On the road to Taos Ski Valley, tucked amid the trees and nestled alongside the Rio Hondo, stands a chalet with year-round appeal. Only five minutes from the heart of the resort, Chalet Rio Hondo is in an easy-in/easy-out location that offers hiking and trout-fishing straight out your door, and during ski season, you can be on the slopes in minutes. Steps lead up to a magnificent handmade front door that features chip-carving and inlaid stone mountains. Inside, an entryway merges into a hall from which you can access the master suite. The master bedroom has a flush-mounted gas fireplace; the bathroom has a shower, a triangular soaking tub with a travertine surround, and a stone vessel sink. There are also a guestroom with a large closet and a ceiling fan, a full guest bath appointed with a talavera sink and tile, and a laundry room with a half-bath, a Whirlpool Duet front-load washer, and a GE Profile dryer. The hall opens on to the kitchen, which is on an open floor plan with the dining area and living room. Kitchen appliances include a side-by-side Whirlpool refrigerator with a freezer compartment on the bottom, a Frigidaire Gallery six-burner gas stove, and a Bosch stainless-steel dishwasher. Countertops are granite-look with molded edges. The kitchen also has a double sink with a disposal. A dining table for six fits easily in the kitchen area. From the kitchen/dining area, step down into the living room, which features clerestory windows, a vaulted plank ceiling with beams and a fan, and a wood stove on a pebble base. A staircase leads up to the loft bedroom, which has carpet and a slanted ceiling. This bedroom has carpet, but elsewhere the home has wood floors. Back downstairs in the living room, sliding doors open on to the wood deck, where you’ll find the hot tub, porch swing, and stairs down to the path by the Rio Hondo. Picture yourself on a cool mountain morning enjoying that first cup of coffee by the river, snuggling under a blanket by the firepit, whiling away a summer afternoon reading on the porch swing—or soaking in the hot tub after a long day of skiing and boarding at the resort. (That’s when you’ll really appreciate the short drive home!) Care to use the property as a vacation rental? The seller will transfer his ChaletRioHondo web domain to you. This property is being sold turnkey, with dishes, linens, furnishings, and appliances. A move to Taos has never been easier!
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