From the minute you enter the private front gate, you are entranced. You drive into a beautifully maintained private road, & are greeted by monumental sculptures that welcome you, make you laugh & see the wisdom of totems. The Big Hat Ranch is a privately gated 20-acre estate sits high above the Woody Creek Valley with views that extend from upper Starwood Mountain to the mighty mountain peaks that overlook peaceful mowed hay fields. The Main House is situated on the highest scenic hilltop in Woody Creek, enjoying the best of all possible views, and every room enjoys full sun. The exterior has been made to feel warm and contemporary while still fitting into the rustic Woody Creek tradition using antique natural wood siding, and the artistic hand-laid stone wall that encircles the House Facing South and slightly East, the Home enjoys total privacy and incredible views. In terms of a Legacy Property, this home checks all the boxes.
The Home was designed with the refined eye of the Owner, Architect and Interior Designer who together delivered a beautiful floor plan with refined contemporary finishes that are timeless. Although basically contemporary, the Home is given a soft warm historic finish using materials such as artistic finished steel, old woods, board-form concrete, natural cork, polished plaster, and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the incredible outside views and sunshine inside. Throughout the house, there are wonderful surprises: the reveals which have beautiful returns, a special two and a half story polished concrete fireplace with steel bands, that is a work of art in itself, and the surprise of a unique artwork that has been created and applied to form the entry to the library. It is apparent that the House was designed to show art, and no compatible detail has been overlooked.
The furnishings are a complimentary mix of contemporary, antique, and eclectic pieces that have been collected over nearly 50 years. The rugs are predominately Native American and fur rugs, lying on cork, stone, and hardwood floors.
Arriving at the front door, you are greeted by a two and a half story Great Room with windows that are floor-to-ceiling, and which capture the incredible view, a work of art in itself. The floor-to-ceiling double-sided concrete-laden fireplace also warms the adjacent formal Dining Room, and adjacent formal Bar which is complete with Bar appliances and convenient wine storage, in addition to the Basement's Wine Cave. And nearby these public entertaining spaces is a Guest Bathroom, as well as another Half-Bath near the Kitchen, Laundry and Mudroom that services both guests and staff. And on the other side of the Great Room is the Media Room with views and access to Patios.
The Home offers many options for sharing dining with friends and family. The formal Dining Room seats 12, and adjacent Chef's Kitchen/Family Room seats from 2 to 32 w/ portable chairs and tables stored in the Basement. The Chef's Kitchen is professionally equipped to cook and entertain, with room for several Chefs to work simultaneously, and the family area with television and fireplace has options for intimate dining and family gatherings.
Special attention was given to designing the Bedrooms; the spacious Master Suite is on the main floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows, views, electric shades, and spacious His and Hers Bathroom, as well as oversized enclosed wardrobe cabinets. There are 3 large additional Bedroom's with Baths-en-suite, each with its own Balcony with view.
Just off one of the 3 upstairs Bedrooms is an oversized Office with a Gym and Full Bathroom, and incredible view. If one needed an additional Bedroom, this space would be easy to convert to a Bedroom, and still have a smaller Office or Gym.
The audio/video and high-speed Internet were installed throughout the House by Xssentials, and there is a Lutron modular lighting system, radiant floor heat, electric window shades and air conditioning throughout.
The charming Guest/Caretaker House has a Living Room, Kitchen, one Bedroom and full Bath. Upstairs there is a large finished-out-to-wood area that could be permitted for conversion to living purposes depending on need. Attached to the Guest/Caretaker House is a 3-car garage, and a Barn w/ 3 horse stalls.
Construction by the current Owners was begun in 1999 with their purchase of the totally undeveloped 20-acre parcel, and their installation of driveway, 2 septic systems and well. Construction of the Main House, Caretaker House and attached 3-horse Stable/Barn was begun in 2000 by Architect Bill Poss. and Builder was Harriman Construction who completed the house per Certificate of Occupancy in 2003.
The Main House is 12,795 square feet including the 3-car garage per Architect.
The Caretaker House is 4,139 square feet including the 3-car garage and horse barn per Architect.
Courtesy of Compass, Heidi Houston
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