Natural Water Elements Cradle $26-Million Mountain Modern Estate In Vail

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Colorado’s Rocky Mountains provide seemingly endless opportunities for breathtaking vistas.

This contemporary in Vail has the aspen, pine and craggy views for which the area is known — plus a bonus. Or make that two. The home is sited where a pair of creeks, the Gore and the Booth, meet.

The south-facing house makes the most of its vantage point with floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass. Windows slide away to connect the indoors to the outdoor living spaces, which include dining, entertaining and sitting areas. The sounds of flowing water from two sides of the property complete the setting.

The exterior of the mountain modern home combines copper siding, stone and cedar for a rugged yet refined look in keeping with the natural setting. An arched metal-roofed portico shelters the entrance.

Gently curved roofs and high windows with deep overhangs help shield against summer heat and capture the lower winter sun. Locally sourced boulders used in the landscaping further ground the appearance of the creek-side home.

Architects Hans Berglund and Adam Gilmer of Berglund Architects drew from traditional and contemporary design concepts to create the 7,168-square-foot house. The interiors blend such finishes as Telluride Gold stone, steel, copper and a variety of woods.

At the heart of the home is a two-story great room with a stone slab and steel-clad fireplace, Italian tile floors and creek and mountain views. A curved floating stairway centered on a multi-story chandelier connects the three levels of living space.

Aspen wood cabinetry, as well as hidden hinges and hardware, contribute to the sleek appearance of the kitchen. In addition to a prep and clean-up island, a second outer island provides bar seating and conceals a wine cooler, an extra dishwasher and an under-counter refrigerator. The kitchen opens to a family room.

The upper level has three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms for a total of six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The primary bedroom has its own deck and a fireplace. In its bathroom, a motorized marble pocket door conceals the water closet.

A second-floor steel and glass walkway leads to a deck with hot tub.

The lower level contains a bunk room, a guest bedroom and a media room. Due to the proximity of the two creeks and the seasonally fluctuating water table, this level and the foundation of the house are wrapped in a waterproof membrane, much like a boat.

Exterior features include a covered outdoor area with a fireplace, dining and barbecue areas, a patio with fire pit and a swimming pool with a spa.

Heated decks and driveway, an elevator and a complete home automation system are among other amenities. There’s a three-car garage.

Priced at $26 million, 2950 Booth Creek Drive is listed with Liz Leeds of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. A Vail Mountain Club membership, with parking and amenities near Gondola One, is included. Vail Village is close by.


Slifer Smoth & Frampton Real Estate is a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.

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