Rarely does luxury, comfort, and Colorado wilderness co-exist like it does at the 100-acre Snowmass Wilderness Estate. Sitting just below Mt. Sopris and the Elk Range in proximity to Aspen/Snowmass and Basalt, Colorado, and bordering the White River National Forest, this new 5,646 square-foot architect-designed home beckons the active family who wishes to recreate in a majestic and secluded alpine setting. Hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing, and horseback-riding can all be enjoyed on the miles of trails accessing the heart of the Colorado Rockies, mere steps from this private, end-of-the-road estate property. An off-the-grid, green residence with modern amenities, this never-lived-in, four bedroom, five and a half bath home is ensconced in a magical setting of aspen groves, open meadows, and a rushing creek, all at an elevation of 8,500’. Enjoy some top-notch Colorado alpine hunting here, where a 350’’ elk bull has been harvested, as well as wild turkey, mule deer, mountain lion, and black bear. A value purchase that is priced to sell well below appraised value.
RESIDENCE: The contemporary Tudor, hunting lodge-style residence with wood-frame and stone veneer was completed in 2008 by Scot Broughton Architects, LLC. It includes:
- 4 Bedroom, 5 ½ Baths
- Kitchen and walk-in pantry
- Breakfast Room
- Dining Room
- Living Room
- 2 Offices combined Library
- Master suite with full his and hers closets and baths
- Family Room combined as Library with wet bar
- Cedar lined seasonal clothes storage space
- Large secondary storage space
- 2 Car Garage
Exterior materials include the stone veneer, recycled synthetic slate roofing, and metal wrapped parapet caps. Window and door lintels, and wall caps are precast concrete. Interior finishes include concrete slab on grade on the ground level with underlayment and finish, and plywood sub-floors with lightweight concrete topping and finish flooring on the upper levels. Walls and ceilings are level 5 drywall primed and painted.
BARN / CARETAKER DWELLING UNIT / PROPERTY MECHANICAL: Note that concrete-poured foundations and primary steel structure are in place for completion by a new owner of a wood-framed, 3,100 square-foot barn with a caretaker apartment. Currently completed is the attached mechanical and generator building for operation of the main house, with systems in place, but not finished, for operation of the barn and caretaker apartment. Existing plans by Scot Broughton Architects LLC for the barn/apartment are to essentially match the style and texture of the residence, with the following: 1) exterior materials – complete stone veneer, metal roofing, and precast concrete parapet caps, window and door lintels; 2) Interior finishes to include concrete slab on grade on the ground level with underlayment and finish at the caretaker dwelling unit, and treated plywood sub-floors on the upper hay loft level. 3) Walls and ceilings are drywall painted. Ceilings in the barn are planned to be wood. Stalls are galvanized steel wainscot panels with metal railings above.
Also planned to be featured are:
- 4 Horse stalls
- Wash Room & Tack Room
- Hay Loft (Photovoltaic battery location)
- Caretaker Apt: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Kitchen, Dining Living.
- Lower Level 1,591 s.f.
- Main Level 2,796 s.f.
- Upper Level 1,259 s.f.
- Sub-total: 5,646 s.f.
- Garage 625 s.f.
- Total: 6,271 s.f.
BARN / APT:
- Main Level 1,839 s.f.
- Upper Level 771 s.f.
- Sub-total: 2,610 s.f.
- Caretaker Apt 551 s.f.
- Total: 3,161 s.f.
TOTAL PROPERTY ENCLOSED (when completed) = 9,596 s.f.
The property’s high country location is such that provided utilities are not available other than phone service. Alternative energy generating systems are to be utilized.
Contact broker for more details regarding plans for the property’s uncompleted barn building per Scot Broughton Architects LLC of Basalt CO.
The Snowmass Wilderness Estate is located at 6889 Capitol Creek Road, Snowmass, CO, on East Sopris Creek in the upper Capitol Creek area of Old Snowmass. The property sits at 8,500’ just above the Hay Park Trailhead where hikers and horseback riders embark on trips into the upper Capitol Creek watershed in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and White River National Forest. The area is where exhilarating Colorado alpine experiences take place, with iconic destinations such as Capitol Peak (a Fourteener), Snowmass Lake, and Williams Lake (where John Denver wrote “Rocky Mountain High”) each just a beautiful day trip away.
The Aspen/Snowmass resorts and their world-class recreational amenities and the restaurants and shopping of the city of Aspen are all approximately 45 minutes from the property, as is the Pitkin County Airport, where flights connect from many major U.S. cities. The quaint town of Basalt is 45 minutes away, and Carbondale and Glenwood are about a one hour drive.
The Snowmass Wilderness Estate is high elevation living at its best – 8,500 feet – so winters at the property can be cold and snowy, but one still often experiences stretches of nice days with the sun being strong, while summers are sunny with cool nights and intermittent afternoon showers.
- Ave Winter Low Temp: 9°
- Ave Summer High Temp: 79°
- Days of Sunshine: 245
- Annual Snowfall: 151 in.
- Annual Rainfall: 20 in.
The awe-inspiring Colorado Rockies are your backyard here, and the stylish Snowmass Wilderness Estate is your own personal trailhead, so recreational offerings include all that these mountains are famous for: mountain climbing, hiking, high country lake fishing, horseback riding and packing, backcountry and cross-country skiing, fly-fishing, wildlife viewing, and hunting, as well as all that the nearby, famous resorts and towns offer, such as downhill and cross-country skiing, whitewater rafting, and mountain and road biking.
Peak-bagging on Capitol Peak, Mt. Sopris, the Maroon Bells, and other high-profile mountains in this valley and adjacent drainages are also popular activities for locals and visitors alike.
East Sopris Creek flows fast through the property and small, fun brook trout and some cutthroat can be found here (there may be opportunities to enhance portions of this creek to improve the fishery habitat on-property). High country creeks and lakes are also short hikes or horseback rides away. Gold medal water is nearby on the Roaring Fork and Fryingpan Rivers.
Hunting reports for the property, both on the deeded 100-acres and adjacent national forest, are exceptional. A 350’’ elk bull was harvested on the adjacent national forest within a mile of the residence, on ground that is very difficult for the public to access, but easy for the landowner on nearby social and game trails. Black bear, wild turkey, mule deer and mountain lion are also present. This area is in Unit 43 and tags are obtained over-the-counter.
The property has both surface water rights out of the Nelson Ditch and an artesian well. The ditch rights fill an 18,000 gallon storage tank that the property uses for irrigation for the lawn and vegetation and for fire management.
Green, Environmentally-Sustainable Property
This remote, high elevation property was approved by Pitkin County with off-the-grid requirements, as getting utilities to this area would be difficult. As a result, the property uses a primary and secondary generator for its power. Generators are propane powered with 6,000 gallons of propane storage. The prime generator is 140 KW turbo with no elevation de-rating, and the secondary is a 60KW unit. PV solar panels are also planned for the not yet completed barn (roof) and caretaker apartment.