Ranch provides privacy, history

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Horseback riding for hours with only the wind in your ears and wildlife in your sights is a dream for sale.

It's possible at Lonesome Eagle Ranch, a 150-acre property and historic home just west of Sleeping Giant.

The ranch, about 15 miles north of U.S. Highway 40 at the end of Routt County Road 46, offers agriculture opportunities as well as the privacy and peace of mind some buyers might be looking for.

"It opens up a lot of possibilities for local people that have a lot of horses and want to get more into the ranching aspects of Steamboat," listing broker Pam Vanatta said. "It's one of the last unbroken pieces around."

With 135 acres of hay and alfalfa fields and a creek-fed pond, the property is ideal for horses. It includes a four-stall barn with water and electricity, an outdoor riding arena and an adjudicated spring with 1,000-gallon holding tank.

The log homestead on the ranch, originally built in 1904 by Carl Bloomquist, was restored and expanded in 1998.

The 4,200-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and includes a spacious master suite with gas fireplace, steam shower, walk-in closet and French doors opening onto a private deck.

The owners kept the old-style charm of the home while adding modern touches and amenities, including Corian kitchen counters and in-floor radiant heat.

Oak floors, pine doors, dark-stained ceiling beams and light ash kitchen cabinets lend a mountain lodge feeling throughout the home.

Personalized finishes such as Mexican tile in the bathrooms and stair railings made of cross-country skis contribute to the overall warmth of the homestead.

"The home is very unique and tastefully done," Vanatta said.

Outside, new owners can admire the landscape from a covered porch. A small cabin on the property may be restored as a guest home or storage area.

A large three car garage with power doors provides storage space for vehicles and/or recreational equipment.

Lonesome Eagle Ranch is being offered at $1,325,000. For more information, call Vanatta at 879-8100.

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