Southwest Colorado Mountain Home For Sale

Written by Andrew Morrison


Longs Canyon – Trinidad Colorado

Straw Bale Home For SaleCombining southwestern luxury and charm with a unique earth-friendly design, this 9-year old, 4,788 + sq. ft. straw-bale home is nestled on 35 acres above a evergreen canyon west of Trinidad Colorado.

This custom Rocky Mountain homestead is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. About 320 days a year the sun warms this neo-southwestern home with it’s 2-foot thick, R-55, straw-bale walls with tan stucco outside and European-style hand troweled plaster in. The energy-efficient passive solar design is supplemented by a totally quiet and efficient in-floor radiant heating system covered by Italian, terracotta ceramic tile and a massive kiva-style fireplace.

Straw Bale House Living RoomThe spacious design boasts vaulted 16-foot ceilings and two enclosed gardens. The floor plan is accented by round corners, sweeping curved walls and plenty of double-insulated casement windows which reveal a landscape that is home to native elk, deer, wild turkey, coyotes, jack rabbits, cottontails and too many birds to name.

The entire home is handcrafted, with one-of-a-kind solid maple, mission-style doors with rain-glass lights, solid cherry kitchen cabinets and hand carved garden gates.

The about 3,800 feet of living space includes an inviting 38’ x 20’ living room, 3 large bedrooms, and bonus room over the garage.

Garden PathThis quiet and protected 35-acre property is completely fenced and has approximately 5 acres of pasture-land, 15 acres of ponderosa pine forest, and 15 acres of piñon, cedar and oak brush. The parcel is part of a small enclave called River Ranch Longs Canyon located 13 miles west of Trinidad Colorado – and 14 miles north of the New Mexico border.

This special home is currently a year around residence, but would also be idea for a vacation get-away, retreat center, bed & breakfast inn, or even a shared two-family home.


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