424 FOREST ROAD
6 Beds • 7 Baths • 8,523 SF • 0.59 Acres • $19,950,000
424 Forest Road, Vail, CO 81657
A rare opportunity to establish a lasting legacy in Vail’s most iconic neighborhood, 424 Forest Road delivers classic luxury, a private ski-in/ski-out location, and the natural serenity of a Colorado mountain retreat.
A cobblestone driveway climbs up the mountainside revealing a massive black-granite foundation upon which this landmark, six-bedroom estate towers among surrounding pines. This exquisite property consists of a five-bedroom main house spanning four floors, a private guest house, and Vail’s only slopeside Bavarian-style ski chalet. The chalet provides an idyllic venue for an early morning coffee, an afternoon lunch, or celebratory libations after a long day on the hill — all with direct access to Born Free ski run.
Step outside and surround yourself with one of Vail’s most impressive and elaborate outdoor living spaces. This mountainside winter wonderland transforms in warmer months into an alpine paradise that will take your breath away. The custom patio and gardens, designed by Ceres Landscape, feature a cascading, 24-vertical-foot water feature, layered alpine gardens and hardscapes that coexist seamlessly with the embedded architecture. The landscape redesign project, which took more than two years to complete, utilizes Idaho black granite in constructing terraces, patios, stone steps, and the grand outdoor fireplace, while an ensemble of aspen trees, shrubs, and perennial gardens accent the surrounding environment.
Warmth and elegance continue into the home itself, where the hand-finished Koa wood from Hawaii, often considered second to none by woodworkers and dealers for its spectacular appearance, makes an immediate impression. The Koa runs throughout the home, bringing vibrancy to walls, ceilings, doors, floors, and trim. It’s contrasted against Mexican light limestone and other earth tones that exist in surrounding elements throughout the home.
A magnificent staircase leads to the home’s main level and primary living spaces, which are also accessible by a four-story elevator. A south-facing kitchen overlooks the expansive black-granite patio, complete with classic elements, custom Koa cabinetry, three-inch-thick granite countertops, and professional stainless-steel appliances, as well as an eat-in bar. An elegant dining room is just steps away, large enough to service the whole family for a holiday dinner and perched up, overlooking Forest Road and the surrounding landscape.
The stunning great room is the property’s signature living space, spanning the full width of the home with round-arch windows on either side of the room. Signature Koa woodwork lines the walls and ceiling, while a 16th Century stone fireplace provides dramatic contrast against the custom woodwork in this grand living area, which features a wet bar for entertaining. An adjacent den provides a cozy living space for a quiet reprieve, while a magnificent, handcrafted spiral staircase ascends from the base of the great room and winds its way to an open hallway lined with custom shelving. This space, which overlooks the great room just outside the master suite, is ideally suited for a library of books and family memorabilia.
Perched among the pines, the bright master suite is accessed by the spiral staircase or elevator. With ample space, the room maintains symmetry with the living space below by way of the round-arch windows that are reflected from the adjacent high ceilings of the great room. Meanwhile, an open-air private balcony provides one last breath of fresh Colorado air before bed, and the grand master bathroom features his and hers custom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, hand-laid Italian tile in the shower, and a vast walk-in closet.
Downstairs at the home’s entrance, a spacious, yet cozy, den offers a comfortable space for family to relax around a football game or evening movie. A double-sided fireplace serves as a connecting element to the adjacent spa and gym. No matter the season, this stunning wraparound facility features impressive skylights and sliding-glass doors that invite an abundance of natural light and foster an indoor/outdoor experience with a fireside hot tub, expansive gym, and custom, handcrafted sauna. Nearby, three elegant bedrooms feature Koa accents, as well as suede and venetian plaster walls.
On the home’s ground level, a private apartment is cordoned off and separated from the rest of the bedrooms and living spaces. This small apartment has its own bedroom, living area and kitchenette, perfect for a live-in nanny or any guest who would want additional space. The ground level also consists of a two-car garage with ample space for equipment, as well as a mudroom and additional storage.
Back outside, a flagstone walkway leads to the spacious, yet cozy, guest house. With a charming country aesthetic, the guest house is ideal for a small family with its own master suite and a small bedroom loft accessible by latter — surely a joyful experience for a young child. This private guest house also features its own kitchenette, single garage bay and living area with fireplace.
At 424 Forest Road, you can live the ultimate Vail lifestyle on this luxurious, slopeside property, where more than 3,500 square feet of perennial gardens will transform how you connect with the mountain environment, just minutes from Lionshead and Vail Village.