For years Joe Klimovitz, a freelance TV cameraman, visited Steamboat on ski trips and envisioned someday calling the area home.
That time came in 2002, when Joe, his wife, Cathy, and their two young daughters moved from the hustle and bustle of Chicago to their dream home in Clark.
Joe, who filmed U.S. troops heading into Iraq last year, hoped to build his business from Colorado but found that commitments to major clients such as NBC, the Food Network and the Public Broadcasting Service took him away from home more than he, or his family, liked.
So the Klimovitzes are saying goodbye to their glorious mountain views and putting their dream home up for sale as they head to a new life in Michigan, where they will be closer to relatives and clients.
"We tried to fulfill it, to build our dream house," Cathy Klimovitz said. "It's a very difficult decision to go back."
The Klimovitzes' 6,900-square-foot home is on 20 acres near the intersection of Routt County roads 129 and 209. It's just two miles from Pearl Lake and three miles from Steamboat Lake.
"I would say I never get tired of looking out the window," Cathy Klimovitz said about the home's views of Mount Zirkel Wilderness and Farwell Mountain.
The Klimovitzes have listed the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half bath home with Mix Beauvais of Coldwell Banker Silver Oak Ltd. The asking price is $2,195,000.
The best thing about the home is "they built it for themselves and they didn't cut any corners," Beauvais said. "It's the beauty of the house."
The post-and-beam home, which has a main level master suite and a guest room with a six-person cedar dry sauna, has "massive" amounts of space and would work as a second home or corporate or family retreat, he said.
The lower level is plumbed and wired for a second kitchen as well as a hot tub.
Nearly 1,300-square-feet, the family room has 21-foot ceilings and would be a great home theater, Cathy Klimovitz said.
The house is about 22 miles from town, but the remoteness is part of what makes the property so attractive, Beauvais said.
"Everything is relative...you look at this property and you think of it kind of like an oasis," he said.
Families who may be deterred by the distance should consider there are two options for schools, the North Routt Community Charter School and Steamboat schools which provide bus service to the Clark Store and Seedhouse Road, Cathy Klimovitz said.
"It just feels good to be here," she said. "I hope they (new owners) love it as much as we do."
For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Beauvais at 879-8814.
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