Luxury Properties: Western Sky for the holidays |

Luxury Properties: Western Sky for the holidays


With our first powder days this season behind us and Thanksgiving coming fast, it’s the perfect time to consider a gathering place for all seasons. The lovely residence at 1495 Forest Hills Road sits on 9.5 of the most incredible acres in Summit County, drinking in the sun and looking at the Ten Mile Range and the Breckenridge Ski Area. Offered at $2,400,000, the home has eight bedrooms and eight-and-a-half baths. This includes a separate apartment for a caretaker or guest.

The home is just inside the main gate of Western Sky Ranch, a new community of multi-acre parcels with spectacular views and convenient access to town. Stairs up lead to the front door which opens directly into a slated reception. To the left is a formal dining room with doors out to the deck for cocktails or barbeques in warmer weather. There is access to the apartment nearby, as well as to the oversized two-car garage.

Directly ahead is the kitchen, with charcoal and terra cotta slab granite countertops. Appliances include a Kitchen Aid dishwasher, Jenn Air four-burner cooktop with grill, and GE Profile refrigerator, microwave/convection and conventional wall ovens. Additional seating at the island is a nice amenity, along with plenty of pantry cabinets.

To the right, the great room has soaring ceilings, slate floors and a massive column fireplace as a focal point. Double banks of windows bring in the amazing views. Two sets of glass doors open onto the wraparound deck which faces south and west – the perfect spot for an afternoon siesta.

Past the living space, a main floor master suite has a door out to the deck and the same spectacular view. The ensuite bath has double sinks, a jetted tub and a separate shower – all trimmed in gray and black tile. A second bedroom and bath are also on this level, separated by the great room.

Stairs up from the main level lead to a loft area which provides the perfect spot for a quiet book and daydreaming with the view. There is plenty of storage sequestered under the eaves. Three bedrooms are on this level, with tiled baths handy as well.

Stairs down from the main level reveal a mudroom with access to the garage, the outdoors and plenty of room for mountain “toys.” The second gathering room on this level also has a stone fireplace with a raised hearth. The room is spacious enough to accommodate a pool table, as well as living space. A double bunkroom is on the left, with two baths nearby. A laundry with storage and second kitchen serves this area as well. An additional bedroom suite lies to the right of the family area, completing the space.

Throughout the home there is excellent storage, good bedroom separation and places to enjoy quiet time. The setting, on a ridge above Breckenridge, is just two miles from the central core with dining, shopping, the Arts and recreation options. The spectacular views and the sunny, rolling acreage give a sense of being a world away from the bustle of Main Street. With plenty of space for everyone, fabulous views and a central location, don’t miss the opportunity to gather your family and friends in this lovely Western Sky Ranch residence.

Bonnie Smith is owner/managing

broker of Exclusive Mountain Retreats Real Estate. She can be reached at (970) 453-0765, or on Twitter at @skismith.

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