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Located in the Knollwood subdivision in west Boulder, the Menkick House “is all about architecture and value as a piece of art,” says James Simpson, managing broker for Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Boulder.
The 7,736-square-foot home in Sunshine Canyon combines an open floor plan with the comfortable air of a mountain lodge.
"There are some buyers who come from other places when you get into this super high-end market," said James Simpson, managing broker for Fuller Sotheby's International Realty in Boulder.
He uses a house soon to come onto the market that will list for $5.95 million as an example of the appeal.
"Hilltop Farm is a very unusual property for the Boulder area," Simpson said. "It's a 40-acre estate that makes you feel like you're driving into a Virginia horse farm when you come down the tree-lined drive."
The house is at 5860 Boulder Hills Drive in Longmont.
In addition to a front-yard pond complete with trumpeter swans, the 9,000-square-foot house comes with water rights and gravity-fed irrigation — bonuses that keep the property green.
"Buyers for Hilltop Farms may come from the East Coast because it feels natural to them and they may have horses," Simpson said. "It's ideally suited for horse use."
He sees local interest potentially coming from buyers who have children who love horses.
Simpson regards one of his current listings as more a piece of art than a house. It primarily appeals to people who appreciate it as Charles Haertling's award-winning Usonian-designed Menkick House.
Haertling built the house around a natural rock outcropping on the property's 1.1-acre lot in west Boulder.
"The house is all about architecture and value as a piece of art," Simpson said. "This is one of the premiere architectures of its type."
He compares the Menkick House's mid-century modern style with the work of Richard Neutra and R.M. Schlinder — two other famous architects who significantly contributed to the modernism style.
"We've tried to get the house's information out to architecture buffs in places like L.A.," he added. "Buying this will be like buying a fine painting.
"The buyer pool for these types of homes is just smaller here than it is in places like L.A. although there are people here who've looked at it."
4322 Sunshine Canyon Drive, Boulder | List price: $6 million :
Situated in the Ponderoski Estates Subdivision, this house is inspired by Italian hill town architecture. It's crafted from natural stone elements that are drawn from the surrounding terrain.
The house includes an open floor plan, wet bar, fire sprinklers, washer/dryer hookups, kitchen island, media room, central air conditioning and radiant heat. Green features include a solar thermal system, high-efficiency furnace and solar hot-water heating.
Meticulously designed landscape blends into the rugged topography. The galvanized steel roof mimics the terra cotta often found in Italy but which wouldn't hold up to Colorado's weather. The house sits amid 40 acres of Sunshine Canyon forest and includes a lawn sprinkler system, deck, hot tub, and a heated garage that easily fits four vehicles.
4651 Eldorado Springs Drive, Boulder | List price: $6.985 million :
This one-story Beaver Creek ranch-style house is constructed with Montana log and stone and provides both privacy and seclusion. The wooded lot includes evergreen and deciduous trees and native grass and abuts a pond and public open space with a meadow. It's zoned for four or more horses and includes a barn with three stalls, corrals, a tack room, a loafing shed, a hay-storage building, a pasture and access to riding trails.
The house includes an eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, cathedral ceilings, open floor plan, pantry, wood windows, stain and natural trim, walk-in closet, wet bar, fire sprinklers, wood floors and a kitchen island. Central air conditioning, radiant heat, humidifier, electric air filter and a high-efficiency furnace create an inviting environment. Accessible features include a level lot, 42-inch-wide hallways, low carpet, 36-inch exterior door openings, a main floor bath, main-level bedroom, stall shower and main-level laundry. Additional features include fireplaces, window coverings, gas range, double oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, bar refrigerator, washer/dryer, jetted bathtub, intercom and security system.
With 282 feet of private running water and a secluded trout pond, the property offers great fishing. It's adjacent to thousands of acres of open space that are suitable for riding, hiking and biking. It includes a lawn sprinkler system, storage buildings, balcony, patio, deck, enclosed porch, hot tub and a three-space garage.
165 Green Rock Drive, Boulder | List price: $6.5 million :
More than a house, this iconic structure in the Knollwood subdivision is a work of art — a mid-century modern masterpiece created by Charles Haertling.
The house includes a living room fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, a separate dining room, walk-in closet, media room, window coverings, a gas range, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer and jetted bathtub.
The four story house provides stunning views of the Flatirons, Mount Sanitas and Red Rocks.
6880 St. Vrain Road, Longmont | List price: $6.495 million :
Phoenix Ranch is a two-story property that includes extensive water rights and million-dollar views. It includes evergreen and deciduous trees and native grass, and abuts a lake and farmland.
The house includes an eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, cathedral ceilings, open floor plan, workshop, pantry, wood windows, stain and natural trim, walk-in closet, wet bar, fire sprinklers, wood floors, kitchen island, media room, gym, high-efficiency furnace, fireplaces, central air conditioning and radiant heat. It also comes with window coverings, gas range and double oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, bar refrigerator, washer/dryer, trash compactor, jetted bathtub, central vacuum, security system, laundry tub and gas barbecue.
The house sits on more than 35 acres and includes a 6,000-square-foot outbuilding, an eight-stall barn with an indoor riding arena, tack room, hay-storage building, professional tennis court, pool with waterfalls and irrigated pastures. It features a lawn sprinkler system, storage buildings, balcony, patio, hot tub and boat parking as well as an oversized, heated garage. It's zoned for four or more horses.