Wildflower Meadows sells

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— An Evergreen man has closed on the purchase of the $8.015 million Wildflower Meadows home, situated near the restored Mesa Schoolhouse off U.S. Highway 40 south of Steamboat Springs.

"It's the nicest estate in Routt County," listing broker Pam Vanatta said. "This one is magnificent."

Vanatta is a principal in Prudential Steamboat Realty.

The name of the buyer will become a matter of public record when the warranty deed is filed at the Routt County Courthouse. But Vanatta said she would not reveal the name of the buyer at his request, and the deed is not yet on file in the county's database.

The developer and builder of the home is David McDonald of Steamboat Springs. The home was architected by Doug Rager of Aspen.

"Dave McDonald put his heart and soul into this home," Vanatta said.

Construction began in October 1999. Vanatta said the architect designed the house to have a low profile so that in spite of its large size, it would blend into the meadow.

McDonald originally won county approval to create four 4.5-acre building lots in a 120-acre subdivision. Each owner would have had an undivided interest in the remaining 100 acres, which was to have been devoted to hay meadows and fishing ponds.

McDonald built the home on spec and offered it at $5.3 million, or gave the buyer the option to purchase the entire property at an asking price of $10 million. The eventual buyer opted to take the entire property along with the home of more than 10,000 square feet, and Vanatta said he has no plans to develop additional homes on the property.

While the home was in the final stages of construction this fall, an additional 7-acre pond was put in place by local contractor Tom Steitz.

The pond was carefully built so that someone seated in the great room of the home would see a "horizon line" created by the far edge of the pond.

"The great room mirrors itself right up to the views of Walton Creek Canyon," Vanatta said. "There are unobstructed views to town in every direction."

Details of the interior finishes include wide plank reclaimed walnut in the great room, office, bedroom hallway and stairs. The 19.5-by-20.5-foot dining room is floored in Tobasco travertine stone as are the kitchen, family room, mud room, laundry and entry areas.

Doors and cabinetry are of alder, butternut, redwood and mahogany.

The master suite measures almost 20 by 22 feet. It has a fireplace, sitting area, dressing room and in-ground spa on the patio. Two additional guest suites each have sitting areas and a fireplace.

The home has a 3,000-square-foot porch covered in Brazilian mahogany decking. There is also a 2,400-square-foot patio of flagstone equipped with a snow melt system. Guests approaching the home will arrive at a quartzite flagstone auto courtyard, also equipped with a snow melt system.

Vanatta believes one of the most active areas of the high-end home market in the near future could be for estates like Wildflower Meadows that are situated within 10 miles of Steamboat.

There are not many spec homes on the magnitude of this one, Vanatta said, but there is a market of home buyers who want a grand vacation home and do not want to spend two to three years building one.

"Proximity to town is the most important thing," Vanatta said. "They're looking for a perfect home and they want a lot of space around it."

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