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Historic Zeigler Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado – Aspen Real Estate Blog :REAL ESTATE

As featured in the winter edition of CBMM Sourcebook Magazine.
By: Alyson Baumbach

The old property known as the Ziegler Ranch extends over 200 unspoiled hectares in Aspen / Snowmass and is more of a national park than an estate. An electronic gate gives the property so much exclusivity and privacy that few locals suspect that one of the most valuable family farms in the valley is just across the border. The ranch also has its own two-mile paved road that leads the rare visitor through beautiful hinterland. It is the kind of landscape in which you feel like you are living in your own Bierstadt painting.

If you drive through the property and past the green and gold brushstrokes of meadows and aspen groves, you will first come across the Ziegler reservoir, which is located in the hills. The snow-capped peaks of Capitol, Daly and Clark are reflected in the sky. You wind your way down the street, past aspen groves, until you reach a 30-hectare enclave with three residences positioned to use its facade along Snowmass Creek. First, you’ll arrive at The Lodge, a rustic retreat with a spacious, spacious room, high ceilings, and three bedrooms.
all surrounded by a park-like landscape. Then you will find The View House, which offers a contemporary ambience with three bedrooms and impressive panoramic windows that open to the valley, the brook and beyond to the mountains. And finally, visit the caretaker’s house with its three bedrooms. Down here in this private enclave, saddled between lawns and aspen trees, your senses will take over. The gentle sound of the stream lulls you into a daydream. Your eyes enjoy the view of the water until you meet the three peaks again – a breathtaking portrait that defies description. If you know that the rest of the 170 hectares of the property are preserved outdoors, you will be in a state of total awe.

“It’s a private piece of the Rocky Mountains, you can own those views.” – Real estate agent Brian Hazen & Jim Cardamone from Coldwell banker Mason Morse

It is hard to experience the Ziegler Ranch and feel no awe of Mother Nature and all the prey that the Rockies have produced (both natural and artificial). Of course there is the world-famous Aspen Snowmass ski area, where you can enjoy ski-in and ski-out access to the Campground Slot ski slope directly from the accommodation. On the Columbine Trail there are beaver ponds for fly fishing and private hiking, as well as cross-country and riding trails.
The ranch also offers the exclusive leisure use of the Ziegler Reservoir for trout fishing, windsurfing, canoeing, paddling or swimming. The reservoir is still Colorado’s treasure to this day. In 2010, the Ziegler Reservoir made national headlines after the expansion of the reservoir triggered the discovery of 6,000 large fossil bones from seven extinct Ice Age mammals and thousands of other bone and plant fossils – “all in good condition and in almost perfect condition thanks to its altitude” Cardamone says. His brother
Tom is an ecologist and former managing director of Snowmass Discovery, who gave presentations about the excavation and helped raise funds to build a visitor center in Base Village.

Despite the untouched landscape of the Ziegler Ranch, it offers unprecedented accessibility. Snowmass Village is just five minutes away on the private paved road you are on
Access to all future new amenities in Base Village that are now underway thanks to a $ 600 million investment. “This is the only property that has a private road and access to Snowmass Village,” said Hazen. “Most properties don’t have this level of access. Usually you have to go down to Aspen and that can easily take an hour in winter.”
Both Hazen and Cardamone consider the combination of acreage and proximity to Snowmass to be “extremely rare”. The Ziegler Ranch has been owned by the same family for over 60 years. “It is one of those Aspen properties that occurs only once in a lifetime,” Cardamone says. The discovery “Snowmastodon” from 2010 increased the importance of the property even further and classified it in a completely new category of old properties. “There could be a specific buyer who looks at a property like the Ziegler Ranch and recognizes it not only as a legacy property, but also as a World Heritage Site,” says Tom. “It is of this caliber that is important in the world of science.” For this reason, the real estate team hopes that the future owner of the Ziegler Ranch will have the heart of a monument conservationist. Conclusion Hazen: “Without a doubt, the new owner will be the same type of administrator of the country that the current owners have been for 60 years.”

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