Henry David Thoreau-Inspired Modern in Colorado Seeks $29M

Mountainous and pond-filled, this newly listed property is an ode to one of the 19th century’s most profound authors. Known as Walden House, the modern home atop Whiskey Ridge in Vail Valley, Colorado was inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s famous novel highlighting the beauty and importance of nature. On the market asking $29 million, this phenomenal property provides the perfect setting to reflect upon nature and life, as Walden encourages everyone to do.

Though it’s difficult to know what Thoreau himself would have thought of such an expensive home being crafted based on his philosophies, after all, he was famously a minimalist, this special property undoubtedly brings his ideas to life with a luxurious yet minimalist design. Designed by Annabelle Selldorf, the sleek structure is especially desirable since it is one of the renowned architect’s only private residential creations. Selldorf’s designs are widely recognized as more like pieces of art.

Sitting on a secluded 70-acre parcel where one can truly get away from the world, the 10,515-square-foot abode interacts with its surroundings beautifully. The exterior is primarily constructed with locally sourced beetle-kill pine, while the interiors shine with Douglas fir hardwood floors and walls of glass that allow for 360-degree views of mountains and valleys.

A pool, glass-enclosed cabana, gym, and dock on the pond ensure that a new owner can always keep active. Vail and Beaver Creek are closeby, too, for whenever the mood strikes for skiing, or fabulous shopping and dining.

The seven-bedroom, nine-bath dwelling is listed with Mark Rutstein and Adam Phebus of Compass.