On the Market for Feb. 17

<p>Ghost Ranch Saloon</p>

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The future of the soon-to-be-former Off the Beaten Path Bookstore building is revealed in documents recently filed with the city planning department.

Downtown Steamboat will get a new live music venue, Ghost Ranch Saloon, if new owner Jean Sagouspe is successful in his petition to the city.

Amy Garris of Old West Management recently filed for a change of use permit as well as a permit to undertake a minor exterior modification to the building at 56 Seventh Street, on Sagouspe's behalf.

Sagouspe, a California almond farmer, purchased the building from Dick and Leslie Ryan for $2.1 million in November 2007.

Off the Beaten Path is moving to Ninth Street.

Sagouspe has retained Mountain Architecture Design Group of Steamboat to help with a remodel that would open up the bookstore space to create a performance stage and table seating.

Plans filed with the city show a long bar against the north wall, where the bookstore's cash registers are presently located.

The wall dividing the bookshelves from the current dining area would be removed.

The space within the cupola at the front corner of the building would be converted to a lounge. The stage, with a curved front, would be tucked into a corner just off the cupola.

Tentative plans show round four-top tables on the main level.

The mezzanine level also would be altered with a more open railing, a sound booth and a VIP lounge.

The basement has always housed a kitchen and would continue to do so. But some of the existing office space would be remodeled to provide dressing rooms and a green room, presumably for performing artists.

Nessie lives on Seventh

We made a sea monster sighting this month at an historic home on Seventh Street. The "Mark Twain House" owned by Tom and Kelly Reuter is for sale and includes some very creative touches, including a Loch Ness monster that swims upside down in a saltwater lagoon painted on the kitchen ceiling.

The artwork is part of a trompe l'oeil mural by artist Ziggy Malinowski that disguises a pair of metal plumbing elbows that protrude from the ceiling.

The artist added a 3D rendering of Nessie's dragonhead and painted the plumbing elbows a matching green to disguise them as the monster's sinuous body.

You have to see it to fully appreciate it. The home is co-listed by Peggy Wolfe of RE/MAX Steamboat and David Lacey of Century 21 Ski Town Associates.

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