Half a dozen steps lead down from the paved driveway to the covered front entrance on the right. Now, which Trex deck do you want to use this morning to enjoy your coffee with such the views--and with no sound from the cities below. And imagine, Manitou city limits are only six minutes away.
Here is your front door, protected by the Trex deck above. The flagstone path beyond leads around the corner to a private rear deck that can also be accessed via the kitchen/dining room walk-out.
When you enter the front door, you find your coat closets and this little hall that separates the family room from the office/bedroom on the right. Note all the built-ins.
As you enter, here's the layout. The door in the center leads to one bedroom. The other door here leads to storage with built-ins and the door to the engineering room with boiler for in-floor heating, hot water heater, etc.
Corner bedroom in lower level, looking toward the family room beyond.
Coming out of the corner bedroom, here's what awaits you. Insulating Hunter Douglas blinds simply pull down if you can bear to hide the view.
A peak inside the office/bedroom near the entry. Yes, a printer cartridge burst and soiled this carpet, but that will be taken care of.
This double vanity bath with tub/shower is one of two rooms separating bedrooms in the walkout lower level. Always more private when bedrooms are separated. This is located across from the office. Turn left to go upstairs.
Welcome to the main level. Come up to the main level via the stairway to the right. The door you see there takes you to the garage from a landing on that stairway. The door to the left takes you out to a large deck that cannot be accessed from the ground.
Another shot of the great room. The stairs we mentioned separate this area from the kitchen/dinbing area to the right. The floors are textured hardwood that "floats," giving it a more comfortable feel. Also best for conducting the in-floor heat.
Here we are in the kitchen, taken from near the walk-out and looking toward the fireplace shown in the previous view. Dining area is out of sight to the left. To the right is a telephone nook. Note the skylights
Taken from near the Swedish dishwasher, the walkout in center of photo leads out to a private Trex deck measuring 21x8. Even the high triangular window has a Hunter Douglas blind. Ceiling fans are everywhere.
Banks of windows frame the view of city and mountains. At night,when your mountain views go dark, the city lights come on. Half a million people pay to decorate your night view, but never send you a bill.
Anywhere else, Crystal Park views would be scenic overlooks. This is the front deck off the great room.
Taken from near the walk-out, the dining area is spacious and has many built-ins. Just above the cabinets in the center you can just glimpse the doorway to the master bedroom.
Here's your master bedroom, as taken from the doorway just off the great room. Five-piece master bath is located to the left of this picture.
Master bedroom as shown in the reverse angle. Master bath is to the right. One reason for putting the front door down below is so no one could walk up and see in while the blinds are up. The deck you see here has no access from the ground.
Soaking tub opposite the vanity offers a true picture window. Lots of people pull the blinds when taking a bath because they have close neighbors--and yes, more Hunter Douglas here--but the best privacy is comes from great distance in a remote-but-oh-so-close mountain area.
Across from the doorway to the master suite is this powder room, with the spacious laundry beyond, complete with sorting counter, cabinets, the pass-through to the master bath and, of course, the nearly-new LG washer and dryer
Here we are out back, looking toward the deck that is accessed by the dining/kitchen walkout. Out of sight to the right is the emergency backup generator, so if power ever fails, it goes right back on again.
And here is your view coming up the paved drive. It snowed the very next day after this was taken, but the blacktop melted it right off. A neighbor's concrete drive has to be heated to do the same.
No, this is not your street, but was taken on a steep section of Wing Shadow up above. When it snows, Crystal Park crews work all night to plow and sand so that everyone gets to town. When a dumper storm paralyzed both cities in the late 90s, forcing the cities to stop plowing side streets, CP residents could drive out and move around both cities on main arteries, while most neighborhoods were hopelessly snowed in.
Go uphill on paved Crystal Park road another 12 minutes and here you find the Upper Park, with its stocked fishing lake, heated swimming pool, clubhouse and other many amenities. No fishing license required.
Just beyond the lake is our community pool, heated to 88-90 degrees so that people will actually use it. Clubhouse is located to the right of this picture, up a flight of stairs. One of its bathrooms is always open.
You can just glimpse the lake through the trees near the pool. Another reason to heat it to such a cozy temperature is because the pool is open until 11 pm for moonlight romance.
Taken from the deck of the clubhouse, which can be reserved for special occasions with a cleaning deposit, which is returned if members clean up after themselves. Pool depth is 3 feet to 5 12 feet.
Here's what you see driving up High Ridge. Large turn around room, all paved. Note that none of the windows really face the nearest neighbor (not shown to to left). That way both homes have maximum privacy.
Rainbow's end. This is not an aerial shot, but was taken from a house across canyon. See how much privacy great distance affords? Come see it.