Luxury Homes

Sunset Ridge; A Meeting of Two Great Forces

Few properties in the world come complete with their own private peninsula, but if you had to choose – you would probably want this added extra when out in the dramatic peaks of Telluride. Fortunately, for one owner – Aspen Architect Bill Poss heard your prayers and decided to answer with 296 Gray Head Lane.

Sunset Ridge is a meeting of great forces – the visionary splendor of architecture meets the natural world. Linear lines, glass and stripped back wood seem right at home in the depths of the mountain panorama. But even more than just complementing the world it inhabits, Sunset Ridge seems to frame the mountains but also, to be framed by them in return.

The 7 bed, 8 bath home sits atop a shimmering pond – another method of reflecting those mountains. To add a musical murmur to the scene – a cascading stream runs beneath the arched bridge of the master suite, connecting to the pond via an elemental waterfall. It’s a home that seems to change color with the seasons, the sunrises and the sunsets.

Surrounding the home 35 acres of sculpted land invite starlit walks, or if you prefer to dream up the great outdoors from a comfier al-fresco space – the suspended terraces and glass fronted balconies invite plenty of curl up time with a good bottle of wine.

Modern in style, you cannot tear yourself away from the majestic view greeting you from every room. Bill Poss knew where he was in the world when etching out this house. Soaring glass windows sweep you away. The drama here comes from the surroundings and style has been carefully curated around that. Piney ceilings bring the brightness, but neutral color tones and open plan spaces keep everything meadow fresh.

The lounge space sweeps into the dining room, studded only by the appearance of an open glass cased fire. The dining space is softened by murals of mountains and French style doors that lead directly onto the terrace – perfect for post dinner cognacs.

The kitchen also takes a page from the catalogue of modern art. A clean white island surrounded by functional lightwood features – and once more those amazing glass windows so you don’t miss the view even when chopping vegetables.

An indoor Zen garden and media lounge help to keep the balance, before moving upstairs into spaces where sleep is encouraged to be sublime. The master bedroom is nothing but wraparound windows, dancing fireplaces and far fetched views. The idea of waking from a dream and catching the pink fringed sky of sunrise at Telluride is a special thought indeed.

Bathrooms too, beautifully modern with stand alone tubs perched alongside grand windows. The rest of the space adorned in heavy ceramics, soft spoken woods and walk in rainfall showers.

A games room and bar invite the idea of post hike parties, and knowing you also have your own sauna and hot tub brings a sigh of relief after a day swishing down the Colorado slopes.Afterwards, you can stretch out in the home movie theater with buttery popcorn and tired kids.

Everyone imagines their place in the mountains, but Sunset Ridge brings something different to the table. It isn’t just about a lavish retreat for living the apres ski lifestyle, it’s a place that seems to belong as if it has always been part of this world.

Price $27,500,000 more information available from Christies.

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