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Wendy Barney

Legacy Properties West Sotheby's International Realty

1351 Durango Cliffs Drive
1351 Durango Cliffs Drive Durango, Colorado 81301 United States

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This captivating 35-acre estate with ‘top-of-the-world’ southern views has 5,597 SF, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, with exceptional finishes and amenities. There is a gourmet kitchen, great room with double-sided wood burning fireplace, library, office,...
Wendy Barney
743 Main Avenue
Durango, Colorado 81301 United States
Price / Sq. Ft.:
$446 /
5,598 Sq Ft.
35.04 Acres
Single Family Home
Year Built
Web Id
Durango School District 9-R
School District

About 1351 Durango Cliffs Drive

This captivating 35-acre estate with ‘top-of-the-world’ southern views has 5,597 SF, 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, with exceptional finishes and amenities. There is a gourmet kitchen, great room with double-sided wood burning fireplace, library, office, wine cellar, media room, workout room, cedar sauna and several outdoor sitting areas where one can commune with nature. The home is immaculate and the property is pristine and serene, while only a few minutes from historic downtown Durango. This sanctuary is a must see for the discerning buyer.

Location and Area

The Cliffs of Durango is a private gated community only 8 minutes from downtown Durango and has thoughtfully planned paved roads, generous building envelopes designed to preserve privacy, wells drilled for each home site, and underground utilities that include a fiber optic communications system to each lot line. The Cliffs offer fabulous views of La Plata County, Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners and is surrounded by National Forest and BLM lands, offering both privacy and security from other developments. The Cliffs private trail system leads to National Forest Land where you can hike off into the wilderness or enjoy a casual afternoon picnic. Each year, only a select few will have the opportunity to create their dream home in this 530-acre retreat. The controlled building pace limits the impact of new neighbors and assures preservation of the quality of life you are seeking.

Durango is a town of rural mountain charm and character, and has many big city conveniences, including a state-of-the-art new hospital, many fine restaurants, hotels, shopping, a four year college, golf courses, first class fly fishing, numerous outdoor hiking and biking trails, with endless activities for the outdoor sports enthusiast. It is located at 6,512 feet above sea level, surrounded by scenic mountain views. There are over 300 days of sunshine each year. Comfortable summer temperatures reach the upper 80’s, while the autumn days are clear, cool and full of vibrant foliage colors. The crisp and sunny winter days often feature abundant powdery snow.

The La Plata County area that includes Durango and Bayfield has a population of 52,000. La Plata County Airport runs daily commercial air service to Denver, Dallas, and Phoenix, and includes facilities for full service general aviation. The property is 105 miles from Telluride, 205 miles from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, 170 miles from Grand Junction, about 300 miles from Denver and Colorado Springs, and 450 miles from Phoenix.

Property Grounds and External Features

  • Asphalt paved driveway with circular turn-around near house and a center water feature that cascades down native rock and re-circulates
  • Stacked stone, stucco and cedar shake shingle exterior
  • Composite roof shingles
  • Stacked stone terraces featuring perennial native grasses, flowers and trees
  • Multi-zoned irrigation system for plants and trees; combination trees of Ponderosa pines, aspen and gamble oak
  • Fire mitigation done on property
  • Extensive lighting system in trees outside for night lighting grounds; good deck lighting and corner property lights
  • Outside camera connected to security system
  • Grizzly flagstone walkway up to house and flagstone paths surrounding house
  • Heated aprons at garage entry
  • Hubbardton Forge external light fixtures
  • Flagstone porches with tongue and groove cedar covered overhangs; upper covered deck takes in lovely views of Animas Valley
  • Expansive flagstone patio in back with stone benches overlook the southern Animas Valley
  • Well water
  • Fire hydrant outside house

Residence Features Include

  • 3+ car garage
  • Vaulted and 10’ ceilings
  • Ample large windows offer beautiful views outdoors and bring in lots of natural light; Hunter Douglas shades
  • Recessed and custom lighting
  • Custom mahogany and leaded window stained-glass front door with beveling; transom sides
  • Travertine tile, cherry and carpeted floors throughout
  • Custom mahogany woodwork throughout by Stan Ludwig of Telluride; Rocky Mountain hardware/pulls
  • 6” mahogany baseboards throughout and mahogany window trim
  • Kolbe windows and sliding glass doors
  • Custom iron work deck and stair rails carry the same theme inside and outside
  • Tyra Jade custom faux painting walls and ceilings
  • Security system
  • Integrated sound system in great room
  • Radiant in-floor heat
  • Central A/C with multiple zones and with controls in most rooms
  • Water softener system
  • Central vacuum system throughout has wet-vac and dry-vac features


Great Room and Bar

  • Vaulted cedar tongue and groove ceiling
  • Stacked floor-to-ceiling double-sided, stone wood-burning fireplace with gas starter; Grizzly flagstone hearth and wood mantle

Sitting Room/Library

  • Stacked floor-to-ceiling double-sided, stone wood-burning fireplace with gas starter; Grizzly flagstone hearth and wood mantle; cubby for firewood
  • Custom built-in mahogany bookshelves and drawers with oiled-bronzed pulls
  • Views out to Animas Valley and reservoir

Gourmet Kitchen

  • Granite counters with tumbled travertine tile backsplash and glass tile accents
  • Center stacked stone island with granite counter and Blanco sink, Grohe faucet with foot pedal hands free operation; bar seating with 5 stationary, suspended swivel stools
  • Granite counter desk with double file drawers and flat screen Sony TV mounted above; suspended swivel stool
  • Mahogany front panel side-by-side KitchenAid fridge and freezer with freezer drawer on bottom
  • Mahogany raised panel cabinets with antique glass inserts and oiled-bronze pulls; under counter lighting
  • Stainless steel appliances: Wolf 4-burner with griddle insert; Burners housed in a stacked stone counter-to-ceiling ‘chimney wall’ with accent shelf and lighting; overhead vent; built-in microwave oven; convection and conventional oven; warming drawer
  • Light switch plates are crushed travertine
  • Vent in floor to sweep debris in and central vacuum sucks into system

Sun Room

  • Next to and open to Kitchen
  • Full of windows with gorgeous Animas Valley views

Dining Room

  • Built-in buffet by Stan Ludwig, with raised relief panels
  • Center inlay cherry wood floor surrounded by travertine
  • Center raised faux painted ceiling

Master Bedroom and Bath Suite

  • Newly carpeted
  • Raised ceiling with faux cloud painting
  • Corner gas fireplace
  • Custom mahogany nightstands with granite tops
  • Double walk-in closet with custom designed drawers, hanging areas, cubbies and shelves


  • Travertine floor with granite tile accents
  • Double door mahogany entry to bath with a flat-screen TV over doorway, easily seen from bathtub
  • Large Kohler porcelain covered cast iron soaking tub with hand shower faucet; granite platform and sides; overlooks the forest; very private
  • Granite slab walk-in shower with glass faces; rain shower head and standard hand shower; Grohe fixtures with temperature controls
  • Double vanities with granite counters; mahogany cabinets with Kohler porcelain oval sinks and brushed nickel fixtures; built-in magnifying mirrors
  • Separate water closet with Toto water saving and soft close toilet; window and mahogany cabinets and window trim
  • 2 linen closets

Private Guest Bedroom and Bath

  • Large room with lots of windows
  • Doorways designed for easy access for wheelchair, if required
  • Newly carpeted
  • Walk-in closet with pocket door


  • Travertine floor
  • Tumbled travertine tile in walk-in shower with glass tile accents
  • Mahogany storage cabinets and drawers
  • Solid travertine vanity and sink with mahogany base plate; travertine tile accent surrounds mirror
  • Toto toilet
  • Pocket door

Laundry Room/Pantry

  • Built-in mahogany cabinets with granite counters; brushed stainless steel pulls
  • GE high profile front-loading washer and dryer with drawer storage underneath
  • Deep porcelain utility sink
  • Large closet used as pantry has pull-out basket storage and multiple shelves (near kitchen)
  • Separate utility closet
  • Vent in floor to sweep debris into vacuum system

Mud Room

  • Seating with cubbies for shoes and separate hanging areas

3+ Car Garage

  • Heated garage
  • Epoxy coating on floor
  • One wide double garage door and one single door
  • Lots of windows
  • Elevated travertine tile dog wash with hand-held shower fixture
  • Lots of built-in cabinets and storage with built-in work benches
  • Kenmore Elite front-loading washer and dryer
  • Utility sink with Silestone counter; hot and cold water
  • Overhead storage racks
  • Sound system
  • Lift in single bay to allow storage of two cars
  • Boiler room with hot water system
  • Fire hose can attach to fire hydrant out front
  • Wet and dry vac with extra long hoses


Family Room

  • Walks out to ground level; travertine tile floors
  • Floor-to-ceiling stacked stone wall houses a gas fireplace
  • Double sliding door walks out to back flagstone patio

Wine Cellar

  • Cork flooring
  • Hand-painted, arched tile wall with vineyard scene
  • Faux painted walls
  • Wall of wine rack holds 600-700 bottles of wine
  • Stacked rock wall faces wine rack
  • Separate cooling system

Media Room – ‘Blue Room Theater’

  • Carpeted on 2 tiered levels
  • Epson ceiling-mounted projection unit
  • 110” flat screen with mahogany cabinets
  • Star light ceiling illumination
  • Surround sound system
  • 4 leather reclining chairs
  • Separate A/C control

Wet Bar

  • Just outside Media Room
  • Chiseled-edge granite counter bar with gorgeous, thick petrified wood raised vessel sink and oiled-bronze wall faucet; tumbled travertine tile backsplash with tile accents; glass shelves; mahogany cupboards and drawers with copper and glass inserts; under-counter lighting; oiled-bronze pulls
  • 1 Freezer drawer; 1 Fridge drawer
  • Display case with glass shelves, stacked stone and mahogany cabinets

Guest Bedroom Two

  • Newly carpeted
  • Large 3-panel window with views out to lawn and Animas Valley
  • Walk in closet
  • Cedar storage closet

Guest Bedroom Three

  • Newly carpeted
  • Large 3-panel window with views out to deck
  • Closet


  • Kohler porcelain sink in granite counter; brushed nickel accents
  • Travertine floors
  • Tumbled travertine tile half wall and backsplash with pebble stone accents around chair rail and mirror
  • Pocket door separates walk-in shower and Toto toilet from vanity area
  • Two doors provide access from two different hallways

Sauna and Shower

  • Cedar-lined 2 tiered with tile floor
  • Finnleo heating system
  • Shower and floor drain

Workout Room

  • Rubberized floor
  • Wall of mirrors
  • Flat screen TV
  • Separate A/C control

Utility Room

  • Culligan Reverse Osmosis system
  • Cisterns
  • Culligan soft water system
  • Large storage area
  • 4 separate A/C units; two located here
  • A/V equipment located here
  • Humidifier for the forced air radiant heat

UPPER LEVEL (above garage)

Office, Wet Bar and Bath

  • Cherry wood floor
  • Dormer ceilings with wood beams
  • Built-in mahogany desk and drawers with pull outs for office equipment
  • Flat screen TV
  • Large windows
  • Access to 2 storage areas

Wet Bar

  • Blue Quartz counter and blue glass tile backsplash; stainless steel fridge; Blanco under mount sink with Kohler fixture


  • Cherry wood floor
  • Toto toilet
  • Blue Quartz counter top with Kohler under mount porcelain sink in mahogany cabinets; blue glass backsplash
  • Walk-in shower has blue glass tiles
  • Light tube for natural lighting

Wildlife and Recreation

The property has an ideal combination of wildlife habitat, manicured lawns, flagstone walkways and gardens in a very private setting, adjacent to National Forest land with a private trail system. There is abundant wildlife, including: mule deer, elk, black bear, turkey and soaring raptors.

For downhill skiing, Durango Mountain Resort is a short drive, while Wolf Creek and Silverton Mountain Ski Areas are an hour-and-one-half away. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snow-mobiling are also available throughout the area. Summertime is filled with opportunities for biking or horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, fly-fishing, boating or canoeing on the property or in close-by areas. Also, the Animas River provides great fly-fishing, kayaking, canoeing and rafting fifteen minutes from the property. There are many other things to do in the area, like visiting the local Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park and the Four Corners National Monument.

Excellent golf can be found at Dalton Ranch Golf Club, Hillcrest Community Club, the private Glacier Club (memberships available), and a top-rated public course at Pinion Hills in Farmington, NM (approximately 50 miles).


  • Balcony
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Carpeted Floors
  • Deck
  • Dishwasher
  • Finished Basement
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gated Community
  • Granite Countertops
  • Jet Tub
  • Kitchen Island
  • Library
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Refrigerator
  • Security System
  • Sprinkler System
  • Tile Flooring
  • Walk-in Closets
  • Gardens
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • In-Home Fitness Center
  • Media Room / Home Theater
  • Washer Included
  • Dryer Included
  • 3 Fireplaces
  • Steam Shower
  • Area Horse Riding/Stables
  • Fireplace In Master Br
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Wet Bar
  • Stall Shower And Tub
  • Garage Door
  • Wood
  • Area Boat Dock
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Radiant Floor Heating
  • Cathedral Ceilings
  • Area Boat Ramp
  • Built-in Vacuum


Central Air Conditioning
Attached Garage, Garage, 3 Car Garage
lot description
Bike Paths, Irregular, Mountain Views, Pool(s), Scenic View, Water View, Wooded, Jogging / Biking Path, Access Type Road, Snowmobiling, City / Town Street, Water Feature, Mixed, Open, Private Road

Property Feature

6-10 Years Old
Fireplace Description
2-Sided, Fireplace, Gas, Stone
Property Description

Additional Information

Window Treatments
Association Fee, Water Softener - Own
Special Market
Luxury Properties, Vacation / Second Home