Living on a ranch used to be more about hard work than luxury.
That changed with modern resort ranches, where residents live in large, upscale homes while enjoying community lodges, stocked trout streams and thousands of acres of high-value land.
But those looking for old-ranch charm mixed with the benefits of "new" ranch living may find a unique opportunity in Ranch Central.
The property with its 78-year-old ranch house is one of 14 large lots encompassed in Storm Mountain Ranch, at the base of Walton Creek Canyon.
Longtime Routt County rancher Jamie Temple purchased the entire 1,063-acre ranch in 1994, developing it as a Land Preservation Subdivision.
Each lot is 35 or 70 acres. Much of the land -- including meadows, aspen groves and stocked fishing streams -- is protected from development by conservation easements.
"They've built this ranch into a beautiful recreational ranch," said broker Cameron Boyd of Prudential Steamboat Reality, who is listing the Ranch Central property. "There's nothing like it in Steamboat."
Just off U.S. Highway 40, the $3.5 million Ranch Central property is 35 acres and includes the original ranch house, a two-car heated garage, a caretaker's cabin and fishing ponds.
The lot has a 5.75-acre building envelope and, with its corrals, tack room and relatively flat land, is one of the few lots suitable for horses, Boyd said.
Wrapped up in the property's value is Storm Mountain amenities including the giant timber Awapa Lodge, the remote Hideout Cabin, as well as barn and riding area.
Ranch Central is among nine lots that have homes. The Storm Mountain lots without homes are listed at well more than $3.5 million.
Boyd said Ranch Central is ideal for someone who loves Storm Mountain Ranch but doesn't want to spend another $3 million to build a house.
"What sets it apart is having 1/14 ownership of Storm Mountain Ranch while being the only lot being sold with improvements at the same time other lots are being sold at the same price without improvements," he said.
Jim and Cynthia Carol purchased the house and land for a second home around 1999. The property was listed last year for $3,595,000. It went back on the market in late May.
The 2,888-square-foot main house has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. It's been renovated twice and features original pine wood floors, granite countertops and a river rock gas fireplace.
The caretaker's log cabin has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and was recently remodeled.
For information on the property or to schedule a showing, call Boyd at 879-8100.
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