Lakefront Red Feather cabins and a Murder Mystery Writer

Real Estate Agent with United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Lakefront Red Feather cabins and a Murder Mystery Writer

Shagwa Lake Red Feather Lakes COLast year I had the pleasure of meeting C. L. Hutchins, who writes murder mysteries (he calls “cozies”).  A former client referred me to Mr. Hutchins, and we met at his cabin near Shagwa Lake. When Larry (CL Hutchins) gave me a copy of his latest book titled “Traded Affections”, I didn’t know if I had time to read it.  I’m not good at being a casual reader because once I start a book I don’t want to stop…”who cares about dinner or sleeping? I’m reading this book!”  It’s for that reason, I don’t read as much as I would like.

My "problem" with reading doesn't compare to our old friend/housemate Charlie's.  He always had his nose in a book.  When our cabin in Gunnison caught fire from the old pot belly stove, and I’m am not kidding you, Charlie did not put his book down!  He moved to a different chair out of the way of the fire fighters and the stove, and just kept reading!

If the house was on fire, I would probably stop reading, but  I have loved every book written by C.L. Hutchins!

Three of his books, in a series, ‘Claim on Death’, ‘Murder Prescribed’, and ‘Deadly Bingo’,  take place right here in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado and involve a young divorced real estate agent /amateur detective and many colorful local characters, along with surprising twists and turns in the storylines.  I’ve read all 3 books in the series and found each one a very enjoyable quick read.

I’m glad to say the murder and intrigue are solely in the author’s imagination, and not in real-life Red Feather Lakes! 

Sanke Lake Red Feather Lakes CO


Speaking of imagination, murder and intrigue: after a bizarre afternoon of showing cabins in the Village to out- of-control buyers, the thought of murder did cross my mind … (OH, I’M JUST KIDDING!)  The buyers were so frenetic, though I began to wonder if I was on some sort of Hidden Camera TV Reality Show!


Here's one of my newer listings:  It’s a lakefront cabin on beautiful Snake Lake in the Village of Red Feather. It has a large living room with gorgeous lake and snowcapped mountain views. This little gem was built in 1951 and re-modeled in 1989. Typical of the Red Feather Village it sits on ¼ acre nestled in rock outcroppings and pines.

Lakefront Cabin for sale in Red Feather Lakes, CO

You could enjoy your morning coffee/evening beverage (or enjoy reading a murder mystery by C.L. Hutchins), on the lakeside deck, at the kitchen table, or in your easy chair by the fire overlooking the water.

This is a great cabin on the lake, for fishing, wildlife watching, relaxing, or entertaining friends & family.

Lakefront cabin for sale in Red Feather Lakes, CO

Lakefront Cabin for sale in Red Feather Lakes CO

Mary Douglas, your Mountain Broker-Associate and REALTOR®

United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, CO

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I specialize in the Red Feather Lakes and Livermore area, Fox Acres, Crystal Lakes and Glacier View Meadows Subdivisions, when you want to buy or sell your mountain home, call me!

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Comments (10)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Nice tie in of the local author all the way to your latest listing.  What a great property.

Jul 30, 2018 10:59 AM
Mary Douglas

Thanks Chris Ann- it was a stretch :-)

Jul 30, 2018 11:10 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What a fun listing, Mary. I bet you love this. I know I would. I also like the way the house sits higher up on the rock, you know, in case the lake rises. BTW, is there a reason it is named snake lake? Asking for a friend.

Jul 30, 2018 11:06 AM
Mary Douglas

Hi Elizabeth, I do love this lake.  No real snakes that I know about! I'm not sure how it got it's name though.

Jul 30, 2018 11:13 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Very nice Mary Douglas!  Thank you for sharing the beauty of the cabin and the history too. In Arizona there was the Zane Grey cabin up near Payson. 

Jul 30, 2018 11:35 AM
Mary Douglas

Hi Jeff, thanks for stopping in.  I may have confused the two- but I sold Mr Hutchins lake view cabin earlier this year, and  this little cabin is a new listing. So other than a great place to read his books, they aren't related.  I would love to see the Zane Grey cabin :-)

Jul 30, 2018 12:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

What wonderful scenes those are, Mary!  And, your telling of the meeting with the murder mystery writer is intriguing.  

Jul 30, 2018 12:46 PM
Mary Douglas

Hi Myrl, thank you!  I could look at the view any day and I have to either go to the library or purchase another series from my new "favorite writer"!

Jul 30, 2018 03:40 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Mary, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jul 30, 2018 12:47 PM
Mary Douglas

Thank you so much Myrl!

Jul 30, 2018 03:38 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Hi Mary Nice to  see you. What a gorgeous place to call home.  Hope you are having a terrific summer.  

Jul 30, 2018 12:50 PM
Mary Douglas

Hi Sharon, I hope you are having a terrific summer too - it has been a great summer so far.

Jul 30, 2018 03:42 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Don't know about the writer but I could be downright peaceful in a location like that.

Jul 30, 2018 07:01 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Joe, yes I think peaceful is a great word to describe it. Thanks

Jul 30, 2018 07:07 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I snorted a little when you said murder crossed your mind.  And I'm the same kind of reader as you, when into a good book who needs food, sleep or even to step outside in the event of a fire.

Jul 30, 2018 10:23 PM
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Tammy, at least we are not alone in this - but I'm drawing the line at fire :-)  HA!  Thanks for the "snort" too! 

Jul 31, 2018 08:17 AM