In-town serenity at Anglers Retreat

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A popular vintage poster depicts skiers on horses plodding through the snow against a backdrop of Mount Werner and Steamboat's iconic More Barn.

Forget the poster. The buyer of a home listed for sale in the Anglers Retreat development will see the classic barn perfectly framed by windows looking out from the master suite and library.

Ideal views are just one of the advantages of the home, which is the first resale home in the 2-year-old development, on Retreat Place off Anglers Drive, just past Sundance Plaza.

Jerry Stanford, the developer behind the project, is building the homes. There are 16 home sites in the neighborhood, and nine homes have been built. Those homes have sold, and another is under construction.

The resale home and lot, originally purchased by Ed and Linda Meagher, was one of the first properties sold in the development. With Fish Creek running behind the home and another creek running alongside it, the .28-acre property also is one of the most desirable in the neighborhood, said listing broker Shelley Stanford of Colorado Group Realty.

Conveniently located close to town, the house is framed by 150-year-old pine trees, as well as rock and tree landscaping that gives the property a forest feel and privacy from neighboring homes.

"You feel like you're out at Steamboat Lake ... but really, you're a block from Starbucks," Shelley Stanford said.

Buyers at Anglers Retreat chose from three floor plans. At 2,998-square-feet, the Meagher home is the largest of the floor plans but is still a comfortable size for second-home owners or busy full-timers not up for maintaining large trophy homes, Shelley Stanford said.

Some of the first buyers in the development were full-time residents looking to downsize from larger homes and lots, she said.

From the front door and patio, the home opens into a great room with vaulted ceilings. A gourmet kitchen and dining areas sit just off the great room, providing an overall grand space for entertaining family or guests, Shelley Stanford said.

In addition to alder-paneled appliances and cabinets, the kitchen features a large ancient hemlock wood island as well as a bar with a built-in icemaker and wine refrigerator.

The dining area leads outside to a covered porch with a custom rock wood-burning fireplace and built-in barbecue.

One of two roomy master suites in the home is on the main level and includes all standards of luxury such as a walk-in closet, steam shower and Jacuzzi tub as well as a private covered patio with recessed hot tub.

Upstairs, residents can relax in a classic library with built-in desk, bookcases and balcony overlooking the main floor. Among the many custom features in the home is the second-floor den, which the owners designed in the style of a log cabin, with barn wood planking on the walls and a pine wood ceiling. The room's private bathroom even features an old-style pull-chain toilet.

Another master suite is on the home's second level. The suites and den are carpeted, and the remainder of the house has hickory wood floors.

An oversized two-car garage is attached to the home, which has a stone, stucco and shingled exterior.

Outside, owners can enjoy the pleasure of a lush, green lawn and landscaping in the summer without the hassles of trimming or mowing, which is taken care of by the homeowners association. The association takes care of most exterior maintenance, including window washing, staining and snow plowing.

"We were targeting secondhome owners or people who, on weekends, like to ski or travel and don't want to worry about taking care of things," Shelley Stanford said.

Residents at Anglers Retreat also enjoy about six acres of common open space, a private pond stocked with trout, lighted pathways and walking trails along Fish Creek.

The home at Anglers Retreat is being offered at $1.795 million. Furniture and decor is not included in the price but is negotiable. For more information, call Shelley Stanford at 870-1455.


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

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