A lodge overlooking the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado was relisted for $5.5 million last week. The quiet dwelling was built in 2006 and has been on and off the market since 2012, when it was asking $7.6 million, according to its listing.
The home is part of a privately owned parcel within the federally owned land reserve. It was developed by Canyon Partners LP, according to Katie Chapman Schmalz of Chapman Real Estate Co., the listing agent for the property.
Canyon Partners LP is also the current owners of the home, according to Montrose County property records. Developer Tom Chapman, of Chapman Real Estate Co., is part of the ownership group, said Ms. Chapman Schmalz, who is his daughter.
Mr. Chapman is known for buying up land in federally owned locations and building luxury real estate for those who want to get away from it all.
His development projects have previously been surrounded by controversy over the measures they took to acquire some of these lands, according to The Denver Post.
However, with this particular property, “there hasn’t been any local pushback,” said Ms. Chapman Schmalz. “The owners have huge respect for the public land,” she said. The property was designed tastefully to be tucked away from the public eye.
This southwestern-styled mountain residence has 33 acres and comes with its own helipad. Living in the wilderness has its risks, but the property was reinforced to withstand wind speeds up to Category 5 hurricane, according to the listing. The material used to built the home is called rastra, a type of concrete insulation system that is structurally strong and eco-friendly, according to the company’s site. Designed by Arizona architect Michael C. Daily, the home is 4,754 square feet and is elevated at 8,500 feet above sea level, according to the listing.
“It blends into the natural landscape that surrounds it, and provides an incredibly private retreat and an absolutely awe-inspiring view,” she said.
Other highlights of the exterior include a robust security system, a large outdoor parking area, a caretaker’s suite with its own kitchen, pool, spa and a large covered veranda to sit and take in the dramatic scenery. The lodge is very private and suited for those looking to get away from it all and enjoy an exclusive location integrated with its surrounding natural landscape.
In terms of the interior, the home has its own kiva, which is a fireplace that is inspired by southwestern pueblo architecture; four bedrooms; four bathrooms and is move-in ready.
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