Paonia, Colorado

Luxury home and vineyard (formally Steve Rhodes Winery) atop Sunshine Mesa overlooking the fertile valley and Elk Mountain range with unobstructed 360 degree views. This contemporary farmhouse is an architectural masterpiece with vineyard of mature Cabernet, Pinot and Merlot vines cascading away from the decks, lawn and gardens. Your private sanctuary in the beautiful and abundant North Fork Valley.


Special Features of Hassett Vineyard (formally Steve Rhodes Vineyard)

This vineyard has approximately six acres of mature vines consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer. The vineyard was planted by the late Steve Rhodes, a California winemaker, who is considered by many to have cultivated the most delicious grapes in Colorado. His wine was a favorite in the restaurants in Carbondale and Aspen. The vineyard is currently managed, bottled and sold by Stone Cottage Cellars in Paonia. Has produced up to 1,000 cases of wine.

Plenty of land and water rights for expansion of grapes, greenhouses, fruit trees and gardens. Apples, cherries, peaches and pears do very well here. Long growing season, good soils and plentiful irrigation water make this area perfect for horticulture and enjoying local food. There are more Colorado certified organic farms and orchards in the North Fork Valley than anywhere else in the State. Only minutes to the local private airport.

The House
Architect – Norm Lewark ● Builder – Charley Bishop

  • 3,708sf “Contemporary Farmhouse” in new condition.
  • 3 bedrooms plus loft, and 3 and a half bathrooms.
  • A complete security system.
  • Water purification system.
  • Central vacuum.
  • Professional Gallery and Architectural Lighting.
  • European wide planked oak floors.

The house has radiant floor heating and central air conditioning.
All windows are covered with either wood shutters or solar shades.
Three gas fireplaces, with the living room fireplace converting to wood if desired.

A main floor master suite with bedroom fireplace with custom stone surround with built in cabinets. Large walk in closet, a private office, a cozy TV room or den with fireplace. Large walk in closet. Quality custom stone work on the walls and fireplace in bed room.Large glass bedroom doors that open to small stone patio and views beyond.Master bathroom with large soaking tub and separate shower with designer tile that matches the artwork on the french doors leading into the suite and bath with spectacular etched glass by local artist Lark Abel.  And for your comfort, a Toto washlet.

Kitchen – VIEWS!
Granite counters – large maple topped island with 5 burner gas cooktop.
Porcelain farmhouse sink – Two dishwashers (one in butlers pantry).
A warming oven plus double ovens.
Butlers pantry with large stainless sink and dishwasher and extensive shelving.
Custom cabinets throughout by local craftsman.
Four beautiful glass pendant lights above the island made by the renowned artists at North Rim Glass.

Extensive ironwork details throughout the house by respected ironsmith Ira Houseweart. Powder room on main floor. Laundry room on mail floor. Hallway light also by North Rim Glass Art gallery that extends the length of the house with architectural spot lighting. Art room with sink and french doors opening to outside deck. Gym with french doors also opening onto outside deck. Finished garage with ample storage room. Dining room with doors that fold back completely (nano style), and french doors that lead onto the wood deck on back of house.

Built in dining room cabinet for glasses and entertaining supplies with a copper counter (custom by Ira Houseweart) and copper sink. Wine cooler in dining room cabinet. Dramatic winding custom wood open staircase with iron handrail by Ira Houseweart located in the “silo” that leads to the two guest rooms and two bathrooms upstairs. The front bedroom has two doubled bedded alcoves with bathroom and a sleeping loft above accessed by a custom iron ladder.

The bedroom facing the vineyard has large shuttered windows that open up to the vineyard cascading down the hill with the mountains as a backdrop. It also has a private bathroom and both have vaulted ceilings.

Additional Features

Automatic entry gate with sculpted iron grapevines twisting through it with a pair of iron gate lamps on each side. Extensive professional landscaping.
A 2310 square foot former winery that could easily be converted into a guest house or caretaker quarters. Plus wine cellar below. A charming building that was once the home of the Rhodes Family the original owners .

An equipment shed for the tractor, mowers and various other equipment – all included. Two wonderful antique trucks that now serve as farm sculptures. They are a favorite subject for photographers.

The entire property is completely surrounded by a tall elk fence. ( This allows for gardening and growing without wildlife destruction.) A pond with a fountain that serves as a retaining holder for the vineyard and landscaping
water. A new state of the art irrigation system for the vineyard with a separate system for the landscaping irrigation system. Landscape lighting in the front circular driveway and a small pond with fountain that sits in the center. The lush grass covered backyard has a built in stone circular fire pit with small patio surround perfect for star gazing and roasting marshmallows

At the rear of the yard sitting in front of the vineyard is a circular iron sculpture by renowned artist Ty Gillespie that comes to life at night with a dimable spotlight. Off the master bedroom is a private and lovely zen garden surrounded by a custom wood fence with ironwork that opens up to the view while you soak in the hot tub within. All this sits on a stone patio with an iron water fountain and stream. This area also has a custom iron fire pit, trees, vines and landscape up lighting.

This gorgeous light filled home has to be seen to fully appreciate all the artistic
and creative aspects as well as the endless views and vines that cascade below.

pictures taken April 2, 2017