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Location: Lakewood, Colorado
The Taylor Estate, the secluded Colorado summer home of a glamorous power couple who helped put Vail Mountain on the map in its early days, bears a rich history behind its white picket fence and gates. When oilman Vernon F. Taylor and his wife, Ann Bonfoy Taylor—a pilot, model, fashion designer, among other things—relocated to the area in the '50s, they moved into this 1932 European-inspired gem designed by noted Denver architect, Burnham F. Hoyt.
Over the years, the stylish couple entertained everyone from Truman Capote and Henry Kissinger to Prince Philip and Princess Anne of Great Britain and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. The 26-room manor covering 14,000-square-foot is still owned by the family and maintains the luxurious aura of its past. There's a beautiful paneled library, banquet-size dining room, dual master suites with nine additional bedroom suites, 12 gorgeous fireplaces, and impressive woodworking throughout.
On the market for over a year now, the $27.7M estate is the most expensive property in the Denver metro area. The whole property covers a whopping 122 acres, which come with incredible mountain views, a pool, tennis courts, stables, and a lake with beach and boating facilities.
- The Taylor Estate [LIV Sotheby's International Realty]
- 18 of the Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Houses for Sale in 2015 [Curbed]