Yes, it's true. There are homes for sale in ski country USA selling for nearly eight million bucks that are without sprawling patios, five-car garages, hundreds of thousands of dollars in landscaping, or even space for horses. This third-floor condo at the Arrabelle at Vail Square means to entice you all the way up to an eight with six zeros after it via its well-appointed 4,329 square foot interior, beetle-kill flooring, four bedrooms, five full baths, and all the amenities of one of Vail's top hotels, including ski valet service, valet parking, and use of the pool and spa. To be fair, there is a ton of space for a hotel room (sorry - condo), and two TV lounges to separate the boring Disney movie/video game station for the kids from the adults' efforts to catch up on Breaking Bad without the kids around to learn about profanity and drugs and absorb scenes of gratuitous violence. But after all that, we'd only gotten to $7.2 mil; it wasn't until they decided to throw in those endangered-looking animal tusks that we considered bringing our imaginary offer up to the full $7.995 million.
· 675 Lionshead Place, #301, Vail, Colorado [Slifer, Smith & Frampton Real Estate]