In the Colorado town of Telluride, life revolves around the mountains. The same could be said of an expansive home on 70 acres that was designed to capture panoramic views of the surrounding alpine peaks.
The 9,000-square-foot spread at 280 and 282 Sage Grouse Road in the nearby community of Placerville was built in 2010, almost four decades after the defunct mining town transformed itself into one of the West’s top ski resorts.
Telluride-based architect Daniel Houlihan of Fountainhead Studio designed the buildings in mountain modern style, making maximum use of views and the forested setting. The result is a spacious, light-filled home that accentuates the outdoors.
It’s currently on the market for $8 million.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the main residence look out over the Sneffels Range. “There are over a dozen 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks that you can see from this home,” listing agent Garrett Simon says. “It’s a huge wrap-around view.”
The property includes a main residence, a separate caretaker’s apartment and garage/“toy barn” to stow cars and outdoor gear. It’s a place big on privacy and seclusion, somewhere to unplug and relax in a remote location without forgoing luxury or access to town (the ski resort is a 45-minute drive away).
Inside the main home, high ceilings and natural wood dominate the living room and formal dining room, which both have doors that lead to outdoor lounges and patios. A large double-sided stone fireplace adds a cozy vibe to both rooms.
In all, there are five bedrooms, six full and three half bathrooms as well as a wet bar, wine storage area and in-home theater. The outdoor patio, which is heated, contains a large built-in fire pit designed as a place to gather and view the mountains.
A prospective buyer would be “an outdoor enthusiast family that likes privacy and loves nature,” says Simon, adding the property also would be ideal for horse lovers.
The unincorporated area of Placerville sits between two national forests and covers 480 acres. It’s located at more than 7,000 feet in elevation. Telluride, well-known for winter sports and activities, also hosts a high-elevation golf course in summer.