Wildflower Ranch: The Ultimate Luxury for Horses and Owners

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Wildflower Ranch: The Ultimate Luxury for Horses and Owners

Colorado is horse country. In fact, the state equine population of 256,000 comes to about one Coloradan for every 18 horses, according to the American Horse Council Foundation.

Coloradans aren’t idle horse owners, either. More than 180,000 of the state’s horses are ridden for show and recreation every year. More than 50 percent of owners live on the same property as their horses. No matter the use, having horses is a lifestyle.

Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty (FSIR) has a variety of horse-friendly listings along the Front Range, including Boulder, and the mountain communities of Breckenridge and Vail Valley. In fact, FSIR listings are searchable by the specialty market, “Farm and Ranch.” Buyers can view superior properties in Colorado or anywhere in the world, via the Sotheby’s International Realty network. However, in keeping with Colorado’s time-honored horsey traditions, there are also residential areas that allow horses, such as parts of Cherry Hills Village, where FSIR is an active market player.

Kate Hart Converse is an FSIR broker and formerly one of the top ranked junior riders nationally in the hunter/jumper discipline. Given her background and years of experience, she understands the equestrian lifestyle, whether the owner has one trail horse, several show horses or an entire boarding/training/breeding facility. Converse said. She specializes in these properties, especially those that feature every luxury possible – for the owner and the horse.

The historic Wildflower Ranch is such a property, encompassing 1,438 acres of rolling hills running alongside Perry Park Road and Dakan Road near Sedalia. It is perhaps the crown jewel of a gorgeous valley that is just a short drive from urban Denver. Wildflower fields, rich pastures, dramatic stone outcroppings, forests, fishing streams, wild birds and elk herds are just some of the gems found on this property.

“This is one of the few remaining homesteads that embody both the rustic beauty of true Colorado farmland and the sophistication of a modern horse facility,” Converse said. “Whether you are looking for an equestrian center, cattle ranch, or family estate, this property can accommodate all your needs.”

From a horse’s perspective, the Wildflower Ranch is a perfect home. The barn can accommodate up to 38 stalls – plenty of room for fellow horse friends. There are heated stalls, blanket and tack rooms, grooming and wash racks, a breading room and a hay loft with room for grain and storage. An indoor riding area is designed to accommodate any riding discipline and is a great place for the well-heeled horse to train in winter. The breeding rooms and foaling stalls include cameras and other state-of-the-art technology – and on-site lodging for vets, owners or other caregivers on foal watch.

From the human perspective, the property offers one main cabin and two secondary cabins. Each has its own unique features but all showcase natural hardwoods, exposed beams, state of the art kitchens and world class design to host short or long-term guests. A shared outdoor entertaining area showcases a wood burning pizza oven and patio.

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And there is more: an airplane hangar; a heated, eight-car garage with additional workspace; and the all-important water rights, which have both a commodity and an aesthetic value.

With luxury accommodations and a historic, pristine setting, Wildflower Ranch is the perfect home for horses and humans who love the equestrian lifestyle.

The ranch, located at 6438 W. Dakan St., is listed for $16 million. For more information, visit www.wildflowerranchco.com. To search for additional luxury horse properties visit www.fullersothebysrealty.com

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