Evoking both the creative genius and environmental sensitivity of Aspen’s own “country boy”, John Denver’s legacy estate, newly remodeled and updated by longtime Aspen locals, is now available for the discerning buyer. With a contemporary design that is both sophisticated yet casually comfortable, and located just minutes from skiing, shopping, and dining in the gated residential community of Starwood, this newly updated home embodies all that epitomizes the ideal Aspen home.
Immortalized in Denver’s hit single, Starwood in Aspen, the estate sits high above the Roaring Fork Valley on a 2.6-acre wooded property. Sweeping views of an iconic Rocky Mountain skyline include all four ski mountains, Independence Pass, Mt. Daly, Mt. Sopris, Snowmass Peak, and Basalt Mountain. Fresh mountain breezes are punctuated by the call of a hawk. Dawn and dusk find fox, deer, and even the occasional elk passing beneath the living room window.
With plenty of space for entertaining or relaxing, the home features a master suite, three guest bedrooms, four fireplaces, spacious remodeled kitchen, two-story great room, the original swimming pool and observation deck, landscaped entry garden with recirculating stream feature, and access to Starwood’s exclusive amenities. An attached remodeled guest wing features a south-facing master suite with a living room, full bath, and bunk room. Vintage industrial touches combine with upscale modern sophistication and a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor space to create a home that is ideally suited for a private mountain retreat or a luxury Aspen getaway.
Recognizing the intrinsic character of this iconic estate, the current owners—visionaries—opted to remodel the existing home rather than tear it down. The exquisite restoration, which took two years to complete, was propelled by a inspired design that honors equally the legacy of its past and the potential for its future.
In the kitchen and great room, walls were removed, and ceilings raised to create a dynamic light-filled two-story space that incorporates the open kitchen, dining and living areas. Private nooks, including a unique sunken conversation pit—a feature found in many mid-century homes made famous by internationally-known modernist architects—open stairwells, and crisp floor-to-ceiling art walls add appeal for entertaining and family gatherings. Equally important to the livability of the home are the new floor-to-ceiling energy efficient windows and doors, extensive utility infrastructure, hardwood floors, and a fire-resistant roof.
Cleverly incorporated in the redesign of home are elegant hallmarks of Denver’s creative spirit including a stunning stained-glass installation in the master suite, beveled leaded glass in the refurbished cabinets and closet wardrobes, dark walnut millwork, antique sink fixtures, and four wood-burning fireplaces which feature the reuse of original brick and copper on chimneys and hearths. Denver’s 1909 Brunswick pool table is featured prominently under the corner windows in the family room. Outside, the original kidney-shaped swimming pool, viewing deck, fire circle, and recirculating water feature—all elements designed by Denver—have been meticulously preserved and upgraded.
The result of this magnificent effort is a home for the ages: one that honors the legacy of the past while looking eagerly toward the future with the distinct purpose of fulfilling the dreams of a discerning 21st century buyer.
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