Roll the opening credits of the 1969 John Wayne classic True Grit and you’ll see a scene largely unchanged today. It’s the rugged barn and old school at a ranch for sale in Placerville, Colorado. The San Juan Mountains stretch along the distant horizon.
True Grit West, encompassing 336 acres on Hastings Mesa, still has its original livestock barn and corrals. The historic school house remains too, restored by the current owners in keeping with its Western heritage.
An addition from 1996 is the custom-built contemporary log home, which was remodeled and updated four years ago. Set up on a high slope, the 6,200-square-foot multistory home takes in views of the ranch and the Sneffels and Wilson mountain ranges.
While the eye patch-wearing, rifle-toting actor has ridden off into the sunset, Hollywood influences continue to provide a payoff, keeping ranches in demand, says co-listing agent Dan Henschel of Telluride Real Estate Corp. “The show Yellowstone has made ranch living very popular.”
For those who love ranch, mesa and mountain living, the property is well-suited for family recreation as a second home, he says. “We have one party considering it who is passionate about the movie and John Wayne.”
Vaulted ceilings and expansive windows bring panoramic vistas into the home’s open-concept living space, which centers on a stone fireplace. Wood floors, walls and ceilings unite the living room, dining area and kitchen. A deck with an outdoor fireplace extends the living space outdoors.
The kitchen features dark counters, a stainless-steel range and eat-at center island with prep sink.
Logs walls and wood floors continue in many of the five bedrooms, one of which is outfitted as a bunk room. The primary suite has a copper soaking tub, double-sink vanity and separate shower. There are five full bathrooms and two powder rooms in all.
A secondary lower-level living area with another fireplace and a wet bar can function as a home theater, game room or casual gathering spot.
The ranch at 9175 County Road 58P 177 County Rd 61V in Placerville is about 18 miles from the resort town of Telluride.
The asking price is $8,495,000. Jim Nerlin, also with Telluride Real Estate Corp., shares the listing.