With stonework and natural accents found inside and out, the home at 109 Willoughby Way in Aspen, Colorado blends seamlessly into its wooded, mountainous site at the bottom of Red Mountain. The property, featuring 6bedrooms and 6 full and 4 half baths, is just a short walk or bike ride into town, but offers seclusion and privacy in a prime location.
“This is probably the most coveted location in Aspen,” says listing agent Carrie Wells of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, “It’s very close to the center of town, yet you have almost two and a half acres of land and views looking directly at Aspen Mountain.”
The location, however, did create some challenges for architects Bill Poss and Andy Wisnoski of Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design during the building of the home. “The area was narrow in width and on a steep site with a 30 percent slope,” says Wisnoski. “It presented some interesting challenges on how to design a home that would take advantage of those spectacular views of Aspen Mountain and work on a fairly steep hillside.”
Poss and Wisnoski remedied this by adding in elements inspired by the landscape, including stone accents and waterfalls, to design a home that appears as though the site itself createdit. “When you look at the stonework on the base of this property, the home grows out of the site,” Wisnoski says. “It’s a sensitive way of placing the home in its landscape.”
The natural elements featured on the exterior of the home were also carried into the interior. “We used a lot of the same stone on the inside as we did on the outside,” Poss says of the accents in each room, including a stunning stone fireplace in the living room and dry-stacked stone interior walls that blend seamlessly with high-quality, wraparound windows.
“One of the notable things about the house is all the windows,” says Wells, stating that the windows in each room allow for breathtaking views of the mountains and water features. From the living room, one can enjoy spectacular views of Aspen Mountain beyond a pond large enough for canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding that is situated in the front of the home.
“It’s a legacy property,” says Poss, “it’s a classic piece of mountain modern architecture in Aspen in a truly amazing location that feels secluded, but in reality it’s within a mile from town.” Poss and Wisnoski note that this property offers the true indoor-outdoor lifestyle that a lot of people desire in Aspen today.
Wells believes that this residence is perfect for a multi-generational family or someone who enjoys having guests over often. She says, “You can enjoy the lifestyle of Aspen, the perfect location, acreage, privacy, views and all the amenities that Aspen has to offer.”
Article by Kelly Potts; This story first appeared on Homes & Estates 2017 Edition 4, the flagship publication of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.