bay, a tack room, feed room, and storage for 300+ bales of hay, this barn has it all. The barn was constructed with reclaimed timbers and the windows are the original windows from an historic downtown Durango building. Paddocks provide access from the barn to multiple separately fenced pastures, which are kept lush and green with 1A and 1B share of the Animas Valley ditch. A jumping arena, 200'x150', was previously in the west pasture and could easily be restored. An orchard with producing apple, peach and plum trees lies in the upper pasture. The rich soil is ideal for gardening, with multiple gardens currently present on the property. An oversize two-car garage provides storage, workshop and greenhouse space. In addition, guest quarters or caretaker's quarters are above a second two-car garage. Easy access to the Animas River and a private sandy beach at the west side of the property invites great summer recreation for paddle boarding, swimming, and fishing - without even having to leave home. This property is truly the best of everything!
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