Views, privacy, security. The views are the star player here, but craftsmanship & design play impressive and vital roles. The great room features dry-stacked Oklahoma farmers stone supporting a ceiling of parquet white oak. Vertical window trim – sapele ornamented with a delicate bevel – invokes a mid-century design aesthetic, while a large hearth firmly centers the room in its alpine environs. If the great room is a natural showpiece for entertaining, the open plan kitchen/family room nearby is the obvious choice for family life. From the pool, swimmers can see from Independence to Sopris, without any neighbors in sight.
Above the great room, a charming cantilevered interior balcony is a private perch offering an alternate perspective on the party below or the panorama beyond. A large south and west facing covered patio extends the great room's entertaining possibilities.
A contemporary Bulthaup kitchen lines one wall of a large family room with glass walls framing epic mountain views to the south and a fenced outdoor courtyard featured to the north.
The master suite offers quiet respite without compromising on craftsmanship. Sprawling his-and-her closets assure that fashionable and functional wardrobe choices are never far from hand, while the bathrooms offer a streamlined aesthetic that never distracts from the mountainous views. In one, a solid marble wall is highlighted by branching veins of deeper tones a whimsical echo of the Aspen trees growing outside.
Rectilinear stone clad bars contain the home's functional bathrooms, closets, laundry, stairs, and the elevator. The home's living spaces and bedrooms reside in glass pavilions created by enclosing the spaces between the stone bars with walls of glass clad in bronze on the exterior and sapele on the interior.
Inside and out, this home embraces its singular location and honors it with thoughtful design. Like the best homes in the world, its source of its appeal is ultimately quite simple: it appears as if it were always intended to be there.
The home is heated and cooled using geothermal wells and has both radiant floor heating for comfort and forced air heating and cooling for humidity control. Thermally enhanced concrete was used to improve the energy efficiency of a hydronic snow melting system that covers the entire driveway and most patios. On sunny winter days, snowmelt tubing in sections of the driveway and patios that are warmed by the sun can be used to collect solar energy and use it elsewhere in the house.
The home features a full lower living area with large windows that look out on a walkout courtyard that is open to the sky. This level features a separate one-bedroom apartment as well as a two-story recreation space that could be used for a squash or basketball court, climbing wall or golf simulator. The central open floorplan area of the lower level features a home theater, wet bar, full bathroom, and plenty of space for any type of furnishings or activities.
The property's rare, large, flat yard area features some of the best views in the Roaring Fork Valley. All four ski areas and the city of Aspen are in clear view. The pool entertainment area includes a covered patio area, gas firepits, a pool kitchen complete with indoor grill and pass through window, a pool bathroom with shower and a raised patio overlooking the pool free from visiting nocturnal creatures.
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