Unique style, great views

Park View Retreat brings outside in

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Walking into Park View Retreat in Soda Creek Highlands, it's hard to miss the 360-degree views of the surrounding Strawberry Park valley and nearby Elk Park.

Perhaps even more impressive, however, is the way the home's light-toned finishes, clean lines and numerous windows bring the tree-covered mountains and blue vistas right into the home.

"Our vision was to incorporate as much of that fabulous view into the design of the house so we can allow that to come into our home," said Judith Romanelli, who built the Mediterranean-style home in 1996 and is offering it for sale.

A departure from the typical rustic-style mountain home, the 4,164-square-foot Park View Retreat has a light-colored stucco exterior accentuated by multiple, low-pitched roof lines and iron-railed decks.

Made of plastic composite material, the wrap-around deck and private deck off the master suite, as well as the stucco, make the outside of the home maintenance-free -- a big perk for potential second-home owners, said listing broker Peggy Wolfe of Colorado Group Realty.

The home opens into an expansive main floor with vaulted ceilings, large windows and honey-colored oak floors. In addition to a large den -- which could double as a playroom -- the main level includes a living room, dining area, powder room and gas fireplace.

The kitchen has maple cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a pantry.

The open floor plan on the main level is anchored by a custom Douglas fir and iron "sweeping" staircase.

Three bedrooms, including the master suite, sit on the second level. Two of the bedrooms share a bathroom, and the master suite has a private bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub and double-sided walk-in closet.

Another bedroom and bathroom, as well as office area and plentiful storage nooks, are on the home's lower level, which provides several entrances into the three-car garage, as well as a pathway to a hot tub.

The home sits on 3.56 acres with sparse groupings of scrub oak. Tiered landscaping leads up to the home's entrance. Sandstone, river rock and plant beds accentuate other areas of the lot.

Wildlife, including deer, elk and even moose, frequent the area, Romanelli said.

One of the biggest advantages of the home and the property is that it gives residents the feeling of privacy and serenity, but it's still close to downtown Steamboat, she said.

"Even though it's in a great area and you feel like you're in a retreat, you're only five and a half miles from town," Romanelli said.

A private trail leading out of the subdivision provides national forest access minutes away from the home. Horses, as well as a barn, are allowed on the property.

Park View Retreat is being offered at $1.4 million. For more information or to schedule a showing, call Wolfe at 870-8800.

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

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