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51270 N. Highway 285, Saguache, Colorado

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Added On:07/24/2008
Last Updated:07/14/2024
Off-Grid Solar Colorado Mountain Retreat Dome Home on 80 acres (160 additional acres available). This secluded 2160 sq.ft. 3B/2b home has incredible views,lots of trees, greenhouse and 2-car attached garage. OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE. Offered by FCLO
Green HomePhotovoltaic (PV)
$805Annual Property Tax
2,160Square Feet
3 / 2Beds / Baths
1000000.00 sqftLot Size
2001Year Built

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

A geodesic dome is 33% more efficient in both building materials and in heating requirements than a standard box-shaped house. Our dome has an additional inch of sheathed foam insulating material attached to the exterior on both roof and all exterior walls beneath the lapped cedar siding. We are able to keep this home warm throughout the winter on less than 3 cords of wood, obtained from the property, using the wood stove only 4 hours a day. A backup propane space heater at low setting keeps the living area at 55 degrees when on vacation. The east facing double-pane windows and skylight admit enough sun to warm the house early and keep it warm throughout the day. This home is off-grid with eight 120-Watt solar panels mounted on a Zomeworks solar tracking rack providing power to twelve deep-cycle batteries. The house is wired throughout for 120 volt AC current through a standard breaker box. Both the well pump and the refrigerator are 120-volt AC appliances. The kitchen range and water heater are propane, as is the commercial grade backup generator. Because of the high number of sunny days in south central Colorado, the backup generator is seldom used. Our annual propane consumption has consistently been less than 400 gallons. (We have a 500 gallon tank). We also have a 300 square foot greenhouse and a 300 square foot fenced garden, each with about 200 square-feet of composted raised-bed growing area, giving you the opportunity to grow a wide range of vegetables and flowers through the summer and a protected area for cold-hardy winter greens through most of the winter.

Property Description

As you step into the front door of this wood-frame geodesic dome, the home welcomes you warmly into its large open great room enhanced by two east-facing 9x4-foot windows off the living and dining areas and the 21 foot ceiling. From the living room window you look out over the natural stone patio to the surrounding piñon pines and to the saw-tooth northern Sangre de Cristo mountains that glisten brilliantly white with snow in the winter. The dining room window looks out over the vast San Luis valley with the Sand Dunes National Park and Blanca Peak visible in the distance. The interior shell of the dome is an off-white, adding to that light airy feeling. Interior walls are aspen tongue-and-groove. The wall behind the large, ultra-efficient Harmon wood stove is made of natural stone collected from the property itself. Custom birch cabinets and heat tolerant ceramic tile counters enhance the kitchen. An extra-wide kitchen work-counter separates the kitchen from the dining area and looks out the dining room window: a great place for kneading bread and preparing meals. The very large utility room has ample shelved storage as well as being home to a Staber energy and water efficient clothes washer, propane hookup for a gas dryer and a deep wash basin. Two bedrooms and a split bath (shower stall and tub in one room, toilet and lavatory in the other, separated by a pocket door) complete the downstairs. The south bedroom has a walk-in closet and opens into the shower/bath room. All hinged doors are solid wood 6-panel doors with lever handles. The floor plan is designed to allow you to access any room from the front door without traversing any other room. Stairs lead to the upstairs bedroom suite and loft study. From the desk in the loft you look out onto the San Luis Valley through the triangular skylight situated above the dining room table. Cellular phone service, satellite TV and satellite Internet allow you to maintain as much contact with the outside world as you wish. The front entry faces east to catch the morning sun. This small extension on the north side of the dome serves as mud room, wind-break and firewood storage for several days wood, keeping wood chips and dirt out of the house. The dome is built on a vertical two-foot riser wall, so there is no lost floor area for furniture due to the slope of the dome.

Neighborhood Description

The dome is built on the north edge of a 160-acre parcel and is being offered with your choice of 80, 160 or 240 acres. The north boundary of the 80-acre parcel that contains the dome adjoins BLM land and hiking trails to the Rio Grande National Forest. The house is about eight miles north-east of Saguache, Colorado and three miles north of US Highway 285 on a BLM road. The terrain includes open meadow and piñon covered hills and ridges with numerous rock outcroppings. The dome is 8300 ft above sea level, about 500 feet above the valley floor. Our 190-foot well provides copious fresh water directly from the Continental Divide. We are virtually first users of this precious resource. Deer regularly bed down in the piñons surrounding the dome. Coyotes are often heard serenading the moon at night, though seldom seen, and other wildlife, including elk, sand cranes, and bobcats have been seen on the property. Our two nearest neighbors, at ½ and 1 mile away are not visible from the dome due to the intervening ridge.

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The town of Saguache is just 15 minutes away by car, with grocery, gas, bank, library, K-12 schools, restaurants, a deli, a widely renowned ranching museum and a wellness center. Salida and Alamosa, an hour away, provide the occasional fix for fast-food, big box stores, chain groceries and movie theaters. Adams State College is located in Alamosa and Western State College is in Gunnison to the west. This is an ideal location for both active and meditative personalities. Numerous sports activities are only an hour or so away. Hiking, biking and horseback riding into the BLM and National Forest are just a few steps from the front door as is cross-country skiing in the winter. World-class white-water rafting and kayaking is an hour north on the Arkansas River, downhill skiing an hour north and west at Monarch Ski Area, fishing in the Arkansas River or the Rio Grande (an hour south), trekking and technical mountain climbing an hour east in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains or an hour southwest in the Penitente Canyon. Boating is a little over an hour west near Gunnison in Blue Mountain Reservoir or Taylor Park Reservoir. For quiet time, practice yoga or Tai Chi on one of the rock outcroppings overlooking the Valley on the south edge of the property or simply watch the myriad constantly changing cloud formations overhead against the cobalt blue Colorado sky and enjoy the quiet solitude so hard to find in today's hectic world. Crestone Colorado, 45 minutes east, is an eclectic community with a variety of religious retreats, including a Catholic monastic retreat, a Hindu Ashram, several Buddhist temples, and numerous New Age centers as well as an auditorium associated with Colorado College for cultural performances. Crestone is also a noted center for musical arts and performances ranging from blues to classical. The Crestone Music Festival is held every August just outside Crestone and draws from a multi-state geographical area. The Great Sand dunes National Park is about an hour distant. Closer are several hot springs spas, including one clothing optional hot springs that looks out over the valley from the Sangres, and incredible place to relax and soak.

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Garage / Carportyes
Garage Typeattached
Number of Cars2
Garage Area500 sqft

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Listing ID : 18550