5 Beds • 6.5 Baths • 5,273 SF • 17,946 SF Lot • Gore Creek Frontage • Walk to the ski slopes • $13,350,000
645 Forest Road Vail, Colorado
WHO DESIGNED YOUR ORIGINAL HOUSE?
Fitzhugh Scott designed the original house. He was Vail’s No. 1 architect in his day and is responsible for much of the main village’s design. In keeping with that kind of pedigree, we contracted with globally-renowned firm, 4240 Architecture of Denver, who by the way is primarily responsible for the the current design of the Lionshead Village having designed the Arrabelle, the Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail, the Welcome Center and Parking Garage, as well as the Lodge Chalets and Front Door Project in Vail Village. Lou Bieker, a principal of 4240, brought in his sister, Romy Bieker who had recently moved back to Colorado and who had extensive experience in residential building in Seattle. (The Biekers grew up in Colorado and understood the Mountains very well). Between Lou’s vision and Romy’s attention to detail…we know we have continued the tradition of using one of Vail’s top architects.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF YOUR HOME?
In 1965 my father came to Vail to build a second home for himself and his skiing family. He had his choice of lots…..there wasn’t much built at that time. After touring sites in and near the main village, he chose a lot about a mile away from the village (“village” is used loosely because it was only a cluster of buildings). He thought, like the movie quote, “if I build it, they will come”. And they did, both to the mountain and to our house. He chose that lot because of it’s uniqueness…..unadulterated sunshine, unobstructed views of the Gore Range, on an oxbow along the babbling Gore Creek, (a constant source of special allure in the summer months), and maybe most importantly, it was NOT in the hustle and bustle of what would become a very busy village. He was willing to drive the mile into town to ski but in 1970, Lionshead was opened and all of a sudden, we were ski in/ski out. That was good, too. In fact, that “sealed the deal”.
50 years later, the views had become marginalized by the development of other homes in the area, the house had significant “deferred maintenance”, and the family had changed structure. It was time to re-orient and use the lot to the best of it’s abilities and features. And so we tore down that house my father built so long ago, but we are sharing the uniqueness of the site and the special memories that can be made there (our daughter was married behind the old house along the Gore Creek) by building a primary/secondary home on the site. We will retain the smaller side as my family continues to grow but cherishes what my father created….a space for the family to gather because, as he liked to say, “a family that skis together, stays together”. We look forward to being good neighbors and know that whoever moves in, will feel the love and enjoy this very special home and all the special memories that can be formed there.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT IT?
The 51 years of memories I’ve been fortunate enough to have and all the memories still to be made. The House takes advantage of the site perfectly. And the site is unique. Very sunny, easy to get to by car, only a short walk to the ski slope or either village, its location along the creek on an oxbow gives us alone the unique ability to wander along the creek, camp, fish, or picnic. The outdoor living spaces being designed will be great and new for us (Dad never planned for that). Hot tub, fire pit, outdoor grilling all in special carved-out niches. The Master bedroom suite is “to die for". Wish I had those views when I woke up in the morning or was looking out my study. I think the house is well-designed for any family, big or small. And, of course, I love how close we are to the skiing. Not on top of it, but oh so close. Not having to get in the car everyday means so much. We go out every morning and if we aren’t having a good-time, we just come home. But “not having a good time” rarely happens. When the kids were younger they could ski home all by themselves. We could and did come home for lunch, take a nap, conduct business and still be able to go back out because it’s that easy. And we could walk to and from either village just as easily….along the creek or through the other houses, it was always an enjoyable and easy thing to do. I guess there’s something to the adage “location, location, location” – that is the best part of the house.
WHAT WILL I MISS ABOUT IT?
Nothing, I’ll be right next door