Situated approximately five picturesque miles north of downtown Aspen, Colorado, Starwood stands as a secluded Rocky Mountain haven. This residential enclave, once favored by the legendary John Denver who even composed a song about it, emerged from the redirection of plans for a ski resort in the late 1960s. Instead, the breathtaking landscape was transformed into a rustic residential community, offering a private mountain lifestyle with added security perks and close proximity to Aspen’s attractions, including world-class skiing and a private jet-friendly airport. Distinguished as one of Aspen’s few gated communities, Starwood boasts its own fire department, on-call community managers for property maintenance, and a 24-hour guarded gatehouse that facilitates package deliveries.
Perched on a high ridge and currently listed for $19.888 million, a contemporary dwelling designed in 1973 by architect Robin Molny, a protégé of the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright and local luminary Fritz Benedict, challenges the traditional log cabin aesthetic prevalent in Aspen. Steven Shane of Compass oversees the listing.
Touted as “one of Aspen’s most iconic modern residences” in marketing materials, this nearly 6,900-square-foot home showcases a geometric fusion of angles evident in room shapes, asymmetrical thresholds, and pivoting doors.
The living room takes on a triangular form, mirroring the walk-in closet in the primary suite, while the kitchen adopts a unique six-sided design that seamlessly integrates with the dining area. Strategically positioned windows frame picturesque views of the majestic landscape throughout the year, and in the fireside living room, a floor-to-ceiling glass wall unveils an epic cross-valley mountain panorama.
The residence features a dedicated back kitchen for meal preparation and coffee brewing, a spacious lower-level family room with a minimalist fireplace and wet bar, and an additional recreation room spacious enough to accommodate a pool table. Each of the six bedrooms boasts direct access to a bathroom, complemented by a couple of additional powder rooms for guests.
Outside, a shaded patio adjacent to the living room overlooks a long, slender swimming pool with an integrated spa at one end. The elevated position ensures an unobstructed 180-degree view, offering residents the quintessential Aspen experience. This residence epitomizes the convergence of modern architecture, breathtaking landscapes, and unparalleled luxury, presenting an extraordinary opportunity for those seeking an elevated mountain lifestyle in Aspen.