Magical Mountain Home with Adjacent Guest House
211 Mistletoe Road, Golden, CO
Soulful ambiance. Enjoy the utmost privacy and serenity in this secluded mountain home with adjacent guest house. Nestled into wooded sanctuary where wildlife abound, and hiking/biking trails beckon from your front doorstep. Soaring beamed ceilings, artistic angles, and sophisticated upgrades throughout. Gentle mountain views of Clear Creek Canyon are framed in picture windows surrounding the sunny breakfast nook. Gourmet kitchen clad with premium appliances and eat-in none island. The open floor plan guides you to living area surrounded by windows and a double-sided wood burning fireplace. Guests will be thrilled with their quarters in separate space complete with kitchen, living room with pellet stove, and separate bedroom. Easy access to I70 and conveniently located just 25 minutes to Denver and 40 minutes to ski resorts. Located in coveted Mt Vernon Canyon Club Community with lifestyle amenities including tennis, racquet sports, fitness classes, horse barn, garden, pool and more.
Keep scrolling to read more about this home as shared by the seller Gina.
About the Home
When Gina bought the home, she says, “It was a true fixer upper and I saw the possibilities. I remodeled and updated the main house and made improvements to the guest house. Truly the biggest art project I have ever completed! It is a warm soulful dwelling, artsy and feels like a retreat. It is in a wildlife sanctuary area so there is an abundance of wildlife from elk, deer, bobcat, wild turkeys to returning migrating birds that call this place home. Everybody drinks from the birdbath!”
Gina purchased the home from the Archdiocese of Denver. Prior to her buying it, the property had become rundown and overgrown. The two houses were dated. So, Gina remodeled the entire space. She explains that, “Except for the cool retro entry windows in the main house, all were replaced. There is a great view out every window, and you’ll always see some sort of critter.”
“The wooded areas around the home have been meticulously cared for (trimmed, mitigated, pine needles raked, native short grasses/wildflowers seeded). The outdoors have completely evolved since I purchased it (it was very overgrown and deep with pine needles). Now deer and elk sleep under the shade of the pine trees, fox rest under the juniper stand out the lounge window. The animals have been invited to stay because they know there has been a lot of love put into this property and there is much gratitude for their presence here,” Gina explains changes to the outdoor areas of the home.
About the yard, Gina goes to say, “A juniper tree was destroyed by a winter storm, so my cousin cut the trunk into slabs. Out of this wood he built the bench in the back yard. The remaining slabs were sanded and squared at a local mill and now reside on the top of the half-wall along the stairwell.”
“There is a natural spring and seasonal stream near the guest house. This water source and the cooler northeastern exposure in the dense forest surrounding the property has created a sensitive wildlife area. The elk calving area in adjacent to this drainage. The cows and calves find protection in this area during those early weeks. The turkeys breed, build nests and raise their young in this area. Bobcat and fox reside here. There is an abundance of migrating birds,” Gina talks more about her property.
Wildlife is everywhere, she explains. “Refill the birdbath daily and you’ll see a vast variety of bird visitors, as well as squirrel, elk and deer quenching their thirst. The wild turkeys live here, enjoy their comical ways. Toms parading and hens not paying attention. You’ll learn a lot about how the local wildlife live and about the cycles of nature. The turkey chicks eat the tops of the grass seed sprouts. Watch the intricacies of an elk’s mouth de-leaf a growing bush. Observe the elk cows and calves frolic in the safety of the wooded spring area. Be camera ready as there is so much to see, not only around the home but on the hiking trails and up the roads and in the meadow. There’s over 1200 acres of land with plenty of trails. Also walk the horse pasture and visit the horse in the barn. If you’re lucky, Elk antlers can be found in the fall,” Gina explains further. Sounds like a dream!
Gina also shared information about her favorite features of the inside of the home. “The master shower and bathtub, both are wonderful experiences, feels very spa-like,” Gina tell us. Other favorite features include “…the views out the windows, there are so many windows that you truly are living among nature. The Guest House, everyone who stays there is so appreciative of a private space. It is a gift to offer it, feels luxurious having a separate dwelling. I love the natural lifestyle this property offers, while my commute to work is only 15 minutes.”
Even though Gina will miss the quiet and comfort of the home and the easy access to both the city and mountains, she will especially miss “the abundance of wildlife. And the variety of birds in the birdbath is delightful! I love to wake to birdsong.”
About the Neighborhood
“It’s in a private community with lifestyle amenities (restaurant, bar, meeting and event rooms, pool, tennis, horse pasture and barn, fitness, and more). Safe and quiet. There is nothing in the MVCC (Mount Vernon Canyon Club) that compares to this place because its at the end of the road, away from most homes within a rich wildlife corridor. It may be just under 2 acres but it feels more like 20. I feel my property boundaries are endless. Much of the MVCC north boundary is protected by a conservation land trust,” Gina talks about her neighborhood.
The neighborhood has much to offer shares Gina, “The pool is pretty fun in the summer, lots of activity, water aerobics, lap lanes, music, bar and snack bar, live music on weekends. There’s a community garden that is open to anyone to enjoy the produce. The horse owners ride along Mt Vernon’s dirt roads and trails so fun to pass by and have a chat. The community does holiday picnics for Memorial day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. Tennis and Pickle Ball (even in the winter, with lights). MVCC does a holiday meal for all propriety members with Santa and elves. Live music at the Clubhouse. Community involvement encouraged with volunteer groups like weeding, planting, decorations. Annual proprietary member meetings at the clubhouse with coffee and deserts. They have a volley ball and horseshoe area.”
Mount Vernon Canyon Club is one of the oldest private clubs in the Denver area, offering a laid-back social vibe. Activities include big band live music nights, mahjong, movie nights, casual poolside events, formal cocktail parties, tennis, an on-site gym, and weddings. I wonder what they will have in store for their 100th anniversary in 2022?! Something grand! Visit their website to learn more. (Gina recommends taking in the stellar views from the deck during the Fireside Lounge’s fun happy hours.)
Gina gets to enjoy hiking right from the home, “(There are) miles of hiking trails from the front door to Beaver Brook and Gudy Gaskil trails, with great views of Clear Creek Canyon.” And, she mentions that when it’s snowy, you can cross-country ski right in the neighborhood.
In addition to being active in the neighborhood, Gina really enjoys, “Taking in all of the wildlife. The wild turkeys breed and raise their young here. The elk calving area is just below my property line to the north by the spring and seasonal stream.”
About the Area
Gina explains how she, “loves its location, so close to an urban area yet feels remote, easy access to the I-70 corridor, 45 minutes to skiing and 25 minutes to a Rockies ballgame. 15 minutes to all of the cafes, live music, river walks that the new Golden offers. 45 minutes and no traffic lights to DIA.”
And, in addition to accessing outdoor recreation from her front door, Gina says the home is, “10 minutes from many mountain parks in and around Evergreen. 10 minutes to Red Rocks Amphitheater. 45 minutes to Arapahoe Basin for some of the best Colorado skiing in the sate.” She also shares that is close to great biking access.
She enjoys, “Local bike rides up to Genesee Park and the buffalo habitat.”
In terms of dining, besides the offerings at the MVCC, Gina shares that the “Chart House has a good happy hour and outdoor fire pit.”
“MVCC is adjacent to Ralston Elementary School. Its 9 miles to School of Mines. MVCC is 10 minutes to Natural Grocers in Evergreen/Bergen Park, with all organic produce. The Village Gourmet in Bergen Park/Evergreen is a must-frequent shop of high quality homewares. Chow Down pet supply shop has it all for your domestic animals in Bergen Park. Bergen Park and Evergreen have a lot of amenities making it easy to avoid the city,” expands Gina.
More About this Mount Vernon Canyon Club Home in Golden, Colorado
- Beds: 3
- Baths: 3
- SqFt: 2,839
Last words from the seller Gina, “It’s a fabulous property for the naturalist who wants to enjoy a simple lifestyle among nature. It’s for someone who wants convenient access to the city and mountain highlands, while living within a wildlife sanctuary. The air is fresh, the views are abundant. The guest house makes it extra special as it is a wonderful creative space and private area for visitors. The shed on the property used to be an old hunting cabin. Living here is an experience, as you have continual interaction with nature, something you don’t get in the city. It allows you to slow down and vibe with the rhythm of the earth. Every season here offers abundant gifts. I call the place Magical Mistletoe, because it is.”