A new home at Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, located adjacent to Steamboat Ski Resort and Catamount golf club in Steamboat Springs, is up for grabs and you won’t believe the VIEWS! The five-acre property beautifully integrates indoor-outdoor living with multiple decks, patios, and generous floor-to-ceiling windows framing unbelievable mountain vistas.

Aptly named Moonlight Run and built by esteemed local architect Rick Hodges, the lower level walkout home offers five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 5,700 square feet complete with a three-car garage for storing all your toys. The best part?It was just listed by the Paoli Group of Colorado Group Realty with price tag of $4.495 million, putting you an offer away from move-in-ready, Alpine Mountain paradise.

“The Steamboat market is evolving to a more complete experience,” says listing agent, Chris Paoli. “From the restaurant experience to the more finished streetscapes downtown, we are appealing to a more affluent demographic. These buyers own more on-trend homes in their primary markets and prefer a similar experience here in the mountains. The modern style of Moonlight Run allows the home’s focus to be on its natural surroundings with large walls of windows bringing the exterior in, while the clean lines and softer interior surfaces are ideal for showcasing art.”

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When you get to a certain stage in life, there is really only one thing left to gift your family: a place where the entire clan can enjoy layers of generations under one roof, basking in the tranquility of nature.

In other words, a home on the range where memories can be created between generations, and then passed down to future generations.

For many North Texans, that dream is a ranch, one perhaps offering equestrian experiences and certainly, if in neighboring Colorado, relief from the Texas summer heat as well as a full ski season.

However, let’s face it: real life on a ranch is never anything but hard work. As you hike or ride, you notice the fence that needs repairing, the barn that was bashed during the October storms, and oh yes, the horses that need constant tending. Add that to the rest of the inevitable days’ worth of sun-up to sun-down chores, and despite the romantic allure, you begin to wonder, ‘is Ranch ownership a realistic option for our family?’

Pondering this very question inspired our recent visit west to Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club, located in picturesque, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which we knew for awesome skiing.

But ranch life?

We’d heard that this property was different, that it was the perfect solution to mountain ranch ownership: a beautiful mountain property in the northwest corner of the state, acres of breathtaking forest and soaring mountain views that lower your blood pressure every time you open your eyes. There is horseback riding, fly-fishing, golf, ski-in/ski-out mountain access to fresh powder, fresh water swims, critters and cattle, and the best gift of all: a luxurious home on the range without the maintenance.

In other words, you own this ranch: it doesn’t own you.

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Executive Editor Joanna England, Founder and Publisher Candace Evans, and Columnist Jon Anderson

When searching for a ranch property as a second home, there’s often a laundry list of “must haves” that buyers prioritize. While they may rank in different order, they usually include luxury amenities, nearby recreation, and incredible views. As attendees at the recent SecondShelters.com preview of Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club found out, this fantastic development in Colorado has everything — and then some!

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181 Bull Bugle Bend, Fraser, Colorado, is currently listed by Melinda Lee of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty for $4,500,000.

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.

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Steamboat Springs (Photo: Larry Pierce)

Ambassadors from the Colorado Ski Country marketing association visited Dallas this past week, bringing news of the 24 ski resorts in their consortium, which includes famed resorts such as Telluride, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Purgatory, and Aspen SnowMass. Believe it or not, ski patrollers have already hit the slopes in some areas, sampling the first snow of the season. Colorado Ski Country reps are touring major cities to spread the word of Olympic qualifying events, expansions in their member resorts, and thrilling new attractions.

Read on for a roundup of news of activities and improvements to look forward to this year. And, among the resorts affiliated with Colorado Ski Country are ten properties the association points out as hidden gems: smaller, under-the-radar venues that offer less expensive pricing and draw fewer crowds than mega-resorts. Those looking for a down-to-earth, approachable vacation home areas might want to make a special point to check these out. We include the list. Here’s the link.

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Mountainside at Northstar is an exclusive ski-in, ski-out residential community perched aside Northstar California Resort near Lake Tahoe. At this location, over 40 miles of trails spread through 3,000 acres await resident skiers, hikers, and bikers just steps out the door. The Truckee, Calif., project is 15 minutes away from the famed lake, which affords boating and water sports. There’s plenty of golf in the area, too. And Mountainside at Northstar homeowners have nearby access to the amenities of the local Ritz-Carlton hotel, such as its spa and fine restaurants.

It’s amazing to see the facilities luxury developers come up with to make the most of environs. Mountainside at Northstar caters to outdoor adventure and nature lovers. Posh huts for campers join the standard pool, lounge, and workout facilities you’d expect to find at any luxury spot. Yoga and meditation enthusiasts will find dedicated buildings for indoor activities and outdoor platforms to practice asanas and reflection out of doors. Borrowing from collaborative business work spaces, a “Zen Cube” is in the works, a place where groups can gather to brainstorm collective ideas. The aesthetic of the project is alpine-village-gone-thoroughly-modern, incorporating natural wood and stone elements in contemporary industrial design that suits the setting with aplomb.

Whether you’re in the market for a new vacation home or remodeling one you already own, you’ll find inspiration in photos of a luxe home for sale which showcases outstanding modern mountain design. More here:  (more…)

Jeff Buerger with Hall and Hall has listed Cascade Ranch in Idaho Springs, Colorado for $3.975 million.

An approximately 260-acre gentleman’s ranch/executive retreat is up for grabs and you’re not going to believe the location! The rare mountain property, known as Cascade Ranch, is ideally nestled in Idaho Springs, Colorado, and comes enveloped by Arapahoe National Forest.

And it’s the ranch’s southern exposure that really wows! The property faces Mt. Goliath, Mt. Evans, and Mt. Bierstadt for jaw-dropping mountain views with the privacy of a secluded forest.

Currently listed by Jeff Buerger of Hall and Hall for $3.975 million, Cascade Ranch is perfect for use as a second home, gentleman’s ranch, or executive retreat.

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0151 Scounty Rd # 871 in Breckenridge, CO, is currently listed for $998,000 by Jonna Beardsley of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate.

It’s slim pickings when it comes to finding homes for$1 million in Breckenridge, Colorado. With an abundance of year-round activities and jaw-dropping mountain vistas at every turn, homes listed at or around $1 million are in limited supply and continue to attract buyers from around the world. Why Breck? Well perhaps the tourism folks at GoBreck.com say it best.

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