In the Durango area there is no more dramatic mountain setting than La Plata Canyon, with its many peaks exceeding 13,000 feet of stunning beauty creating the headwaters to the La Plata and Mancos Rivers. This custom residence is your front row seat to one of the most extraordinary vistas in the entirety of the San Juan Mountains. Residing on over 5 acres with access to shared 26 acres of open space, this four bedroom home was hand built by one of the area's premier craftsman for his own family. Green built features were incorporated into the home’s construction, most importantly the naturally insulating straw-bale and straw-panel construction featured in the home’s environmental design. Note the exquisite craftsmanship on door and window frames, appropriately significant and detailed to frame in one of the most beautiful vistas. Plastered walls, carbonized bamboo flooring, solid woods and stone abound in the finish of the home. The gourmet kitchen with a natural, organic feel includes cherry hand-built cabinetry, refurbished antique double draining enamel farm sink, large butcher block island, baking counter and second sink, plumbed coffee bar area, wine fridge, two dishwashers, Theramador professional 6-burner range, large pantry, breakfast nook, and generous, open dining area for expandable seating to host family and friends. All of this flows seamlessly to the covered outdoor deck to soak in the captivating views, with trex decking, gas BBQ grill stub, and hot & cold exterior hose bibs. Off of the entryway, you'll find a room with pocket doors offering a perfect home office / yoga room / guest bedroom with adjacent full bath. The living room features vaulted ceilings and views from every direction with barnwood accents and wired for surround sound. The additional three bedrooms are on the second floor with the laundry, full bath, and includes an extraordinary master suite with glass pocket doors leading to a spa-like master bathroom with clawfoot soaking tub and curved glass block shower with multiple shower heads. The home has radiant in-floor heating throughout with 13 different zones, double pane windows, whole-house recirculating hot water system for instant hot water at all faucets, and energy efficient design and materials throughout. An oversized, heated 2+ car garage features 220 V power, is wired for speakers, and includes a half bath, private office, and an ample storage room for all the gear you’re going to need to explore the vast wilderness right at your doorstep. Trails are adjacent to the home and the area is replete with many favorite hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. This extraordinary home with exceptional mountain views and privacy is located in a subdivision of just 3 homes sharing the great-producing well, open space, and road maintenance. The storage barn offers a covered overhang and is a great exterior workshop space. High Speed4U internet connectivity allows you to work from home and enjoy the peaceful solitude of this Colorado retreat.