Paul and Linda Williams put a lot of thought into their custom-built home in the Sanctuary.
The French-county style home, inspired by their travels in Europe, was designed to comfortably accommodate a couple as well as multiple guests in private, yet inviting living spaces.
Only high-quality building materials satisfied Paul Williams, an engineer. He also included cooling, humidification and other systems for ultimate comfort.
The personal touches, extra amenities and convenient, yet serene location offer high-end buyers a special value they may not find in a spec home, said listing broker Barb Backurz of Steamboat Village Brokers.
"I think the Williams house represents one of the better values in the marketplace," she said.
Built in 1995, the home has about 5,350 square feet of finished living space featuring wide, country-style molding, marble and Corian countertops, multiple sets of French doors, as well as cherry wood floors and built-in cabinets.
The Williams' children and grandchildren often visit, so the couple designed the home with a master suite and main living areas on the main floor and extra guest space on the second and ground levels.
When there are no guests, "there's no stairs to climb, it's large enough for us, and it doesn't feel massive," Paul Williams said.
They also designed distinct, private living spaces while maintaining a bright openness throughout the home.
"When you want to be separate, you have a place to go," Linda Williams said.
The home's vaulted foyer opens into a living room with gas fireplace and glass doors looking out over the 13th fairway of the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course.
An office, also suitable for a nursery, and master suite sit off to the left of the entryway. The master suite has all the expected amenities, including a Jacuzzi tub, double walk-in closets and a gas fireplace.
Another set of glass doors leads to the deck, which extends along the northern side of the home and fairway. A set of stairs just off the master suite leads to a hot tub nestled in a group of mature pine trees.
"This is one of the most special aspects of the house, is sitting out here in the evening," Paul Williams said.
The main level also includes a formal dining room, which seats about 14 people, and kitchen, which features a classic contrast of dark green marble countertops and white paneled appliances and cabinets.
In addition to a professional gas range and double sinks, the kitchen also has a built-in wine keeper or sommelier. The kitchen steps down into a cozy family room with wood burning fireplace and picture windows overlooking the golf course.
Guests or children can sleep through breakfast or rise early for a day of skiing from one of three upstairs bedrooms. One large room is designed for bunk beds and leads to a "Jack and Jill" bathroom that connects with a neighboring room.
The upstairs features a cherry-railed balcony that looks over the main floor and includes a quiet reading nook that also could serve as a library.
Another private bedroom suite is on the home's garden level. The ground floor also features a large room that has been wired as an extensive media room but could be converted to a caretaker's apartment.
"It would be really easy to adapt," Backurz said, noting that the room is equipped with appropriate plumbing for a kitchen and that there is a separate access from outside.
The floor also has 500 square feet of unfinished space that could provide more living space for an apartment or an exercise room.
A small, unfinished room has been plumbed for a sauna.
New owners won't have a problem storing toys and equipment in the home, which has almost 1,000 square feet of heated dry storage areas.
Convenient amenities in the home include a sophisticated security system as well as two water heaters that owners selectively can turn on and off for efficiency.
The home also has an indoor and outdoor sound system, multi-line phone system and an exhaust fan that draws hot air into the attic in the summer.
"Those are the things people don't see," Paul Williams said. "Those are the things under the skin of the house."
The Williams are having another home built in the county and are well-aware of how expensive building materials have gotten in the past nine years.
"I wouldn't want to build this house again today. ... There's definitely a distinct value here," Paul Williams said, noting all its walls were built of plywood instead of wood composite materials.
One of the biggest advantages of the Williams' home is its location in the Sanctuary; a quiet, upscale neighborhood nestled in a valley near Fish Creek. The neighborhood is minutes from the grocery store, and the Williams often hike up to Fish Creek Falls and Long Lake from their home.
They also have enjoyed open views of a green belt just across the fairway. A lifetime membership to the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Club is included in the home value, with a $900 transfer fee.
The Williams' home is being offered at $1.78 million.
Open houses will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. today and Feb. 20. For more information, call Backurz at 879-7800.
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