Privacy adds to home's charm

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Aspen trees, leaves fluttering in the wind, relay a sense of calmness and quiet to a place.

That's the feeling at a custom home recently offered for sale in the Black Tail Mountain Estates subdivision in South Routt County.

Located in the middle of an aspen grove, the home is at the end of Yellow Jacket Drive and is extremely private, said broker Sue Weber of Old Town Realty.

"It's like a spiritual little getaway," said Weber, who is co-listing the property with broker Jim Hansen.

Originally built in 1990, Paul and Jenny Cook, owners of The Tile Shoppe in Steamboat, almost completely gutted and remodeled the house and added an addition, more than doubling the size of the home to 4,131 square feet.

Completed last year, the remodel and addition -- designed by architect Steve Eggleston -- take advantage of the tranquil property surrounding the home, with a 2,000-square-foot deck extending into aspen trees, with some even popping through the middle of the deck.

Sitting on a hillside, the home has impressive views of Mount Werner, Rabbit Ears Pass and the south Yampa Valley, Weber said.

The large master suite, which includes modern amenities such as double vanities, a walk-in closet, a steam shower and a jetted tub, was a major component of the addition and maximizes the views.

"You can lie in bed and look at the ski area," Weber said.

Offered at $1.1 million, the home is about 15 minutes from downtown Steamboat and sits on about 5 acres bordering the Sundance Ridge Preserve subdivision. The Blacktail Mountain subdivision may be accessed from Routt County Road 14 south of Highway 131.

The property adjoins a 5.8-acre parcel, which the Cooks also have for sale. Zoned for one residential home, the land is $299,500, though the Cooks may be willing to negotiate a package deal for both properties, Weber said.

Horses are allowed on the main property, which includes a pond and room for a barn and outbuildings.

With three levels, the home has five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.

The first floor is completely finished and includes a recreation room, a built-in bar and the only part of the home left untouched -- an "antique" bathroom with a claw foot tub and fixtures reminiscent of the early 20th century. A wine cellar is also in the works.

The main level includes a "Tuscany" style kitchen with stonework, granite counter tops and a half-moon opening looking out onto the dining room. To maximize privacy, several bedrooms are off of a long hallway.

A guest suite, complete with a private deck and sitting area, sits on the third floor of the home.

The home's addition is heated with radiant floor heat. The home also includes one gas fireplace and three freestanding gas stoves. A well on the property provides plenty of water for the home, Weber said.

High-end finishes such as hickory wood floors and wool carpeting are found throughout the house, which also has an indoor/outdoor stereo system and a hot tub on the deck.

The Cooks, who did much of the tile and finish work themselves, have a small child and have decided to move closer to Steamboat.

The home would be ideal for a retired person, those with older children and/or buyers searching for a second home with lots of privacy and entertainment opportunities, Weber said.

"It would be perfect for a couple that wants to get away from it all and entertain," she said.

For more information, call Weber or Hansen at 871-1960.

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

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