Saturday, May 8, 2004
Steamboat Springs The Chrisman family can watch almost any activity on Mount Werner without leaving their living room.
Their house, at the end of Natches Way, is on a hillside with a 20-foot retaining wall. Windows in every room provide up-close and unobstructed views of most of the ski runs at the Steamboat Ski Area, not to mention the South Valley and Flat Tops.
Whether it's watching skiers or the New Year's Eve fireworks display, the Chrismans are never far from the action.
"We're at the house to watch the fireworks every New Year's Eve," Byron Chrisman said. "It seems like they're right there in the living room."
Listing Realtor David Baldinger Jr. agreed. Though he admits almost any house in the Rocky Mountains will have a beautiful view, this one is special, he said.
"This house has a true panorama of views," he said. "I think it has the best ski view in Steamboat Springs. You can't duplicate this. It's built on a steep slope, and there will never be anything in the way of its view."
The Chrismans are now making those views available. They have put their house and its furnishings on the market for $3.5 million.
Byron Chrisman and his wife, Mary, live in Boulder, and owned a home on Clubhouse Drive in Steamboat Springs for years. They built their current home at 1750 Natches Way in 1998, and named it "Fox Haven" after collecting and filling the home with fox artwork.
The couple, particularly Mary, prefers a warmer climate these days. After recently buying a home in the unincorporated town of Green Valley, Ariz., south of Tucson, the Chrismans had to choose between Steamboat and Boulder for their primary residence. With their children and grandchildren within minutes of their home in Boulder, they chose to sell their Steamboat home.
"I never was much of a skier," Mary said. "I'm just not much of a winter person. I'm happy to be down here where it's warm."
The Chrismans built the 5,500-square-foot, three-story, multiple-bedroom house primarily to entertain guests during the summer. They went the extra mile, paying more than $50,000 for grading alone, so that the house could extend on the hillside, providing maximum views.
Guests can experience the views not only through the windows, but also while sitting outside on a large covered deck, complete with speakers that are linked to a sound system and other speakers wired throughout the house and powered with remote LCD controls.
The Chrismans spared no expense. An elevator serves all three floors, from the master bedroom/office space on the top floor, to the billiards room on the bottom floor. Every room has detailed finishes with either high-end wood in doors, trim and the ceiling or slab granite in the floor, countertops and bathroom. For example, the front door is made of rosewood imported from Belize.
The kitchen features integrated storage areas along every wall, top-of-the-line fixtures and even a prep area in the cupboard.
However, Byron says, "The view makes the property."
"We just couldn't believe it when we first saw that property was for sale," he said. "We put a contract on it about a week after seeing it and our Realtor told us we just bought the best lot in Steamboat."
"I show a lot of houses in this price range, but this one just includes everything and then some," Baldinger said.
For more about Fox Haven, call Baldinger at 879-7800.
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