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Vail Penthouse Is $19.2M, But Has Cameras Watching I-70

It appears that Vail brokers are quietly attempting to out-climb their Aspen brethren up Price Mountain to the Peak of Ridiculousness. Remember that penthouse in Aspen Nikos Hecht built and then listed for $17.6 million, the city's most expensive penthouse listing ever? That listing looks embarrassingly upper-middle-class compared to this 6,584 square foot penthouse in the new Solaris Residences in Vail Village, which has been on the market for $19,200,000. With six bedrooms, seven baths, floor-to-ceiling limestone bathrooms, and handsomely vaulted ceilings in the great room, the furnishings will suffice, but the real selling point is the Solaris' Creston system. It's a video display that lets you call up the valet stand for your car, check the weather, and even watch live video feeds from cameras around Vail Mountain as well as, critical for anyone who's experienced the legendary traffic of Summit County on the weekends, video feeds from CDOT cameras along I-70.

You also get access to the Residences' amenities - pool, gym, spa, etc. - and if you're the kind of buyer who doesn't like to leave the hotel to eat, then it doesn't get much better than having a Matsuhisa downstairs. Of course, at nearly twenty million bones, it better not get much better.

· 141 East Meadows Drive - Solaris Residences [Slifer Smith & Frampton]