East Divide Creek, located south of I-70 and the Colorado River near New Castle, Colorado, is a secluded mountain paradise of verdant valleys, oak-covered hills, and high mountain ranges of public BLM and National Forest lands. Though it is not far from the world-reknowned resort communities of Aspen and Vail, Divide Creek is a quiet mountain retreat well off the beaten path. The East Divide property has a total of 76 acres, a 2,800-square-foot home, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 2-car shop building and horse barn, chicken coop, and horse pastures. Domestic water is provided by two wells that produce the maximum 15 gallons per minute allowed by Colorado law for domestic use.
This mountain home offers the type of sustainability and seclusion sought by refugees from the city. The home is completely off the grid, with a 5.4 kilowatt solar power system with battery storage and backed up by two propane generators. The system provides ample power for the home and barn, including running power tools. In the rare event of several cloudy days in a row, the Cummins generator can be powered on to recharge the batteries and run the system. The shop building has its own solar panels to run power tools.
The home has a solar orientation that allows excellent passive solar gain. The south side of the home features a beautiful river rock front, which continues inside, as the massive river rock fireplace is a main feature of the great room. Fitted with a fireplace insert, it provides excellent warmth during the winter months. The home has the equivalent of two master suites upstairs, each with its own bath, on each side of the spacious living room, as well as a dining room and sewing nook. Downstairs is a third bedroom, the laundry room, and mechanical room, as well as a 3/4 bath with shower. The stairs have a nice custom touch, as the treads are made of real flagstone.
This property is well suited for the person that likes to be self-reliant. The chicken coop is built alongside the barn so that they have access to the inside of the barn for protection from the weather. Heat can be supplied largely through the wood stove. The barn offers a good place to store hay and the tractor and room to work on projects. The domestic well produces more water than one household can use. Finally, the solar power enables this property to sustain itself off the grid for mountain retreat living.
The hunting enthusiast looking for the ultimate base camp should check out this property. Colorado GMU 42 offers excellent hunting for trophy mule deer and elk, with elk tags available over the counter for the second and third rifle seasons. This property borders BLM lands to the north, offering instant public access to lands that are otherwise hard to access. Just south of the property, a county road heads up to the higher-elevation National Forest lands, offering thousands and thousands of acres of prime elk and deer hunting.