For sale: Rooms (many rooms) with a view
September 25, 2006
A Wildcat Ridge homeowner is taking a little-used approach to selling a 14,300-square-foot residence perched on a ridge above Snowmass Village. It will be auctioned to the highest bidder on Nov. 11. Mininum bid: $29.8 million.Sheldon Good & Co. Auctions LLC will conduct the sale at the St. Regis-Aspen. To our knowledge this is the first time an open-outcry auction of this size has occurred in the Aspen region, said Steven L. Good, chairman and CEO of Sheldon Good & Co.On-site inspections of the property are being offered by appointment only to financially qualified parties. Hint: a certified check in the amount of $2.28 million is required to take part in the bidding. The auction begins at noon, with registration starting at 11 a.m. at the hotel.The 11-bedroom home, on a ridge 1,000 feet above Snowmass Village, also boasts 12.5 baths and a three-car garage with a single hydraulic door previously used on an airplane hanger. It sits on 200 acres. It belongs to Leon and Fanny Hirsch. Leon Hirsch is founder and former CEO of U.S. Surgical Corp. and has started a new company, Vivatone. Given the demands of the new venture, plus the two properties the Hirsches own in Connecticut and the two in Montana, the couple decided to put the Aspen-area residence on the market, according to Shelton Good & Co.According to architect Bart Voorsanger, of Boorsanger Architects PC, the design of the residence seeks to maximize the transparency of the structure to capture the mountain vistas without detracting from their identity.Said Voorsanger in a press release: The design evolved by following the longitudinal parallel of the crest of the mountain, with the public rooms, study and master bedroom oriented west toward Snowmass Village. The guest bedrooms had an eastern orientation with views of the receding mountain ranges.The house is 200 feet in length, bisected down its length by a 12-foot stone wall of moss rock. Entering the house, the major rooms are on the left, accessible by a gallery parallel to the wall, which is on ones right. This area of the interior is entirely free of columns, structured in long spans by a folded plate design with ceiling heights starting at 12 feet and ascending to 30 feet. The floors, walls and ceilings are clad in black walnut, and the exterior of local sandstone and stucco.