Looking For A Place To Land? This Mountain Aerie Has The Right Stuff

exterior view of the home with the sunset in the background
With no shortage of windows, this home takes in all of the natural surroundings and is designed for mountain living. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

As humorist Will Rogers succinctly put it: “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff.”

Realtor Liz Leeds says that’s certainly a key facet of this Avon, Colorado, property’s appeal: The surrounding area has “… no land to build on. Vail is built up and that is why we are seeing multimillion-dollar homes being torn down and rebuilt.”

Exterior view of the home with the lights on from the inside.

Sitting atop the mountain with incredible views, this home offers a sense of peace and serenity. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Leeds says that this stunning 4,218-square-foot home that “sits at the top of a mountain with majestic views” gave her “an immediate feeling of calmness, peace and privacy.” Leeds, who started in the luxury real estate sales arena in 2004 in nearby Vail after working in corporate America, continues: “Wildflowers are abundant in the summer and the direction the home faces gives one the feeling that there are no neighbors around.”

Architect Millie Aldrich of Pure Design Studio, who designed this home 14 years ago and says “It still feels timeless,” notes that the quiet, private vibe is a given since the home is “surrounded by Forest Service land and protected from future construction.” The siting of the property highlights “the obvious big views to the south, which are of Beaver Creek, but the real gem is toward the north.” Bonus: “The elk migration or herds of sheep are common to see from the house.”

exterior view of the home with trees in front

Tucked within the trees and enveloped in nature, this home is situated on Forest Service land. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

But there’s so much more to this architectural masterwork than the nearly two acres it sits on―as atypical as that is, says Leeds. “As you step through the massive wood and steel front door, you immediately notice lovely furnishing, nicely shaped rooms with lots of windows showcasing the abundance of light throughout the home.

“Going from room to room, it is also hard not to notice the attention to detail [given] to ceiling heights, brand of German windows and exterior doors used throughout, light fixtures and furniture placement. The kitchen is a great chef’s kitchen with Gaggenau appliances and plenty of countertops for cooking preparation.”

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exterior view of the home with the sunset in the background

With no shortage of windows, this home takes in all of the natural surroundings and is designed for mountain living. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Let’s zoom out a bit to a bigger picture: Avon is in the heart of some of Colorado’s best ski country (and that’s saying a lot), about halfway between Denver to the east and Grand Junction to the west. It is home to Beaver Creek Ski Resort and right down the highway from Vail; Glenwood Springs and its awesome hot springs are less than an hour away. Avon, a small mountain town (about 7,000 residents), oozes Western charm and has tons of recreation, ranging from biking and hiking to fishing and boating on Nottingham Lake in the summer and world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter―either at Beaver Creek or Vail―about 10 minutes away.

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The windows soar from floor to ceiling throughout the home. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Simply put, nature is a big draw here. Architect Aldrich worked that into her design: “The master bedroom is surrounded by windows on three sides to wake up to nature. The unobstructed views make you feel like you are glamping.” The four-bedroom, five-bath home features two primary bedrooms, an elevator, butler’s pantry, fireproof metal roof and huge walk-in closet. Downstairs, there’s a large media room and two more bedrooms, plus a kitchenette. All of the windows and exterior doors are triple-paned.

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Interior view of the home with a piano and views of the

Plenty of light fills each room, allowing for full view of the mountain terrain to pour in. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Aldrich also put a lot of thought into the exterior: “We wanted to enhance the guest arrival by parking under a raised garden bed; as you ascend the stairs you become surrounded by gardens and landscape.” There is “very little exterior maintenance” due to the extensive use of stone, fiber cement panels, stucco, exposed steel and the metal roof. “We used a similar color palette but set the materials apart by the texture. The stone has an Old-World texture next to the smooth fiber cement panels. The curved metal awnings provide a playful shadow pattern on the house.”

Natural materials and steel elements make for a striking entry into the home against the wildflowers beyond. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Bonus: There is ample additional allowable square footage in case you want to expand. That brings us back to where we started: “Buy land. They ain’t making any more of the stuff.”

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