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WHAT DOES IT COST TO LIVE IN... An up-close look at this year’s first-quarter average home, condominium and land prices in mountain towns across the West.

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AT HOME AT AMANGIRI Inner and outer beauty combine at Utah’s newest destination resort, where ultra-luxe villas are now for sale.

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HOMES, SWEET HOMES Multi-million-dollar vacation homes in the West’s best locations can be yours for a stay thanks to a smart alternative to traditional home ownership.

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WHY IS NOW THE TIME TO BUILD OR BUY? Thinking of building or buying a mountain home? We asked a high-country architect and realtor to explain why now just might be the best time to make your move.

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A GRADUAL ASCENT To bring the high country’s luxury housing picture into focus, we checked in with real estate experts in eight markets—from Whistler, B.C., to Telluride, Colorado, and points in between.

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BEHIND THE PRICE TAG Custom features, from innovative architecture to artful interiors, add exceptional value to an Aspen, Colorado, home for sale.

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SO YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A... Cozy cabin in the woods? Home that’s a stone’s throw from the slopes? We searched the West for luxury residential developments to suit every taste—and here, we bring you the best of them.

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HOUSE OF THE MOMENT Own a masterpiece created by architect Rich Carr and interior designer Luis Ortega in Steamboat Springs’ exclusive Storm Mountain Ranch.

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ON THE COVER This Aspen home for sale features walls of glass that open to a private courtyard and dramatic mountain views. Turn to page 88 for more. Photography by Jason Dewey

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bout 10 years ago, when I took my first magazine job, the publishing world was a simpler place. I wrote and edited stories, I sent them to the printer, I cleaned off my desk and I started all over again. I didn’t own a BlackBerry, I didn’t know HTML code, and I knew my readers through the hand-written letters they sent me from time to time. Back then, Mountain Living’s team of editors, photographers and writers traveled the West, searching for the best architecture, interior design and home-design products we could find. We felt like we knew you pretty well, so we looked for things we thought you might like. Then we photographed them and wrote about them and sent it all off to your mailbox each month. You read it and—unless you really loved it or really hated it— you probably didn’t take the time to write and tell us what you thought. How things have changed. You might not realize it just yet, but these days, Mountain Living readers have a lot of input when it comes to what makes it to the printed page. Rest assured, our team is still scouring the West for things we think you’ll like. But now, we’re sharing bits and pieces of what we find with you every day—on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. And thousands of you are telling us what you think. You’re an honest bunch: When you love it, you say the nicest things. And when you hate it, you aren’t afraid to ask us what we were thinking. Good or bad, we love your feedback because it helps us understand you and make a magazine that you want to read. Never before has our creative process been so tuned in to the wants and needs of our readers. It’s brilliant. It’s long overdue. But there’s a catch: None of it works without you. So I’d like to invite each of you to join us on the brand-new mountainliving.com, Facebook, Twitter (@MtnLivingMag) and the Mountain Living blog (blog.mountainliving.com). Each day, we’ll bring you new ideas—everything from rooms we love to furniture finds to homes for sale—and in return, we hope you’ll tell us what you think. While it’s amazing how the publishing world has changed in so many positive ways over the past few years, there is one constant: The print edition of Mountain Living is the heart of all we create. Now we’ll just be hearing from each other a lot more often. Best wishes,

CHRISTINE DEORIO, EDITOR IN CHIEF cdeorio @mountainliving.com

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Grand County, CO Homes Condos Land

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Sun Valley, ID * Homes Condos Land

$721,391 $559,542 $726,286

North Tahoe / Truckee, CA Homes Condos Land

$620,206 $548,495 $166,830

Summit County, CO Homes Condos Land

$739,725 $351,127 $538,535

Take a look at how the average price of a single-family home, condominium and parcel of land compares in mountain towns across the West

Steamboat Springs, CO Homes Condos Land

$729,388 $597,210 $697,782

Big Sky, MT Homes Condos Land

$966,000 $334,377 $354,600

Park City, UT * Homes Condos Land

$1,093,021 $1,146,619 $302,063

Vail, CO Homes Condos Land

$1,954,670 $932,554 $269,923

$617,571

Whistler, B.C.** Homes Condos Land

$1,548,500 $674,488 $990,000

Jackson / Teton County, WY * Homes Condos Land

$2,103,510 $1,229,117 $662,500

Telluride, CO Homes Condos Land

$3,330,000 $1,126,717 $495,000

Source: Data reflects first quarter 2010 sales; courtesy Dennis Hanlon, president, Rocky Mountain Resort Alliance, rmra.com. * Undisclosed sales are reported at 95% of list price. **Canadian dollars

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AMANGIRI

INNER AND OUTER BEAUTY COMBINE AT UTAH'S NEWEST DESTINATION RESORT, WHERE ULTRA-LUXE VILLAS ARE NOW FOR SALE

STORY BY LINDA HAYES

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COMPLIMENTS OF MOTHER NATURE, the drop-dead gorgeous landscape of Canyon Point in southern Utah’s Four Corners region provides a singular backdrop for the new 600-acre Amangiri resort. Part of the internationally renowned Amanresorts group, Amangiri, which means “peaceful mountain” in Sanskrit, is designed to meld with the contours and colors of the surrounding bluffs. DESERT LIVING The resort’s centerpiece—a pavilion with living and dining rooms, a library, gallery

and wine cellar—envelops a swimming pool oasis punctuated by dramatic rock formations. Beyond the pavilion, 34 suites (pictured below, left) situated in two separate guest wings offer intimacy with private courtyard entries and “desert lounges” that frame landscape views. Each suite features open sleeping, living and seating areas, a sky-lit dressing room, and sleek stone-and-concrete bathroom with twin rain showers and a soaking tub. The Terrace Pool Suites, the Girijaala Suite and the Amangiri Suite all have private swimming pools and terraces. Resort indulgences include seasonal gourmet fare from the Dining Room’s open kitchen and Navajo-inspired treatments at the 25,000-square-foot Aman Spa. And if you can tear yourself away from the resort grounds, expert guides are available for hire for everything from hikes and treks to canyoneering and archaeological tours, to destinations including Bryce and Zion National Parks and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

AMAN VILLAS: THE ULTIMATE AMAN LIFESTYLE A plan for 28 luxury Aman villas scattered around, yet separate from, the Amangiri resort is currently underway. An initial eight 1.6- to 2.9-acre lots are currently available, with construction commencing upon purchase. Averaging 7,500 square feet, each villa will be designed in Bauhaus-inspired style, with a flat roof and walls of glass. Set over three floors, each home’s interiors will include four master suites, open-plan living rooms, eat-in kitchens, pale wood, earth-tone décor, wrap-around terraces and 700-square-foot infinity-edge pools. Optional features include staff quarters, home theaters, exercise studios and wine cellars. Full access to resort services and amenities rounds out the experience. Purchase prices begin at $7.5 million. 877-695-3999, amangiri.com; villasatamangiri.com ●

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Homes, Sweet Homes MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR VACATION HOMES IN THE WEST’S BEST LOCATIONS CAN BE YOURS FOR A STAY, THANKS TO A SMART ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL HOME OWNERSHIP Leasing a vacation home can be an appealing option for travelers looking for a more “local” experience and room to spread out, but the process of finding a good rental can be fraught with risk. Property descriptions and photos can be misleading, assessing the surrounding neighborhood is challenging, and researching a destination’s attractions takes time. Denver-based destination club Quintess offers a solution. Its members enjoy access to more than 80 luxury vacation homes worldwide, each one selected for its location, amenities and style. “The homes in our portfolio are ideally located in resort destinations, average 4,000 to 5,000 square feet, have at least four bedrooms, and are appointed with wonderful amenities,” says Quintess president Greg Eure. Along with access to spectacular homes in prime locations—including mountain resort towns of Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Jackson Hole, Deer Valley and Lake Tahoe—Quintess members enjoy the services of a dedicated member-relations manager who gets to know their travel preferences, then makes sure to accommodate them. An on-site host at each house helps members plan their experience and schedule activities. Foregoing a restrictive one-size-fits-all approach, Quintess offers six different levels of membership with varying numbers of available nights and booking privileges; members can also trade dates and holidays. “What we offer are highly personalized, extraordinary, effortless travel experiences for our members,” Eure says. quintess.com STORY BY ELIZA CROSS

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ELEGANT ESCAPE The Lion’s Den in Vail, Colorado (pictured here), is a spacious home with luxurious amenities that are typical of the vacation properties in Quintess’s portfolio. Located just minutes from the ski area, the four-bedroom home has 4,000 square feet of living space including a large gourmet kitchen, a grand living room with stunning views, a master bedroom with private patio and a lower-level media room. “During the winter, Lion’s Den feels like a cozy ski home; you can walk 300 yards and board the Eagle Bahn Gondola,” says Quintess president Greg Eure. “In the summertime, the living room’s sliding-glass doors open onto an enormous deck; if you wanted to, you could cast a fly rod off the deck into Gore Creek.” ●

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Team Player Productions would like to welcome you to the 7th Annual Steamboat Wine Festival! It is our honor to be your host in beautiful Steamboat Springs and invite you to participate in and enjoy the multitude of Festival activities. Spending the first weekend in August at the Festival has become a tradition for many of you and we enjoy seeing your familiar faces. To those of you who are new, you will soon learn that the Steamboat Wine Festival is a memorable weekend to be attended annually. Featuring master winemakers, culinary greats and distinguished guests, each event is an experience designed to tantalize even the most refined palate. The Festival features grand tastings and ancillary events with domestic and international wineries, multiple educational and experiential seminars, and other activities to spark the interest of connoisseurs, collectors and wine lovers, as well as the novice wine enthusiast. As you enjoy the Festival’s wines, beers, spirits, cuisine and entertainment, remember that all of this fun has a purpose. Team Player Productions is pleased to announce that as of 2010, the Steamboat Wine Festival has generated more than $100,000 for local nonprofit organizations. A portion of this year’s event’s proceeds will support STARS (Steamboat Training Adaptive Recreational Services). For more information about STARS, please turn to page 7. We thank you for contributing to this worthy cause. As the event organizers, Team Player Productions strives to provide patrons with the finest festival experience possible. If there is anything we can do to make the Festival an even greater success, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with a staff member or contact us at www.steamboatwinefestival.com. Thank you again for joining us this year. We hope to see you every August for many years to come. Cheers and much gratitude!

Gail Wiltshire, Festival Director

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Breathtaking views, fabulous wines, delicious appetizers, one-on-one time with your favorite winery and music make the kickoff event the talk of the weekend. The event isn’t just about wine: take this opportunity to sample some top-notch beers and spirits as well. THUNDERHEAD LODGE 5 pm to 7:30 pm, $125

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MERRELL STROLL OF STEAMBOAT GRAND TASTING

The Stroll route takes attendees across downtown Steamboat Springs and along the beautiful Yampa River to mingle, shop and enjoy wine. Each Stroll stop offers a different variety of wines and delicious culinary samples, allowing patrons to familiarize themselves with the many restaurants and retailers Steamboat Springs has to offer. Thank you to Merrell,® this year’s Stroll host. DOWNTOWN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO 4 pm to 7 pm, $65

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 TOAST OF STEAMBOAT GRAND TASTING

The weekend’s grand finale, situated at the base of the mountain at beautiful One Steamboat Place, features an impressive array of domestic and international wines, premium beers and spirits, gourmet food purveyors and live music. The Denver Five™ chefs, representing the best of Denver’s culinary tradition, will be on hand preparing their signature dishes for festival patrons. ONE STEAMBOAT PLACE 4 pm to 7 pm, $90

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Mysteries of Malbec Tasting the Masters Way High West at High Noon Tight Lines and Fine Wines Off the Hook Single Track, Single Vineyard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Mud, Sweat and Beers Read it Through the Grapevine Zin City World’s Greatest Wine Values Let’s Get Outside B Wise = A+ Wines Winemaker dinners at local restaurants Note, schedule is subject to change. Visit www.steamboatwinefestival for more information.

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The Steamboat Wine Festival is pleased to announce that in 2010, we are once again partnering with Steamboat Training Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS), nonprofit organization. Founded in 2006, STARS provides recreational opportunities for people with disabilities, empowering and enriching the quality of life for its participants. In winter 2009-2010, 265 guests took 809 lessons with 71 instructors and 121 volunteers! STARS provided volunteer â&#x20AC;&#x153;assistsâ&#x20AC;? for adaptive skiers participating in programs such as the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Sunshine Kids, KVC and Horizons. STARS also partnered with another adaptive organization to run ski and snowboard camps. The 2010 Steamboat Wine Festival will donate 5% of all ticket sales to STARS and will also hold additional fundraising activities for the organization. To date, the Festival has generated more than $80,000 for local Steamboat charities.

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Steamboat Springs may be small, but this mountain town offers a wide range of dining options, from cuisine that’s organic and locally sourced to internationally influenced fare. The following restaurants, each one a friend and supporter of the Steamboat Wine Festival, invite you to stop in during your visit to Steamboat this summer. CAFÉ DIVA 970.871.0508 | www.cafediva.com CREEKSIDE CAFÉ & GRILL 970.879.4925 | www.creekside-cafe.com LA MONTAÑA 970.879.5800 | www.lamontanasteamboat.com MAHOGANY RIDGE BREWERY & GRILL 970.879.3773

HARWIGS/L’APOGÉE 970.879.1919 | www.lapogee.com THE CABIN RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 970.871.5550 | www.steamboatgrand.com THE SWEETWATER GRILL 970.879.9500 | www.sweetwatersteamboat.com TRUFFLE PIG 970.879.7470 | www.trufflepigrestaurant.com BACKCOUNTRY PROVISIONS 970.879.3617 | www.backcountryprovisions.com STEAMBOAT MEAT & SEAFOOD CO. 970.879.3504 | www.steamboatseafood.com THREE PEAKS GRILL 970.879.3399 | www.threepeaksgrill.com OFF THE BEATEN PATH 970.879.6830 | www.steamboatbooks.com

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CHARLES CUNNIFFE, ARCHITECT, CHARLES CUNNIFFE ARCHITECTS, Aspen, Colo., cunniffe.com ML: Why is now a good time to build a mountain home? CC: Prices are down and architecture and construction firms’ core teams—the “A” teams—are readily available. During busy times, these firms often bring in new people who don’t necessarily have the same depth of experience. Top firms always retain the best designers, even during busy times, but when things slow down, clients are able to work with the really good people. With fewer demands on our time, we’re also able to devote more time to each client. ML: With new jobs few and far between, design and build firms are probably feeling the competition. What does that mean for potential homeowners? CC: Some firms are hungry for work, so there’s a little more eagerness out there, particularly among builders. As a result, we’re able to have several top builders bid on any given project instead of just one. ML: So top design teams are available and build firms are competing for new projects. Is there more good news for those considering a new build? CC: The best quality materials are available at a reduced price— some material prices are down 30 percent—and that allows people to build with a quality they can only dream about at other times.

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SEAN MATYJA, REALTOR, PRUDENTIAL UTAH REAL ESTATE, Park City, Utah, enjoyparkcity.com ML: You’ve certainly been in the loop through the market’s

ups and downs. Tell us why now might be a good time for buyers to make a move. SM: For the past two years, home prices have been consis-

tently stepping down, and for a long time nobody was buying anything. Buyers were very reluctant to step in and make a purchase because they were wondering, ‘With no one else buying, are prices going to fall a little further?’ Now we’ve reached the point where the decline has stabilized and unit sales have picked up dramatically from a year ago. We have a real sense that we’ve already hit the bottom. ML: What’s your advice for buyers entering the market? SM: Buyers need to understand that it’s difficult to just pop into the market and see what the deals are. They really need to work with a good agent to help them make the right choice, not just the cheapest choice. These days, everyone is reconsidering what value is. Even when things were hot, people were buying more from an investment standpoint instead of considering what they would really enjoy owning. I think buyers ought to think about what they would like to own; what works for them and their family. ML: When you look into your crystal ball, so to speak,

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CC: Yes. It’s one of the best times ever to build in a resort community. These areas are usually unscathed when the global or national economy is affected, but this is one of those rare times when almost every area was touched; even resort communities have felt the pinch. In prime markets like Aspen, Vail and Telluride, labor is at an all-time low price and the cost of materials has hit the bottom. In a year or two, I don’t think that will still be true.

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Cordillera Showcase

SLIFER SMITH & FRAMPTON REAL ESTATE

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336 El Mirador

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WEB ID: M22499 PRICE: $3,995,000 BED/BATH: 7/7.5 SQUARE FEET: 7,994+/-

WEB ID: M22457 PRICE: $1,995,900 BED/BATH: 5/6 SQUARE FEET: 5,546+/-

WEB ID: M27347 PRICE: $1,295,000 BED/BATH: 4/4.5 SQUARE FEET: 4,283+/-

WEB ID: M28483 PRICE: $1,495,000 BED/BATH: 4/6 SQUARE FEET: 3,676+/-

Custom builder’s home designed with old world finishes completed in the private area of El Mirador. This English Country Home was designed with main floor living along with six guest suites on upper and lower levels. The Durango stone entrance leads through stone arches, iron railings, wood beams to great room, kitchen and cozy hearth. This incredible home also has a Lutron system and wine room.

Fabulous Summit home with high mountain post and beam design. Expansive Castle Peak and Gore Range views. Easy and livable floorplan with 5 bedroom suites, home office, new carpet, marble, woodwork, faux paint, and custom ceiling in great room. A 3 car garage and park-like setting complete this perfect getaway. Cordillera Social Membership is included in the price.

This exceptional Kensington Green home located on the 3rd fairway of the Short Golf Course has wonderful views to Red & White Mountain and the Vail Valley. The customized Windrush floor plan has a spacious great room, kitchen with breakfast nook, four large bedroom suites and family room. Wonderful deck and patios overlooking the golf course and water feature are perfect for entertaining. A signature golf membership option is included.

This charming home situated at the end of a cul de sac on 6.88+/- acres of land next to 10 acres of open space brings new meaning to the word privacy. Wonderful forest and mountain views and sunsets provide the ultimate Colorado mountain ambience. The home boasts an open and convenient floorplan with huge vaulted ceilings and expansive windows. Excellent finishes and amenities throughout.

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Rzepiejewski

(970)904-1945 or crzepiejewski@slifer.net

CONTACT: Patti Brave, MBA, CRB, CRS, RSPS, Ecobroker, Green, GRI (970)390-1112 or pbrave@slifer.net

CONTACT:

Robert Barker (970)569-6502 or rbarker@slifer.net

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WEB ID: M26670 PRICE: $6,995,000 BED/BATH: 6/6.5 SQUARE FEET: 12,866+/-

WEB ID: M28331 PRICE: $3,695,000 BED/BATH: 5/4.5 SQUARE FEET: 6,158+/-

WEB ID: M30431 PRICE: $429,000 BED/BATH: 4/3.5 SQUARE FEET: 3,215+/-

WEB ID: M28554 PRICE: $2,645,000 BED/BATH: 4/6 SQUARE FEET: 7,296+/-

Perched on a rock outcropping on the edge of Webb Peak surrounded by perennial gardens with 360 degree views of Sawatch, Gore, Castle Peak and Adams Rib. Truly one of the most spectacular homes in Cordillera. Designed to replicate the famous lodges of the National Parks, this home’s grandeur is warmed by all of the special touches and attention to detail throughout. Cordillera Vail Club ski membership available.

Poised on 37+ acres in the Territories at the Cordillera Summit, this magnificent custom ranch is designed with the highest regard for quality, exceptional craftsmanship and outdoor living spaces. Four stall barn, eight car workshop, hayshed and pasture for up to four horses.

Value and privilege have never been synonymous until now - Cordillera Residence Club. Each property sold in 1/4 shares, affording each owner 90 plus days per year in Cordillera. Ski and Golf Club memberships included in purchase and annual HOA fees.

Premier views of the Gore Range and the Vail Valley in this elegant, private and livable home. Large rooms, sophisticated finishes, lovely gardens and dual water features - a gem on the Divide. Walk to The Lodge and Spa!

CONTACT: Barney Dill (970)748-2028 or bdill@slifer.net

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HOME & GARDEN TOUR 2010 Sunday, August 8, 2010

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

TICKET SALES $30 PER PERSON (12 and under Free)

THE TOUR Guests may access the homes between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ONLINE www.cordilleracolorado.com Order your tickets online at www.cordilleracolorado.com and click on the Home & Garden Tour logo. Online ticket orders can be picked up on August 8th at Will Call located in the parking lot of St. Clare of Assisi Church. Online ticket reservations will be accepted through Friday, August 6th.

MAIL To order your tickets by mail, please print out and mail in the downloadable PDF ticket with your payment. Mail to: Cordillera Home & Garden Tour 0408 Carterville Road, Cordillera, CO 81632 Pick up tickets on August 8th at Will Call located in the parking lot at St. Clare of Assisi Church.

IN PERSON Tickets can be purchased at the Cordillera Metro District

DIRECTIONS Event Registration and Will Call are located in Edwards, in the parking lot of St. Clare of Assisi, 31622 Hwy 6, Edwards, CO 81632. We suggest that you use Mapquest to get directions to St. Clare of Assisi located at the base of Cordillera on Hwy 6. LUNCH Please consider joining us for lunch on the lawn at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera or Grouse on the Green. Lunch on the Lawn $12 PER PERSON (includes drink/dessert) $10 KIDS 12 & UNDER (includes drink/dessert)

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For information or a private tour of Cordillera, call 800-528-1656. Visit CordilleraColorado.com.

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Office in Cordillera Town Center on Carterville Road or Tickets can be purchased the day of the event in the parking lot of St. Clare of Assisi Church. Cordillera Property Owners can purchase tickets the day of the event in the Cordillera CafĂŠ on Carterville Road.

Cordillera and Mountain Living are proud once again to host the Cordillera Home & Garden Tour. We invite you to view some of the most spectacular homes in the Vail Valley. The 2010 event will feature several beautiful homes and breathtaking gardens in the Divide neighborhood. All proceeds from the event will beneit the Bright Future Foundation of the Vail Valley.

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This remarkably regal European mountain home in The Divide at Cordillera sits

on more than four acres in the midst of massive spruce and aspen groves with views of Bellyache Ridge. The magnificent estate features a grand bridged stone entrance designed over a unique water feature. Just off the great room, a pool cascades down a waterfall and under the front entry bridge, winding its way around and under the house, culminating at outdoor patios, a double-sided fireplace and a putting green! Designed for entertaining, the chef’s kitchen and great room are separated by a fabulous stone wine “cave” housing over 1,000 bottles to be enjoyed at the custom bar. Set away from the main house is the “watchtower,” a warm, richly appointed study with a circular stairway that leads to a gym and a private reading room. Five bedrooms, six fireplaces, post-and-beam construction, rustic ironwork, hand-sanded oak flooring, and volcanic stone floors from Argentina complete this Italian Castle of the Mountains. PHOTOS BY DOUG SLOSS

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You may think you have stepped back in time and found yourself at the door of a Cotswold English Cottage. With its overflowing window boxes, lush gardens, stucco walls and babbling brook, this home is reminiscent of the English countryside. When you walk through the arched entrance and see the breathtaking views beyond the home’s picture windows, you know you are in Cordillera. The architecture was influenced by the owners’ desire to eliminate rooms that might only be used on rare occasions, and to occupy all rooms at one time. The result of this minimalist design approach is one great room that serves all functions. The large main room, combining great room, library, dining room (which seats more than 30!) and kitchen are united through warm wood paneling and accents that are in themselves suggestive of an Old English estate. When their last child was in school, the homeowner began designing and manufacturing textile products for the home, including bed, bath, and table linens. This interest grew into a successful retail, wholesale, and manufacturing business with retail space in Washington DC and NYC at Henri Bendel’s and Barney’s. By the time the business was sold, it was mainly a wholesale business designing and manufacturing bedding ensembles for the pages of the Horchow and Neiman Marcus Catalogues. Each of the bedroom linens were designed by the homeowner and reflect her love of color, comfort and the priority for practicality – all keys to the success of the former business. An expansive deck leads to equally expansive patios that overlook a most inviting stream that meanders through flowering fields. The owners have created a gardeners’ dream off the kitchen, where potting and pruning take place amidst the paraphernalia of their passion. Downstairs, you will walk into an English pub, replete with billiard table, bar and fireplace. Here, you will see signs this is a family home where generations come to play. PHOTOS BY BRENT BINGHAM

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As the owners walked through the stone columns and vine-entwined iron gate down the stone

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Walking through the elegant front entry, a guest gets their first glimpse of ever expanding mead-

ows, rolling into mountain vistas, such that you may expect Julie Andrews to come over the hillside at any moment to take tea in this exquisite Alpine retreat. An open floor plan and expansive views coupled with intriguing antiques and rich, warm fabrics give this home its charm. In the great room, black forest accents, a fur throw and the lush use of red and green bring the mountains and flowers indoors. A sculpture of two bear cubs acquired on a trip to Bali graces the hearth of the double-sided fireplace that separates the great room from the dining room. The dining room with its wood and beamed ceiling houses an unusual black forest breakfront that came out of a castle in Germany. At the end of the kitchen, overlooking the fields, is a breakfast nook with its own fireplace. On the main floor is the cozy blue and white master suite with its canopied bed, at the end of which resides a southern antique blanket box that has been in the family for more than 100 years. Also on this level is a guest bedroom, reminiscent of the southwest, with a unique loft retreat. On the lower level are a cowboy themed bedroom, family room and an arched doorway leading guests to a Tyrolean retreat whose combined use of aqua and red comes from a wonderful kilim floor covering. Here reindeer leap across the bedding in this cozy hideaway. Lush gardens surround patios, a hot tub and porches.

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Steamboat Springs, CO

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The first home built in Cordillera, perched on a ridge above The Lodge & Spa, has 360-

degree panoramic views of the Vail Valley and the Sawatch Mountains. In 1993, Frank and Kathy Lee Gifford bought the home and added extensively to its size, including a new master suite and the only outdoor swimming pool in Cordillera. With the help of Slifer Design, Kathy Lee undertook the decoration of their new Mountain home. The majority of the rooms still reflect her taste, and her children’s bedrooms are just the way she left them. Kathy Lee’s 1995 Christmas special, Home for Christmas, was filmed from

this home’s great room. The current owners have redecorated the kitchen with warm colors that reflect the palette of the mountains around them. Off the kitchen is an elegant dining room that flows into a three-story great room with expansive views of the Sawatch. The warm wood-paneled “pub” is a perfect place to gather and entertain. The home covers four floors that include several sitting areas, a billiard room with an antique fireplace, several bedrooms, and a home office area. The master suite’s tongue and grooved ceiling and lushly draped bedding vie with the outside views as to which are more breathtaking. The true gem of this home is reflected in its magnificent art collection, gathered from galleries from Vail to Carmel to New Orleans. PHOTOS BY BRENT BINGHAM


200 Casteel Ridge

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Benchmark Custom Builders

Landscape Technology Group

105 Edwards Village Blvd

105 Edwards Village Blvd

34323 Hwy 6,

3288 Cooley Mesa Road

Edwards, CO

Edwards, CO

Edwards, CO

Gypsum, CO

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CORDILLERA RESIDENCE CLUB MAY 4, 2010 The new Cordillera Residence Club, situated on the hillsides overlooking the Vail Valley and surrounding the private golf course. Inspired by the villas and estates found in Europe, the English countryside and the Swiss mountains, these spacious homes feature extraordinary details and approximately 4,000 square feet of interior living space. Sold in shared equity interests, these magnificent homes provide owners with private and frequent access while significantly reducing the capital expense of purchasing a traditional second home and eliminating the associated maintenance concerns. The Cordillera Residence Club homes are designed to easily accommodate family and friends, or for the quiet enjoyment of individual owners. The homes also serve as a base from which to explore all of Eagle County, including the nearby resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Arrowhead and Aspen. The spectacular mountain tops and majestic scenery with the quick access to the quaint mountain villages with great shopping and restaurants make Cordillera’s location ideal. Just around the corner are Cordillera’s four clubhouses where homeowners can be a part of the intimate community of members. Here you can meet over dinner enjoying fine wines, join in on Club events, or host your own private gatherings. With each ownership comes a Premier Membership that allows legacy privileges and affiliate club privileges to Mayacama Golf Club in Sonoma County California and a future affiliate club. Currently, an affiliate club in Arizona is under contract, the Golf Club Scottsdale. Only five Cordillera Residence Club homes have been authorized for Cordillera’s first phase. Each home is built to take advantage of the unique attributes of its location. All residences have magnificent views of the fairways, forests, valleys or rolling hills. The interior design finishes have been hand selected for each home and include original art, designer furniture pieces, and imaginative finishes. While each home has individual character, all share an evident level of quality. s Cordillera Residence Club Home Memberships are available in one-quarter shares, allowing 90 nights per year, with a maximum of four owners and a minimum of two owners. s Members will receive a deed for a quarter share of the home of their selection, giving them the ability to finance the purchase, enjoy tax benefits and realize appreciation of the membership at sale. s Legacy Memberships are available to an owner’s parents or adult children, providing access to all that Cordillera offers. s Memberships are designated to the Cordillera Residence Club home residence they select. s Future plans for other clubs may be available for club home exchange. s The purchase price is fully refundable at the end of 30 years. s Specific terms and conditions of the Cordillera Residence Club Home Membership are outlined in the Membership Documents.

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Cascabel, a unique 318-acre property including three private miles of the San Miguel River. $24.5 million Telluride Real Estate Corporation, tdsmith.com

A GRADUAL 2010 REAL ESTATE MARKET PROFILES FOR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST Although the peak of the high-country real estate market might seem like a majestic monolith receding onto the distant horizon, things are, in fact, looking up. Mounting transaction volumes throughout the region indicate that owning a primary residence or luxurious second home in the West remains an enticing opportunity for many buyers. To bring the high countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s luxury housing picture into focus, we checked in with real estate experts in eight markets from Whistler, B.C., to Telluride, Colo., and points in between. STORY BY ELISABETH A. SULLIVAN

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TETON-VIEW LODGE JACKSON, WYOMING

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Bighorn Lodge, a majestic log home surrounded on three sides by Grand Teton National Park. $12.75 million Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intl. Realty Jackson Hole, spackmansinjacksonhole.com


EXPERT TIPS for Buyers and Sellers Vail & Beaver Creek, Colorado Jackson, Wyoming The peak for many Rocky Mountain towns was For the past few years, Teton County hasn’t in 2007, and Vail was no exception, says Josh been able to convert as many skiing visitors Lautenberg, an owner and broker at Sonnenalp into local homeowners as the county would Real Estate. That year, his firm did a record like, but “the first quarter of 2010 was al$194 million in gross sales. Just two years later, most 200 percent better than the first quarin 2009, “we did $22 million,” he says. ter of 2009,” says Tom Evans, an associate But Lautenberg’s firm is bouncing back broker with Sotheby’s International Realty. along with the market, he says. During the Buyers in Teton County have a lot of first quarter of 2010 alone, inventory to choose from, LOOK BEYOND Sonnenalp closed $20 million Evans says. Typically, the THE PRICE TAG in deals—just $2 million shy of county offers about 400 to the entire year’s worth of sales “Don’t shop based 500 listings, but this spring in 2009—and Lautenberg exthere were about 1,000 liston dollars per pects total 2010 sales to apOn average, single-famsquare foot alone. ings. proach $90 million. ily homes are sitting on the Take into While transaction volume has market for 160 days or fewer account the land, if they’re priced right, he increased, prices have not. Some the views, the sun, says. homes are selling for 30 to 50 the setting.” percent off of peak prices, LautWhile the still-low transEric Klein, Slifer Smith enberg says. Year to date, the avaction volume makes it diffi& Frampton Real Estate, Breckenridge, Colo. erage price for a single-family cult to calculate a telling home is $1.6 million and for a average price, Evans says, condo, $882,000. Single-family homes often sit listings in Teton County range from a 2,300on the market for seven months, up from three square-foot bungalow for $1.3 million to a months during peak real estate times—but two seven-bedroom, 8,000-acre ranch for $29.5 to three years is not unheard of, he says. million, for example. Many homes are sell“It’s a great time to buy,” Lautenberg says. ing for 20 to 30 percent off of healthy mar“It’s literally like going back in time and buy- ket prices, and some luxury homes are selling ing a home eight or 10 years ago.” for 50 to 70 percent off.

BEST VALUES JACKSON, WYO.

BUYERS: BUY FOR LIFESTYLE “It’s a buyer’s market. There’s a lot of opportunity, and what you really have to decide is what your priorities are.” Do you want privacy, a downtown location, a ski-in/ski-out spot or big views? Keep in mind that in many markets, luxury homes aren’t likely to appreciate at a rapid pace—or at all—for the next year, so home purchases should be made with immediate enjoyment in mind, rather than quick profits. Craig Morris, Morris & Fyrwald Sotheby’s International Realty, Aspen, Colo.

STRIKE WHILE THE IRON’S HOT “Prices are definitely down, interest rates are down and there’s a good selection.” It’s likely that people who don’t act now will look back on 2010 and think, “Why didn’t we buy then?” Dennis Hanlon, Prudential Utah Real Estate, Park City, Utah

SELLERS: TIMING IS EVERYTHING “If you don’t have to sell your house right now, don’t even put it on the market.” You’ll just be adding to the inventory glut. Josh Lautenberg, Sonnenalp Real Estate, Vail, Colo.

VAIL & BEAVER CREEK, COLO.

Well-appointed single-family homes in the Cottonwood, Rafter J and Melody Ranch developments just south of downtown Jackson

High-end homes, townhomes and condos in Eagle Ranch, a subdivision in Eagle adjacent to an Arnold Palmerdesigned golf course

Handsome homes and slope-side condos in Teton Village adjacent to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Spacious luxury condos at Manor Vail, a newly renovated lodge just yards from Vail Mountain’s ski lifts

PRICE YOUR HOME REALISTICALLY “Or be willing to wait.” Properties that aren’t priced well in Aspen, for example, have languished on the market for up to two or three years. “The only way they’ll sell in the reasonably near future is if they come down on their price.” Craig Morris, Morris & Fyrwald Sotheby’s International Realty, Aspen, Colo.

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Park City, Utah

But existing single-family homes are now moving Continuing the trend of resort towns on the re- more quickly, and deals are prevalent. In the first quarbound, Park City’s real estate market is bouncing ter of 2010, the sale price for single-family homes avback from the depths of its slump. “There’s pent-up eraged $966,000, up 7 percent from the same period a demand,” says Dennis Hanlon, an associate broker year earlier but still 51 percent below early 2008 prices. at Prudential Utah Real Estate in Park City. “Sales Condos, meanwhile, averaged $334,337, down 28 perare very brisk right now,” and interested buyers have cent from the first quarter of 2009, Johnson says. returned to the market. Vacant land also presents a great opportunity for Transactions have increased sigbuyers because land prices have dropped. nificantly—including land sales, PARTNER TO PROFIT In addition, Johnson says that “building which have been slow for some time. prices have come down significantly, and Partner with your buyers are getting a much more competSingle-family homes currently sit on realtor to spread the market for about 100 days, while itive bid from homebuilders and tradesthe word about condos spend an average of 291 days men. There’s a lot of land. There’s a lot to your listing. “If on the market, which is pretty typical choose from, soup to nuts.” clients are serious for Park City, Hanlon says. about selling, then The overall dollar volume for real Aspen, Colorado estate sales in the first quarter of they have to be “We’re hearing a lot of people saying that 2010 was $303 million, up more than partners in this is a good time to get in. It seems that 100 percent from $147 million in the the process.” way to me, too,” says Craig Morris, cofirst quarter of 2009, according to the Ann Chiasson, Sea to Sky owner of Morris & Fyrwald Sotheby’s InPremier Properties, Whistler, B.C. Park City Board of Realtors. ternational Realty in Aspen. “Activity is For the year ending March 31, up, showings are up, transactions are 2010, the median price for a single-family home in up—all good signs that things are improving.” But Park City was $1.35 million, down 27 percent from don’t expect property to appreciate in the next year or the previous year. During that same period, the metwo, he adds. “If you’re buying to park some money dian condo price rose 20 percent to $925,000, and have a home in Aspen that you can use ... this thanks to the completion of a couple of high-end seems like the right time to me.” condominium projects—although most high-end While extraordinary properties on the upper end of condos sold for 30 to 40 percent less than their origAspen’s real estate market continue to command top inal asking prices. dollar, homes elsewhere on the luxury spectrum are selling for up to 30 percent off peak prices. The averBozeman & Big Sky, Montana age price for a luxury single-family home hovers beBig Sky is like “life perfected,” says Martha Johnson, tween $5 million and $6 million, which is in line with president of Rivers to Peaks Big Sky Real Estate. And average prices over the past few years, but averages are during the peak of the real estate market in 2006 and skewed by the smaller number of transactions, Morris 2007, a lot of developers agreed. They glutted the mar- notes. In fact, Aspen’s market has shifted so signifiket with speculative homes just before the real estate cantly that homeowners can now get a better deal on a bubble burst. Many of those homes have since sat on fully kitted-out luxury home than it would cost to rethe market for years as the developers try to recoup some create the home by building it themselves. That’s a marked change for Aspen, he says. of the costs of building at the height of the market.

BEST VALUES PARK CITY, UTAH • Plush ski-in/ski-out condos in the new Empire Pass community on Deer Valley Resort’s Flagstaff Mountain •

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Residential land downtown and near Park City Mountain Resort, where prices are down significantly from their peak, but inventory is limited

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BIG SKY, MONT. •

Ruggedly rich ski-in/ski-out condos at Powder Ridge and Saddle Ridge

Luxuriously appointed condos in the Crail Ranch development near the Gallatin River and Arnold Palmerdesigned golf course

Residential land with panoramic mountain views at Spanish Peaks, a private ski-and-golf community

ASPEN, COLO. • Luxurious single-family homes in Starwood, a gated community just minutes from downtown Aspen •

Fine homes and townhomes at Maroon Creek Club, a private golf-and-tennis club nestled in the mountains

Majestic mountain homes and ski-in/ski-out condos in Aspen Highlands


RED BUTTE TOWNHOME ASPEN, COLORADO

A mountain contemporary residence with views of Aspen Mountain and the slopes of Highlands and Buttermilk. $5.995 million Morris & Fyrwald, Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Intl. Realty, redbuttetownhome.com

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MOUNTAIN-MODERN CHALET WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

A home designed for entertaining, with views of Whistler Village, Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains and Fissile Peak. $6.95 million Whistler Real Estate, whistlerrealestate.ca

Whistler, British Columbia

COMPETE IN TODAY’S MARKET, NOT YESTERDAY’S

“It’s a tough pill to swallow to leave money on the table, but we have to price properties right or they just won’t sell.” Martha Johnson, Rivers to Peaks Big Sky Real Estate, Big Sky, Mont.

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Thanks to the enticing panoramic views of white-peaked mountaintops televised globally during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler has garnered significant interest from highend buyers around the world. But the local real estate market took a hiatus during the games, and it has yet to continue apace, says Ann Chiasson, president of Sea to Sky Premier Properties in Whistler. “Six months down the road, our market is going to be very good,” she predicts. “We are starting to see a lot more listings coming on the market. That’s the first step. We are starting to see a lot more deals.” Luxury home sales rebounded by 184 percent in the Greater Vancouver area this spring compared to the same time last year, according to the RE/MAX Upper End 2010 Report. Admittedly, after 2009’s real estate slump, the only direction that the market could move was up, Chiasson says—although Whistler’s property prices didn’t depreciate as much as in some mountain resort towns. “There aren’t deep discounts in Whistler,” she says. “There are listings out there that are ready to sell, but you need to negotiate your own deal.”


Summit County, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

Summit County is a bit of an anomaly in the Rocky Mountain West, says Eric Klein, a broker at Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate in Breckenridge. “Our transaction volume is off by significantly less than in the places that are better known as destination areas. Our prices did not go down as much as in Crested Butte or Vail.” Klein’s firm even beat its own record in 2009 for homes sold for more than $3 million. “In a tough economy, our high end has been ticking along,” he says. Transaction volume, which had been down for most of last year, picked up significantly in the fourth quarter of 2009, Klein says. Singlefamily home inventory is leveling off after a 30month glut as spec homes begin to be absorbed. Active inventory of single-family homes has been sitting on the market for 318 days, on average, and newer homes are selling faster than 10- to 12-year-old homes, the market for which is oversaturated. There’s also an oversupply of luxury condos. Beginning in 2008, Summit County prices dropped by about 20 to 25 percent, on average, “but it does not appear to be a trend that is continuing,” Klein says. The average “sold” price for a single-family home in the past year was $942,000. For homes now on the market, the average asking price is $1.29 million.

After weathering several recessions in Telluride over the past four decades, T.D. Smith, president of Telluride Real Estate Corp., offers a simple assessment of the real estate market in 2010: “Considerably better,” he says. Smith’s firm’s fourth-quarter 2009 sales (totaling $114.9 million) were 231 percent higher than during the same period one year prior—although that growth rate is a “little misleading” because 2008 sales were down so dramatically that 2009 results look monumental by comparison, Smith says. January 2010 sales, which totaled $24.6 million, were 55 percent higher than the previous January, and February 2010 sales of $46 million were 86 percent higher than in February 2009. “We’ve seen a half-dozen sales of more than $5 million and we didn’t see any upper-end sales for upwards of 18 months,” Smith says. Those higher-end properties have not been discounted much since 2007, but sellers who have lowered their asking prices are selling at about 20 to 30 percent off of 2007 values. “People entering the market right now are realizing that this is probably the best that it’s going to get. ... It’s an excellent time to buy,” Smith says. Inventory is higher than usual for the boutique market, with about 80 homes listed in Telluride Mountain Village and 65 in the historic town of Telluride, as well as an “abundance of condos” available. ●

BEST VALUES WHISTLER, B.C. •

Opulent single-family homes in the Sunridge Plateau neighborhood, a slope-side development adjacent to Whistler Village

“Whistler’s a community that’s only eight miles long,” Chiasson says, so good values are scattered throughout the market

SUMMIT COUNTY, COLO. •

Deluxe single-family homes downtown and slope-side in Breckenridge and Frisco

Well-appointed ski-in/ski-out condos at Copper Mountain, Keystone and Breckenridge ski resorts

TELLURIDE, COLO. •

Grand homes and condos in Mountain Village, a mountain community just a gondola ride away from downtown Telluride, as well as homes alongside the links of nearby Telluride Golf Club

Serene single-family homes on sprawling acreage at the Aldasoro Ranch west of downtown Telluride

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Behind the Price Tag CUSTOM FEATURES, FROM INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURE TO ARTFUL INTERIORS, ADD EXCEPTIONAL VALUE TO A LUXURIOUS ASPEN, COLORADO, HOME FOR SALE

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ow do you price a custom home? Add up the cost of its design, construction, materials and special features and you’ll likely still fall short of its true value. Consider the estate Courtney and Karen Lord created on more than an acre in Aspen, Colorado. “I don’t think there’s another house like it here,” says listing agent Jill Shore of Joshua & Co., one of Aspen’s top luxury real estate companies. The 9,067-square-foot home captures a uniquely sumptuous yet relaxed lifestyle that perfectly suits the couple who created it—and, now that it’s for sale, any other family with similar tastes and $11.8 million to spend. So what exactly does that kind of money buy? We reveal the features behind the price tag on the pages that follow.

LIGHTING DESIGN A carefully orchestrated mix of lighting sources, designed by Aspen-based Robert Singer & Associates (robertsingerlight ing.com), dramatizes the home’s architecture, furnishings, artwork and landscaping: UPLIGHTING & DOWNLIGHTING Carefully concealed along the tops and bottoms of the home’s rammed-earth walls, these fixtures send light along the surface of the walls, “highlighting their depth and texture,” says homeowner Courtney Lord.

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HIDDEN PIN LIGHTS Intense narrow beams recessed in the ceilings and floors precisely illuminate individual artworks throughout the home.

ARCHITECTURE STUDIO B ARCHITECTS

AT-A-TOUCH CONTROLS A LiteTouch computerized control system includes preset buttons for a variety of different lighting plans to illuminate everything from large parties to intimate gatherings.

INTERIOR DESIGN LARRY LASLO DESIGNS

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To complement the home’s rammed-earth walls, the homeowners and architect selected a range of other materials in earthen tones, textures and patterns. Light-toned, subtly grained maple covers the ceiling, adding warmth “without calling too much attention to itself,” says homeowner Courtney Lord. Pale natural walnut flows across the floors of most public rooms in the house, including the living room (below). Dark-toned, distinctively patterned tropical wenge wood forms a partial wall that separates the living and dining areas from the kitchen, where it was also used for cabinetry. Outside, naturally oxidized COR-TEN steel accents the home’s exterior.

ARCHITECTURE “The home is situated near the highway, and along the entrance to Aspen, the city wants architecture that’s low and blends with the landscape,” says Courtney Lord. That led him and architect Scott Lindenau of Aspen-based Studio B Architects (studio barchitects.net) to research options in low-lying forms that would blend with the surroundings. They settled on rammed-earth construction, a building technique that mixed earth from the site with cement—along with a coloring compound to give it a light tan hue. The mixture was compacted in concrete forms to create 20-inch-thick walls. The benefits of the method are many: A LOW PROFILE Largely concealed from passing traffic by trees, the building turns an earthen façade to the street. Despite their proximity to the road, the rammed-earth forms provide an efficient sound buffer. PRIVATE VIEWS On its private side, the home forms a U shape with walls of sliding-glass panels that open to a private courtyard. Beyond the landscaped grounds are views of Aspen Highlands’ Thunderbowl ski run, and Aspen and Buttermilk mountains. ENERGY SAVINGS The thick walls absorb the sun’s warmth during the day, keeping rooms cool. At night, they radiate that heat, warming up the interior spaces. ML | www.mountainliving.com 91


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LANDSCAPE DESIGN “A lot of Aspen homes are built on the side of a hill,” observes Courtney Lord. “But here, because our land is flat, we could actually use our garden.” To add utility and beauty to the space, the Lords enlisted local landscape architecture firm Bluegreen (bluegreenaspen.com) to create a landscaping plan. Artfully framed by a bronze sculpture by internationally renowned artist Bruno Romeda (above), the design is perfectly suited to the site and the homeowners’ tastes. Standout features include: CONCRETE PAVERS Adjacent to the living room and accessed via sliding-glass panels, concrete pavers separated by strips of green groundcover—including fragrant thyme—create a courtyard for outdoor living. LUSH LAWN A deep green expanse of lawn welcomes play in summer and offsets the dramatic mountain views beyond.

MATURE TREES “When we built the house, we saved half a dozen big trees on the lot,” says Lord. Since then, the homeowners have planted approximately a hundred trees, including cottonwoods, spruces, Austrian pines and “a handful” of maples.

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PERENNIAL PROGRESSION A 150-foot arc of flowerbeds just beyond the lawn adds nearly year-round color with perennial blossoms—from lilacs in the spring through mums in autumn. “My wife and I wanted to be able to look out of every room and see color,” Lord says.


THE LOT “For us, the lot was perfect,” says Courtney Lord. While it may not be ideal for buyers seeking a skiin/ski-out home, he concedes, it offers special features—like breathtaking views, wide-open spaces and a convenient location—that he and his family prize above proximity to the slopes. EXPANSE The large lot easily accommodated more than 9,000 square feet of interior living space while staying within local code restrictions. ACCESSIBILITY The Lords have enjoyed having tennis, golf, bicycling and even a bus stop all close by. “We don’t depend on driving a car every time we want to do anything,” Lord says.

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“So many details,” says homeowner Courtney Lord, “contribute to the value that someone

LISTING DETAILS LOCATION: Aspen Tennis Club, Aspen, Colorado LISTING PRICE: $11.8 million LISTING BROKER: Jill Shore, Joshua & Co., 970-925-8810, joshuaco.com


ascribes to a special, one-of-a-kind house such as this. It’s a kind of alchemy, or magic.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN Courtney and Karen Lord asked New York City-based interior designer Larry Laslo (larrylaslodesigns.com) to furnish their home in an eclectic style that works with the bold contemporary architecture but still feels homey. Here’s how Laslo achieved the look: CUSTOM BUILT-INS Made from limed white oak, a Laslo-designed king-size bed (left) includes linen and pillow storage built into its platform. The headboard, made from padded ostrich leather, echoes the tone of the rammed earth and is stitched to follow the pattern imprinted on the walls by the forms used in construction.

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SIGNATURE DESIGNS Pieces from a line of made-to-order furniture designed by Laslo for Directional, Inc., provide perfect seating solutions, such as the family room’s brownleather-framed sectional sofa (above). Laslo also made room for pieces the Lords have had for years, including leather Nienkämper club chairs in the master bedroom (left), and in the family room (above), wood-and-chrome-framed chairs by Pace International. LIVABLE ART Even items from the couple’s extensive collection occasionally become pieces of functional art. In the family room (above), the aluminum sculpture by Israeli artist Harush Shlomo, which resembles a large block of crumpled foil, “actually makes a very comfortable little settee,” says Courtney Lord. ●

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... home that’s a stone’s throw from the slopes? Cozy cabin in the woods? Or in-town pad that’s steps away from all the action? We searched the West for luxury residential developments to suit every taste, and here, we bring you the best of them.

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fly-fishing retreat MARABOU, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Two private miles of gold-medal fly-fishing along the Elk River and more than 10 acres of ponds draw anglers to this scenic spot. The community’s 62 homesteads average a generous 6 acres, leaving almost 75 percent of Marabou’s 1,717 acres dedicated in perpetuity to open space. Residents enjoy horseback riding, nearby skiing with a private retreat on the slopes, a lodge with fine dining, a spa on the water’s edge, fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tubs, movie theater and 20 miles of multi-use trails. Six cabins on the river accommodate guests or owners waiting for their homes to be built. VITALS Homesteads are priced from $1.8 million to $5.4 million. 970-879-7919, marabouranch.com

3 CREEK RANCH, Jackson, Wyoming This enclave is a true fisherman’s paradise, with miles of world-class fly-fishing on blue-ribbon spring creeks and a private cutthroat trout sanctuary. Homesites are available near the plentiful creeks and ponds that run through the 710-acre ranch, located just five minutes from downtown Jackson. Residents have access to an on-site fishing coordinator and equipment, as well as a resident naturalist who orchestrates the community’s Outdoor Pursuits Program. A private golf club boasts a scenic 18-hole course, plus an elegant dining room, state-of-theart fitness center and heated outdoor pool. VITALS Half-acre homesites sell for $759,000 to $1.7 million; 2- to 5acre sites are $1.1 million to $4.5 million; and a 35-acre ranch site is listed for $6.25 million. Some completed homes are available for resale from $2.6 million to $4.5 million. 888-920-9292, 3creekranch-jh.com

BLACKHAWK ON THE RIVER, McCall, Idaho Fishing enthusiasts will love this riverfront community’s five miles of protected frontage along the sandy beaches of the Payette River and 13 miles of braided side-channel fish habitat with rainbow and brook trout. Homes overlooking the river reflect the rugged landscape with architectural details like reclaimed wood, hand-forged metal and quarried stone. But that’s where rugged stops; amenities include the 10,000-square-foot River Lodge, complete with a pool, fitness center, spa treatment rooms and Naturalist Center. The conservation-oriented community is also home to a 364-acre wildlife preserve and McCall’s only equestrian center, which offers riding in indoor and outdoor arenas and on miles of trails. VITALS Custom homesites (averaging three quarters of an acre) range from $190,000 to $500,000. Three-bedroom homes from 1,400 to 1,800 square feet are priced from $450,000 to $650,000. Fractional ownership of 12 fully appointed, 2,800-square-foot residences begins at $175,000. 208-630-5070, blackhawkontheriver.com

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home on the slopes ONE SKI HILL PLACE, Breckenridge, Colorado Located at the base of Peak 8, this brand-new, five-story mountain lodge features ski-in/ski-out convenience and opulent, fully furnished condominiums that range from studios to four-bedroom units. Residents enjoy an array of thoughtful amenities, including 24hour front desk service, a restaurant and lively après-ski bar, ski lounge with private locker room, aquatics and fitness centers, movie lounges and a bowling alley. Heated underground parking is available, and for those who’d rather not drive, there’s shuttle service to town. VITALS Opened in the spring of 2010, the lodge offers studios and one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom condos, from 500 to 1,905 square feet. Prices range from $665,000 to $2.395 million. 888-6529120, oneskihillplace.com

FLAGSTAFF AT EMPIRE PASS, Deer Valley, Utah This ski-in/skiout condominium lodge is a new addition to the slopes of Empire Pass, offering 37 luxe two-,three- and four-bedroom units. Inside these well-planned residences are distinctive features including glass-enclosed sitting rooms, multiple fireplaces and elegant spa bathrooms. Five thousand square feet of owner amenities include a cozy great room, pub and exercise room. Owners also enjoy daily continental breakfast and après-ski treats, a fire pit and spa pool just steps from the slopes, plus a full-time concierge. Membership to the exclusive Talisker Club, which offers access to even more worldclass skiing, is also part of the deal. VITALS Recent incentives have discounted prices by 40 percent. Condos ranging from 1,700 to 3,000 square feet are now priced at $1.5 million to $3.6 million. 435-640-6346, flagstaffatempirepass.com

ONE STEAMBOAT PLACE, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Step out your door and onto the slopes from this relaxing resort, a contemporary rendition of the Old West with reclaimed timber, handcut stone and weathered metal. Residences include three- and four-bedroom luxury units from 3,500 to 4,700 square feet. Après-ski amenities include a soothing spa (where mountain flowers and spring water are incorporated into relaxing treatments); a fitness center, pool and hot tubs; on-site dining at the Truffle Pig, plus ready-to-cook meals from the Truffle Pig pantry; a market offering artisanal groceries and boutique wines; a private wine cellar; ski valets and a full-service concierge; and transportation around town. VITALS Ownership options include whole ownership starting at $3 million and fractional ownership starting at $370,000. 866-599-4626, onesteamboatplace.com

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house on the links MARTIS CAMP, Truckee, California Tucked in the heart of the forested Martis Valley just north of Lake Tahoe, Martis Camp’s Tom Fazio-designed golf course offers sweeping mountain views before it winds along a creek and through pine forests. Custom homesites adjacent to the championship course share the magnificent views and easy access, while generous set-backs ensure privacy. Off the links, many activities take place at the Family Barn recreation complex. There, residents enjoy swimming, bowling, an art loft, movie theater, outdoor concert park and even an old-fashioned soda fountain. To top off the list of amenities: dining venues, a spa and fitness center, putting park and fishing lake, plus direct connections to local ski area Northstar at Tahoe are all at residents’ fingertips. VITALS Golf-course lots, from one to four acres, are priced from $550,000 to $2.3 million. 800-721-9005, martiscamp.com

HUNTSMAN SPRINGS, Teton Valley, Idaho Live the Western country-club lifestyle in a home on a world-class golf course designed by architect David McLay Kidd. Choose from four lodge designs (3,500 to 5,300 square feet) or build a custom home on the links with premier views of the mountains, golf course and water. This charming community—located just 35 miles from Jackson Hole—offers a wide array of recreational amenities, including fly-fishing, a 500-acre wildlife refuge (with two miles of boardwalks), wellness programs, spa services and casual dining at Markie’s Restaurant. VITALS The four- to six-bedroom Mountain View Lodges are priced from $2.2 million to $2.8 million. Half-acre to three-quarter-acre custom homesites are priced from $350,000 to $700,000. 877-3549660, huntsmansprings.com

CORNERSTONE, Montrose, Colorado Resting atop the Uncompahgre Plateau, this 6,000-acre private golf community offers 412 homesteads ranging in size from one-quarter acre to more than 100 acres. Just steps from a beautiful and challenging golf course designed by Greg Norman, the unique Foursome Cabins (available to rent or purchase) feature four master suites. A wildlife and environmental management plan distinguishes the community, which prides itself on wide-open spaces and pioneer hospitality. After a day of golf, fly-fishing, horseback riding or hiking on Cornerstone’s 20 miles of trails, residents gather in the resort village to enjoy a meal in the restaurant, swim in the old-fashioned swimming hole or play in the park. VITALS The Foursome Cabins, ranging in size from 3,785 to 4,451 square feet, start at $1.6 million. Lots are priced from the high $100,000s to more than $1 million. Custom homes range from $2.7 million to $3.7 million. 970-650-2000, cornerstonecolorado.com

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cabin in the woods THE COLONY AT WHITE PINE CANYON, Park City, Utah In this private gated community, 90 percent of the land is dedicated to open space—and the abundant wildlife that call it home. Its 270 generous homesites (averaging 6 acres) sit among more than 4,600 acres of forests, meadows and streams, and feature stunning mountain views. Every homesite features ski-in/ski-out access to The Canyons ski resort. The pristine, low-density development is ideal for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking and horseback riding, all in a national forest setting. VITALS Homesites are priced from $1.5 million to $4 million, with resale homes selling from $3.5 million to $15 million. 435-6494311, thecolonywpc.com


THE KOOTENAI, Swan Lake, Montana PHOTO BY ROGER WADE

THE KOOTENAI, Swan Lake, Montana Nestled between two mountains in Montana’s Flathead Valley, this private residential enclave is home to just 42 luxury cabins— from meticulously restored 19th-century log cabins to brand-new residences—that sit among the trees where Swan Lake, Johnson Creek and the Swan River meet. The century-old Kootenai Lodge is the community’s prime gathering spot, ideal for groups of all sizes. There, residents enjoy quiet conversation in the fireplace-warmed main hall or a drink at the copper-topped bar. Other perks include a charming walk-up ice-cream counter, a fitness center and pool, a nature center, and a concierge and outdoor recreation director to plan any adventure imaginable. VITALS Four- and five-bedroom homes, from 3,800 to 6,330 square feet, are priced from $2 million to $7 million. 406-837-3000, thekootenai.com

THE RIDGE AT TELLURIDE, Telluride, Colorado With top-of-theworld views in a national forest setting, this intimate development prides itself on being automobile-free. And rightfully so: It’s the only mountain community in North America that’s truly car-free. Residents take the gondola from Mountain Village to the top of Telluride Mountain, then get around in neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs). From such a lofty perch, the ski-in/ski-out location guarantees first tracks on a powder morning. Fifty residences range from three-bedroom condos to three- and four-bedroom cabins and custom homesites surrounded by pine forests and aspen groves. A clubhouse features a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, sunset deck with fire pit, and heated garage for NEVs. VITALS Custom homesites are priced from $575,000 to $750,000. Cabins offering 3,100 to 4,400 square feet of living space are priced from $2.725 million to $3.895 million. New three-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot condos are not yet priced. 970-728-6661, theridgeattelluride.com

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spa-centric retreat WALDORF-ASTORIA & GOLDEN DOOR SPA, Park City, Utah Head to this posh condominium hotel with a chic mountain ambience to find wellness for mind and body. The gorgeous 16,000-square-foot, No. 1 Zagat-rated Golden Door Spa offers wellness programs, facials and body treatments, fitness regimens with Pilates and kinesis equipment, yoga and meditation, a salon, nutrition consultation and more. Located at the base of the Frostwood Gondola at The Canyons, the property offers ski-in/ski-out accessibility and private ski valets, as well as a kids’ camp and the award-winning San Franciscobased restaurant Spruce. VITALS The 105 custom-furnished residences range from studios to four-bedroom units, ranging in size from 331 to 2,010 square feet. Priced from $299,000 to $1.4 million. 435-647-5581, waparkcity.com

THE ARRABELLE AT VAIL SQUARE, Vail, Colorado This timeless new residence hotel combines the charm of a European village with Vail’s alpine heritage. Twenty-five private residence suites feature contemporary mountain furnishings and elegant décor, with full privileges to the pool, spa and top-of-the-line fitness center. The Arrabelle’s luxurious 10,000-square-foot spa offers rejuvenating alpine-inspired treatments—including facials, hydrotherapy and massage—that incorporate natural ingredients and aromas indigenous to the area, from mountain juniper to white pine. Just steps away from home are the ski gondola, shops, galleries, restaurants, cultural events and outdoor pursuits that make Vail a premier year-round destination. VITALS One- to five-bedroom units, from 1,600 to 4,700 square feet, range in price from $2.6 million to $8.9 million. Rental management is available. 866-662-7625, arrabelle.rockresorts.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON CLUB, LAKE TAHOE, Truckee, California Rugged mountain vistas are tamed by casual elegance and renowned Ritz-Carlton service at the fully furnished club residences and celebrated Highlands Spa. After a day on the slopes, enjoy the 17,000square-foot spa and fitness center with therapies themed around water, the woods and wellness. Or stow your skis for the day and try out spinning classes, yoga and Pilates; heated pools; a dry-heat lodge and piñon-pine steam room; and massage and salon services. Residents enjoy gondola access to the Village at Northstar, skiin, ski-out access to Northstar-at-Tahoe, a ski valet, dedicated concierge services, pre-arrival provisioning, housekeeping and private chef services. There’s also fine dining at the Ritz-Carlton resort’s restaurants and golf at Coyote Moon and Old Greenwood.

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VITALS Fractional ownership of 78 two-, three- and four-bedroom units, ranging from 1,500 to 2,658 square feet, is priced from the mid-$100,000s. Whole ownership is available at the adjacent hotel. 877-593-8880, ritzcarltondestinationclub.com

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in-town pad EL CORAZON DE SANTA FE, Santa Fe, New Mexico Ideally located in the heart of the old city, this vacation home club is close to everything Santa Fe has to offer: art, food, culture and outdoor activities. A short walk from the Plaza, the two-bedroom residences feature Spanish Pueblo Revival architecture and striking Santa Fe design with private courtyards, balconies and kiva-style fireplaces. A concierge staff attends to residents’ every need, including prearrival groceries and reservations at the best dining and entertainment venues. A partnership with La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa offers more amenities, from a fitness center to spa services. VITALS Fractional ownership only. A single-level, 1,150-square-foot unit is priced from $130,000; a two-story, split-level unit (1,500 to 1,800 square feet) starts at $185,000. 866-721-7800, elcorazonde santafe.com

THE SKY LODGE, Park City, Utah Expect indulgent, individualized service at this five-star boutique condominium hotel—sustainably built to meet LEED standards—in the heart of historic Old Town. Thirty-three residential suites, offering one to three bedrooms, embrace the history and culture of Park City with eclectic mountain loft design and handcrafted native materials. Full-service amenities include dining at Easy Street Steak & Seafood, a cozy bar, chic lounge, 24-hour concierge service, twicedaily maid service, custom spa treatments at Japanese-inspired Amatsu Spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. And, more than 40 restaurants, plus museums, galleries and boutique shopping, are all just an easy stroll away. VITALS Units range from 1,260 to 2,700 square feet and are available for nightly rental and real estate purchase. Fractional ownership is priced from $259,000 to $1 million. 888-876-2525, theskylodge.com

DANCING BEAR ASPEN, Aspen, Colorado This intimate private residence club in historic downtown embodies Aspen’s blend of rugged alpine charm and grand sophistication. Nine well-appointed three-bedroom residences were designed with absolute comfort, urbane elegance and spectacular views in mind. Residents are treated to personalized attention, with services that include private transportation to and from the Aspen airport, and ski and wellness concierges. There’s also daily continental breakfast, a fitness center, theater, wine cellar, rooftop terrace lounge and authentic brasserie. Best of all, the heart of downtown Aspen is just a few short blocks away. VITALS Three-bedroom units range in size from 1,800 to 2,200 square feet. Fractional ownership begins at $750,000. 970-9202500, dancingbearaspen.com ●

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LOCATION Steamboat Springs, Colorado LISTING PRICE $9.9 million

House of the Moment IRRESISTIBLE DETAILS Storm Mountain Ranch, an exclusive residential community surrounded by Routt National Forest, has just 14 homesteads on its 1,063 acres. Follow the road to its end and you’ll find what is perhaps its most spectacular property: the Estate at Rushing Water Lane. Hidden away on more than 70 acres at the end of Walton Creek Canyon, the property’s 8,475-square-foot main residence and 2,052-square-foot guest house were designed by architect Rich Carr of renowned Colorado firm CCY Architects. By blending wood and stone with sleek steel, and creating seamless transitions between interior and exterior living spaces, Carr designed a contemporary version of the classic mountain home. Clean-lined and colorful interiors, the hallmark of the home’s interior designer, Luis Ortega, add warmth and sophistication to each space. Outside, an infinity-edge pool and two hot tubs overlook the property’s ponds, waterfalls and Walton Creek, creating a beautiful transition from manmade landscape to the site’s dramatic natural topography.

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