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Mike Sowder

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Magnifiicent Green Mountain Home with Spectacular Views!

22 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Overview

Idaho Springs House Rental Photos and Description

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.

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Suitability:
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Mike Sowder (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 Front Range Colorado

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.

Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

Magnifiicent Green Mountain Home with Spectacular Views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 22 reviews
5

Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

I was heralded as hero for finding this place for our family to stay while visiting the area for our niece's wedding. The setting and home were gorgeous. Mike made it an easy and comfortable stay

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely mountain views

  • 5 of 5

Very clean. Beautifully built home with a well thought out green plan. A nice get away from the big city yet close enough to things to do.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

There is only one word to describe this place AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

The views are to die for!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Mike and Diane were great at communicating and gave us a good tour. We stayed 8 nights. You can not beat this view. Great spaces for dining, working puzzles, hanging around the fire pit and just enjoying the view. Fully equipped and very comfortable. Did I mention the view? We have stayed at 6 homes in the area. This was the best!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Beautiful Mountain Property

  • 5 of 5

I have rented numerous vacation properties all over the world and I feel like I am pretty good at picking out nice properties. Once again, I was not disappointed. This property is as advertised and better. The owner Mike was professional and courteous and supplied all of the information that we needed. The home has amazing views of the mountains and was perfect for our family of five. The kids enjoyed sledding in the snow and we enjoyed watching March Madness on the large flat screen TV above a roaring fireplace. The kitchen and open floor plan was beautiful and functional. The bathrooms were very nice too. We loved the heated floors that kept everything nice and warm. A very comfortable and clean home.

Idaho Springs is a nice little town with great bars, restaurants and shopping...and not too far to drive.

Thanks to Mike for allowing us to enjoy his beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Beautiful! Perfect! Amazing View!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do this house justice. Everything was so well thought out. It felt like a 5 star hotel with the most breathtaking view of the mountains I've ever seen. We made gourmet meals in the kitchen, watched movies with the kids and relaxed. Great owners.

Be sure to have 4 wheel drive.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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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

Idaho Springs House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall
Oct 1 2016 - Nov 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,800
$5,400
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 29 2016
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
4th of July
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$400
$2,450
$7,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 4.1%

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Amenities

Idaho Springs House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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.

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