160 Trail Ridge Road Durango CO Real Estate

Strategically nestled among majestic boulders, this hand-crafted mountainside home is truly breath-taking! Located five minutes from Durango city limits and ten minutes from the Colorado Trailhead, the expansive views from this property overlook the Junction Creek Valley and the the LaPlata Mountains. Designed by the Sellers, this is their 'Castle in the Rocks.' In fact, the house was built around a huge sandstone boulder, the centerpiece of a creative collection of intimate spaces that use light, wood and stone to reflect the extraordinary beauty of the outside ion the inside. Tongue and groove and beamed wood ceilings plus many windows direct views outward from the central boulder. The floor plan, mostly on one level, offers a sunken solarium, living room with moss rock fireplace, dining room, kitchen complex, bedrooms, and laundry. Kitchen has granite counters, island, pantry, office space and breakfast nook, looking out at forest, rocks, mountains and valley. Two bedrooms and full, tiled bath form one wing of the house and access a small covered porch where the hummingbirds feed. Romantic master suite with fireplace forms another wing that includes fireplace, walk-in closet, jet tub, shower and more awesome views. Beautiful wooden staircase adjoins the boulder and leads upstairs to a large office/den with a third stone fireplace. A built in desk, library bookshelves and wet bar offer quiet relaxation. A few more steps around the boulder lead to an additional small room which could have many uses. The lower level of the home can be accessed from the over-sized two car garage or from the main floor of the house. A large workshop could easily become a fine studio, work-out space, or office. Separate mudroom accommodates outdoor gear and has another door to a small, off-shoot storage space, perhaps a wine collection. The mechanical room is located off the garage. Outside spaces are practical in design. Access to the property is by paved driveway which becomes a circle drive with extra parking for visitors. Flagstone walkway leads to front door and relaxing patio. Perimeter Ponderosas and pruned oak trees provide a park-like setting. Private and peaceful, this unique home has been built with Nature in mind and is like no other.