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Ambience at Acorn Creek

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With snow swirling, we can still dream of spring coming soon. The residence at 1996 Rodeo Drive in Acorn Creek Ranch has it all- 13,118 square feet of living space, seven garage bays, and 40 of the most beautiful acres in Summit County as a setting.

Acorn Creek Ranch is a private gated community north of Silverthorne, just minutes from the ski resorts, golf courses, dining and shopping, but surrounded by the serenity of large parcels, rolling meadows, and mountain vistas. This special home sits up, looking eye to eye with the Gore Mountain range, with a backdrop of evergreen and aspen.

The private drive from the main road sweeps up toward the home. The covered entry opens into a glossy slated foyer with coat closets on either side. This leads directly into the Great room with windows looking out to the spectacular beauty of the Rockies. One whole wall features window seats down the length of the living area. A majestic fireplace commands another wall, with a raised hearth and marble fascia in gray and mauve tones. Doors on either side of the living area lead out to the broad expanse of heated granite-tiled patio. To the left, the open dining room enjoys the slated floor, cathedral ceilings and open feeling of the main level.

The adjoining kitchen is rimmed in windows and has tongue and groove ceilings. Two islands provide work space and room for entertaining. Appliances include St George double ovens, double cooktops which total eight burners, GE Profile refrigerator and compactor, Asko dishwasher, Sharp microwave, Scotsman icemaker, and Marvel wine refrigerator. A nearby pantry and laundry are a convenient amenity.

To the left of the Great room is a bath with Kohler art series sink and matching tiles in a tulip pattern. The bath serves as a powder room, as well as providing for the first of the bedrooms which adjoins it. This room is presently used as a study. It has beautiful deep casement windows, window seats, and a marble-fronted fireplace. Next is a large room which could be an office, playroom, additional bedroom or library. It has soaring ceilings and main level convenience. The nearby hall leads to the indoor pool. Granite tiles add an elegant touch, while windows bring the outdoors inside. The west wall opens onto the heated patio with handy access to the spa and patio heaters. An adjacent tiled bath has lockers for changing. The entrance to the five bay garage is here, along with a mudroom area, work bench and tool room. A detached garage adds more space as well.

Also on this side of the home, the private apartment has its own entrance. The apartment is self-contained, with living and dining area, full kitchen, bath with jetted tub, and a fireplace.

The lower level leads down to a spacious family area with fireplace, nearby bath, and doors out to a private patio and the grounds of the home. On this level is a huge office. This space could easily add media viewing area, billiards, or extra sleeping. Additionally, there is a large bonus room with library space, and plenty of storage. Two mechanical rooms feature state of the art water and heating systems, a backup generator, and pool mechanicals.

To the other side of the living space is a slated sun area- the perfect spot for wildlife viewing or a quiet reading spot. The master suite resides here, with soaring ceilings, a three-sided fireplace, and bay window. The bath enjoys a corner jetted tub, split sinks, and separate shower, all enhanced by marble. Another bedroom suite on this level features an ensuite bath and casement windows soaking up the view. Stairs lead up to another bedroom suite, enjoying views and cathedral ceilings.

With a residence as unique as this, one must take a tour. Enjoy a first look at Every season has its own charm, with deer, elk, aspen, meadows, snow-topped mountains and Colorado’s high country beauty. Don’t miss this opportunity to gather family and friends in this spectacular mountain retreat!

Bonnie Smith-Allen, ABR, CIPS, CRB, CRS, GRI, MRE, ALHS is Owner/ Managing Broker of Exclusive Mountain Retreats Real Estate, the Exclusive Summit County Board of Regents Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate. She is a Director of the National Assn of Realtors, 2007 District VP for the Colorado Assn of Realtors, and 2007 Summit Assn Realtor of the Year. Bonnie can be reached at 800.871.0765 or 970.453.0765 or by visiting

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