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Location: Vail, Colorado
Price: $18,500,000
Skinny: Winter is upon us, and our thoughts turn to places where it would feel really nice to be inside with a fire going, appreciating the frosty landscape through a thick pane of glass and not setting foot in it except when absolutely necessary. In Vail, Colorado, just such a place has been on the market for quite some time. Built in 1963 by Fitzhugh Scott, an architect whose vision for Vail as America's Bavaria shaped much of the way it developed in the early '60s, it's since hosted dudes like Nelson Rockefeller, Gerald Ford, and Donald Rumsfeld, according to the listing.

The 5,479-square-foot home was "completely remodeled" in 2012. The details of that renovation aren't filled in, but to compare, here's a shot of Ford and some buds in the sitting room in 1976. We do know that "original details, such as the beautiful interior brick archways remain in the residence," which sits "directly" at the base of Vail's new "Gondola One" lift. Though it's been taken on and off the market a bunch over the last six years, the asking price is still $18.5M.


332 Mill Creek Circle [Sotheby's]