Located at the end of Duval Road in the exclusive gated community of Turley Mill, this stunning home sits on a beautifully landscaped 10-acre parcel with sweeping mountain and mesa views. The grounds are bordered on two sides by Carson National Forest land, with unlimited access to hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding (two horses are allowed per family.) The private location feels far away from anybody, yet is merely half an hour to the ski area or to town. The charming village of Arroyo Seco, with restaurants, cafs, galleries, and a grocer, is even closer.
In addition to the forested acreage surround, the house is extensively landscaped, with a rock gully, shaded sitting areas, flagstone walkways, grassy lawns, beautiful seasonal flowers, and interior courtyards, all on irrigation and drip watering systems. A large circular driveway leads to the inviting entrance with a beautiful custom front door, sconces, and nichos. All of the doors in the home, inside and out, are 36 wide and either custom made or reclaimed antiques. The grand foyer is appointed with slate flooring that leads directly across to the inner courtyard with sitting areas, trees, flower areas, brick walkways, and covered patios (portales) offering a peaceful outdoor living space. With great forethought to lifestyle, there are no steps at all on the first floor, including to the outside living areas, which are designed for smooth transitions and easy accessibility.
To the left of the gracious foyer is a great room, with expansive mountain views, high ceilings, ceiling fans, and French doors leading to the outside dining area that features seating areas and a firepit. With imaginative accents like vintage Mexican doors, a large Rumford style fireplace with a natural gas starter for maximum heat efficiency, nichos in just the right places, and exquisite antique Long Leaf Pine floors reclaimed from a 1909 home in Texas, this living and dining area is the hub of the house. The living area opens to the cooks kitchen finished with high-end granite counters, custom walnut cabinets, Wolf range, Sub-zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and a Jenn-Air trash compactor. Behind the kitchen there is a large walk-in butlers pantry, with open shelves, wine cooler and cabinet, and sky lights. The state-of-the-art entertainment system features surround sound, with speakers throughout the house and outdoors that can be individually controlled.
To the right of the front vestibule is a light-filled bedroom (currently used as an office space) enclosed by French doors with wrought iron inserts. Another set of doors open onto the courtyard. Across the hall is a bathroom with travertine-tiled shower and a large laundry room with Bosch washer and dryer, ample cabinets, a sink, and a window.
The ground floor master suite features a spacious sleeping area with wood panel floors, a separate sitting area, raised fireplace, and doors to the outside. Three sets of old Mexican doors, shutters, and wrought-iron accents exude warmth. Beyond the sleeping area is the gracious master bath which has a private commode, a long bathtub with a view, honed granite counters, twin sinks with polished nickel, private shower, and generous double closets.
Around the corner from the front entrance is a wide half-turn staircase with a burnished hand-forged banister. The second floor of the house has two spacious bedrooms, one with a fun built-in Murphy bed! There is an enormous outdoor sleeping deck off the south side, which has a vaulted ceiling and a ceiling fan, and another covered deck off the north side with unbelievable 360-degree views. Here, too, reclaimed wooden doors, wrought-iron light fixtures, and thoughtful design elements impart a feeling of seamless indoor/outdoor living.
The homes light and airy feel is enhanced by high hat lighting, custom fixtures, and outdoor perimeter lighting controlled by a one-switch override light system. The walls throughout the house are impeccable, custom color, hand polished plaster with arched room entries. The attention to every detail reflects years of thoughtful planning. The site was chosen specifically to combine quiet privacy with vast views of Lobo Peak, Lucero Peak, and to the south, vistas of the Pedernal mountain, made famous by artist Georgia OKeeffe.
More features: * Security system. * Wood sash Eagle brand windows. * 1,000 gallon buried propane tank. * Large hot tub outside surrounded by a latilla fence to keep out visiting elk and deer. * Fiber optic cable buried and brought right to the house for high-speed internet. * Exceptionally constructed steel-encased 1,000-foot well that reaches a large aquifer with excellent water flow; there is also a secondary 1,500 gallon holding tank. * Extra thick 6 insulated slab floors for thermal mass and energy efficiency, and where they are not wood, are large square quarry tiles; the house has radiant underfloor heat, with the hot water constantly circulating. * Vent fan throughout house. * Wired for generator or photovoltaic system in case of a power outage. * Standing steam steel roof by Greer Roofing of Alamosa, Colorado; flat roof areas reinforced with gravel-topped spray foam. * Covenants allow for another building half the size of the house to be built on the property. * HOA dues are a very reasonable $650.00 per year and include year-round road maintenance. * This 4,182 SF house, a combination of territorial and pueblo styles, designed by world renowned architect architect Bill Hoffman, was completed in 2008. * The sturdy 2x10 and 2x12 framing ensures energy efficiency. * 878 square feet of covered decks, 951 square feet of trellised decks, and 405 square feet of open decks. * The 729-square-foot heated two-and-a-half car garage has a trash compactor, a high-quality sink, custom counter top, and its own separate thermostat. Extra insulation between the garage and the house prevents heat loss if the garage is kept at a lower temperature. More at: bit.ly/duvalroad