The main residence at Crazy Horse Ranch is an extensively remodeled Montana Log Home.

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The main residence at Crazy Horse Ranch is an extensively remodeled Montana Log Home.

Crazy Horse Ranch feels like home

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The barn at Crazy Horse Ranch includes functional livestock stalls as well as one of the most inviting party hangouts in the valley.

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Several nesting pairs of sandhill cranes occupy the wetlands on the ranch.

— The main residence at Crazy Horse Ranch houses some special touches that would be difficult to find anywhere else in the valley.

For starters, the master bath has a digitally controlled, Japanese-style toilet and a warming drawer for bath towels. Right around the corner is a heated closet expressly built to dry ski clothes and post-hot tub robes.

In spite of those custom touches and a notable chef's kitchen and great room, it may be the barn at Crazy Horse Ranch that steals the show. It stakes a claim to agricultural legitimacy with three horse stalls and a critical care bay for difficult births. There is a covered paddock where the full-sized John Deere resides. There's also room for a couple of burly ATVs and a canoe.

However, this barn is easily one of the most inviting party hangouts in Steamboat Springs.

The overstuffed leather chairs on the concrete floor contribute to the setting. The stainless steel kitchen on wheels that allows outdoor barbecues in summer and indoor chili suppers in winter is something to behold. The thundering karaoke machine flanked by amplified guitars makes an even louder statement. And it's the covered Old World bar that really sets this barn apart.

Darlinda Baldinger of Steamboat Village Brokers has Crazy Horse Ranch listed for $9.45 million. The property has drawn multiple showings this spring and summer. The price includes 70.1 acres of meadows and wetlands, three ponds stocked with trout and a good stretch of Yampa River frontage. In all, there is 11,529 square feet of living space designed to host extended families in bedrooms and living quarters that have been kept to a human scale.

"It is, I think, the most special place in Steamboat," Baldinger said. "It's the most tastefully designed home I've been in. This is a home - it's lived in."

The listing broker has an emotional connection to Crazy Horse - she's become close friends with the owners, who are moving to be closer to a grandchild.

The home was built in 1998 and remodeled in 2007. The hickory cabinets and wide plank flooring throughout set a golden tone for the home.

Situated just five minutes from the Steamboat Ski Area, the home offers views across hay meadows that are uninterrupted for miles. From the formal dining room, the views are north to Crystal Peak. And from the free-standing master bathtub, the views out bay windows to Thorpe and Blacktail mountains are private enough that window blinds are an afterthought.

Crazy Horse was placed on the market in February, Baldinger said, and was shown three or four times right away. It has been shown 15 times this summer - nine times to Realtors looking ahead to the arrival of clients and six times to prospective buyers.

"The typical showing has been to people who looked in Vail for two days and decided to come over here," she said.

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