In 1864, when General Larimer’s settlers had been in Denver for less than five years, the James family built a cabin above Plum Creek along the scenic road between Denver and Colorado Springs. In following years, it became the original post office/Pony Express station for Douglas County. The cabin was vacated in 1896, as the owners built a new two-bedroom house a short walk to the north.
Neither structure had much chance of surviving the next hundred years, as the rolling countryside of Sedalia became prime ground for custom estates – but amazingly, both have.
Today, Klein Ranch in Douglas Valley is a truly exceptional equestrian ranch. On over 95 scenic acres, the historic property features the original and restored 1860s homestead and post office/pony express station. It’s a unique property with a colorful history and extraordinary beauty.
The ranch’s five-bedroom, six-bath main house is nearly 6,400 square feet of luxuriously appointed living space. As you step into the home, the cathedral ceiling in the living room beckons, as well as the spectacular views out the windows and doors to the back deck overlooking the landscaped backyard and the mountain views to the west.
The gourmet kitchen, with breakfast bar and slab granite countertops throughout, is ideal for both large-scale cooking and intimate family gatherings, while the wonderful dining room is large enough to entertain many guest
The master bedroom suite is a comfortable retreat with a coffered ceiling, gas fireplace with surrounding stone and French doors leading to an outside deck.
The home has been meticulously updated, yet there are several nods to its history, including the charming parlor in the original part of the home with an antique wood stove.
Outside, across the sprawling property with magnificent views of the Plum Creek Valley, sits four expansive turnout pastures and an outdoor riding area. The immaculate barn features eight stalls and rubber flooring, tack room, wash bays and an impressive, finished second story loft. A separate heated workshop and two stocked ponds, complete the property.
The Klein Ranch is listed by Jayne A. Cordes of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, DTC. Contact 720-936-6691
By Gina Uriarte|August 12th, 2014|Colorado Living, Extraordinary Home, Featured, Homepage Slider, Luxury