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At home in Red River

A barn-style home welcomes family and visitors in an alpine setting

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Red River is a picturesque mountain valley. Located at 8,671 feet above sea level, the town is home to an eponymous river and ski area, as well as a charming Main Street. The alpine setting has always been a precious place for living and recreating.

The home at 31 Mountain View Road is now available. The 2,160 square foot single-family home sits on a 5.05 acre lot and is listed for $799,000 (MLS no. 100150). Linda Calhoun, of Calhoun Real Estate, is the qualifying broker.

The 3-bedroom/ 2-bath home is affectionately known as “The Barn,” owing to its A-frame shape and spacious three-bay garage on the first floor. The home was built by owner Keven Sasser and his wife, Linda.

“The home has about 800 feet of the Red River to it, and you own both sides of the river. We live down by the river. We have seating areas down there, and there is fish down there. There’s a step pond that the beavers helped create. It’s the west and middle fork of the Red River that comes through the property. The river does a 90-degree turn and you can see 300 feet up and down river. It’s breathtaking,” says Sasser.

Sasser’s vision for the design and build of the home was influenced by travels to Deer Park, Park City and Breckenridge. He wanted the Red River home to be in harmony with its natural surroundings, and he wanted to create an upscale architectural look.

Indeed, driving up to the home, the superb craftsmanship and the quality of the materials are immediately evident.

Sasser hired Randall Kiker of Kiker Construction in Red River. Together, they spared no attention to detail. For example, the WainscotTM rock edge is aesthetic and offers snow protection. The exterior wood is cedar lap-and-gap siding, which is a common lumber usage in upscale homes. The installation of PellaTM windows contributes to the polished look of the exterior.

“The roof is metal. It’s extra thick and designed to rust. When they put it on it was somewhat silver, Mother Nature has now created a more tarnished orange look,” says Sasser.

The garage has three entrances and radiant heat floors. Sasser explains, “We designed it to be a year-round garage to store the equipment and toys that go with living in the middle of a national forest. I’m real big on putting things inside. It’s how we were raised as ranchers and farmers in Oklahoma.”

In the upstairs living area of the home, visitors are greeted with a sizable mud room built for practicality. “We had spent enough time in Red River and other places to know that all of the really great facilities have a true ‘knock-down, clean it up, take stuff off, and let it dry’ kind of mud room,” says Sasser.

The long hallway showcases walnut (tongue-in-groove) flooring and an aspen ceiling. The cedar beams are painted with a clear stain that causes the knots to “pop” for visual accenting.

The master bedroom is a wonderful spot to retreat. Sasser says, “During elk season in the fall, we sleep with the windows open. You can hear the elk bugling at the mamas, and the mamas chirping back at the bull elk.”

The open floor plan of the great room of the house is spectacularly “great” –– with a sizable 12 x 12-foot open kitchen that would be the envy of any chef. The kitchen bar and countertop are granite; and the custom-fit cabinets are MerillatTM, built from a high-grade alder.

“It’s more than a ‘one butt’ kitchen,” says Katy Pierce, associate broker with Calhoun Real Estate.

Sasser acknowledges that the openness was built on purpose. “What we learned from building other houses is that there is never enough kitchen space when you have people over. We have a lot of multiple-family events –– with our siblings’ families and our parents. We can load up the main room with family and it doesn’t feel crowded.”

The great room’s sliding glass doors leads out to a large deck surrounded with pines and aspens.

“The deck is our favorite spot as it back ups to the National Forest. We have mule deer come down –– and even the bears –– while we’re sitting on the deck. The hummingbirds are phenomenal. And because it’s behind the barn, people can’t see you. It creates such a zone that is so private.”

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