Real estate buyers seeking true value in a luxury mountain retreat will find an incredible buying opportunity with the luxury custom home at 1037 Catamount Drive in Ridgway, Colorado. Built with the finest materials and craftsmanship, the R&R Retreat rivals any custom home in Aspen, Telluride, Santa Fe, or Park City. With 13,067 square feet of living area and almost 15,000 feet under its roof, the home is a stunning example of world-class mountain architecture. Accompanying the home is a 5,600-square-foot “toy barn” with a 2-bedroom guest apartment. The total construction cost for the home, workshop and guest home was over $12 million.
Ridgway, Colorado is a quiet western town with charismatic energy that is only 45 minutes from Telluride and just minutes from the famous town of Ouray, known as “Switzerland of America” with its hot springs and incredible towering peaks. Known for its stunning vistas of two different mountain ranges, Ridgway has some of the most incredible scenery in the most scenic state in the US. The Cimarron Range lights up the skyline to the east of Ridgway, while the Sneffels Range, only 6 miles to the south, is on postcards and calendars all over the world. The original “True Grit” movie was filmed near Ridgway, and the “Hateful Eight” Tarantino movie was filmed about 20 miles away.
While some folks haven’t heard of Ridgway, others have, such as fashion mogul Ralph Lauren, who owns the infamous Double RL Ranch just south of town, viewable from this property. Charlie Ergen, co-founder and CEO of Dish Network and Echostar, owns a large spread just to the west of this property. Actor Dennis Weaver, of the 1970’s TV shows “Gunsmoke” and “McCloud”, built a famous “earth ship” house not more than a couple of miles away from this luxury home. Of course, Telluride plays host to Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and countless other stars, only 30 or so miles away as the crow flies.
No expense was spared in the construction of this Colorado mountain home. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in 2007. Every aspect of this home was specifically designed and executed as a custom detail, from the floor plan and foundation to the chimney stacks and roofing tiles. Since its completion, the home has been meticulously maintained and no one has lived in it.
The home is beautifully crafted with the finest materials. The foundation was carefully engineered; the home was sited to capture the most beautiful views of two mountain ranges. Materials were chosen for durability, beauty, and strength. Energy efficiency was a major factor in its design, with R38 walls, R50 ceilings, and high-efficiency windows. Self-sufficiency and redundancy was a key element in the planning of the property. The property has been meticulously maintained. Over 10 years after its completion, the home looks like it was finished yesterday, with no cracking, warping, or any visible flaws, and it has a detailed inspection report to verify that it is in incredible condition.
The custom home is situated on a 28.3-acre parcel of mountain land on the ridge of Log Hill Mesa overlooking Pleasant Valley, west of Ridgway. While very private and quiet, the property is only 6.4 miles from Ridgway. The elevation is 7,800 feet at the front door. The improvements are situated on a bench in the ponderosa pines, and not more than a quarter mile away to the north, a steep cliff rises 600 feet to Log Hill Mesa. Vegetation is a pleasant mix of Gambel oak, ponderosa pines, juniper, and pinyon pine. Over half the distance to Ridgway is via paved roads, with the balance being well-maintained county and subdivision gravel roads. Access is very good year-round.
Conceived in a mountain timber frame style, reminiscent of the historic mining tipples in the area, the R&R Retreat was built to last with low maintenance. The cypress siding, for example, is an unusual wood in Colorado mountain homes because it’s so expensive. However, cypress lasts many decades without degrading or rotting. The roof is a combination of metal and Da Vinci slate, an engineered roofing product designed to last for decades. The porte-cochère entryway is built of massive Douglas fir beams and flagstone floors, with snowmelt systems installed in critical areas to prevent ice buildup. Gutters and drains are stainless for maximum lifespan. Windows are high-end Anderson Eagle custom windows for maximum energy efficiency and durability. The home is enveloped by 6,000 square feet of decks and porches, giving it plenty of room to host large groups of people.
One of the hallmarks of this property is the beautiful timber frame construction, particularly in the great room, which is reminiscent of one of Europe’s great halls or hunting lodges. However, the casual observer can’t tell that the home is actually built with an engineered steel “outer skin” superstructure. The impressive beamwork is actually not structural, as it was built inside the existing steel framework of the home. Regardless, the architect accounted for the extra weight of the timber framing by calling for extra stout footings and concrete pads to support it. Walls were built with “straight and true” timber-strand 2×8’s for maximum strength and straightness.
The interior features of this home are almost too many to list. Suffice it to say that the treatments were very carefully chosen, and the finest materials were used. Every room was situated to take advantage of the incredible views of both the Mt. Sneffels and the Cimarron mountain ranges. There are 5 bedrooms, including 2 master suites with 5-piece baths, and a large guest apartment; 5 full and 3 half-baths; massage room and locker room; home theater/media room with chef’s kitchen; expansive executive office; 1,300-square-foot flex room (gymnasium, art studio, dance studio, weight room, party room); steel-line safe room; gourmet kitchen; custom lighting throughout including Hammerton Forge and Brass Light Gallery; oversized 2-car garage; 2 laundry rooms; walnut flooring.
The R&R Retreat was built with the idea in mind to sit out a natural disaster or emergency situation with little consequence. For example, the property is served by a very good domestic water company that is known for providing high-quality drinking water to a wide area. Regardless, the property has an 800-foot domestic water well as a backup, just in case. There is more than ample room for all kinds of storage, in the event that an owner wishes to stow away meals and provisions. The home is pre-wired for a large backup generator in the event that power goes out. The toy barn has its own “gas station”, with a large diesel tank and a large gasoline tank. For security’s sake, there is a “safe room” built entirely of reinforced concrete and lined with plate steel. The mechanical systems are redundant, with two water heaters and two furnaces, as well as two propane tanks.
The toy barn was built to accommodate the types of recreational vehicle that an enthusiast would use in the Colorado high country—Jeeps, ATV’s, snowmobiles, side-by-side quads, and even Class A motorhomes and coaches. The toy barn was designed so that it has open floor space with no columns in the way, due to a massive metal beam that holds the weight of the building. The garage doors on each end of the building allow a full-size RV, bus, or motorhome to drive through the building, entering on one side and exiting on the other side. There is even a “gas station” with a 275-gallon diesel tank and 500-gallon gasoline tank and electric pump.
The guest house is situated across the parking area from the main house and is integrated into the toy barn/garage. Downstairs is a sitting area and closets, while upstairs is the fully outfitted apartment, which is very comfortable.
Luxury Mountain Retreat
Luxury home with stellar views
Near Telluride, Colorado
Toy Barn & Guest Apartment
5 bedrooms, 8 baths, toy barn
Retreat with all amenities
Perfect Prepper Property
Gary Hubbell, Auctioneer