Green Homes for Sale - Idaho Springs, Colorado Green Home

Idaho Springs, Colorado — Green Home For Sale

An eco-friendly Colorado mountain home only an hour from Denver, this 4-bedroom, 2-bath year-round retreat, designed by a nationally recognized sustainability architect, takes maximum advantage of the spectacular views, with minimal impact on the alpine setting, using eco-friendly materials.

Listing ID: 17906

  • Green Home
  • Healthy Home
Annual Property Tax $1,878
Annual Utility Cost $2,000
Home Area 2,176 sq ft
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Total Property Area 33977 sq ft
Year Built 1995

Property Description

Eco-friendly Colorado Alpine Retreat. A high country home for year round enjoyment. Designed by a nationally recognized Boulder, Colorado architect, this house was sited to take maximum advantage of the spectacular views which surround it and designed to reflect the local mining history. Scan the horizon for Mt. Evans or Bierstadt, watch the skiers on St. Mary’s Glacier or simply enjoy the bounty of summer wildflowers. Fishing, hiking, skiing, 4-wheel drive roads are all right out the front door. And there is city water and city sewer. One hour to Denver, one hour to DIA. With minimal impact on the land and sustainable and low-maintenance materials utilized in the construction, a very peaceful retreat was created. There is plenty of room for friends and family with 4 bedrooms plus guest house and office over the 2-car garage. With the master suite on the second floor, and three guest bedrooms, guest bath and family room on the ground floor, the floor plan maximizes southern exposure and places the “public” space on the second floor so you and your guests can enjoy all the best views from the open living/dining/kitchen Great Room. Large diameter structural and accent logs, Colorado pine ceilings and spruce floors, hand-rubbed tung-oiled pine trim, and a local field stone fireplace all contribute to the sense of warmth and comfort. Built with care using eco-friendly materials and finishes, Glacier View Camp demonstrates a design that truly is compatible with its beautiful surroundings. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to have your very own Rocky Mountain aerie. The Design: Sustainable design by prominent Boulder Architect, Jim Logan. Captures the historic flavor of the nearby 1894 mining district with modern, eco-sensitive technology. In-(concrete) floor and in-wall radiant heat with highly efficient propane boiler. Local field stone efficient fireplace and pellet stove in main house. Efficient propane stove in guest house. Custom hand-oiled woodwork throughout, incl. guest house. Large diameter structural and accent pine logs. Low VOC paints and natural linseed and tung oil finishes. High-R insulation with 8-inch walls. High quality energy-efficient metal-clad Hurd wood windows and patio doors. Custom Santa Fe pine entry door. Oil-rubbed 2 inch thick spruce wood floors. Dramatic vaulted ceilings in great room and office above garage. Tung oiled tongue and groove pine and recycled redwood ceilings. Underground utilities include electric power and municipal water and sewer lines. Guest House and office above the oversize 2-car garage includes overflow guest bedroom, ½ bath, and loft. Double lot with level driveway and true privacy. 300-gallon backup water system. Legal Description and Terms: Legal: Winterland Unit 3, lots 36 & 37, Clear Creek County, Colorado Earnest Money Deposit: $7,000 Possession: Delivery of DeedrnInclusions/Exclusions -- could be sold furnished. Inclusions: New Kenmore refrigerator and new Bosch dishwasher, GE Profile Gas Stove, range hood, ceiling fan in office/guest room, window coverings, light fixtures, in-wall speakers, garage door opener. Exclusions: Antique furniture and artwork. Dimensions: Double lot totals about ¾ acre Main House (interior dimensions -rounded to nearest half foot): Living room 21’ x 15’ Kitchen 15’ x 10’ Dining 11½’ x 9\' Master Bedroom 14’ x 14’ Master Bath 10’ x 6’ Family Room 21’ x 15’ Guest Bedroom 14’ x 12½\' 2nd Guest BR 15’ x 8’ Bunkroom 7’ x 12’ Guest bath 8’ x 5’ South deck 11½’ x 6’ North deck 5’ x 18½’ Total Main House floor area per County Assessor: 2176 SF. Office/Guest house (over the garage)Office: 15½’x 21’ Bedroom 7’ x 15½ Bath 7’ x 5’ Loft 7’ x 12’ Total Office/Guest Bedroom floor area per County Assessor: 540 SF Garage 22’ x 24’rnrnThe Settingrn Aerie-like 360 degree alpine views. Accessible all year, only 1 hr. to Denver and only 1½ hrs. to DIA. Only 40 minutes to Loveland, and 1-hour to Breckinridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin ski areas. Explore nearby silver miner’s cabins and bunkhouses. Direct access to extreme and cross country skiing, snowshoeing, trout fishing, mountain biking, bird watching. Walk to the Continental Divide from the front door and hike up 13,000 foot peaks. Homeowners Association membership enables fishing in our private rainbow trout-filled lake. Nearby fly-fishing in alpine lakes for Brook Trout and Splake (Brook/Lake Trout hybrid. Brown trout fly-fishing in Clear Creek is only 20 minutes away. Incredible 4-wheel drive roads to alpine trail heads and ghost towns, and the famed Central City Opera House. Sensitively placed to minimize earthwork and impact to native spruce, fir, aspen, pines, and willows on the property. Year-round creeks surround the property. Incredible wildflowers. Contact Information: In addition to the website on the home, we have listed the property through a local real estate agent and his contact information is as follows: Mike Maxwell ReMax 100 Phone: (303) 526-3161 Email:

What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Minimal site disruptionrnNatural wood finishes (Tung oil and Linseed oil)rnLow VOC paint. In-floor and in-wall radiant heat. Highly efficient propane-fired boiler. Oriented directly to the Southern sun. Low-e wood frame Hurd windows with metal cladding. 8-inch thick wall insulation. R-30 to R-40 ceiling insulation.

Neighborhood Description

First \"settled\" by gold and then silver miners in the 1890\'s, the little mining community of Alice and St. Mary\'s Glacier is located on Fall River Road, just a 20-minute drive north from Idaho Springs and Interstate 70, just one hour from downtown Denver and Denver International Airport -- but a world apart. rnrnNestled just below the Continental Divide surrounded by 13,000 foot peaks, the home is situated at the very top of the development, which was platted in the early 1970\'s but never completely built out. The double lot is gently sloping and includes Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, and Bristlecone Pines, as well as Aspen and willows -- and incredible wildflowers (including the Colorado State Flower, the Columbine, and the Wyoming State Flower, the Indian Paintbrush). There are year-round creeks surrounding the property and the Homeowner\'s Association owns (and stocks) its two trout-filled lakes. You can\'t see another home from inside, yet you can see \"forever\", including the 14,000 foot peaks to the south and the \"glacier\" itself, which is a year-round snow field with its own glacial lake nestled below it -- all just a 15-minute walk. rnrnThe community has a healthy mix of perhaps 100 to 200 year-round and summer residents, and there is a real opportunity to participate: we have our own Water and Sanitation District, Municipal District -- including year-round access with winter snow plowing, and the Homeowner\'s Association. We have never found such a combination of alpine views and quality design anywhere in Colorado, especially so convenient to Denver and even more importantly, in this price range. There is a small family-oriented ski area nearing approval, but the home is beyond it and will not be affected negatively -- just adds another amenity if you choose to take advantage of it.

Market Area

Idaho Springs provides a good supermarket and many good restaurants, even its own micro-brewery pub. And of course, Denver has quietly evolved into a world-class city, with an airport that connects to the entire world, wonderful museums, an outstanding performing arts complex, and too many fine shops and restaurants to mention.

School District

Clear Creek


St. Mary\'s Glacier

Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Municipal
Wastewater System Municipal

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Metal
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Carpet
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Detached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 540 sqft