IAN BURNETT - Coldwell Banker Heritage House
5462 Cr 335
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147


Unique and truly hand-crafted, passive solar load-bearing straw bale round home. Located in the beautiful Lower Blanco valley, and built with old world craftsmanship and modern green design... "The Owl House". Named for its shape as seen from a bird's-eye view, this home is a labor of love. With its 24" thick walls (R45) and soy-based Icynene insulation in the ceiling (R50 equ.), and radiant slab, this home was built for extreme weather and designed to maintain comfortable living conditions. Low to zero VOC finishes, and built with locally sourced materials whenever possible. It has natural stone and earthen floors, and lime-painted earthen plaster walls. Kitchen cabinet material was locally sourced and hand crafted by a local artisan. Cabinets have soft-close features. The Windsor alder casement windows are steel clad. Out back, there is a separate studio (178 sq ft interior) which can be used for an office, additional bedroom, art studio, etc. It is a straw bale round design, built in the same fashion as the main home, with a heated floor and the added design detail of a reciprocating roof. This home currently sits on 2 acres and borders a small organic permaculture demonstration farm as well as a 700+ acre working ranch, accessed from a county-maintained road. The current owners may entertain selling the demonstration farm as well as an additional 1-acre parcel if there is interest; call listing agent for more details. There are fruit trees (plum, currant & apple) and it is a pollinator-friendly habitat for bees and butterflies. Organic land practices have been used on the property since current owners purchased the property. The soil is productive, high quality sandy loam, a gardener's dream. The ground water is abundant, with an active irrigation ditch crossing the back of the property. Materials for a high-output gallery well provided, and a cistern is already in place. This home was designed and constructed by a master natural builder with 25+ years of experience, and designed in conjunction with Jay Lynch, architect, of Bayfield, CO. With proper maintenance and care, this home could enjoy a life span measured in centuries, and pay back its cost many times over in energy savings. Must see to appreciate the work and love that have been poured into this home. Please note, this home is 90% completed, and will have a certificate of occupancy before the deal is closed


Days On Site75


Bath(s) 1 Full
SQ Feet1,052
Story(s)1 Story

Additional Information


Market Activity 81147

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Area Information

CityPagosa Springs
Zip Code81147
AreaPS09 (Lower 84)
Community NameRio Blanco Cabin Sites 3 - 08 Cnty Code 00610
Middle SchoolPagosa Springs 5-8
High SchoolPagosa Springs 9-12
Listing VS Median (in Rio Blanco Cabin Sites 3 - 08 Cnty Code 00610)
low | high
47.229551451187% of Average
low | high
31.416349809886% of Average
$ / SqFt:
low | high
61.528404800173% of Average
On Site:
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26.315789473684% of Average
Listing Updated: 12/11/2018
MLS Number: 751054
Listing Provided By:
Becky Ziminsky  of  Pinnacle Realty Group LLC

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