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Bella Vista Estate sells for $3.5 million

The Bella Vista Estate is a popular wedding and event venue, which can accommodate 35 overnight guests and up to 200 event guests.

— The sale of the unique Bella Vista Estate, a popular, multi-family rental event destination and family retreat on Rabbit Ears Pass, closed Thursday for $3.55 million.

The six-acre property overlooks Lake Catamount and includes three buildings with a total of 14 bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and other amenities.

The property was put on the market by owners David and Alicia Josfan in December for $3.95 million. The couple had owned the estate since purchasing it at auction in 2002.

"This was the most active high-end listing that we had in our pool of listings," said broker Chris Paoli, of Colorado Group Realty, who was listing broker. "It's just such a unique property. It definitely got a lot of attention."

Paoli said interest in the property came from as far away as Malaysia, but ultimately, the estate sold to a Colorado buyer.

The buyer was Perry Lynn LLC, a company registered to Abby Schissler, of Golden.

Schissler and her husband, Eric Schissler, had spent three years looking for a lodging property similar to Bella Vista Estate, when Abby Schissler saw it on the market this summer during a visit to town to compete in a half-marathon.

“It was like the answer to our prayers,” Schissler said. “We plan on putting our heart and soul into it and making it the best it can be.”

The current use of the property is as a multi-family vacation rental and family getaway for the Josfans, and Schissler said the couple is interested in continuing to run the property in a similar way.

Schissler, an event planner for the Front Range catering company Three Tomatoes, said she would assume the role of booking guests, while her husband, who has a construction background, would serve as a property manager.

The couple plans to live on-site but will also retain a pair of current on-site managers, as they are busy with a 7-month old child, Schissler said.

“It’s a dream come true for us,” Schissler said.

The Bella Vista Estate property has a rich history and was purchased in the 1960s by the late Bob Adams, a prominent figure in Routt County's history. He expanded the family getaway, then called the Chateau at Lake Catamount, from a small barn and caretaker unit to the estate it is today.

The popular rental last year was used to house the stars of the Bravo Network series "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," as they visited Steamboat Springs to film a three-episode special titled "Kandi's Ski Trip."

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