4937 109th St. Boulder
Beautifully Styled Milston Well Farm
This remarkable property, known as Milston Well Farm, consists of the 1909 Farmhouse, 1905 guest house, workshop, barn, loafing shed, grain silo, and other picturesque buildings, all on 3 well tended acres, in Boulder County. Abutting conservation land and boasting views of the Continental Divide, this property is located on a quiet road near Alexander Dawson School (and Highway 287) within biking distance of downtown Erie and a short drive to Boulder, Longmont, Louisville and Lafayette. Once you arrive, it’s clear you may never wish to leave but the point is, it’s close to everything, even though it feels a world apart.
A desirable locale for Weddings and Farm-to-Table Dinners, this property offers the BONUS of a turnkey business generating significant income from leasing the guest cottage and the grounds/barn for weddings or events. For more information please visit the current owners’ active events and wedding web site for the property.
Whether you are a family looking for a stunning, move-in ready home with space, privacy, and views in a convenient Boulder County location, OR an artist, restaurateur, musician, woodworker, farmer, or entrepreneur who wishes to capitalize on all that this property offers, this spectacular compound is truly one of a kind. It will delight and amaze with its appealing beauty, incredible creativity and unparalleled lifestyle.
What’s clear is that there is much to know about this property. For starters, the property and buildings have been extensively renovated so read on and be thoroughly impressed.
FARMHOUSE – ORIGINALLY BUILT 1909. RENOVATED/EXPANDED IN 2015
The original farmhouse was recently restored, replanned and expanded to make more efficient use of the existing footprint. The exterior walls remain, but everything else is new as of 2015, including the roof. The result is a dazzling, light-filled 4 bedroom/ 4 bathroom home with an inviting front porch, stunning open kitchen, living room, dining area, sumptuous main floor master suite with private porch, 3 upstairs bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom and the other two with a shared bathroom, plus a playroom/study with access to the front balcony. The well appointed mud room is equipped with farmhouse sink, built in cabinets, washer and dryer.
The owners, Chris and Margaret, are exacting in their attention to quality and exquisite design sense. Chris is formerly a high end custom home builder and now designs and crafts his own furniture. Margaret is an inexhaustibly creative person who designs her own line of clothing and has a long and successful career as an interior designer, mostly working in the luxury hotel industry. Here are some notes from the renovation of the farmhouse:
- All new electrical, plumbing and architectural lighting
- Windows: MILGARD Ultra Windows, which are fiberglass. In the research I found, fiberglass is the best for use in Colorado because of the extreme temperature variations. Fiberglass is better than wood and vinyl and is more durable and doesn’t expand and contract like the other materials. These windows have a lifetime guarantee. They never have to be painted or maintained.
- Floors: We found the most interesting white oak that had knots and character. Chris used a Japanese method called Shou Sugi Ban on the floors to give them a dark and weathered look. It is a method used in Japan since the 1700s. Upstairs we used a beautiful Shaw Carpet that is extremely soil resistant.
- Door Hardware: Crystal Octagon Door Knob (Georgian Roped Plate Antique Brass)
- Mechanical: Highly efficient Geothermal System installed and maintained by Blue Valley Energy. Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies.
- Insulation: Spray foam insulation in the walls and spray foamed insulation in the floor of the second floor for added noise protection between levels. Insulation by Eco-foam.
- Landscaping/Irrigation: Drip system around the main farmhouse and also the cottage. The whole property is completely irrigated. Work was completed by GreenPro Inc – Steve Fisk. Flagstone paths throughout. European style garden with flower and vegetable beds lined with stone. Water and Electrical at garden. Fencing combination of lodge pole and wire fencing. 100 year old cottonwoods, pines, sumac, maples, lilacs, etc throughout. Tree allée lines the back of the property with mountain views
- Roofs: The roofs on every building except the shop are stone coated metal and have a 50 year warranty. It also sounds amazing when it rains!
KITCHEN: Overall design: Modern farmhouse chic. Classic black and white with brass accents. Open shelving with Victorian style brass brackets and reclaimed oak wood. Classic white subway tile with black grout. Architectural lighting and pendants on dimmers. Integrated pantry hidden by reclaimed barn style sliding doors that slide open to reveal appliance counter keep appliances plugged in and ready to use. Large 8’ island seats 4-5 comfortably to look like loose piece of furniture in a chic black finish. Storage is mostly large deep drawers for easy use. Countertop is marble from Vermont (nice departure from Carrara).
MUDROOM: This room was falling into the ground so it was entirely rebuilt to exactly match previous, including new glass in the existing window frames. Slate floors with reclaimed door (reused from the home with a super cool patina for the back door and interior door to the house). Additions include: A deep fireclay laundry sink with black faucet for a modern look; White cabinetry with brass knobs (like in the kitchen) custom designed for a three sorting laundry hamper (included). Washer and Dryer are Whirlpool Duets (steam feature on the dryer). Countertop is SILESTONE complemented by white subway tile with black grout. There is also a shelf for a laundry hamper out of reach and a nice deep counter for folding clothes and a closet rod for hanging clothes to dry. Also coat closet and vintage coat hooks for jackets.
LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM: New millwork and fireplace feature wall with wood cabinetry and steel shelves. Wall sconces flank sides of the gas fireplace, which is surrounded by mini-scalloped Carrara marble tile. Brass decorative hardware by Nest Studio, as featured in Elle Décor. Dining Room crystal chandelier from Pottery Barn.
MASTER BEDROOM SUITE: Shiplap walls and wood floor with architectural lighting. Drapes are Belgian opaque linen panels by Restoration Hardware. Dual sinks with vanity area in between topped with Carrara Marble. Oversized Shower with large bench and custom painted vintage clawfoot tub. Custom built and extremely well planned walk-in closet with drawers, shelves and thoughtful storage for clothes, accessories and shoes. Inspired by Jamie King’s closet and topped by Restoration Hardware Pendant.
KIDS ROOMS: Each features their own unique barn door. One is in reclaimed walnut and the other in reclaimed oak. Drapery hardware from Restoration Hardware. Surface mounted light is an industrial cage style with Edison bulbs.
BATHROOMS – Whimsical and fun wallpaper choices and cool sinks and fixtures. Upstairs hall bath features wallpaper by Flavor Paper in Brooklyn Toile – custom color. (designed by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys). Main floor powder room features Timorous Beasties wallpaper from Scotland and the sink is a Chinese porcelain vessel sink on a countertop made of live edge Suar wood from Bali, Indonesia with coated finish.