A piece of history

Former Crawford residence offered for $2.45 million

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The sun-filled living room in the Baer Lake home features a large stone fireplace and wood interior.

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The Baer lake home is tucked into a wooded corner of Anglers Drive and offers enough water to justify owning a small canoe and a fly rod.

— The purchasers of the home at 1184 Anglers Drive on Baer Lake will acquire a piece of Steamboat Springs history. Along with it comes a singular property that offers private trout fishing and a nature preserve in the city limits.

It's all an easy stroll from dining and shopping in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center.

"There's nothing else like it," Realtor Joan Conroy said. "You can't find two-plus acres in the city with a historic lake in your back yard. There are no comps."

Conroy, of Steamboat Village Brokers, is the listing broker. The asking price for the three-bedroom, ranch-style home on 2.36 acres is $2.45 million.

The property was homesteaded in 1901 by Elmer Baer and his brothers. They were accomplished carpenters who built the F.M. Light home and other landmarks, including the long gone Cabin Hotel, owner Bob Schneider said.

The lake, fed by nearby Fish Creek, was used as a source of ice for the city of Steamboat Springs in an era when winter pond ice had to be conserved to refrigerate iceboxes throughout the summer. It was also used as a trout-rearing pond.

Bob's wife, Jeanne, said she has read that the community gathered by the pond for picnics at the same time they fished the annual fall spawning run of whitefish in Fish Creek.

For many years, the modern house was the home of the late Marv Crawford and his wife, Edie. Crawford was a four-way skiing legend in Steamboat.

The Schneiders enjoyed a friendship with the Crawfords and have a home next door. When the Crawfords made plans to relocate, they introduced the property to Texas friends Walt and Janelle Waldrop.

When the Waldrops sold the home, it was tied up but never closed on by the developer of the Steamboat Barn Village on the south side of Fish Creek, Schneider said.

The Schneiders negotiated the purchase of the Baer lake property, in part to forestall any development plans.

"I just didn't want to see six duplexes on that property," Jeanne Schneider said.

In the interim, the Schneiders have taken steps to ensure the wealth of native plants and 100-year-old trees along Fish Creek will be protected forever. While going through a minor subdivision process, they have imposed deed restrictions preventing development along the creek. And they've taken steps to give land to the city to create a public trail extension from Anglers Drive to a bridge over the creek that is currently private.

The minor subdivision process will create a buffer lot of about 2.2 acres between the Baer Lake home and the Schneiders' home.

The 2,500-square-foot Baer Lake home was built from a log kit, and recent remodeling has added a two-car garage and a substantial master suite.

In the event that buyers envision building a new dream home on the shore of the lake, Schneider said he would be willing to move the existing home onto the buffer lot. Otherwise, that lot will remain untouched as long as the Schneiders live up the road.

The qualities of the existing home include vaulted ceilings, a glass sunroom with tile floor, a large, river rock fireplace, a large second bedroom with its own private bath and a master suite that measures 270 square feet. It has a walk-in closet with bureaus and an exceptionally large master bath with a private view of the lake.

As a final enticement, Schneider reveals that he has recently hooked 16-inch rainbow trout in the lake.

Conroy can be reached at 879-7800, ext. 116.

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