Carrie Wells, a Coldwell Banker Global Luxury® Specialist and agent with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, has listed a 36-acre estate minutes away from downtown Aspen in Star Mesa. The property, known as Bear Paw Ranch, is the longtime home of the late Richard Blum, husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein who built the property in 1998. According to Wells, the property “has hosted countless American heads of state, dignitaries and community members.”
The distinguished property comprises an 8,847 square-foot main house, a 2,136 square-foot guesthouse/caretaker quarters, a pond, pool and hot tub, all surrounded by extraordinary landscaping and vast untouched vistas of untouched vistas filled with peaks, meadows and sky. Views span from the Woody Creek Valley toward the Continental Divide as well as the Elk Mountain Range.
From the initial drive onto Star Mesa, visitors are captivated by the scenery and views as herds of elk grazing beneath the peaks of Mt. Daly, Capitol and Snowmass to name a few. Rolling green hills dotted with a constellation of Aspen trees and peaceful streams run through the land. A large pond with a waterfall fills the back lawn. The southern part of the property rest above a cliff band, giving the pool and spa an infinity feel over the sprawling Woody Creek valley.
Spanning over 10,000 square feet, the main residence is an expression of timeless mountain architecture designed by California firm, Backen & Gillam. Generous spaces with tall volumes, abundant windows and substantial finishes define the interiors. Upon entering the impressive great room, one is met with intricately carved logs, custom shelving, and an immense stone fireplace anchoring it all. Doors on either side of floor-to-ceiling glass lead to the southern lawn and outdoor terrace, ideal for hosting intimate family dinners or large gatherings for special occasions. The primary space for gathering is the family room, extensive kitchen and breakfast area, which also opens to the back deck for an indoor/outdoor living experience throughout the warmer months.
Five bedroom suites reside inside the main house, each with its own unique view. Two stately home offices enjoy privacy and outdoor access, with the possibility to observe local wildlife during the workday a constant inspiration. The thoughtful design gives every room a sense of importance and utility. Nostalgic nods to the frontier history can be found tastefully throughout, from the log detailing to a claw foot tub. A guesthouse include two bedrooms, an office and gym, with adjacent caretaker quarters.
“Bear Paw Ranch is the embodiment of refinement and luxury in the American West,” adds Wells. “We are looking forward to helping create a new legacy to be appreciated for generations to come in one of the most private, serene, and quintessentially Aspen locations you can find.”