Saturday, January 3, 2004
Steamboat Springs While living in New Hampshire, Jay and Mary Throne fell in love with the architecture of the 19th century New England farmhouses prevalent in the area. From the wide plank floors to gabled roofs, the Thrones wanted to bring the East Coast style to the Rockies.
When they moved to Steamboat Springs, they searched for the perfect location. They visited sites they saw advertised to no avail, until they came to a site south of the Sleeping Giant's head.
Amid the rolling hills of sagebrush, Jay Throne initially thought the site wouldn't work until he realized the elevation of the property rose above the hills, providing 360 degrees of unobstructed views of the Steamboat Ski Area, the Flat Tops, and Sleeping Giant, which is almost a stone's throw away.
"We lucked into this place," Jay Throne said. "When you come around the corner, it opens up like 'The Sound of Music.'"
In 1998, the Thrones decided to have their New England Greek Revival farmhouse constructed off Routt County Road 46. They love the house, but Jay Throne recently received a promotion at his job that he couldn't refuse. He has put his house on the market for $1.85 million, as he and the family will move to Maine in the next few months. Throne said he probably would build another house there like his current one.
Modern materials and construction techniques were used to build the house, which has an architectural style that was at its height of popularity in the 1830s.
Ionic columns, wrought iron door hinges and clasps, wide plank floors fastened with hand drawn cut nails, and a soapstone, wood-burning fireplace add to its authenticity. Also, the kitchen features countertops of green slate from Maine, cherry cabinets and purple slate flooring from Vermont that gives a warm appearance for a cooking environment.
"That's how they used to do it, and you look at this house now and wonder why architects ever changed the style," Jay Throne said. "Everything about it is functional and beautiful."
Though the two-story, four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house has Old World styling, it also has the most modern of amenities. The home has radiant floor heat throughout, modern plumbing fixtures and high-end stainless steel appliances such as a Sub-Zero refrigerator and Viking gas range.
In the house's 3,400 square feet of finished space there is a formal dining room, an informal dining room, a den, a family room and an office. There also is an additional 1,398 square feet of unfinished space, including a full heated basement and attached two-car garage and workshop that looks like a barn from the outside.
The land is 70 acres, divided by six fenced-in pastures. The Thrones constructed the fence over the summer to keep horses.
"We didn't build all this to sell it," Mary Throne said.
The 70 acres are surrounded by three 35-acre parcels, which could be added to the property to make it up to 140 acres. Also, the land is adjacent to the Windemere Ranch, which has a 360-acre conservation easement and is surrounded by several other large acreages.
The icing on the cake for this property is a three-motor, 54-jet hot tub inside an outdoor gazebo in the northwest corner of the yard. The gazebo is enclosed, but 360 degrees of windows make for an incredible view in any direction.
The Throne residence is listed by Coleman Cook of Colorado Group Realty. For more information about this house, call Cook at 870-8800 or 1-800-556-6717, or e-mail coleman@
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