In 2012, after acquiring 36 untouched acres with views of the snowcapped Elk Mountains, a Miami couple enlisted Seth Hmielowski of Aspen’s Z Group Architects to create a luxurious getaway for them and their four children. “They wanted to bring the outside in,” says the architect, who designed a 9,800-square-foot retreat with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows engineered to disappear into the walls. Each of the six bedrooms has a private balcony, while earthy materials like Telluride-quarried granite and warm wood accents are used extensively. In addition to radiant-heat concrete floors indoors and out, special features include a hot tub and spa, plus an intriguing sculpture-dotted Zen garden.
Contact: $20 million; coldwellbanker.com.
Dubbed “Elysium,” the 2012 home overlooks the snowcapped Elk Mountains. Photo: Derek Skalko
The double-height living room boasts a wall comprised of Telluride-quarried granite bricks. Photo: Derek Skalko
The sleek kitchen includes radiant-heat concrete floors. Photo: Derek Skalko
A water feature runs the width of the residence and terminates with a hot tub in the backyard. Photo: Derek Skalko
Designed for indoor/outdoor living, the home features a living area with fully retractable walls. Photo: Derek Skalko
A sitting area features a striking chandelier. Photo: Derek Skalko
The glass staircase. Photo: Derek Skalko
One of the seven bedrooms, each of which comes with its own private terrace. Photo: Derek Skalko
A white-marble-clad bathroom. Photo: Derek Skalko