Strawberry Park house sells for $4 million |

Strawberry Park house sells for $4 million

— The clients weren't asking for a miracle. They were looking for a luxurious home on a rural parcel with live water close to public schools with the potential for the man of the house to walk out his back door in the autumn and hunt for elk.

Prudential Steamboat Realtors Kathy and Erik Steinberg had listed the perfect property a few weeks earlier, and their colleague Pam Vanatta had the match.

The result was the $4 million sale last week of a 10,381-square-foot, five-bedroom, 5.5-bath single-family home with four fireplaces, a guest house and horse barn on 35.38 acres in the Strawberry Meadows subdivision of Strawberry Park.

The property had been on the market for only 64 days, making it a notably quick sale in its price range.

Kathy Steinberg said that the technical listing date was Jan. 10 but that she actually wasn't cleared to show it until Feb 4. Once that happened, it didn't take long to put it under contract.

"We only showed it to one serious buyer," she said. "Others hadn't had a chance to get into town yet."

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"Kathy and Erik did a good job pricing the property for this market," Vanatta said. "I think you're going to see the high end of the market shake loose."

Steinberg said she told her clients that the listing wouldn't work in the current market if it was priced higher than $5 million, and they said, "OK."

It last sold for $5 million in 2006.

The home is so close to the elementary and middle schools on the Strawberry Park campus that it overlooks them, but the home itself is secluded in a mix of aspen and evergreen trees.

And about those elk.

"There is a deeded trail that leads into the National Forest," Steinberg said. "Butcherknife Creek and the Soda Creek ditch flow through the property," and there is an 18-foot-deep, spring-fed pond with clear water suitable for swimming. A small boat dock and a rope swing complete the pond.

The house, with a dramatic stone exterior, was built in 1992, but it was well-architected and has been significantly updated, Steinberg said.

"The architectural features are beautiful, and the architect designed it to allow natural light to flow into the living spaces from all directions," she added.

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