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Denver Post
July 30, 2006

Offering lots of ranch dressing

By Margaret Jackson
Denver Post Staff Writer

Steamboat Springs – Developer Jeff Temple hopes to lure well-heeled buyers to Marabou, a real estate development aimed at preserving land while giving its residents plenty of high-quality access to it.

Just 62 homesites are available on the 1,800-acre cattle ranch 3 miles west of Steamboat Springs. Prices for lots range from $2.4 million to $4.2 million.

About 1,300 acres will be preserved as a working ranch, with up to 12 miles of equestrian and nature trails winding through it for riding, hiking and biking.

So far, nine of the lots have been reserved by buyers from Denver, Steamboat Springs, Atlanta, California and Scottsdale, Ariz. Temple and his six partners also have each spoken for lots.

Ponds cover 14 acres of the land, and the Elk River travels through it. Temple and his partners spent $2 million and more than a year working closely with the Corps of Engineers and Division of Wildlife to stabilize the banks of the renowned fly-fishing river as it runs through the property.

Marabou owners and their guests can fish that water as well as another 50 miles of private riverfront northeast of Steamboat Springs. Temple has negotiated a long-term lease agreement with owners of North Park property divided by four major waterways: the North Platte, the North Fork of the Platte, and the Michigan and Canadian rivers.

A Master Guide Program has been developed to help residents get the most from their ranch experience. U.S. Olympic skiers Nelson Carmichael and Todd Lodwick, fly fisherman Steve Herter and Steve Henderson, master snowboarders Abi Slingsby and ranch manager Chad Bedell are among the masters who will lead residents on year-round outdoor activities.

Temple is no stranger to turning ranchland into residential lots.

He helped Russ Maytag get the best of both worlds on his 3,000 acre Maytag Mountain Ranch near Westcliffe and in 1998 he earned the Governor’s Smart Growth Award for developing the Storm Mountain Ranch outside Steamboat Springs.

He said he learned from his mistakes at Storm Mountain Ranch and will pay closer attention to amenities such as the fitness center and spa at Marabou.

“Storm Mountain Ranch catered too much to guys,” he said. “We’re fixing that with Marabou.”

The developers also will include six cabins along the river for use by residents and their guests. Other amenities will include a theater and children’s activity center, a horse barn and a heated outdoor pool.

Marabou also has a private club – Mountain Camp – at the base of Steamboat Resort’s gondola. It includes storage space and covered parking for Marabou members.

Construction of the Marabou Lodge and owners’ retreat cabins will begin this summer.

Staff writer Margaret Jackson can be reached at 303-820-1473 or mjackson@denverpost.com.