La Favorita…A Destination in Itself
1548 Via La Favorita | Edwards, Colorado
Take a dip in the pool and then dry off on the sundeck as you gaze upon rolling green hills and breathtaking mountain panoramas. Throw on some jeans for hiking, horseback riding, four wheeling, and mountain biking on miles of secluded private trails. In winter, leave the comfort of the six fireplaces to ski, snowshoe, snowmobile or sled, all on your own private estate.
In any season, La Favorita is as much an experience as it is a residence. It’s a world-class setting that feels like a home, but lives like a five-star resort. Atop a hill overlooking lush, verdant valleys and idyllic snowcapped mountains, stands La Favorita, an impeccably designed and constructed one-of-a-kind Colorado legacy estate encompassing 230-pristine acres with undeniably the most stunning views in the Vail Valley.
The artistry of La Favorita begins the minute you pull up the drive as the story of impeccable indoor-outdoor entertainment unfolds. Verdant and tranquil yet energizing, La Favorita allows you to get away from it all, breathe in the fresh mountain air and make memories to last a lifetime.
You’ll delight in witnessing the kids and grandkids make their first attempts skiing on your own slight grade mountain right outside your patio door. Sit back, relax and drink in the tranquility, even as children and guests splash in the pool or boisterous cheers echo from the championship-style tennis court. Indoors, get your sweat on in the spa quality weight and fitness room, practice yoga while overlooking the mountains or challenge your friends to a round of hoops on the indoor basketball court.
Perhaps your feeling more like a leisurely afternoon. Pamper yourself and your guests with an indulgent spa treatment in the state-of-the-art steam room, sauna, and infinity-edge Jacuzzi hot tub. Nothing beats a relaxing massage overlooking the property’s awe-inspiring mountain peaks! As daylight turns to dusk, capture the alpenglow and picturesque sunsets with 360-degree views from the 20 x 40 foot pool overlooking the Gore Range, Sawatch Range, Castle Peak, and Lake Creek Valleys. Soak in the infinity hot tub that seems to run seamlessly into the stream and waterfalls below. Allow yourself to unwind, enveloped by flowering gardens, climbing vines and towering Aspens.
Few mountain residences capture the art of indoor-outdoor living quite like La Favorita and every homey room encourages enjoyment with effortless ease. After a fun-filled day outdoors and taking in the sunset, head inside to enjoy a savory meal prepared in the gourmet kitchen, complete with three commercial-style ranges, an authentic indoor Italian wood-burning brick pizza oven, double sub-zero commercial refrigerators and a ten foot long copper sink running through the center of a five inch thick butcher block center island. It’s a room that exceeds every expectation – so much so that it has received the seal of approval by some of Vail’s most notable chefs, while serving as the site of several heated “cook-offs” over the years.
You and your guests will cheer for the chefs with a delectable glass of wine pulled from the authentic and beautiful, temperature-controlled 1,200 bottle wine cellar. After a delicious gourmet meal, move into the gracious living room for an after dinner drink as everyone recounts the day’s adventures while cozying up to the grand 15th century fireplace. Cap off the evening with a movie in the state-of-the-art cinema outfitted with ten plush, reclining seats, padded and soundproofed walls and yet another convenient wet bar.
If guests are feeling a bit more competitive, the 1930’s vintage billiards table brings out the best of rivalries. Some may wish to take the competition into the secret poker room, which is only accessible via a hidden entry switch in the wall. It is professionally equipped with audio and full ventilation for those who wish to enjoy life’s little vices without notice from other guests. This hidden adult playroom has over the years mystified grandchildren who know of its existence but are unable to locate the secret entry point.
La Favorita is both a grand and intimate retreat that caters to all desires and life-stages without diminishing or infringing on a single guest’s enjoyment. The solid construction, soundproofing walls and private wings simultaneously accommodate the most rambunctious of children, grown-ups, and guests seeking quiet serenity.
At La Favorita, every day is an adventure. Its timeless elegance and 7,000 square-foot courtyard are perfect for celebrating life’s most important and commemorative moments, accommodating and intimate family wedding or a charitable event for two hundred guests. It inspires, is a place to reconnect, recharge and renew. And, should the ski slopes or golf courses beckon, venture over to Beaver Creek Resort for world-class skiing in under 20 minutes or championship level golf less than 10 minute drive away. And La Favorita, is only half-an-hour from Vail-Eagle airport. Owning this amazing estate makes living a great life with family and friends more than a dream, it’s a reality.
PROPERTY FACTS & KEY FEATURES:
- Architect: Gordon Pierce Resort Design Architects
- Builder: Joseph Abbott, LLC
- Main House: 7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 4-car garage, 14,161 square feet excluding garages, 15,596 with garages
- Guest wing with separate kitchen and living room
- Caretaker’s House: 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 2-car garage, 1,535 square feet without garage, 2,192 with garage
- Main House + Caretaker’s House: 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 15,666 total square feet without garages, 18,301 with garages
- Barn/bunk House: 1,375 square feet, four horse stalls (or for extra toys), 2-car auxiliary garage, 6 bed bunk room with 1/2 bathroom
The home, already the nearest luxury large estate to the ski slopes, provides you the opportunity to enjoy all the valley’s great amenities.
- Offered fully furnished
- All showers are equipped with steam showers
- Hidden gambling/smoking room with auxiliary ventilation so you would never know a cigar was ever lit
- Indoor and outdoor basketball courts
- Outdoor tennis court with special court material that has integrated color, is built to last without needing regular maintenance and that bounces “just right” for the altitude.
- Outdoor year-round heated pool with pool house that includes a wet bar, year round outdoor shower, and restroom. Water features at the pool including colorful lighting.
- Solar Power System discretely tucked on the mountainside that generates about ⅓ of the electricity for the estate. (Additional Solar can be added to reach 100% self-sufficiency.)
- Billiards room
- Poker/cigar room equipped with special air handling system to remove smoke from the room. This room has a hidden mechanism to open a wall door.
- Temperature and humidity controlled Wine Cellar – capacity approximately 1200 bottles
- Exercise and spa area complete with epic views and a state of the art 5-star quality spa including a 7-person capacity wood-lined sauna, a 7-person capacity steam shower, a locker room for guests and a computerized shower for the perfect shower spray. The gym is professional quality with cardio machines, free weights, racks and a massage and yoga studio opening to the outdoor infinity edge hot tub and with views of every mountain range in the valley.
- “Smart home” for temperature controls, lighting, music (music is in 31 separately controllable areas of the house including outside by the pool, hot tub, courtyard) all controlled through your iPad.
- Latest technology Eero wi-fi network throughout the house and outdoor recreation areas.
- Infinity edge hot tub that cascades down into the water feature cascading down the mountain and under the road bridge to a waterfall.
- 10 state-of-the-art reclinable seat stadium in movie theater
- Custom solar powered stone entry gate with custom grillwork. Opens with fob, code pad or through calling the house. Security cameras throughout the grounds.
- Furniture (some minor exceptions) included
- Right to reverter on the 88 acres donated as open space adjacent to the 142-acre estate
- Recirculating stream and waterfall
- Special artesian night lighting
- Miles of manicured private trails with magnificent views leading from the property for ATV’s, snowmobiles, equestrian use, hiking and snowshoeing
- Custom dog wash
- Eagle County Water, high-speed internet, cable, and natural gas throughout the estate
- Snow Melt Zones:
- Courtyard (2 zones)
- Hearth Room Terrace
- Jacuzzi Deck
- Stairway to Pool
- Pool Deck
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
La Favorita is truly on top of the world located between Lake Creek and Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. The location provides astonishing views of Lake Creek Valley and completely captures the wonders of the Rocky Mountain landscape with meadows filled with wildflowers, crystal mountain streams and lakes, herds of majestic elk and, snow-capped mountain peaks, including Holy Cross, the New York Mountain, the Gore Range, Castle Peak and Game Creek Bowl on Vail Mountain. This slice of heaven has an abundance of wildlife including deer, elk and birds of prey. Enjoy long, sunny, cool, and fresh midsummer days that are perfect for hiking throughout the Valley or choose a hike on the many miles of private hiking on the estate’s land, adjacent open space and easements across neighboring acreage. Explore the area on foot, by ATV, biking or horseback. Wintertime brings a whole different landscape: out come the sleds, skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles and hot cocoa. Or, simply enjoy the ulitmate undisturbed serenity of this home’s setting.
VAIL SKI RESORT
19 miles from La Favorita
The town of Vail is surrounded by the White River National Forest and Vail Ski Resort: world-class class skiing, biking, hiking, fishing, golfing, shopping, dining, and luxury real estate. The town of Vail has a total area of 4.5 square miles with the Gore Creek flowing through the center of town. Elevation average is around 8,150 feet above sea level. Nestled among the stunning mountains, meandering rivers and streams, lush forests, and aspen fields, Vail always feels intimate with splendid alpine villages and friendly people. Modeled on European ski towns, many of which are car-free, the town is partially pedestrianized. The town of Vail operates the largest free shuttle bus system in the United States and has one hybrid-electric bus. The town has a developed culinary center, with a variety of restaurants and Vail is also developing a cultural center, with various art and music venues active throughout the summer. Vail golf course presents golfers with a unique 18-hole, par 71 experience that is open to the public. The close proximity to I-70 makes it an easy jaunt to Denver International Airport and the Greater Denver area to take in shopping, professional sporting events and other cultural events offered by the Front Range area. And the Vail Jet Center is just 31 miles west and offers flights to and from many cities as well.
BEAVER CREEK SKI RESORT – CONSISTS OF 3 BASE VILLAGES
8 miles from La Favorita
Located within walking distance to the slopes of Beaver Creek, Arrowhead Village is one of the best-kept secrets of Colorado. A convenient central location make this an easy choice for families who want the comfort and privacy of a home that’s within a village community that offers dining, activities, amenities and complimentary shuttle transportation. You may bike, hike, ski, or snowboard from Arrowhead Mountain to the Beaver Creek Village through the European-style, village-to-village trails. Or practice your swing at one of the acclaimed golf courses in the Vail Valley. Tee times can be arranged at a variety of courses in the area, including Beaver Creek Golf Club for guests staying in Beaver Creek. The Arrow Bahn Express ski lift is located in the center of the village and within walking distance of many accommodations. An outside pool, hot tub and fire pit are all located within the village as well. Arrowhead is a beautiful gated community featuring many opportunities for homeowners while conveniently located close to Edwards, a town anyone can fall in love with.
Bachelor Gulch Village
11 miles from La Favorita
Bachelor Gulch was established in 1996 and is one of America’s premier ski-in and ski-out resort communities. Located on Beaver Creek Mountain, 85% of homes here boast ski-in and ski-out access to terrain that connects Arrowhead Village, Bachelor Gulch Village and Beaver Creek Village. Nestled among meadows, trails and forests, homes and mountain lodges in Bachelor Gulch appear as an integral part of the landscape, while capturing expansive views to the Gore Range, Vail Mountain and Castle Peak. The beautiful rugged architecture in Bachelor Gulch captures the harmonious spirit of national and state parks throughout the country such as the grand lodges of Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. The Ritz-Carlton hotel is located at the base of Bachelor Gulch and offers amazing views of Beaver Creek Mountain. Retail, fine and casual dining and a world-class spa are located in the hotel. In the summer, guests of The Ritz-Carlton have access to golf at Red Sky Ranch, which features two championship courses designed by Tom Fazio and Greg Norman. Owners and guests may take a scenic hike to Beaver Creek Village or utilize the resort’s complimentary dial-a-ride service. Bachelor Gulch is a perfect place to stay for slope side access and mountain serenity with the unique village-to-village skiing experience.
Beaver Creek Village
13 miles from La Favorita
Beaver Creek is just west of Vail and only 13 miles from La Favorita. This ski resort hosts the annual “Birds of Prey” World Cup, and recently the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Probably the toughest and craziest event on the planet (hosted by Beaver Creek) is the Tough Mudder. This 11-mile military-style obstacle course includes ice cold plu8-foot8 foot walls, barbed wire crawls, 100 foot long mud ruts and the electroshock. The “Beav” is also know to host many small events as well such as weddings and corporate retreats. This quaint village has world class dining, shopping, fine art galleries, and a beautiful outside skating rink all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators. The Vilar Performing Arts Center is a 535-seat venue that offers a diverse series of cultural events throughout the year from internationally renowned dance companies and Broadway tours to platinum-selling recording artists and family productions. Enjoy a scenic open air sleigh ride to those elegantly rustic cabins serving amazing cuisine or play a few rounds of golf at one of the longest established golf courses in the Vail Valley. The best part about Beaver Creek is that the entire resort is an exclusive little stash all it’s own and it’s all about being a part of the special community. People flock to Beaver Creek for legendary service, unmatched skiing and the intimacy and relaxation of one of the best mountain towns in the West.
5 miles from La Favorita
Edwards is located in the center of the Vail Valley and just 14 miles west of Vail and 4.4 miles from Il Podere. A fantastic, eclectic mix of homes, businesses, open space, trails, ranches, and farms. Continuing in Vail’s upscale tradition, Edwards is also home to several bistros with excellent wine lists and a plush lodge and spa where visitors and locals are treated to the finest pampering. The heart of Edwards and nestled beside the Eagle River is Riverwalk. Home to spacious townhomes and condos that reside above the bustling area that is filled with many local businesses, including the quintessential outdoor store. Enjoy the scenic bike path or relax in a grassy park, the community establishments in Edwards are full of locals and tourist alike. Visit a ranch in the area and experience the Colorado high country as it was a hundred year ago. Activities such as cattle drives, sporting clay shooting, horseback riding, fly fishing and more, followed by a true Western barbecue can be acquired by contacting 4 Eagle Ranch. With three world-class ski resorts and five championship golf courses just moments away no wonder Edwards is the favored location for many in the Vail Valley. Edwards was recently ranked #2 of the 20 richest small towns in America. Read report here.
CORDILLERA – 5 Unique Neighborhoods
The Divide, the Summit, the Ranch, and the Territories are gated luxury communities that offer a home away from the hustle and bustle. Serenity and pristine landscapes set the mood and backdrop for incomparable golfing in these mountains. From the Valley to Cordillera’s summit, Tom Fazio, Hale Irwin, and Jack Nicklaus have designed three extraordinary golf courses, each with its own award-winning clubhouse that offers an elegant ambiance and culinary experience. On the premises are the Summit Athletic club with tennis/pickle ball courts, a Clubhouse, a Community Center, an Equestrian Center, a Fitness Center, a Health Club, Pools, Private Fishing and much more.
The Cordillera Valley Club (located at a lower elevation), offers outdoor enthusiasts a longer playing season, whether it be swimming, tennis or golf. A great location in the Vail Valley and easy proximity to the amenities of Edwards, you are close to skiing, snowboarding, shopping, restaurants, and the many activities of Vail and Beaver Creek.
FAIRY TALES DO COME TRUE
It was 2000 when we noticed the top of our favorite hiking trail had been staked out for development. Plans called for forty-four houses on more than four hundred acres of land, terrain with the most stunning views in the Vail Valley, maybe in Colorado.
To us, this territory always had the feel of Tuscany. Rolling down from the top of a little mountain was three-hundred-sixty degrees of green hills, lush verdant valleys, and majestic, snow-capped mountains: New York Mountain and the rest of the Sawatch Range, the Gore Range or Castle Peak, depending on the direction of your gaze.
As good fortune would have it, these acres proved harder to reach by vehicle than the developer had surmised. So, an opportunity presented itself! We had the idea that at least half this acreage, the terrain with the most majestic views, could be reached by an entirely different route than the developer had envisioned. When the county engineer was asked about our idea, the topographical maps were pulled, and his answer was “No, a road along that route would not be feasible.” Disappointed, I headed for the door, when he added “But these maps are old, and possibly inaccurate. If you want a more definitive opinion, you can sponsor a “flyover” with modern, infrared radar.”
So we literally “took a flyer.” And, as fairytales go, the engineers magically changed their tune: our route, although it passed through some public land, was, in fact, feasible for a twenty-foot wide avenue rising nearly seven hundred feet through aspen and pines to where a house might be built. Our own stairway to heaven, where the views were optimal, would be one and one-half miles long.
So we went to extremes with this impossible dream. The negotiations commenced for two hundred forty acres for our house, a caretaker’s home (dubbed the “gamekeeper’s cottage”) and a barn. The counter-parties included the landowners for the title, the metro district for an easement, and the county for a re-plat so that the main house could be built in the optimal viewing location on the mountain. Two years and twenty-seven drafts later, the land, all permissions, and a rough plan for a road up the mystical, tree filled acres were ours.
The family collaborated to create a ten-page program for the house, and a collection of architects was enticed to hike up the mountain with us so that each could create his concept for our new home. Gordon Pierce had a vision for a noble, Tuscan-style home that would be the perfect, timeless legacy estate for our family. The design goal was to create an estate that would be comfortable and gorgeous today and many generations from now.
A villa complete with reclaimed, antique Italian materials required a builder who could focus his efforts on the myriad of specifications; someone skilled and experienced, but who builds only one house at a time. When we proposed to Joe Abbott that he build La Favorita for us, he took his little black book from his coverall pocket and laconically but positively informed us that he could be ready to begin two years hence. “You’re hired,” we replied, “But you have to travel with us to Italy before we begin.” For two weeks in Umbria and Tuscany, Joe shot hundreds of photos of our favorite features in ancient hilltop houses. He also helped to select antique building materials from reclamation yards in the area.
The road was completed in 2003. The barn, built from stone gathered at the site, went up first. The “gamekeeper’s cottage” became the test site for the building techniques Joe wanted to execute in the main structure and was completed the following year.
Joe moved into the gamekeeper’s cottage that year and stayed there for nearly four years while he and his crew, which included a team of six stonemasons who worked full time over two years on the project, completed the two-foot thick walls and the details on the main house.
In 2008, eight full years after the fairy tale we call La Favorita was conceived, we moved in. Today, we rarely leave this warm and friendly house with its miles of trails, dynamic natural surroundings, and, most importantly, with our friends and family including our dogs. This family homestead has truly become our ever-inspiring place.
The remaining two hundred acres were purchased by another family for their beautiful ranch house that is accessed from a different road. They, along with a family whose acreage lies directly below us in Lake Creek, have become great friends, adding to the pleasures of our fairytale and making the many miles of trails for walking, riding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ATV rides into our private “republic.”
But now we are ready for the next adventure. It’s time for us to build a new home closer to our children and grandchildren, but we feel certain that another wonderful family will soon begin the memories of a lifetime at La Favorita.
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