197-acre mountain retreat with a French chateau, guest home and barns, just a short drive from downtown Durango and ski areas.
Ute Junction Ranch stands as a picturesque 197-acre mountain sanctuary, boasting sweeping views of the majestic La Plata Mountains. Listed by Sotheby’s Realty, this retreat offers an exquisite French chateau-style residence, surrounded by diverse landscapes that include lush meadows, tall pines, and oak brush. Abundant wildlife, from elk and mule deer to duck, geese, and wild turkey, thrives across the ranch.
The centerpiece of the estate is a 16,000-square-foot primary residence, adorned with reclaimed stones from Chicago’s famed State and McKinzie Streets. A gated entry leads to a cobbled courtyard that welcomes guests to the grand entrance. Inside, the home features five-bedroom suites, six fireplaces, and spacious common areas strategically positioned to showcase panoramic views of the La Plata mountains. Noteworthy details include Venetian plaster walls, exquisite tile and marble flooring, custom-milled baseboards, crown molding, and unique stonework.
The primary suite, situated in the north wing, encompasses a fireplace, access to a hot tub, private dressing rooms with Luxe-wardrobe carousels, separate bathrooms with a steam shower and large soaking tub, and a kitchenette with laundry facilities. A unique Steptoe Canadian metal spiral staircase leads to dual offices with a refreshment area and clay-throwing tub. On the south wing of the main level, the kitchen features top-tier appliances, cabinetry, and counters, complemented by a butler’s pantry for additional storage and workspace.
The estate extends its hospitality beyond the primary residence, featuring a 2,700-square-foot guest home, a 1,700-square-foot guest cottage, and two heated barns for ample storage. Outdoor entertaining is perfected with two levels of stone terraces, a fireplace, speakers, and meticulously landscaped grounds. The property also caters to practical needs, with snowmelt driveways and terraces, in-floor radiant heating, and natural gas-powered generator and heating systems. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Durango, this mountain haven seamlessly combines luxury living with proximity to outdoor recreation, including skiing at nearby resorts such as Hesperus, Purgatory, Telluride, and Wolf Creek.
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