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‘Walden’-inspired mountain retreat on 70 acres asks $29M

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The sprawling house is hardly a cabin in the woods, but Annabelle Selldorf designed the space to connect to nature

A modern home sits on a pond with fall-covered trees surrounding it. The home is all one level except for a three-story tower on the right. Courtesy of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

A Bloomberg article earlier this week discussed the difficulties of selling a “starchitect”-designed home. These pricey properties may come with stunning architecture and a prestigious pedigree, but they can languish on the market thanks to high prices and the perceived value of “uniqueness.”

In Curbed’s House of the Day column, we’ve covered many of these starchitect homes, including Steven Holl’s Y-house and Rafael Vinoly’s modernist gem in Connecticut. But one gorgeous home we haven’t reported on is this seven-bedroom, eight-and-a-half bath home in Colorado designed by famed architect Annabelle Selldorf.

Initially listed for sale in 2015 for $33 million, the property is still for sale with an asking price of $29 million. But the home’s time on market belies its attributes. Completed in 2009, the house was inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden—the structure sits adjacent to a pond and is surrounded by National Forest land with views of the Gore and New York Mountain ranges. The exterior is clad in locally sourced beetle-kill pine, copper shingles, and Anasazi silver stone.

Still, at 10,515-square-feet this is hardly a cabin in the woods. But Selldorf designed the home’s spaces to still feel intimate and surrounded by nature. All of the home’s rooms are on the same level except for a three-bedroom tower on the east end. Inside, floor-to-ceiling glass is meant to create a sensation of floating on water above the pond, and a greenery-filled central courtyard is visible from almost every room.

Other perks include a detached gym, outdoor pool, boat dock, and over 70 acres of land. Despite all of this privacy, the small town of Edwards is seven minutes away and skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek is 20 minutes away. Interested? 705 Whiskey Ridge is on the market now for $29 million.

An aerial view of the property shows a pool house, pond, and views of the mountains beyond.
A living room features floor-to-ceiling glass with views of a pond and mountains. There’s a red rug and seating.
A dining area features a wooden table and chairs, striped rug, and large windows that look out onto the pond.
A white bedroom has a small desk area and large windows with mountain views.
A courtyard has two trees and lots of greenery. A wooden deck with seating looks out onto the courtyard.
The pool area features a long pool, lounge chairs, and a pool house next to aspen trees.