Steamboat Springs Homes priced at just more than $2 million are expected to stand out from the crowd, and the home of Peggy and Tim O'Brien on Hunters Court in Steamboat Springs accomplishes that goal.
Peggy O'Brien, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Silver Oak, has listed her personal home for $2.15 million.
The 6,000-square-foot home was built in 1999 by Tom Dover. It includes five bedrooms, four full baths and a three-car garage. The unusually large lot for the neighborhoods close to the ski area (2.73 acres) is framed with aspen and spruce forests. But such details don't tell the entire story.
The real story behind the house is in the details the owners included for their own enjoyment.
Take, for example, the herb garden Peggy had built into the kitchen countertop behind the sink. Sunken into the black marble countertop is a well for seasonal plants. The well is lined with the same material that is sprayed into pickup truck beds and has its own drainage system. When the landscape outside is frozen, Peggy enjoys blooming red begonias. In late winter, the indoor garden is dominated by blooming bulbs that hasten spring, and in fall fresh herbs take over.
The kitchen is dominated by a dramatic lighting fixture that consists of three individual lamps hung from pulleys, allowing the design and pattern to be altered at will.
Throughout the home, dramatic lighting was achieved by a consultant, Rising Sun Enterprises from Basalt. In three different locations throughout the home, 18 different lights are computer controlled by the touch of a single button. The O'Briens can choose from among six different settings meant to set the proper mood for different times of the day.
"It was really a good move to have the lighting designed when we built the home," Peggy said.
The lighting design is so detailed that the formal dining room features individual light fixtures aimed at the spot on the dining table where each china place setting will be set.
From the faux-painted tray ceiling in the dining room, small halogen fixtures are focused on the place settings. The dining room lighting is completed with up-lighting in the corners and a lit china cabinet.
The attention to detail continues into the great room, where the components for a surround-sound home theater system were built into the custom cherry cabinetry. The drama of the dining room is enhanced by an overhead ledge meant for seasonal decorating. It, too, has electrical outlets that add to holiday displays.
Visitors to the home will be impressed by a tumbled marble mosaic set into the porcelain entry tiles.
Peggy made certain the home was practical to care for. She insisted on a central vacuuming system. The kitchen and 12-by-8-foot utility room are also set up for convenience. The laundry facilities are right around the corner from the kitchen.
"I hated it in other homes, when I had to go up and down stairs to get my work done," Peggy said. "That was a priority for me."
She also had a computer desk situated between the kitchen and laundry so she could check e-mail and her recipe file without leaving the room.
The home is also designed for Steamboat's climate; the upper portion of the driveway and the walkways leading into the home are heated to make snow removal less of an issue. And the driveway even has RV hookups for visiting friends.
The home's backyard is set up to be ideal for entertaining. A three-level recirculating waterfall and pond built by Tim set the stage for dramatic flower gardens. The deck contains a river rock fireplace and gas grill combination. During inclement seasons a "bump-out" morning room on the rear of the home is filled with light and views of the winter forest.
One of the five bedrooms in the home is currently set up as an exercise room, Peggy said, and includes a television set strategically positioned to make it convenient to view exercise videos while working out.
There aren't many details in the home she hasn't thought out.
Prospective buyers may contact O'Brien at 879-8814, ext. 107.