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By Linda Hayes | June 14, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
A residential stunner on Willoughby Way offers a contemporary benchmark for the Aspen lifestyle.
The only things not “mountain modern” at 720 Willoughby Way are the views. Replacing the high-country look is sleek contemporary design, including a tiled fireplace in the 18-foot-high living room.
Along a flat bench at the base of Lower Red Mountain—a neighborhood described by Forbes as Aspen’s billionaire haven, “whose phone book reads like a Davos VIP list”— Willoughby Way has recently become the darling of the luxury homeowner set. “It’s the choicest property for the really affluent buyer,” says listing broker Gary Feldman of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty (970-948-3737). “It captures everything they want—views of the four Aspen ski areas, all-day sun, and you can easily walk or bike to town or to the Rio Grande Trail.”
Contemporary touches include floor-to-ceiling windows and glass-encased stairs.
Since last April, three properties on the street have sold for north of $25 million. Center stage in the ’hood— at 720 Willoughby Way, to be exact—a seven-bedroom, 9,049-square-foot, $32.5 million home by Aspen architect David Johnston (970-925-3444) speaks to the contemporary architecture and design sensibilities that are also in high demand in Aspen these days. “It’s a unique house,” he says. “The idea was to put a lot of programming into a tight, linear house appropriate to the site and to the neighborhood homeowners association, and then change it up and put a contemporary side to it.”
At the base of Red Mountain, 720 Willoughby Way offers panoramic views throughout—even from the bathtub.
To that end, Johnston specified refined exterior elements, such as a flat roofline, and materials, including Colorado buff sandstone, black steel, glass, and wood. “The smooth surfaces let the glass, a major component, express itself,” he explains. The same or similar materials were carried through to the interiors as well, establishing a neutral palette for the finishes, such as wide-plank white-oak floors, and customized furnishings with clean lines, varying textures, and contemporary profiles. The significantly sized master suite is oriented toward Aspen Mountain, while the main living spaces are focused more toward Aspen Highlands and Mount Sopris beyond.
The exterior grandeur is reflected inside, with highlight features and amenities including fully disappearing doors, a modern Bulthaup kitchen, Waterworks fixtures, and creative Crestron lighting. While an exercise room and a media room with a fully integrated and equipped bar ensure that the whims of owners and guests can be catered to in-house, Johnston emphasizes a pair of dynamic outdoor spaces, part of the home’s 2,900 square feet of patios and decks: a dining area adjacent to a heated swimming pool on one side of the house and a seating, wine, and entertainment area on the other. “It’s the perfect example of how people want to live here these days,” he says. “Inside and out.”
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL BRANDS & PETR WIESE/MOUNTAIN HOME PHOTO