The Taylor Estate, where royalty and heads of state have been guests, has been listed for sale for $27.7 million – the highest priced home in Denver, by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty’s The Wolfe Group and Tye Stockton of Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty.
Located on approximately 122-acres in Lakewood, Colo., the property has one acre zoning with agricultural status. It includes a 14,000 square foot English manor-style 26-room home designed by Burnham Hoyt. Built in 1932, the home features dual master suites with nine additional bedroom suites. Eleven fireplaces appoint the home, with a paneled library, banquet size dining room and a staff wing. A four-car attached garage and three staff cottages are also onsite.
Situated on Ward Lake with 1,100 feet of waterfront, boating privileges are shared with just 10 families. The lake offers fishing, a beach, a lake cottage with dressing rooms and a fireplace, and a dock. Mountain views are plentiful from the estate which includes a stable, dressage ring and two barns, a tennis court and an outdoor pool.
“This estate has been owned privately for more than 60 years, since the Taylors bought it in 1951,” said Nancy Wolfe, who along with her husband, Fred, has co-listed the property with Tye Stockton. “Unless you were personal friends of the Taylor’s or dignitaries, you wouldn’t have known the property was there.”
The estate was home to the late Vernon “Moose” and Ann Taylor, who also owned homes in Vail and Montana. Mr. Taylor was an executive with Westhoma Oil Company and a well-known philanthropist. Mrs. Taylor got her pilot’s license at 18, was an accomplished equestrian, qualified for the 1940 U.S. Olympic Team and designed women’s skiwear.
Just 20 minutes from downtown Denver, the property is hidden away on the top of a knoll. There are unobstructed mountain views on one side of the property and the entire property is lined with century-old evergreen, oak and linden trees. RenownedJane Silverstein Ries, Colorado’s first licensed woman landscape architect, designed the original landscaping. The original plans are part of the archives at the Denver Public Library.
“This estate has a storied past,” said Wolfe. “Great Britain’s Princess Anne was a guest in 1982, followed by a visit by her father, Prince Philip, in 1987. Henry Kissinger has been a guest here, along with many other world leaders.”
In fact, in 1997 when the Denver Summit of Eight was held in the Mile High City, the wives of the world leaders were guests at the Taylor Estate.
“The Taylor’s traveled the world and brought back art and furniture for their home, and some of those pieces will be left with the home,” Wolfe added. “It has been impeccably maintained and is truly an amazing property.”
The possible future owners for the property could be another family or high profile executive like the Taylor’s who have many visitors coming to Denver, Wolfe said. Or, because of the secluded fully fenced location with a security gate entrance, it could be someone who enjoys his or her privacy.
“This is one of the few historical homes in Denver, because it is a fairly young city,” said Wolfe.
The Taylor Estate is the highest priced home on the market in the greater Denver area. It is the most significant listing in Colorado since the Boot Jack Ranch sold for $46.5 million in 2010.
The Wolfe Group has earned recognition by a number of industry organizations, including being named Denver Board of Realtors “Top 10” Team from 2000 through 2013, and by the Wall Street Journal and RealTrends in 2011 and 2013. For more information, contact Nancy Wolfe at 303.324.0825.
Tye Stockton, with Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail, has completed approximately $110 million in real estate sales between 2010-2012, and has earned recognition as the #1 producing broker in Vail. He currently represents the Vail Resorts Development Company as the lead listing agent for the new Ritz Carlton Residences-Vail, in addition to approximately $150 million of privately-owned, luxury, real estate properties in the Vail Valley.