Property offers hideaway close to town

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— It's springtime at Bear Lee A Ranch.

Bright yellow glacier lilies dot the hillside and hundreds of newly green aspen trees flank a red, country-style home.

The only sound is a creek and small waterfall pouring runoff into a picturesque pond surrounded by velvety turf.

The property, tucked in a pocket valley in Strawberry Park, has the privacy of a remote getaway yet is less than 15 miles from downtown Steamboat Springs.

Located on Elk Park Trail off of Routt County Road 36, Bear Lee A Ranch, jokingly named for its slight resemblance to a former owner's large ranch, includes 15 acres of land covered in aspen and pine trees.

National Forest land borders the property on two sides.

"I think it's irreplaceable," said owner Joe Bier, who also is listing the property for sale. "I don't know where you'd find this combination of proximity to town and National Forest, live water and seclusion."

Joe and Lynne Bier have lived in the home, built in 1981, for about six years. They spent the past two years renovating the 2,500-square- foot house with modern appliances, fixtures and finishes.

On the main floor, the kitchen includes new tile on the floor and counters, stainless steel appliances and new cabinet fronts and hardware. A convenient barbecue deck is just off the kitchen.

In the nearby family room, the Biers replaced an old wood stove with a gas fireplace and stone hearth with barn wood mantle.

An antique Chinese cabinet, which serves as a vanity in the main-floor powder room, is among unique touches in the home.

The Biers renovated all three bathrooms -- including a master bath -- with new toilets, sinks, faucets and vanities.

The family also improved and added south-facing windows to the home to take advantage of views of the Yampa Valley as well as the pond and trees on the property.

On the second floor, the master bedroom includes vaulted ceilings and a private deck overlooking the creek and waterfall. A new jetted tub next to a large window takes advantage of similar views.

A guest room on the second floor also features a private deck. The Biers have maximized storage space in both rooms with closet organization systems.

The third room, ideal as a children's room, includes a spiral staircase leading to a roomy loft and "bonus" room, which provides additional storage space or a sleeping area.

The Biers added a radiant floor heating system and a new boiler to the home, which also has electric baseboard heat.

For buyers looking for more space, the home's design allows several opportunities for expansion. Between 2,000 and 3,000 square feet could be added, Joe Bier said.

Outside, the home includes a detached three-car garage that is heated and insulated and includes attic storage space accessed with pull-down stairs.

Wood planking on all decks on the home, including a large patio with hot tub, has been replaced with Trex decking -- a no-maintenance composite of plastic and sawdust.

A new roof on the home is less than two years old.

Outdoor improvements in----clude extensive rockwork and a lawn with irrigation system.

The pond, ideal for cooling off in the summer, has a gravel shore and deck with gazebo.

Bear Lee A Ranch includes water rights and a 1,000-gallon storage tank.

Horses are allowed on the property, and there are no covenants dictating any additional outbuildings.

The property is being offered at $2,350,000. Call Joe Bier at 846-9146.

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