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Vail Valley Mansion has Huge Observatory and Greenhouse


An amazing Vail Valley estate has a list of amenities that makes its $9 million price tag look like a steal. With five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and over 10,500 square feet, the property sits on nearly 35 acres of prime Lake Creek and Squaw Creek valley land. The mansion contains an open-sided glass ceiling elevator that travels three stories to a professional telescope observatory. There's also an indoor tropical greenhouse that provides farm-to-table vegetables even when there's snow on the ground. Half of the energy for these totally necessary amenities comes from a fleet of solar panels and a geothermal pond. There may not be a guaranteed herd of elk, but there are plenty of paths and trees to get a nature fix. Besides the libraries, wine rooms, and fireplaces that come standard in ski homes these days, there's also a seven car garage and even a spot for a John Deere tractor in case you feel like farming. The only downside? The estate is 30 minutes to Vail and Beaver Creek, so you better like star-gazing a bit more than skiing. · Undisclosed Address, Edwards, CO 81632 [Sothebys Realty]