Real estate

Luxury goes off the grid in this Colorado home

Sep. 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM ET

2015 Colorow Rd, Edwards, CO
For sale: $7.995 million

A sleeker, smarter species of mountain real estate has emerged from the aspen groves of White River National Forest. It's called Squaw Creek Estate.

Scott Cramer
Scott Cramer

"This home is very cutting edge," said listing agent Matthew Blake of Ascent Sotheby's International Realty.

For starters, a glass-ceiling elevator leads to an observatory with a research-grade telescope for taking in a commanding view of Gore Range, Lake Creek Valley and Finnegan’s Peak of the Sawatch Range.

"It's one of the best places for [an observatory] on a ridge line," Blake said.

Scott Cramer
Scott Cramer

The current owners also wanted to add more green features when they bought the property in 2008. Of note, they added solar panels and a geo-thermal pond, paying for half of the 10,561-square-foot home's energy expenses.

"The gas and electric bills are less than a town home on the valley floor," Blake said.

Scott Cramer
Scott Cramer / Scott Cramer

They also added a state-of-the-art greenhouse that provides year-round tropical produce including bananas, mangoes and spices. "It can be winter and feel like you're in Hawaii," Blake said.

In fact, even with Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts just 30 minutes away, the home feels and operates like you're off the grid.

"The solar panels have a battery backup system. There's a well and septic," Blake explained. "You could live truly off the grid for 2.5 or 3 days probably."

Scott Cramer
Scott Cramer

The 23.81-acre property is lined with trails among aspen trees, sage and wildflower meadows. The adjacent 10.57-acre lot is also available for purchase.

"It's serene and exclusive," Blake said. "That's rare in mountain communities like this."

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