Nature lovers and skiing enthusiasts the world over may dream of owning a home in the mountains so that they can wake up to breathtaking views and sunrises each day and go on skiing trips whenever the fancy takes them.
If you are a nature-lover and want to own a mountain retreat, then Christies Great Estates, a wholly owned subsidiary of auction house Christie’s, is giving you the opportunity to own property in Colorado, which is located in the Rocky Mountain region, in the southwestern US.
The Vail Mountain Retreat, situated in Vail Colorado, sits on 1.2 acres of land, nestled strategically in the mountainside.
Donna Caynoski, broker, Sonnenalp Real Estate, which is one of the sales associates of Christie’s Great Estates, told Emirates Business: “The home enjoys views of the Gore Range and surrounding aspen forest from huge picture windows. Priced at $10.95 million [Dh40.2m], this one-of-a-kind mountain contemporary home, with a large guest house, offers a total of nine bedrooms, including five bedrooms in the main home and four bedrooms in the guest house.
"As you enter, you immediately feel the sense of privacy. On the main level, you will find a nice living room, dining area and a wonderful kitchen.”
With a total area of 6,510 square feet, this distinctive, family compound was designed and recently remodelled by renowned Vail architect Buff Arnold.
There is approximately 4,000 square feet of additional gross residential space available, which can be added to the main residence. Given that the lot is a zoned duplex, this offers the buyer the flexibility of selling both homes separately someday.
The other features of this property are a beautifully landscaped garden with water feature, a three-car garage, heated driveway and heated outdoor stone steps leading to entry, and a family and recreation room, jacuzzi and dry sauna.
The home is also a perfect perch for skiing enthusiasts. Vail has the reputation of being one of Colorado’s best skiing areas.
Visitors and residents alike can enjoy the 1,100 acres of open space accounting for 30 per cent of Vail’s town-owned land; 350,000 surrounding acres of national forest, crowned by 5,600 skiable acres on one of the largest and best ski mountains in the world plus 24km of recreation paths.
In fact, Vail had the first gondola in the United States, along with two double chairlifts and a beginner lift, serving nine sq km of terrain. Donna Caynoski said: “World-class skiing on more than 5,600 acres of terrain is just outside your door.
The home also offers ski-in access and it is just a short walk to the slopes and ski village. Other activities in Vail include a variety of winter sports, which make this location highly desirable for skiing enthusiasts.”
But skiing is not the only activity for you to enjoy. During the early 1980s, Vail blossomed as a year-round resort. Golf courses were laid out and mountain-biking trails were added; gondolas and chairlifts began transporting sightseers instead of skiers; hot-air balloon rallies, tennis tournaments and concerts featuring everything from chamber music to rock became part of the Vail summer scene.
Caynoski said: “In the summer you can play golf, go rafting, mountain biking and hiking, just to name a few. A variety of cultural activities also takes place, like dance festivals to music by the New York philharmonic orchestra, in the open-air Ford Amphitheatre.”
Vail is home to 4,500 permanent residents, plus another 5,000 part-time residents of vacation properties. “Together, we share and value a lifestyle that combines one of the best alpine resorts in the world with a friendly, small-town feel,” Caynoski said.
A luxury ski home like no other