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1159 Ridge Road, Nederland, Colorado

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A sustainably built, handmade, mountain retreat. Elegant in design and craft. Located in the outdoor recreation Mecca of Boulder County. Minutes from skiing or fine dining in the city of Boulder. Expansive views of the Continental Divide. MLS#537492
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$1,550Annual Property Tax
2,428Square Feet
3 / Beds / Baths
3.0 acresLot Size
1992Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

Built to exceed the standards of the City of Boulder’s “Green Points” program. A complete remodel/ addition to an original 800 sf log cabin (built in 1993) was completed in 2006, using sustainable design and building practices. rnrnDeconstruction was used for the remodel of the existing building- materials were reused or recycled at a local salvage yard. Framing materials procured from local sources- beetle killed pine logs and reclaimed timbers were used throughout the project. Fibercement siding was chosen to comply with local building codes as well as for its longevity, fire resistant qualities, and low maintenance. A “weathering steel” roof, made from a variable amount of recycled content, is 100% recyclable and manufactured in Colorado. Both the addition/ remodel and new garage/ studio are insulated with blow-in cellulous insulation, made from recycled content with greater filling, sealing, and R-value than batt insulation. Low-e (high end “Eagle”) windows have a metal clad exterior for durability. Recycled plastic and wood fiber decking provides a low maintenance surface for the large deck that opens out onto a wild flower filled meadow.rnrnThe interior finishes throughout the house were chosen for their sustainability and beauty. Reclaimed old-growth redwood (salvaged from a building in Colorado) has been used as paneling and for handmade bathroom vanities. Bamboo cabinets are in the kitchen and living room. Casework throughout the house is clear Ponderosa Pine (one of the fastest growing and most readily available woods in the Western United States). All the flooring is “sustainable”- bamboo in the living, dining, and studio, cork in the kitchen and several bath rooms, and 100% wool carpet with recycled content is in the bed rooms. Low and no VOC paint and finishes were used throughout the house. rnrnIn the semi arid climate of Colorado, water conservation is an important issue. The house addresses water use with tankless water heaters, a dual flush toilet and dual flush toilet. A well and septic/ leach field act as a “closed system”, returning the water used back to the earth. Xeroscape and native plants are the surrounding landscape, requiring minimal water.rnrnWhile the temperatures at 9,000 ft elevation generally remain cool even during the warmer months, passive solar design consideration keeps the house pleasant temperatures year round.

Property Description

A “Mountain Modern” aesthetic melds design inspired by the vernacular buildings of the West (log cabins and old mining buildings) with a clean modern sensibility. The house, previously a small log cabin, was expanded and remodel with respect given to the original structure. Part log cabin, part modern home, the house has a simple sophistication while retaining a “cozy woody” feel. High-end fixtures and finishes are used throughout. Light fixtures by design greats such as George Nelson and Artemide are found in every room. All the cabinetry, built-in’s, and trim are handmade. Concrete countertops are found in the kitchen and several bathrooms. A mixture of bamboo and painted cabinets compliment each other in the kitchen- which also features a “sculptured” concrete eat-in bar, stainless appliances, dishwasher drawers, a wine cooler, “Jenn Air Pro” gas range and glass tile backsplash (amongst other amenities). Wide stairs sweep through the house and are constructed using a blend of salvaged woods, bamboo and steel. The master bathroom is spa like with a large two-headed shower, soaking tub, two sinks. The Colorado sandstone hearth in the living room frames a “Scan” wood stove, providing warmth on snowy winter nights.rnrnA separate studio space/ 3rd bedroom is steps away from the house. Finished with equal care, the light filled space is accompanied by a full bath, floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves, and a “Morso” gas stove. Both house and studio are fully wired for speakers, computers, and Satellite T.V.rnrnCreative and meticulous attentions to detail are the hallmarks of this handmade house. From the steel punch plate exterior railings to the many built-in’s to the nautilus tile inlays in the master bathroom, you will find unique design elements, crafted specifically for the house, in each room. It is the perfect house for someone looking for a place with phenomenal access to outdoor recreation while being relatively close to a cosmopolitan town like Boulder. The set-up of the main house with the separate garage/ studio is ideal for working at home or when company visits.

Neighborhood Description

Located in the semi-rural neighborhood the house is sited on the edge of a high mountain meadow filled with wildflowers. To the west is a grand view of the Continental Divide and to the East is a view of Mt. Thordin. At night the town light of Nederland twinkle. rnrnSkiing at Eldora Mountain Resort is a 10 minute drive, great mountain biking and hiking can be accessed from out the door. rnrnThe town of Nederland is only minutes away and as is an elementary school. A local bus travels between Nederland and the City of Boulder on a regular schedule (a rarity to have mass transit in a semi-rural environment). One can walk to the bus stop.

Market Area

20 minutes from the City of Boulder, a cosmopolitan University town, the house is located in one of the most desirable areas in the \"Front Range\" of Colorado. rnrnThe town of Nederland, which is only minutes, away, offers all the necessities (grocery store, hardware store, bank, etc.), however is a small mountain community. rnrnThe proximity of Eldora Ski resort and the surrounding mountains, means one can avoid the traffic laden drive along I-70 that so many in Colorado undertake each weekend to access skiing and outdoor activities.

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Agriculture in Areano
Industry in Areano
Air Pollution in Areano
Pesticide Freeyes
Fragrance Freeyes
Cleaned with Green Productsyes

Interior Environment

Heating System
Forced Air - Gas
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Passive Cooling
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Whole House Vacuumno

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Construction Information

Exterior Finish
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Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Interior Paint
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Window Material
Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material
Recycled Newsprint

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carportyes
Garage Typedetached
Number of Cars2
Garage Area500 sqft

Listing ID : 18133