Holladay House: Historic Glennwood

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Photo: Influence Real Estate
Photo: Influence Real Estate

Historic Glennwood is one of the most majestic villa estates in the West. The home was built in 1938 and is a local legend in Holladay, Utah, serving as the host for local events. Many of the home’s original details have been preserved but it has been updated for the modern owner.  A long lane leads to an old world mansion with tile roof and marble steps. 

The famed celestial ceiling
The famed celestial ceiling

Inside the details are grand and expansive, built on the scale of an earlier era with a grand staircase and 24- foot high ceilings. There are five massive fireplaces  and several painted ceilings including the  “celestial ceiling” in family room featuring constellations surrounded by zodiac signs.

Celestial ceiling detail
Celestial ceiling detail

This is a home that can handle entertaining on a public scale and yet still welcome more intimate family gatherings.  A gourmet kitchen has been updated with Gaggenau professional appliances, hand stenciled ceiling, custom cabinets, and a butler’s pantry.

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The private spaces are no less sumptuous, there are seven bedrooms total in the main residence. The master suite includes a fireplace, leaded glass windows, a private balcony, and a dry sauna.

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Owners of the home have sourced its features from around the world. It includes a fully functioning ice cream bar, seating six, which was brought in from turn of century London, England. The library  has floor-to-ceiling bookcases that date form the 1800s and there is also a winter garden room, flooded with light from windows and skylights.

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The home is on 8.61 acres that include formal gardens overlooking ponds, tiered fountains and a swimming pool. There is a natural trout pond and stream that is home to fish, ducks and peacocks.  Other exterior features of this impressive property are a sports court and gazebo and a massive 5,600 sq. ft. turreted barn that houses livestock on the first floor but can host events and parties on the second and third floors. There is also a 2,400 square foot caretaker’s cottage and two-story cottage/guest house with upper and lower level suites.

Holladay is a town with serious history. It is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Utah.  Walker Lane, where this property is located, is particularly notable as being a street with some of the most striking and lavish homes in the area. And you may end up with Mitt Romney for a neighbor, a story last year stated that Romney was looking to build a home in the Walker Lane area.

This property is listed with Influence Real Estate for $12.9 million.

Deidre WoollardDeidre Woollard is a real estate publicist who founded Luxist.com (later part of AOL.com), realtor.com, and is now a leading real estate publicist achieving placement for agents and properties in Architectural DigestThe Hollywood ReporterLos Angeles TimesCurbed, and more. She’s passionate about the intersection of branding, marketing, and writing, something she’s been able to pass on while teaching at UCIrvine Extension in their Digital Journalism program. In her spare time, you can find her under a tree reading on her iPad. Explore more great properties at LeverageRE.com.