By Christine Benedetti | December 13, 2016 | Home & Real Estate
An 82-acre marvel hits the market in the Castle Creek Valley.
The refined-rustic aesthetic of the fortress-like Elk Mountain Lodge, as exemplified in its towering Great Room, is the quintessence of western mountain-style architecture and décor in the Roaring Fork Valley.
A homestead-turned-dude ranch-turned-coal baron’s dream house, Elk Mountain Lodge embodies 110 years of Wild West history. And now the vast 82-acre, 12-building property, located at 125 Rooney Circle in the pristine Castle Creek Valley, is ready for its next chapter: Its owner, billionaire energy magnate William Koch, has placed it on the market for $80 million.
The 14,987-square-foot, eight-bedroom main lodge served as a venue for weddings and other events from the mid-’80s until 2007, when Koch purchased the property. But after extensively renovating the buildings—his additions include a 2,200-square-foot temperature-controlled wine cellar and a media room that also functions as a hyperbaric chamber—he is ready to sell off his ties to the Aspen area, and Douglas Elliman brokers Joshua Saslove, Raifie Bass, and Wendy Wogan (970-925-8810) are helping him do it.
The commercial-grade kitchen.
“Once you get there, you don’t need to leave—you don’t want to leave,” says Saslove. The mammoth property’s amenities include two hot tubs (one said to be the largest in Colorado), a fitness center, and a commercial-grade kitchen with a wood-fired pizza oven. The main lodge boasts luxurious details like leather-wrapped staircase railings and zebrawood floors. Nearby recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, hunting, and cross-country skiing, and the historic ghost town of Ashcroft and the quintessential high-alpine eatery Pine Creek Cookhouse are neighbors.
Offering private quarters, the seven cabins surrounding the main lodge are equally comfortable and part of the $80 million package. Three of the property’s other houses, while included in the listing, may also be bought separately. One of them, the Crystal Lake House, sits on 21 acres surrounded by ponds stocked with fish. It features a full-size basketball court, an entertainment hall, and two kitchens, making it perfect for large parties.
The house’s two wings are connected by a heated interior bridge. The Ashcroft House and the American Lake House are the two “smaller” structures, but like the others, they are exemplars of rustic Western mountain style. Whether its next owner employs it as a family compound or rents it out for corporate retreats, one thing is certain: Elk Mountain Lodge’s history is far from over.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF DOUGLAS ELLIMAN