While the house itself may look a bit different from when John Denver and his wife Annie bought it in the 1970s, the Aspen estate still has the views that inspired him to write “Starwood in Aspen.”
The local couple that bought the home in 2016 put the home on the market last month, after doing extensive remodeling, telling the Denver Business Journal that they installed new floors, and replaced the windows and the roof. They took pains to save the fireplaces, stained-glass work, copper sinks and fixtures, and the cabinetry, which was refinished and, in places, repurposed.
Denver purchased the home, and expanded it while he lived there.
“Denver built the house during the pinnacle of his fame — it was one of the first structures to be erected in the gated community located between Aspen and Woody Creek,” the Aspen Times said.
His frequent references to it in interviews and songs is credited for helping turn Aspen into a popular Colorado destination for celebrities and the well-heeled. He died in 1997 when his plane crashed in California’s Monterey Bay.
Nestled on more than two-and-a-half acres, the 7,735 square foot home makes the view the star, with windows to showcase the outdoor scenery, as well as large outdoor spaces to unwind in.
The home has plenty of entertaining spaces, and five bedrooms and five full baths, as well as two powder rooms.
Despite Denver’s popularity and the age of the home, it had no historical designations — meaning any other buyer might have razed the home to build something shinier and newer.
“They could have (demolished) it, but they really wanted to preserve what they could,” Realtor Jim Bineau with Coldwell Banker Mason Morse, told the Aspen Times. “They were really excited that it was John Denver’s house. It had meaning to them, and they preserved all of it that they could.”
Jim and his wife, Anita, are the listing agents for the home, which is priced at $11M.