Lot 47, Filing 3, Telluride Ski Ranches

The two residences in this private compound were among the first to be built in the covenanted subdivision known as the Telluride Ski Ranches.  The sunny estate-type lot was chosen for its views of our "fourteener," Wilson Peak at 14,017 ft., for the privacy of the scenic view lot, and its ideal characteristics, involving many factors, for the construction of a main house, and a guest house, both based on greenbuilt, energy-efficient, passive solar design principles.  

Local architect Doug Reinhardt was working at the time on what came to be known as the "Wexler Mansion" on Sunset Circle just above the subject property.  Mr. Wexler from Chicago was the stepfather of film actress Darryl Hannah, and his house was at the time it was built, the grandest in the Telluride area.

A federal government grant was obtained to design and build a passive solar model home just below the Wexler Mansion on Lot 47, the subject property.  Accordingly, Doug Reinhardt designed and built the Main House, a greenbuilt concept house featuring the latest in insulating glass technologies and forward thinking, energy-efficient passive solar design.

Sold shortly after it was completed in 1980, the new owners hired local architect Vern Burke, part of a cooperative of local architects, to design and build the matching Guest House on Sunset Circle.   Vern had contributed to the design of the Main House, and actually built the beautiful rock hearth fireplace in the Great Room, with its multiple mantels of architecturally exposed concrete infused with indigenous river rock.

The two luxury residences were built into the south/southwest facing slope, creating earth-sheltered homes that protected the houses from cold north winds and snows.  Exterior temperatures below grade on the back walls built into the slope at both residences are a steady 45 degrees yearround, i.e., textbook passive solar design.

The covenants of the Ski Ranches required as little disturbance as possible to the aspen forest surrounding the building envelopes, and this has served the property, and indeed the entire subdivision, very well over the years.

Lit Walkway

A beautiful lit walkway connects the residences on the hillside.   You can see the walkway lit up in the evening if you look closely at the first photo on the Home page.  The outdoor lights on the walkway have programmable electronic controls located on the mezzanine at the Main House.


The entire private compound is remarkably "kid-friendly."   There is no thru traffic on either the private tree-lined drive leading to the Main House on Fox Farm Road, nor on the very quiet cul-de-sac at the Guest House on Sunset Circle, our See Forever Cottage.   The grounds throughout the compound offer a safe and secure environment for young children.

Deeded Acreage and Surrounding Greenspace

The Telluride Ski Ranches comprises over 400 acres of protected forest, up on Telluride's ski mountain, lying directly adjacent to the Mountain Village, the center of Telluride's ski and golf operations.  The Ski Ranches covers an area larger than the Town of Telluride, and predates the Village by over twenty years.  

The historic Town of Telluride is in the beautiful box canyon below, about 8 minutes from the property by car. The Town of Telluride can also be reached by Telluride's free gondola system from the Mountain Village.  The closest gondola station is at the new Town Hall Plaza, along with Telluride's newest, nicest grocery store -- less than 5 minutes by car from the property.

The average lot size in the Ski Ranches is between 1 and 2 acres.   There are 205 lots, and about 160 are built out.  The balance of the total acreage not designated as building lots is open space and parks, including the beautiful Vance Creek park nearby, a large natural amphitheater where the Ski Ranches hosts its annual Fourth of July picnics each year.

Lot 47, Filing 3 of the Telluride Ski Ranches, the subject property, features a net acreage of 1.5 wooded acres in a pie-shaped (triangular) lot surrounded by a great deal of protected greenspace.  The elevation at the cul de sac on Sunset Circle is 9520 feet above sea level, very similar to the elevations in the Mountain Village in the center of town.  The point of the triangle begins at the cul de sac on Sunset Circle where the Guest House, the See Forever Cottage is located, and widens dramatically as the lot comes down the hillside and levels off.  The base of the triangle runs parallel to the San Juan Scenic Highway below, buffered by greenspace known as the "Zoline Remainder."

There's a wooded hillside between the two luxury residences, where beautiful wildflowers bloom prodigiously each Spring, and then the lot levels off as the acreage widens at the Main House, which is centrally located on the view lot, opening up to rolling pastures and woods, gently sloping down to the western boundary of the lot.  

A horse fence surrounds the entire lot made of indigenous aspen logs.   Per the covenants of the Ski Ranches, a 20' setback for horseback riding lies just beyond the fence between lots 47 and 48, so the northern boundary of Lot 47, the subject property, bordering Lot 48, is somewhat larger than visibly defined by the aspen log fence.

Surrounding Greenspace

In addition to the 1.5 net acres, the property includes an easement over what's known as "Irregular Parcel 'A'" of the "Zoline Remainder" for a beautiful tree-lined private driveway off Fox Farm Road shared with only one neighbor, the owners of Lot 48 next door.  The Zoline family developed the Ski Ranches in the 1970s concurrent with the opening of the ski resort, and the family is still very prominent in Telluride, and involved in its affairs.   

The subject property on Lot 47 is located at 100 Fox Farm Road;  the neighbors who share the private drive are at 150 Fox Farm Road on Lot 48.  The tree-lined private drive is bordered by wetlands and forest to the west, which serves as a natural wildlife and bird sanctuary.  There are walking and bike trails planned for the greenspace between the Fox Farm Road entrance to the Ski Ranches to the north, and the Vance Creek Road entrance to the south.  Riders on horseback would also be permitted.

Lots 47 and 48 are thus protected by "Irregular Parcel 'A'" which wraps around the two view lots in a huge "L" shape, with the top of the "L" at Fox Farm Road and Deer Park Lane, at the top of the hill as you enter the subdivision on Fox Farm Road from the San Juan Scenic Hwy.   The Fox Farm Meadows form the beginning of the "L", pouring westward down the hill, and then turning 90 degrees and running south along the San Juan Scenic Hwy, forming a very large greenspace, a park-like open space buffer surrounding and protecting these two very special view lots. 

In addition, Colorado law requires a 200 ft. scenic setback from its highways, which prevents anyone from building in the view corridor between these two view lots and Wilson Peak and the West Meadows across the highway.

Minimal Traffic

The Ski Ranches is out of the dominant traffic patterns of the Telluride area.  

Traffic is light, and often non-existent, on the San Juan Scenic Highway below these two properties.   The Ski Ranches is about a half mile "up the hill," heading south, away from Mountain Village.  Most of the traffic in the Telluride region runs between the Village up on Telluride's ski mountain and the historic Town of Telluride in the box canyon below, and along the highway on the valley floor heading downvalley, north, out of town.  Thus although the Ski Ranches is just around the corner from the Mountain Village, it suffers very little impact from traffic in or out of the Village, most of which is headed down the hill towards the Town of Telluride, and the lumberyard, and the Conoco station, etc., or down the hill heading downvalley, north, out of town.

At the end of a work day, a relatively small group of locals head south out of town to bedroom communities in nearby Ophir, San Bernardo, and Rico.  By suppertime, any traffic has subsided, and there is little or no traffic heading south out of town all evening, and throughout the night.

Most Telluride visitors enter the valley from the north, travelling here from the airport in Montrose and points beyond, or driving here after exiting Interstate 70 near Grand Junction.  Popular tourist spots which are easy "day trips" from Telluride like Ridgway, or Ouray, are all north of the Telluride area, not south.

Even our local airport (TEX), located just across the valley in the Aldasoro Ranch area, is part of a traffic pattern that spares the Ski Ranches.   Travellers flying directly into Telluride's airport rent a car or take the shuttle from the local airport to the Town of Telluride in the box canyon below, or up the hill to the Village, never quite reaching the Ski Ranches, or the Solar Concept House on Fox Farm Road, or the See Forever Cottage on Sunset Circle.

Finally, unlike most houses in the Ski Ranches or in the adjacent Mountain Village, there are no subdivision roads near the private compound.   The Main House is served by a tree-lined drive off Fox Farm Road, placing the Main House far from any subdivision road.  The Guest House at Sunset Circle is on a cul-de-sac with only two other homes, also on acreage.  There is no traffic at all on the cul de sac, other than from the longtime locals who live there, and the Ski Ranches has marked the quiet cul-de-sac "no outlet" to advise anyone passing by that this is not a through street.   

As a result, there is no impact at all from subdivision roads on either residence in the compound.

Unobstructable View Corridors

The main view corridor at the compound is the commanding views of Telluride's "fourteener," the iconic Wilson Peak, at 14,017 ft. above sea level.   In summer, the views are filtered somewhat by all the beautiful aspens on the property.  In winter, the aspens drop their leaves, revealing breathtaking panoramic views of Wilson Peak and the West Meadows, inside or out at the residences.   From the wraparound redwood deck at the Main House, or from the flagstone terrace at the Guest House, and from various other viewpoints in the compound, you can also enjoy the beautiful San Sophia mountains that pour right into Telluride in the box canyon below.

But the compound offers an entirely different view corridor as well, as you amble down from the Main House, through the woods toward the log fence surrounding the property.

Remarkably, from lots 47 and 48 in the Ski Ranches, no other homes are visible across the highway, in the West Meadows, a gated community of very upscale homes on multi-million dollar lots.  Only Roudy's "tack shack" is visible from these view lots in the Ski Ranches, from the days when "Ride with Roudy" was in the West Meadows, before the first homes were built there several years ago.

In other words, the incredible views to the West from the compound are entirely unobstructed by other homes, as far as the eye can see, all the way across the West Meadows area, up to Aldasoro Ranch and the local airport to the north.  

Walking down to the log bench near the western border of the property, near the horse fence, one looks southwest and west across at the West Meadows, and at Wilson Peak, without a single house in sight across the road.   It's a pleasure to walk down with a drink to the massive log bench near the western border of the property and watch a sunset from there.

From that particular vantage point at the southwest corner of the compound, where the log bench sits looking out at the sunsets, one can see, in the distance, the homes in Aldasoro Ranch, and the cliffside runway at our local airport.   After dark, it's fun to watch the planes take off and land from there.  

This view corridor is completely different than the views from the residences.   On a clear day, you can see the La Sals mountains in Utah, looking downvalley.   Without a single house in sight across the road, this is a very unusual and beautifully unobstructed view of the West Meadows, and the airport, and in the distance to the north, Aldasoro Ranch.


The Ski Ranches covenants permit 2 horses at a time to be kept on each covenanted lot.   By contrast, no horses are permitted in the Mountain Village, or in nearby subdivisions such as Aldasoro.   So for horse lovers, the Ski Ranches is an easy and obvious choice.

In addition, the Ski Ranches covenants permit the construction of a barn.   There's a perfect spot for a barn well below the Main House near the south corner of the lot, where the large log view bench is located now.   Plenty of grazing pasture land, and shade trees as well.   All with picture perfect views of Mt. Wilson, the West Meadows, and spectacular sunsets.


Like the Town of Telluride itself, the Telluride Ski Ranches is a haven for dog lovers.   Many homeowners in the Ski Ranches keep dogs on their properties, and the heavily wooded subdivision covering 400 acres, with so much protected open space, is a perfect place to enjoy and explore with your pets -- any time of the year.

Homeowners in other upscale subdivisions in the Telluride region such as nearby Aldasoro Ranch are prohibited from keeping dogs on their properties.   So the Ski Ranches owners have always been grateful to have a genuinely "dog-friendly" environment to share and enjoy with their four-legged friends.

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