Steamboat Springs Star One Ranch isn't for second homeowners seeking ski-in/ski-out convenience, nor is it for vacationers who want the ability to stroll to shops and restaurants. But for well-heeled buyers seeking their own cattle spread with a 15-acre reservoir and easy access to the jetport in Hayden, this could be the place.
"For the price of some homes in town, you could have a whole ranch," Bill Elder said. He is the listing agent for Star One Ranch with Mason & Morse Real Estate in Steamboat.
The ranch is currently owned by E.F. McSweeney. It is being actively ranched by a tenant who occupies a modest country home on the property. Smith Creek feeds the reservoir on the ranch, Salt Creek is nearby and the ranch carries ample water rights with it, Elder said.
At $1,850 an acre, elder believes the ranch is competitively priced with other ranches near ski towns in the rocky Mountain West.
"It's on the edge of the Beaver Flat Tops, and from up on top, you have great views of Zirkel (Wilderness) and the ski mountain," he said. "If you bought something like this, you'd build a million dollar house on it. There are some great home sites."
The rolling countryside on the ranch property consists of hay meadows interspersed with sage, gambel oak, aspen and pines.
Access to the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest is via a trailhead situated across the county road from the ranch. The forest opens up unlimited exploration on foot or horseback.
The ranch is southwest of Steamboat and southeast of Hayden. The easiest access from Steamboat is via Twentymile Road, Elder said.
The ranch is co-listed with the Mason & Morse Ranches headquartered in Glenwood Springs, and is receiving national exposure through that relationship. Even in today's economic climate, the ranch is generating inquiring telephone calls, Elder said.
"I think the right person will come along," Elder said.