This rustic, 3,600 square-foot home is nestled on 18 acres in a small, protected valley in the Weaver Mountains. The house overlooks a picturesque meadow with an old, tin barn and small pond, surrounded by ancient boulders and pinyon pines. Ideally situated at a 5,000-foot elevation, the retreat offers four seasons, with mild summers and winters.
The surrounding land is part of Ruger Ranch, a sparsely populated but close-knit, community that was once part of a historic ranch. The approximately 5,000-acre gated ranch is currently home to about a dozen households, and is surrounded by a combination of State Trust, BLM and ranch land. When you sit on the wrap-around porch, the only sounds you’ll hear are birds and the wind rustling through the trees, with no other homes in sight. At night, you’ll see more stars than you knew existed.
At the same time, you’re a short drive from charming shops and restaurants in Peeples Valley and Yarnell, 30 miles from the desert town of Wickenburg to the south, once famed for its guest ranches, and 30 miles from the ponderosa pine-forested city of Prescott to the north, with all the amenities of a sizeable city.
The home features an open floor plan and picture windows that frame views on all sides. Twelve-foot porches wrap around three sides, with spectacular sunset views of Weaver Peak. The interior features warm, natural wood with lots of built-in storage, spacious rooms and enormous walk-in closet/dressing rooms, large showers and a jetted tub. Unique features include peeled log poles, kitchen cabinets made from Pottery Barn furniture, bathroom fixtures fashioned from antiques and a hidden TV nook recessed behind a painting.
The home was designed to allow maximum flexibility, with a permanent master suite and the ability to create two others, as needed, each with their own bathrooms. Interior barn doors slide closed to create a “hidden” guest room downstairs with concealed closets. Pull down the Murphy bed in the large library to create a large second-floor bedroom suite with a kitchenette area, upstairs washer and dryer, and expansive bathroom. An RV space with electric and water hookups allows for more guests.
A beautifully appointed butler’s pantry/laundry room provides lots of extra kitchen storage and an extra sink and oven. Combined with the long, polished oak counter in the farm-style kitchen makes this home perfect for entertaining large groups. A room downstairs makes the perfect place for storage and/or an exercise room that stays cool year-round.
The home’s utility costs are minimal, with water supplied by a 20 gpm-capacity well and 12 gpm pump. Solar panels and solar hot water keep electric bills to between $10 and $20 most months. Three, thermostatically-controlled propane heaters designed to look like wood stoves provide heat and ambience, as do two fireplaces, one wood-burning and one gas. Gray water system can be turned on or off. Mild summers mean no need for air conditioning and grazing leases keep property taxes minimal.