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Red Bridge Estate

$12,495,000 Durango, CO 35± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Red Bridge is an astounding luxury estate nestled in the Animas Valley near the quintessential mountain town of Durango, Colorado. The improvements are truly impeccable. The property is secluded but not remote, being a short drive 25-minute drive to Durango. The expansive home was recently featured in Luxe Interior Design, praising its ability to merge outdoor and indoor living stating, “Colorado home puts a vivid spin on Western Style”. The exterior attributes of the estate are just as stunning as the home. You enter the ranch over a beautiful red bridge and down a tree-lined drive opening to a beautiful estate. Giant cottonwoods, running water, numerous ponds, fencing, impressive horse barn with indoor stalls and living quarters above with stunning views of the estate. There are numerous outdoor living and entertainment areas to enjoy, including a spectacular stone fireplace, dining area, fire pit, viewing deck, and tennis and pickleball court. Coon Creek borders the property and runs year-round. The land is filled with the sounds of nature. You may hear a bugling bull elk from the significant elk herd that calls the ranch home, with knee-deep grasses, protected benches, trees, ponds and running springs, it is easy to understand why. The ranch has water rights for irrigation, recreation, piscatorial and filling of fishponds. The secluded property creates a recreational oasis for the owners and their guests. Wildlife including elk, deer and wild turkeys frequent the property.

Just the Facts

  • 35± acres
  • 8,251± square foot main residence with oversized garage
  • In-floor heating system controlled via Wi-Fi
  • Outdoor entertainment, living and dining area
  • Tennis and pickleball court
  • 3,385± square foot 4-stall equestrian barn with living quarters
  • Four separate fenced pastures
  • Live creek and several ponds on the property
  • Very private and secluded location
  • Easy access from Durango
  • Very diverse topography and vegetation
  • Wildlife rich habitat

General Description

Red Bridge Estate is a luxurious country estate experience. The owners paid tribute to the history of the valley in planning and building the improvements. No expense was spared in the design of the estate and its grounds. A powerful team of designers took their individual specialties to the limit. The home has been featured in Luxe Interior Design, praising its ability to merge outdoor and indoor living, quoting, “Colorado home puts a vivid spin on Western Style.” The exterior attributes of the estate are just as stunning as the home. You enter the ranch over a red bridge, thus the name, and go down a tree-lined drive opening to a beautiful estate. Giant cottonwoods, running water, numerous ponds, fencing, impressive horse barn with indoor stalls, living quarters above, and exercise area with stunning views of the estate.

There are numerous outdoor living areas to enjoy, a firepit, and a tennis court with a viewing deck. The land is filled with the sounds of nature. You may hear a bugling bull elk from the significant elk herd that calls the ranch home, with knee-deep grasses, protected benches, and running springs, it is easy to understand why. Red Bridge Ranch Estate pays respect to its old west roots and comfortably lays in a modern contemporary ranch home, blended with landscapes of ranch life and modern amenities, giving you a perfect tranquil lifestyle.

Broker's Comments

This is truly a jewel of a gentlemen’s ranch. The improvements are stunning, as are the property itself and the surrounding million-dollar views. This is a must-see for the discriminating luxury property buyer looking for their own private and secluded piece of Colorado property with all of the comforts of indoor and outdoor living at your disposal.  

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Location

Red Bridge Estate is located 25 minutes from the historic and quaint mountain town of Durango, Colorado. The property lies in the very private and secluded Animas Valley in the middle of the San Juan Mountains and the San Juan National Forest. Commercial air travel is available.

Locale

The area is steeped in history from ancestors of the Ancestral Puebloans, the Utes, and the Spanish conquistadors. The 19th century brought ranching and agriculture back along with modern movie making such as the 1969 western classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The expansive Mesa Verde National Park is located nearby. The historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has been transporting passengers and precious metals for 140 years. The train travels during all four seasons and carries more than 200,000 passengers per year. Nearby Purgatory Resort offers world-class skiing with over 40 miles of groomed terrain and over 260 inches of annual snowfall. The resort has been voted as having the “Best Ski Weather in America” more than ten times by SKI magazine. For the fisher, the Animas River offers Gold Medal water fishing for Trout. 


Durango’s population is approximately 19,000. It is full of all necessary services, fine restaurants, shopping, arts and culture, Native American history, and numerous activities and attractions. Durango reportedly has more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. The area is rich in history and has countless attractions. Fort Lewis College is located in Durango. Recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, and sightseeing abound in the area.


Purgatory Mountain-Durango Mountain - Located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, 25 miles north of the historic town of Durango and established in 1965. Purgatory offers 105 trails, including five terrain parks, over 1,605 skiable acres, and 12 lifts, including one six-person and one high-speed quad lift. Known for being one of the best values in Colorado and a great destination for beginners and intermediates. The elevation at the summit is 10,822 feet (3,299m), with a vertical drop of 2,029 feet (618 m). 


Mesa Verde National Park - Located in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde (Spanish for green table) offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from AD 600 to 1300. Today the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Mesa Verde is always open, but opportunities vary from season to season. 


Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed, and the train began hauling both freight and passengers. This historic train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882, carrying passengers behind vintage steam locomotives and rolling stock indigenous to the line. It is a family-friendly ride sure to create memories that will last a lifetime while offering a view of Colorado’s mountain splendor inaccessible by highway. Relive the sights and sounds of yesteryear for a spectacular journey on board the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. 


Million Dollar Highway - The winding US Highway 550 is also known as The Million Dollar Highway, running all the way from New Mexico to Colorado. Part of the San Juan Skyway, this highway was built in the late 1880s, and it is one of the most spectacular drives in the USA. The Million Dollar Highway section connects Ouray and Silverton and is lined with many small adventure towns and ghost mining villages. 

Climate

Durango has over 300 days of sunshine annually. The average summer high temperature is around 86 degrees in July, and the average winter low temperature is 13 degrees in January. On average, Durango gets 18 inches of rain and 67 inches of snow per year. 

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 35±
Total Acres: 35±

Additional Information

The estate has an electric automated gate. The entire outside of the estate was designed for entertainment purposes. There is a tennis court, two pickleball courts, basketball court, bocce court, and you can fish and kayak on Coon Creek. There is also a small raised garden for planting vegetables. The estate is perimeter fenced except along Coon Creek. There are four separate pastures, all with water and gates. Four spring-fed ponds also provide great stock water.

Improvements

The Luxurious Main Home features 8,521± square feet with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The expansive kitchen was designed by EKD in Denver and features a unique island countertop made from petrified logs. Thermador appliances, a walk-in pantry with sink, breakfast eating area, and 8-foot sliding doors that lead to outside dining. Beautiful hickory wood floors are located throughout the house. There is also an elevator to assist with large items for the upstairs.

The Great Room features a 28-foot vaulted ceiling, a massive floor to ceiling stone fireplace, an 8-foot window seat, and opens to the west side patio overlooking the creek.

The Family Room and Saloon feature a very nice wet bar, floor to ceiling river rock fireplace, 12-foot sliding door to the outdoor patio and a wine closet.

The Master Suite has a private patio with gas firepit, copper-lined hot tub, a dry sauna, steam shower, two master closets and a 20-foot vaulted ceiling.

The house also has four large guest rooms, two laundry rooms, three fireplaces, upstairs den/TV room, office space, a guest room above the garage as well as outdoor living and entertainment spaces. There is also a four car garage with an epoxy coated floor and mudroom with pet shower.

The large outdoor patio features a double-sided stone fireplace with dining and lounging areas. There is an outdoor kitchen with built-in grill and bar. The patio is also wired for TV and sound.

The horse barn is equally finished with tremendous detail to luxury. It is 3,385± square feet, has in-floor radiant heat, four stalls, and plumbing for waterers. Upstairs there is a vary nice large studio apartment and large workout area. There is also a laundry area, workshop, and bathroom, as well as ample storage.

Water Resources

The property has .25cfs of water rights out of the Ambold Ditch No. 2 for irrigation, recreation, and piscatorial uses, as well as filling of ponds. There are several ponds that are great aesthetic attributes and one is set up to be stocked with fish. The property borders Coon Creek and the water rights are plentiful to irrigate the lush landscaping. 

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Wildlife Resources

Recreational Considerations

Elk, deer, and wild turkeys frequent the property because of the tree-covered protection, knee-deep grasses and running springs. One of the ponds is ready to be stocked with fish and could be deepened if needed. The property really is like a private recreational oasis for the owner and the wildlife.


In addition, the surrounding San Juan National Forest provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and hunting. The nearby Animas River and other tributaries provide Gold Medal and other various fishing opportunities for the discriminating fisher. The Animas is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Western United States. A two-mile stretch of the river has been rated as true Gold Medal water and provides the highest quality of fishing for large trout. 

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