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Soaked in history, steeped in the Aspen sunlight and set on a lake, this Aspen Mountain home is the perfect year-round retreat. With a property deed that was originally signed by President Taft, the stunning property continues to live a notable life. It's on the market for $25 million.
“There’s a lot of great history here,” said listing agent Joshua Saslove of Douglas Elliman, “It’s in an area called Stillwater that retains the flavor of the mountains.”
The previous owner built a house in the 1950s, and his family lived in it for decades before selling the property to the current owners, a prominent investor and his family. The original home has been renovated and now serves as a spacious guesthouse with five bedrooms and five baths.
The current owners added a four-bedroom, eight-bathroom main house, a stone-and-wood structure that manages to be luxurious yet cozy. The two homes have a combined 14,268 square feet.
"We love living in a wilderness setting on the river," the current owner said. "We share a fenced pasture for our horses, a trout-stocked lake with two waterfalls, a trampoline, kayaks and canoes.”
Look closely at the pasture, and you’ll spot the Belgian horses that carry carriages and sleighs around town enjoying the view during their time off.
A walking trail behind the house takes you into Aspen in 10 minutes, or hop in your car and be at the mountain in just three minutes. You can see Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola from the home and gauge the snowfall out the glorious windows or from the Jacuzzi hot tub outside.
Inside, the home features sweeping staircases, exposed salvaged barn beams, seven fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and rustic iron chandeliers.
The cabinetry was imported from England; two fireplaces came from England and France; and the custom-made bunk beds are a feature children are sure to love. “There are plenty of great bunk houses in Aspen, and this is one of them for sure,” says Saslove. “This is a lifestyle house. It has a lot of charm and is in keeping with the tradition of great mountain houses."
“All of this and still within walking distance to town," the current owner added. "There’s nothing better.”