Youll have endless, breathtaking views of Gunnison National Forest and the Fossil Ridge Wilderness from this, private 40-acre, custom-built exquisite log home. Nature abounds with open meadows, hill-side aspens and pine trees to gaze at, an abundance of wildlife to search for and the towns of Gunnison, Almont and Crested Butte as your backdrop, thus making the landscape at this secluded property second to none.
Located in Gunnison Highlands North, this property is perfect for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts alike as it borders Gunnison National Forest and offers miles and miles of trails to hike, fish, horseback ride, 4x4, ohv/atv, snowmobile or cross-country ski. At 9875 elevation, youll enjoy those crisp, clear air, star studded night skies and sunny warm summer days amongst the wildflowers and pristine picturesque surroundings. Although the home has seasonal access, the owners have lived there year-round for 13+ years. You can access the property by automobile in the non winter months and by snowmobile, tracked vehicles or other ohv's in the winter via County Road 743, also called Lost Canyon which goes from Gunnison to Almont. However since there are no HOA rules to follow and if you dont feel like driving, there is also a potential location on the property for helicopter landing! There are also other homes in the area, mostly 40-acre tracts, so there are neighbors nearby, but not too close!
The current owners built this custom handcrafted, full scribe log home in 2003. It features 12-24 Douglas fir exterior logs, large covered porch which enters into the front foyer, with hall closet, and beautiful half log, open staircase. This leads you into the open concept kitchen, dining area and family room and master bedroom on the main floor. Here youll find beautiful custom built douglas fir cabinetry, trusses and floors, and wood burning stove, giving it that mountain home feel. The bath off the foyer is also shared by the master bedroom. The large sunny deck off the dining area is perfect for soaking in those views. The top floor has a second bedroom with private deck and large, additional room currently used for an office but could be used as a bunk room, second living area, hobby room, you name it, and features large vaulted ceilings with impressive douglas fir trusses and massive windows offering lots of natural light and captures those magnificent views. Plus lots of extra storage. With 2052 sq ft of living space, youll definitely have lots of space to spread out. The walk out basement is ready for finishing offering an additional 1140 sq ft including roughed in plumbing for a second bathroom with shower/tub.
There are 3 additional buildings on this private, well-maintained property. If you have horses, youll love the 30x36 ft barn with power and an automatic waterer, plus small corral on the outside of the barn. Plus with the perimeter of the property completely fenced in with smooth wire and gates on each side, this property is perfect for horses. In fact, the owners had horses there year-round for the first 7 years they lived there. There is a 24x24 ft. garage with 10 ft overhangs on two sides to park your vehicles under and finally the 18x20 ft greenhouse is perfect for growing those winter vegetables.
These owners planned a well thought out, energy efficient, off grid home. The expansive solar system provides electric, but theres a covered, self contained backup propane generator for those cloudy, winter days. For water, there is a 425 ft deep well, which produces 20 gpm, a solar powered well pump with 1400 gallon cistern and a hydrant near the greenhouse, which flows by gravity from the cistern. The house is kept warm by propane powered in-floor radiant heat in the main floor and basement, plus there is a wood stove and low e-windows. There are 2 leased 1000 gallon buried propane tanks which run the refrigerator, freezer, stove and on-demand water heater. Youll stay connected with Verizon cell and optional internet services available. Finally theres room for your RV as the property comes equipped with RV dumping into the septic system, located down the hill.
Hunting on Gunnison Highlands North is nothing short of impeccable, the abundant game in unit 55 has been a destination for Colorado Natives. Elk herds in unit 55 are thriving with many trophy bulls being taken yearly and lots of hunting opportunities right out your back door since the property borders over 1 Million acres of National Forest. Unit 55 is a draw unit for both Deer and Elk tags, Archery season can be drawn yearly for Elk and rifle seasons can be drawn from zero points up to 2 points depending on the year. Gunnison Highlands North sits in the Mecca for Giant Mule Deer, any given year you can turn up bucks from the 190 to 200+ class. Many resident bucks call this place home and as the seasons progress thousands of deer and elk migrate to this area.
This property opens the door to several amazing fishing holes within a short drive, I have personally fished Beaver Creek right below the cabin, with every cast providing a hook up on native Brown and Rainbow Trout and vary in size from 8-18. Several other honey holes from Taylor River and Reservoir, to the countless high country lakes that suffice the fisherman with that much Tug therapy.
While you dont often normally find established trails out in the wilderness, here youll have countless 4x4 trails to choose from right outside your door. Whether its the trail to Almont for fishing on the river, grabbing some dinner and drinks at the local restaurant and bar, or jumping on the One Mile trail on the Taylor River, or taking a day hike to Fossil Ridge Wilderness, just to name a few, you' ll never get tired of the areas left to explore.
Other Nearby Activities
If you want to venture beyond your own backyard paradise, theres nearby Crested Butte for some downhill world- famous skiing at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Or how about water rafting down the Taylor River in Almont? Of course youll have to try some mountain biking at Hartmans in Gunnison. Plus Blue Mesa Reservoir is also fun for boating and fishing.
Situated between Gunnison and Crested Butte, you have the seclusion of being out in nature, yet convenience of nearby by shopping, restaurants, and grocery stores. Gunnison also has a hospital and regional airport.
This incredible home has all you need and more. The views are outstanding and the recreational opportunities are unparallel. Its the perfect hunting lodge, vacation home or make it your full-time residence. With no HOA to deal with, your uses are endless and you can make it your own. Call Seth Craft at (970) 787-0864 or Barb Myers at (970) 209-9941 for more details.