By Christine Benedetti | January 26, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
The magnificent Inyanga Ranch transports residents from the Flat Tops to the African highlands.
Surrounded by National Forest and BLM land, the 530-acre Inyanga Ranch encompasses a newly constructed residence and remodeled historic cabins, all with river frontage, pastures, and meadows, all protected by steep sandstone cliffs rising up to the Flat Tops Wilderness Area.
The Rocky Mountains may seem an unlikely place to channel the highlands of what’s now Zimbabwe, but that’s exactly where Stuart Ross saw potential to honor his Rhodesian roots. When he and his wife, Val, found a dilapidated, 530-acre parcel in Garfield County—surrounded by federally protected land on three sides—they “saw a diamond in the rough,” according to listing broker Kelli Gardner-Marshall of Palladium Properties.
Stuart grew up as a farmer in Africa and used that background, along with his Colorado State University degree in agronomy, to transform the property into a series of wetlands, ponds, pastures, and open spaces around a contemporary home designed by Jack Snow of RKD Architects. That was 2012, and now that the Rosses have restored the land, Inyanga Ranch is on the market for $23 million. “I’ve never seen a property so unique and pristine,” says Gardner-Marshall.
Abundant groundwater feeds the nine ponds and irrigates the land, creating a verdant and pristine oasis near the Flat Tops Wilderness between Glenwood Springs and Rifle. It’s also a haven for wildlife, with bears, wild turkeys, and 75 resident elk regularly spotted about the land. The Rosses are ready to part with their prized property, says Gardner-Marshall. After four years, they’re moving onto another international project, and it’s guaranteed they’ll take a little piece of home with them.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT MILLMAN