Colorado Lakefront Home Asks $27.7 Million


As posted at The Wallstreet Journal

Built in the 1930s, the brick house is about 14,000 square feet, with 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

A roughly 122-acre estate in the Denver area with an English manor-style home and dressage ring is on the market for $27.7 million.

Located in Lakewood, Colo., about 20 minutes from downtown Denver, the property is the highest-priced home on the market in the area, according to co-listing agent Nancy Wolfe of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

Built in the 1930s, the brick house is about 14,000 square feet, with 11 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, Ms. Wolfe said. With a clay tile roof and copper gutters, the house has unobstructed mountain views. The property sits on Ward Lake, where there is a beach and a blue-shuttered boathouse with a fireplace, also built in the 1930s. The gated estate also has a swimming pool, tennis court, three staff cottages, two barns and a fishing pond.

The estate was home to the late Vernon F. Taylor Jr. , former president of Westhoma Oil, and his wife Ann Bonfoey Taylor, a clothing designer who was admired for her style and appeared in magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Known for entertaining, the Taylors were friends with Prince Philip and Princess Anne of Great Britain and had them as guests at the home, according to their son, Vernon F. Taylor III, who said he recalls having lunch with Princess Anne. In 1997, they hosted a dinner for the spouses of the world leaders in town for the Denver Summit of the Eight.

“When somebody really important came into town, it was a place that was invariably chosen to entertain them,” the younger Mr. Taylor said. Ms. Taylor died in 2007, and her husband last year.

Ms. Wolfe is listing the property with Fred Wolfe of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and Tye Stockton of Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty.

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