An exquisite French country home in Black Forest

Gina Cronin,

Nestled on a lush five-acre treed lot in Black Forest, this close-in French country home at 12840 Bridle Bit Road represents the ultimate in quality finishes and main level living. Priced at $1,789,000, the home has five bedroom suites and seven bathrooms, including a gorgeous main level master suite. The 7,829 square foot home is a vision, with stunning views of Pikes Peak and the Cadet Chapel beyond. Exterior amenities include quaint gravel paths, a water feature with cascading brook, grove of fruit trees, various evergreens, a two-acre horse pasture and tri-color beech trees. Designed by highly acclaimed architect Bennett Strahan, built by Gary Gregoire and professionally decorated by Joni Bader, the home captures the essence of elegant but comfortable Colorado Living.

Driving up to this architectural gem, visitors reach a welcoming concrete driveway with circular turn-around, ample guest parking and stamped concrete accents. The exterior boasts stucco with charming window shutters, stone accents and a concrete tile roof. An inviting covered front entry porch features a tiled floor, knotty alder front door with stone surround and a peaked cedar ceiling with chandelier. There is a second front porch — also covered — that is ideal for outdoor dining. An expansive rear deck that extends the whole length of the home, is adorned with wrought-iron railings and a Brazilian iron wood and tile floor. This expansive deck is accessed from the great room, master suite and kitchen area. The deck also features a greenhouse with in-floor radiant heating.

Setting the stage for more good things to come, the impressive foyer features travertine floors with a beveled “pillow” edge, a massive Bridle2circular chandelier and a dramatic free-floating circular staircase with curved stairs and a wrought-iron railing with faux painted copper accents. The heart of the home is the stunning great room that boasts a 20 foot ceiling, a bay of windows and a lovely limestone fireplace with gas logs. To the left of the foyer, the large formal dining room  offers a peaked, beamed ceiling with chandelier, wide-plank hardwood floors and French doors that open to the cozy covered porch and nook on the front of the home.

An arched stone doorway leads to the kitchen area designed by Randy Hall. The gourmet kitchen features a sage green center isle and inset cabinetry in a pleasing combination of alder wood and cream. All the countertops in the kitchen are slab granite. The center isle has an ice maker, wine cooler, raised counter seating and a stainless steel sink with instant hot water. Additional kitchen appliances include a Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer, Kitchen Aid dishwasher and a Dacor stainless stove with six-gas burners and double convection ovens. The tiled backsplash behind the stove has an imported Italian tile mural. The kitchen opens to a cozy hearth room and a breakfast nook. The hearth room features an inviting stone fireplace with gas logs and a custom “Wattle and Straw” flu that enhances the home’s French country character. The breakfast nook features a coved ceiling with alder molding and chandelier.

Off the kitchen, an arched entry with stone trim leads to a walk-in pantry, the laundry room, the garage and a back staircase to the lower level.

Located to the right of the foyer, the powder room has a travertine tiled floor with beveled “pillow” edge, crown molding and a custom travertine vanity base with blown glass vessel sink. Next to the powder room, Bridle3there is a handsome office finished in alder wood. The office offers an impressive box-beam ceiling, wide-plank hardwood floors, built-in desk, wood paneled walls, bookcases and a bay of windows.

Across from the office, you’ll find the lovely master suite. The master bedroom boasts wide-plank hardwood floors, crown molding, ceiling fan, and gas fireplace with alder mantel flanked by bookcases and French doors. The sumptuous master bath features raised dual vanities with inset alder cabinetry and slab limestone countertops. The bathroom floors are tiled with an inlaid border. A large tiled shower, water closet and Jason Air tub complete the master bath. The tub is built into a cozy bay with windows that frame the serene setting. Off the bath, there is a spacious walk-in closet with built-ins.

The impressive circular staircase goes to the upper level where a wide hallway leads to two bedroom suites and a loft/office area. Open on both sides, the hallway overlooks both the foyer and the great room. Both of the bedroom suites on this level enjoy private tiled bathrooms with water closets and walk-in closets. The loft area features built-in bookcases, a built-in desk and a charming alcove with window.

At the base of the spiral staircase, a tiled oval with inlaid star burst provides a pleasing visual to the spiral opening from the lower level to the upper level. The lower level features a fabulous rec room that opens to a covered flagstone patio with hot tub. In addition to the walkout, the rec room boasts a wood-burning, floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with alder mantel and a wet bar. The wet bar has inset alder cabinetry, slab granite countertop, refrigerator and wine fridge.

Off the rec room there is a large bathroom that has a spacious alder vanity with arched ceiling above and a slab travertine countertop. This bathroom also has tiled floors, a tiled shower and private water closet. The adjacent guest bedroom or bonus room has a walk-in closet and French doors that open to the rear patio with hot tub. A second guest suite on this level has a French door walkout, a walk-in closet and a private five-piece tiled bath.

Also on the lower level is a large media room that is prewired for home theater equipment, a storage closet under the stairs that houses the Bridle1home’s sound and security systems, two storage rooms, an eight-by-eight-foot safe room, utility room with water softener, pH conditioner, furnace with humidifier and the boiler for the hot water.

Special features of this extraordinary home include six-zone in-floor radiant heat for the tiled areas on the main and basement levels, central vac, a sound system throughout the home, hand textured walls, solid knotty alder doors, custom knotty alder woodwork, Pella windows with built-in interior shades, three furnaces, and central air on main and upper levels.

Conveniently located, the home enjoys close proximity to I-25, hospitals, Flying Horse Country Club, Denver tech center, shopping, restaurants and downtown Colorado Springs.  Lovingly built with exceptional detail for the current owners, the home is being offered for sale for the first time.