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Eagle Ridge Ranch: Ranch-style Living At Its Finest

The personal residence of Markel Homes’ founder Michael Markel that he shares with his wife Gail is stunning enough to take your breath away. It’s nestled into a hillside on the 35-acre property. Michael’s lifelong passion for design, which has spearheaded the creation of many of Boulder County’s most appealing and sought-after neighborhoods, is evident in every room of the house, inside and out.

The home was built in 2007 by Markel Homes under Michael’s direction. Located one mile northwest of Niwot on 73rd Street, it’s only a quick 15 minutes to downtown Boulder even though it seems worlds away.

“It feels like you’re living on a ranch, yet we’re within a few minutes of conveniences,” says Michael.

The western contemporary house prominently features warm post and beam architectural styling and an open floor plan that allows for effortless movement between spaces. With an abundance of windows that blend the interior and exterior spaces, natural surroundings are hard pressed to go unnoticed. Built with sustainability in mind, the home is energy efficient thanks to foam insulation, a high velocity air conditioning system, passive solar windows, in-floor radiant heat and more.

In addition to the picturesque landscape of gardens, grasses, ponds and walking paths, there’s also an assortment of wildlife since the home backs up to over 2000 acres of open space. On a tree just adjacent to the property, Michael and Gail have watched year after year as the same two bald eagles have returned to rebuild their nest and produce eaglets.

Recently new to the market, this spectacular home is listed for $6,800,000.

Jodi Hansen (listing contact)



Tranquil Sophistication

Designed by the well-renowned CCY Architects, this shape of house holds a special design, blending into the hillside as though it belongs.

A Cook’s Paradise

Polished stone compliments the stained concrete countertops in this state of the art kitchen with top of the line appliances and multiple prep areas.


With the help of strategic design, rooms exude warmth and relaxation despite being situated inside a fluid floor plan.

Open Floor Plan

180-degree views of surrounding area create the ideal spot to plan the day or let is slip by while soaking in the scenery.

Peaceful Loft

A space lit by natural light with a built-in desk is great for catching up on office work or practicing yoga.

Great Room

A vaulted ceiling coupled with a 20 ft. stone fireplace sets an elegant, yet casual tone.

Perfect for Parties

Glide from the eating area to the screened in porch to either the flagstone-based deck or an additional outdoor patio.

Built to Last

Using Telluride gold stone both internally and externally, in addition to timber and additional stonework, this home is built to withstand the test of time.

Western Contemporary Barn

Fit to entertain or store a prized collection, this post and beam architectural styling structure compliments the house and aims to please.