UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 3:26pm
Spotted on Homes of the Rich , the $18.5 million Starwood Estate in Aspen, Colorado is quite a specimen, and if you happen to have $18.5 million in the bank, why not consider it? The Starwood Estate boasts 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, an indoor pool, a gourmet kitchen, and a great room with a cathedral-worthy vaulted ceiling. If that’s not enough, there’s a wine cellar and home theater built by some of Denver's finest contractors . Not sold yet? Perhaps the house’s panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and its tennis court will interest you. Oh, and also, it’s only a 10-minute drive from the slopes of Aspen.
Ready for your jaw to drop? 2055 County Road 8 in Telluride, Colorado  is listed by Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty for a cool $13.5 million. This 9 bedroom “trophy ranch” (their words, not mine) includes a main house, two guesthouses, a barn, and pond, a plunge pool, and 360-degree views of the southern Rocky Mountains. The main residence is built from reclaimed timber and stone in a show of brilliant custom carpentry . No luxuries are missing, and it is a short drive to the slopes of Telluride and the hot springs of Ridgway.
Crested Butte is hidden away at end of a two-lane highway in the southwestern Rockies. Don’t let its remote location deter you, because Crested Butte offers absolutely world class extreme skiing, as well as a quirky and fun local culture. For $3.9 million, you could own your own slice of paradise at 1294 County Road 734 in Mount Crested Butte , just minutes away from the Mt. Crested Butte ski resort. Although the rough-hewn timber framing, gourmet kitchen, and authentic sauna are impressive, in this case it’s all about the location. From the house’s huge wood-framed windows, you’ll see a thick forest of Aspen trees and maybe even some elk.
Ignore the furnishing faux pas in the listing photos of this Jackson Hole, WY house, because you’ll be refurnishing it anyway with your own stuff. Pay attention, instead, to the bonkers architecture. Hello, wall of windows and your astonishing view of Teton Range! Hello, pond and infinity hot tub! Hello, private deeded access to the Snake River! Just minutes away from the Jackson Hole ski resort, 3230 Rockcress Road , listed by Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Real Estate, could be yours for $6.2 million.
Remember Alta? Right. Alta is a ski resort in Utah that often has powder when other resorts are covered in cruddy ice. But never mind the excellent snow conditions, we’re talking about houses, and this modern gem  is truly unbelievable. This 5 bedroom modern mansion is situated in a ski in/ski out location. With 3 fireplaces, an outdoor fire pit, and a hot tub, you’ll warm up quickly after a day skiing Utah’s famous powder. Feel like entertaining? The huge island in the gourmet kitchen is the perfect place to feed, like, 25 of your closest friends an après ski snack. The rooftop deck seals the deal. If I had $5.8 million, I would love to spend it on this glass-walled mountain retreat.
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