When a Texan builds a second home in Colorado, you know it’s going to be good. Such is the case with 181 Bull Bugle Bend in Fraser.
“We get great sunrise views and sunset alpenglow,” say the owners Jeff and Lori Pray of Texas, who built the property as a mountain retreat for their family. Jeff flies his private plane into the Kremmling airport when he visits. It’s also just a short two-hour drive from Denver International Airport (DIA) and minutes from world class resorts.
Here you can experience the quintessential Rocky Mountain lifestyle from an exquisitely designed custom home perched on 3.6-acres in the exclusive Reserve at Elkhorn Ridge.
Ideally situated adjacent to Devil’s Thumb Ranch trail system, the home affords easy trail access featuring impressive mountain and meadow views.
Listing agent Melinda Lee of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty tells us the property, which is listed for $4.5 million, is the highest priced single-family residence in Grand County that is not a ranch – and for good reason.
Within minutes of your doorstep you have unbelievable year-round recreation, including world-class snow skiing and snowboarding at nearby Winter Park Ski Resort, cross-county ski and snowshoe trails, gold medal fishing on the headwaters of the Fraser and Colorado Rivers, and miles of forested trails for hikers and mountain bikers to explore.
The home – which is clad in hand-milled reclaimed white oak – was expertly designed by Munn Architecture of Granby, and constructed with the highest quality craftsmanship by Terra Firma Custom Homes of Winter Park.
“It’s perfectly nestled to capture jaw-dropping mountain vistas from every room,” says Lee. “The home affords an idyllic alpine setting with a warm and welcoming floor plan that’s perfect for entertaining.”
Here you can make memories around the dinner table or play a round of pool in the expansive walk-out game room with wet bar. The sumptuous living and dining areas were made for relaxing by the fire, while the east-facing patios and terraces provide an unobstructed vantage point for watching the morning sunrise, enjoying the alpenglow, and spotting wildlife.
For the home chef, a generous gourmet kitchen comes outfitted with gorgeous slab granite countertops, an expansive island and breakfast bar, and a detailed suite of built-in SubZero and Wolf appliances that make cooking and serving a breeze.
A liquid-coated metal range hood is met by a sophisticated mosaic backsplash, custom cabinetry, and yes, this kitchen has a custom coffee bar. Since it’s open to the spacious living and dining areas, you’ll never be short on space when hosting a crowd.
Swing open the double doors and take in majestic mountain views from the terrace overlooking the Continental Divide or tuck inside to the floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace for picturesque mountain panoramas. Clearly 181 Bull Bugle Bend is the perfect backdrop to any occasion.
And after a long day out on the slopes, nothing beats a soak in the hot tub beneath the stars. Did we mention there are two laundry rooms? A five-star master suite offers a soft place to land when you’re looking for privacy and relaxation.
It comes well-appointed with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, sitting area with private terrace, and tranquil spa bath. An elegant freestanding tub framed by reclaimed wood of various hues, an oversized shower with multiple showerheads and shower seat, double vanities, and giant walk-in closets complete the experience. As if that wasn’t enough, there are so many more details to love … like the billiard’s room and custom home bar.
Guests will marvel at the stunning 6,170-square-foot interior featuring a total of five bedrooms, all en suite, plus four-and-one-half-bathrooms. Custom lighting solutions add just a hint of drama, all implemented by the talented folks at Image Complete. Finish selections and interiors were incorporated by Kim Linin of Green Butterfly and Heather Pearce of By Design Interiors. Even the sliding barn doors, cabinets, and dining room table received special treatment – each were crafted from an enormous cottonwood tree found in a riverbed in Utah, then dried, milled, and custom-finished specifically for this home.
Did you notice the ironwork railings found throughout the home? Those are fabricated from a retired Timberline Ski Lift cable. And the entire property is wired with Crestron home automation controls for music, lights, security, and ambiance at the touch of a button.
Outside, a fantastic wood deck offers versatile indoor-outdoor living space and houses one of the home’s four fireplaces for keeping warm during the winter months. Ideal for an active family looking to unplug and connect with nature, this private and secluded mountain retreat presents a rare opportunity to own a slice of Elkhorn Ridge paradise. Few properties capture the essence of rustic luxury living quite like 181 Bull Bugle Bend.
If you are in the market for turnkey rustic luxury in Colorado, Melinda Lee is awaiting your call.
181 Bull Bugle Bend, Fraser, Colorado is currently listed by for $4,500,000.