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The 1,579-acre ranch has close to 20,000 square feet of living space with Rocky Mountain views.

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A more than 1,500-acre ranch in southwest Colorado hit the market last week for $48 million. 

About 45 minutes from Telluride in Placerville, Colorado, Hidden Rocks Ranch offers a 6,000-square-foot main house, seven guest cabins and a three-bedroom caretaker cottage that are all powered by the solar plant on the property, according to the listing with Bill Fandel of Compass. 

“Because of the significant sales of trophy ranches across the west, some people think there are a lot of them,” he said. “But very few check all the boxes.”

Those include large, usable acreage, close proximity to both a major resort area and an airport, live water and contemporary luxury living spaces. Hidden Rocks Ranch offers all that, with residences that were created just three years ago,
Mr. Fandel

“It’s a great combination of clean, current and relevant architecture and rustic cabin elements,” he said, adding that Dallas-based
Allen Kirsch
and Associates were behind the design. 

The great room has retractable glass walls on three sides.

That includes exposed beams, a great room with NanaWalls, or retractable glass walls, on three sides and views of the Rocky Mountains, a media room, a game area, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and room for dining for up to 40 people, Mr. Fandel said. 

There are also three creeks, two spring-fed ponds for swimming or fishing, and 15 miles of recently developed trails for hiking, mountain biking or ATVs. Western-style horse-back riding is also an option, and there’s a six-stall barn on the property. 

The ranch is powered by an on-site power plant with 45,000 pounds of batteries and three solar fields that can fuel the property—including the air conditioning—for up to three days, Mr. Fandel explained. There are also diesel-fueled back-up generators that kick in if there are several days of inclement weather. 

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There’s already been interest in the ranch, and one segment of potential buyers includes newly relocated executives from Texas or Arizona. These are people who have moved their businesses to those states and are now looking to “reorient” their retreat space from places like Lake Tahoe, on the border of California and Nevada, or Montana, according to Mr. Fandel. 

“They like South Colorado because of the easy access,” he said. “It’s also the most visually dramatic region in the area; it feels like the Alps. And the historical connection to mining gives it an authenticity that resonates.”

The property last traded for $7.63 million in 2017. The seller was not available for comment.

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