Welcome to Westworld; Walden, an estate with the physical address of 705 Whiskey Ridge, Edwards, Colorado 81632, is a generously sized home named after Thoreau’s meditation on living unpretentiously in the wild, wild, wilderness, allowing you to enjoy the splendors of the outdoors from the comfort of sturdy leather club chairs and million-thread-count sheets from behind massive panes of disappearing glass. This home seeks to unite the interior and exterior worlds by creating spaces that attempt to defy categorization by transcending borders and thresholds. Yet, what world does this home occupy—is it a world united by simplicity, or one that eschews it? Who is this Walden for, who occupies this airy space? What is Walden, what does it stand for—simplicity or complexity, interior or exterior?
Once inside this monastically designed mountain cabin, the stark white walls break away to reveal large, double-paned windows and doors that punctuate the heavily insulated walls, allowing light and air to flow forth from the estate’s massive pond, mountain views, and valleys beyond. This home embraces light, bright interiors both in the intimate and public spaces of the home; from the central, and enclosed, courtyard, the streamlined kitchen, to the specifically angled bedrooms, their windows positioned just so to enable both cross ventilation and mountainous, naturalistic landscapes—there is no need for art or artifice in this home as nature and the grounds themselves provide both a respite as well as a reflection upon nature, authenticity, and interconnectivity.
Outside the walls of the home, the truly natural splendors of this time and place are on full view for all—naturalistic plantings, a plethora of ancillary buildings, and recreational spaces abound. You can fish from the dock, set out in a canoe, allow yourself to channel your inner Ansel Adams and click, click, click photograph after photograph away; once out of doors, it is your duty to interact with the lake, fields, animals, and forests. This home’s placement creates a unique atmosphere where one can easily delineate and order nature and nurture as there are spaces of equal importance reserved for interior verses exterior activities. And it is spaces like these, spaces that inform you on other spaces, spaces which seem to be the complete opposite of what you may be seeking, that permit you to fashion new perspectives and ideas on familiar surroundings and uses. Walden is a home that enables you to connect more deeply and fully with interior lives, as well as exterior lives, in a unique, multifaceted way, a way which reminds me of T.S. Eliot’s Burnt Norton:
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
Welcome to our garden.
The floor plans for the home illuminate and inform the order in which each individual interacts with and defines the interior, and exterior, spaces.
705 Whiskey Ridge, designed by Selldorf Architects and built by George Shaeffer in 2009, is currently listed for $29,000,000 by the Stockton Group. The home encompasses 7 bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms within 10,515 square feet on a 70.5 acre lot within the exclusive Cattlemans Club community.
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