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Magnificent green home, spectacular Views

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

Six acres, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, Chef's kitchen, sleeps 6, non smoking

Unsurpassed Rocky Mountain views! Perfect for hiking,skiing (just 20 minutes away), honeymoon, anniversary or just hanging out. Very romantic yet unlimited activities: hiking, biking, Red Rocks concerts only 35 minutes away, 4 wheeling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, exploring Saint Mary’s Glazier or just reading a book if you can stop looking at the unbelivable views. This green home is located only 4 miles from interstate 70 and Idaho Springs or Central City on six acres of mountain paradise. Spectacular views of the continental divide and the 14,000 foot peaks viewed through the extensive south facing windows. Gambling is just a few minutes away in the city of Black hawk. Designed in coordination with engineers at National Renewable Energy Laboratories as a super efficient net zero carbon home. Power is by way of photovoltaic panels and wind turbine without sacrificing luxury. Construction of this very green home completed in 2009. The 2200sf luxurious off grid home has a zero carbon footprint without compromising comfort.

Remote location: Home is located three miles off Fall River (blacktop road) and is at 9600 feet in elevation. The last mile is not a county maintained road. Four wheel drive is strongly recommended during winter months.

More Details

Owner
Mike Sowder
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Mike Sowder

Diane is a native of Evergeen Colorado and Mike is from Kentucky. Mike moved here in 1983 fresh out of college and fell in love with Diane and the mountains. We fufilled our dream of building a carbon net zero (green) mountain home in 2009. Mike is a former employee of National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Diane works with special needs children.

Mike Sowder purchased this house in 2008

Why Mike Sowder chose Idaho Springs

Unsurpassed views of 14 thousand foot peaks and the continental divide while living in luxury. Far enough away from the city to get the true feel of the Rocky Mountains yet close enough to enjoy city activities. The clear mountain air and freedom from light pollution provides amazing star gazing. Truly spectacular home and location!

What makes this house unique

Our home was designed by a National Renewable Energy Laboratories engineer and featured on local TV stations. numerous engineering, design and architectural associations have toured the home for its green features.

Amenities

Idaho Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Romantic double slipper claw foot tub. Very large marble rain shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
  • Very large bedrooms with hand crafted furniture.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Although this home is an off the grid green home, there is no convenience spared. You will enjoy the quality craftsmanship and comfortable mountain living.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
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5

The place to see fall colors

  • 5 of 5

My husband, dog and I stayed in this beautiful and wonderful house from mid-August to mid-Oactober. We attended my godson’s August wedding in Breckinridge and stayed to experience the fall colors. It was almost magical in that you didn’t even need to leave the house to view mountains and the change in color of the aspens. Althouugh off the grid, we never had a problem. It did make us more careful about using unnecessary electricity. We highly recommend this house and Mike is wonderful to work with.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Place!

  • 5 of 5

Home is beautiful with views to match! Home is warm and inviting, has wonderful open space in kitchen and family room, which makes it great for gathering family and friends. The owner Mike, is such a nice guy and was a pleasure to work with on our little get-away!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house and setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mike’s home during the Christmas holidays and had a wonderful time! Mike was attentive to our needs and even had a Christmas tree set up for us (Thanks Mike!). We had our three adult children with us and there was plenty of room for everyone to spread out. With a white winterland all around us we visited with friends, played games by the warm and cozy fireplace and, of course, enjoyed holiday spirits:). Highly recommend this beautiful home to those looking to get away from it all!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing house with great views!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of five and everyone loved this house. Perfect for people want to get away without being to far from a town. The house has everything you need except food. We were did go to St. Mary's Glacier which is not to far and it was amazing. Would choose this house again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

If you truly want to get away without sacrificing luxury!

  • 5 of 5

WOW - I cannot say enough about the stay here. I took a party of 8 here, ranging from 3-44 years old - and we were all taken in by the beauty and remote feel of this home. I say remote - you are literally at the top of the most amazing views from a mountainside - where endless sunsets and sunrises are how you start and finish your days. We were here to snowboard, and after one day of hitting Loveland and A-Basin, the kids and I all chose to hang around the home instead. There is a year's supply of stocked firewood in the garage and in the home next to the fireplace. The home had awesome hot water for all of us to shower and the master shower is AMAZING! The owner was always a text away, and was so gracious to always give great information regarding the home or questions on the area. If you stay here, I will INSIST you venture out to hike St Mary's Glacier....the favorite of all of us for the trip. We woke many mornings to fresh snow, and hiking the glacier was like a scene from Narnia....bliss. Go into town as well, as it is fun to hit the shops and grab a beer at the brewery. We had fire pit night and grilled as well, as everything is stocked and ready to go!

This will be where we stay for summer or winter Colorado trips...just cannot say enough great things about this home...and how we utilized all the amenities the home and its' owners provided!

GREAT TRIP!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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comfortable mountain house

  • 5 of 5

Our group included 5 adults (2 couples, one single person) and two pups and we were very comfortable. We especially enjoyed the fireplace and the fact each bedroom had a king bed. Since it was winter and blistering outside we didn't get a chance to enjoy the fire-pit and back patio and grill much but we really soaked in the view each morning and cozied up to the fire place and comfy living room after a full day of hiking, skiing, or snowmobiling. Of course having Beau Jo's pizza in Idaho Springs was a nice option on that day we didn't cook, but overall plenty of space to spread out cook and relax.

We definitely will be remembering this property in the future for summer or winter trips.

Mike and Diane were responsive and very helpful when needed. The description and pictures are very accurate.

In the winter season, do not dismiss the requirement to drive on mountainous roads to get to/from this house.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Denver International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Tommy Knockers
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
I-70 and Idaho Springs
Nearest Ski
19 Miles
Loveland
Car: necessary

Unlimited hiking, biking, 4 wheeling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, exploring Saint Mary’s Glazier or just relaxing. This green home is located only 4 miles from interstate 70 and 5 miles from historic Idaho Springs and Central City on six acres of mountain paradise. Spectacular views of the continental divide and 14,000 foot peaks are viewed through the extensive south facing windows. Gambling is just a few minutes away in the city of Black hawk. Designed in coordination with engineers at National Renewable Energy Laboratories construction of this very green home was completed in 2009. The 2200sf luxurious off grid home has a zero carbon footprint without compromising comfort.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Protection Fee $99
Cleaning $150
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 4.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.