Log Lodges Be Gone! An Airy Colorado Contemporary Goes on the Market for $33M

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Tucked into the Vail Valley is this contemporary manse with walls of windows overlooking some of America's most gorgeous scenery.

On the market for $33 million, the Edwards, CO, property -- designed by architect Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects, who also designed Neue Galerie in New York City and Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice -- is dubbed Walden House and features seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It is one of Selldorf's few residential projects and the Vail Valley's highest-priced listing at the moment.

The owners had worked with Selldorf on another property they own and fell in love with her open and airy designs. "They wanted something beautifully private," says listing agent Liza Hogan. "It's really exquisitely thought out."

Although it measures 10,515 square feet, the interior doesn't feel massive. A courtyard is open to the rest of the house, the rooms aren't large (considering the overall space), and there are many pocket doors to temporarily close off areas. A pro-grade kitchen, designed by Bulthaup, could entice the next owner, with its "simple, clean look," says Hogan.

And the dining area is far from fussy. The owners "really wanted people to use the dining area and look at that spectacular scenery," says Hogan. Ice skating, snowshoeing, and boating are all activities the owners have enjoyed on the property's pond.

There's also a gym, a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a caretaker's two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit. There's another enticement for enterprising buyers -- the room to expand on the nearly 100-acre lot. "Depending on what somebody wanted, there's room to build more," says Hogan.

Now, she says, the owners have "decided it's time to move on. The market is good. They're ready to make their move, sell it, and do something else," says Hogan.

Is this home an indicator of a design shift in Colorado's ski towns? "For so many years we were mired in the heavy mountain-log look," says Hogan. "It's definitely moved to more of a lighter, contemporary style in the homes." The next owner, she says, will be "someone that has an appreciation for art or an artistic sense about them. It's going to be someone who loves the outdoors," says Hogan. "Not everybody gets that opportunity to live in something that was so thought out."