The Gurley Lake Retreat near Norwood, Colorado, is one of Colorado's finest lifestyle properties. Offering beautiful views, extreme privacy, easy access to town, outstanding custom home, river frontage, a large barn, and access to a large fishing lake, 27 miles of riding trails, and a large elk refuge, this is a gem.
THE SETTING The Gurley Lake Retreat is located 9 miles south of the southwest Colorado town of Norwood and just a quarter mile north of the dam that creates Gurley Reservoir, a 300-acre private lake overstocked with big rainbow trout. Elevation is 8,300 feet at the property, assuring cool summers and snowy winters for a true Colorado experience. Telluride is 38 road miles and one hour to the east. Vegetation is a mix of open meadows, ponderosa pines, Gambel oak, sage, and aspen. Mountain views are all around, with Lone Cone Peak due south, Dolores Peak, and the mountains surrounding Telluride due east. The property is comprised of 3 building lots of a total of 40 lots on 500 acres, with a 300-acre lake and an 800-acre elk preserve. Adjoining the elk preserve are thousands of acres of BLM and Forest Service land, which is home to thousands of mule deer and elk.
THE HOME Situated amidst 42 acres (comprised of 3 building lots) of ponderosa pine forest, the home is an incredibly well crafted post-and-beam timber frame home clad entirely in sandstone. This is the kind of home that you dream about--beautiful custom kitchen, reclaimed oak hardwood floors, custom clear fir cabinets throughout the house, big timber posts, log trusses, granite countertops. The total living area is 3,500 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, but about 1,200 square feet of the total is a large basement area for overflow guests and parties. The basement contains a large recreation room, a wet bar, party area, and 4 bunks for lots of kids. The upstairs is cozy and livable for a family of 4 or 5, with a master bedroom on the main level and a large upstairs sleeping area with lots of bunks. The quality of construction rivals anything you'll see in Aspen or Telluride. Outside there are expansive verandas with flagstone floors, and post-and-beam columns supporting a shade roof--a great place to enjoy a glass of wine or a margarita.
LAKEFRONT, WATERFRONT, FISHING PROPERTY We're inundated with calls from buyers looking for waterfront properties. The Gurley Lake Retreat is very special, in that the home is within 1/4 mile of Gurley Lake Reservoir, a 300-acre private lake that's loaded with trout. Only members and guests of the property may fish there--and it's not common to see other folks enjoying it! When we listed the property, we wanted to see if the lake had any fish in it. We took 5 casts and caught 3 fat rainbows. The tailwater from the reservoir flows right past the custom home--only yards away--and the word is that the fishing in the stream is excellent.
RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES Besides the obviously excellent fishing, there's a long list of recreational activities that can be pursued right on the property or within a short drive. The Gurley Lake Ranch community offers access to 24 miles of riding trails as part of membership in the property. While one might think "elk preserve" means it's an anti-hunting community, think again. The property offers access to miles and miles of BLM and National Forest lands that are loaded with deer and elk. Telluride skiing and snowboarding is only 45 minutes away. Whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and canoeing are all right there.
COLORADO HORSE PROPERTY At the Gurley Lake Ranch, you have the option of letting the ranch staff care for your horse, or you can bring it home. The Gurley Lake Retreat features a beautiful 40x60 barn with an outside loafing shed area, an upstairs loft for parties, recreation, or storage, and a large main workshop area that even has a basketball court.
SHARED AMENITIES WITH AN EASY-GOING COMMUNITY For those who have had interesting experiences with homeowners' associations, take a deep breath and relax. The covenants are reasonable and meant to ensure high property values and quality construction. Otherwise, the spirit of the agreement is to allow everyone to enjoy a terrific property and stay out of each other's business. Fees are low and provide for trail maintenance, snow and trash removal, and maintenance of the lake.
OUTSTANDING VALUE ON A QUALITY PROPERTY The construction of this home is superb, the setting stunning and unique; the recreational options are world-class; and the asking price is below reasonable! Call us today for a showing. Bring your hiking shoes and your camera--this is a truly spectacular colorado mountain retreat.
PROPERTY NUMBER: 05022-10065