President Ford’s Former Colorado Home Known as His ‘Winter White House’ Asks $13M
Winter sports fanatics have been drawn to the mountains of Vail Valley since the resort opened in 1962. One of these eager visitors included the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. The circa-1967 home that he and former First Lady, Betty Ford, owned in the late 70s/early 80s just listed for $13 million. Nicknamed the “Winter White House,” this was a favorite holiday retreat of theirs before building a home nearby in Beaver Creek.
Ford and his wife were active members in the community, attending HOA meetings, dining at restaurants, and even switching on the lights for the Vail Christmas tree. “I don’t know where we’d be without them,” said the President of the Vail Valley Association in a 2006 article by The Denver Post, “The Vail Valley is unbelievably lucky to have someone of his stature who is so committed to the community.”
Nestled on about half an acre, the property supplies beautiful vistas of the valley and is just minutes from Vail Mountain’s Golden Peak Village, Vail Golf Course, and the appropriately named Ford Amphitheater and Betty Ford Gardens. The two-level home is a quintessential display of midcentury Colorado architecture, featuring vaulted ceilings, wood beams, a wraparound porch, and deep-toned wood accents throughout.
Spanning 5,860 square feet and offering seven bedrooms, it could easily accommodate the Fords’ four kids and more. The main floor held Ford’s presidential primary suite and is also the spot for entertaining with an updated kitchen and dining room, as well as access to outdoor spaces.
While President Ford was a public figure of high interest worldwide, Vail was a place where locals just saw him as a neighbor and friend. Except when Secret Service came down the slopes behind him, which was quite a sight. Tye Stockton of Compass holds the historic listing.