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Homestead Revisited A handsome Colorado ranch reclaims the adventure, optimism, and expansive spirit of the west.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

High mountains as far as the eye can see.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

Views of the Continental Divide, a year round fly fishing stream, a six-stall luxury horse barn, and an enviable location in a high mountain meadow establish the 4 Lazy J Ranch as one of the West’s premier residences.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

Once inside, this 6,000 square foot “settler’s homestead” just outside Granby, Colorado reveals its true grandeur and a remarkably authentic Old West ambiance.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

Two master suites, three screened porches, a fourteen-seat theatre room and two additional apartments—one above the stables and one above the garage—transcend the harsh realities of historical ranch homesteads while retaining their rugged beauty.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

Although designed by its architect to “allude to the romance of the rugged ranching life of the 19th Century,” the lodge enjoys a spacious cook’s kitchen and dining area.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

A light-filled master bath completely tiled in slate features a traditional soaking tub paired with white porcelain vanities—an homage to the simple luxuries of the Old West.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

The bedroom’s ornate canopy bed and traditional furnishings are freshened with an unexpected pop of periwinkle and contemporary wallpaper. A formal side chair upholstered in cowhide retains the cowboy aesthetic.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

The ten-bed bunk room ensures ample space and many late night conversations for large groups of family and friends. Navajo inspired bedding and matching privacy curtains create visual consistency and coziness amongst the rough-hewn charm.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

The powder room is a study in Old West minimalism, achieving a brilliant balance of rustic elegance.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

The ultimate luxury is a view of your favorite horse, knowing you are living your dream.

Colorado ranch homestead cowgirl magazine

The six-stall, 2,000-plus square foot barn is as functional as it is beautiful and houses the owner’s fine Arabian horses.

COWGIRL would like to thank Dave Banzhaf, ranchland.com, Mason & Morse Ranch Company and the owners of the 4 Lazy J for making their property available for this editorial feature.

(Originally published in the March/April 2012 issue of Cowgirl Magazine).

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