Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty brokers believe the $9 million sale of the Wildflower Meadows estate just south of Steamboat Springs is the highest transaction of its kind in the region’s history.
A buyer, originally from Casper, Wyoming, closed Jan. 31 on the property, which includes a 10,900-square-foot home and 6,000-square-foot guesthouse and auto plaza situated on 154 acres.
Despite the acreage, brokers involved in the sale consider the property residential versus a ranching property or open acreage, which would make the selling price the highest ever for a home in Steamboat Springs history.
“It’s a very unique piece of property and on the valley floor,” said Pam Vanatta, a Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty broker who represented the seller in the sale.
The property was originally developed beginning in 1999 by David McDonald, who was given county approval to split the original 120-acre parcel into four 4.5-acre buildable lots with an adjacent 100 acres to be shared among the homeowners.
Architect Doug Rager, of Aspen, designed the home, giving it a low profile that would blend well into the meadow.
Original interior finishes included reclaimed walnut plank flooring in the home’s great room, office and bedroom hallway and Tobasco travertine stone in the kitchen, family room and other areas.
After building the Wildflower Meadows home on speculation, McDonald offered a buyer the option to purchase the home or the entire 120-acre property.
William and Catherine Behan opted to purchase the entire property in 2003 for $8.015 million, and later, the family bought an adjacent 35-acre acre parcel along Highway 131, bringing the property’s total acreage to 154.
Situated on the south side of U.S. Highway 40, just past the Mesa Schoolhouse, the property has strong water rights and features a pond and lake.
“It’s a really recreational piece of ground,” Vanatta said.
Vanatta said the home’s most recent owners completed some updates and focused on adding and improving landscaping.
The property was originally listed by the Behans in 2009, Vanatta said, and had gone on and off the market through the years. It was most recently listed at $11.25 million in fall 2016.
Routt County property records list the new owner as Wildflower Meadows LLC, a company registered to Neal Neumiller.
Brokers Barb Shipley and Adrienne Stroock represented the buyer, whom they said visited Steamboat Springs frequently as a child, including to play in Triple Crown Sports tournaments.
The brokers said the buyer had his eye on the property for some time before taking the steps to purchase it.
“He specifically had his eye on this one for quite a while,” Shipley said. “It’s a fabulous piece of property on the valley floor, and he finally decided it was time to make a move.”
Stroock said the buyer was eager to get settled and become part of the local community.
“I know he is really thrilled to get here and be a part of Steamboat,” Stroock said.
Shipley said the new owner’s intentions are to keep the property together, as the seller had.