Horse haven

Well-rounded home and horse property for sale

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Serious horse lovers take notice: Your dream property in Steamboat is available.

Whether you train horses, ride competitively or are interested in starting a boarding operation, La Katerina Farm at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass offers complete equestrian facilities as well as acres of lush pastures and hay meadows.

"This is probably one of the better-planned horse operations in the valley," said broker Harry Thompson, who is listing the property with fellow Prudential Steamboat Reality broker Pam Vanatta.

Encompassed within the 36-acre property are an outdoor riding arena and indoor arena with a 10-stall barn and heated tack room and a picturesque 5,048-square-foot home set along McKinnis Creek.

The property's owners, Chet and Jorene Mills, originally purchased a 72-acre parcel off McKinnis Creek Road, subdivided it and built the home and horse facilities on half of the land in 1999.

They are offering the property at $2.95 million. The adjoining 36-acre lot also is available, Thompson said.

The Mills paid particular attention to detail when building the horse facilities, he said.

The 14,000-square-foot indoor arena includes a sprinkler system to minimize dust, an office and attached barn with indoor stalls and outdoor pens as well as wash stalls.

The building, which faces south, maintains heat throughout the winter, and there is a separate structure for hay storage and equipment.

Nestled in a wooded area with a manicured lawn and landscaping, the triple-level home has four bedrooms and four full bathrooms. It features cathedral ceilings, granite countertops, custom alder cabinets and trim and wood floors taken from a 120-year-old home on the East Coast, Thompson said.

The open floor plan, large bedrooms and main level master suite add to the home's elegant, easy feel.

"It's very simple, yet it fits into the mountain scheme," Vanatta's assistant Kelly Silva said.

Two artisan wells supply water to the home and arena/barn, and the property includes a permit for an additional well and water rights.

La Katerina Farm is zoned agricultural, accommodating hay production and other farm operations.

For more information or to schedule a showing, call Thompson or Vanatta at 879-8100.

-- To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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