THE NEW WAY

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY LINDA HAYES

A res­i­den­tial stun­ner on Wil­loughby Way of­fers a con­tem­po­rary bench­mark for the Aspen life­style.

A RES­I­DEN­TIAL STUN­NER ON WIL­LOUGHBY

WAY OF­FERS A CON­TEM­PO­RARY BENCH­MARK FOR THE ASPEN LIFE­STYLE.

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 co­bro­ker Gary Feld­man of Aspen Snow­mass Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty (970-948-3737; garyfeld­man.com). “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.” 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 (970-9253444; djar­chi­tects.com) 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.”

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, awnd 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.” .

“WIL­LOUGHBY WAY IS THE CHOIC­EST PROP­ERTY FOR THE RE­ALLY AF­FLU­ENT BUYER. VIEWS, ALL-DAY SUN, AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY...

IT CAP­TURES EV­ERY­THING THEY WANT.”

—gary feld­man

De­sign for now: 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.

At the base of Red Moun­tain, 720 Wil­loughby Way of­fers panoramic views through­out—even from the bath­tub (right).

Con­tem­po­rary touches in­clude floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and glass-en­cased stairs (right).

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