For some, traveling to the Rocky Mountains conjures images of cowboys, gold mines, and log cabins in the woods. The history and legacy of those who came before have long been part of the charm and allure of mountain town vacations.
But as creatures of the 21st century, today's travelers often want the charm of rustic, with the convenience of modern. When looking for the perfect blend of both, look no further than our private homes in Aspen.
Even the locations of these stunning properties seamlessly blend the modern convenience of walkability to Aspen's downtown core with the rustic charm of being just on the edge of downtown; thus, surrounded by trees, nature and quiet. At six bedrooms a piece, everyone in even the largest groups will have a place to lay their head in these three luxury homes. But most importantly, all three will all satisfy a thirst for the rustic with the desire for the modern.
The recent remodel of this downtown Aspen core home took into consideration the two beautiful, wood-burning fireplaces and kept them exactly as is. The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace is the focal point of the living room. Wood-burning fireplaces are becoming fewer and further between as gas gains in popularity, but there is something so magical about the smell and true warmth of a hand-made fire. Kids will revel in learning to build a fire and watching something they created come to life. Both the fireplace in the living room and the downstairs media room have adjacent nooks filled with pre-chopped wood for easy fire creation.
Additional rustic touches include a beautiful chandelier created from animal antlers, reclaimed wood touches throughout the home, wood-paneled vaulted ceilings in the living room and views of the surrounding trees in nearly every room.
Modern amenities abound in the details, nearly as often as the rustic. A chef's kitchen complete with a Viking range will be the apple of any cook's eye. A Sonos sound system and complimentary wi-fi throughout mean you can disconnect and just listen to tunes or stay connected depending on your need for rustic or modern on any given day.
Located in the historic West End of Aspen, this four-level, spacious home is much cozier than its square footage denotes. With wood-beamed ceilings and wood touches throughout, that "home away from home" feeling will settle in quickly. Rustic, wide-plank wood floors conjure cabins in the woods and the bunk room that sleeps up to six will bring the kids of the group back together like days of old.
Even with the homey feel, the modern touches were far from forgotten. An elevator easily connects all four floors for ease of transport throughout the home. Granite countertops, high-end appliances, gas fireplaces, wi-fi throughout and flatscreen televisions mean no conveniences will be gone without. For the modern relaxation, a jacuzzi tub and steam shower top off the master suite.
Rich pine floors and wood beams harken back to simpler times in this large family home on the east side of Aspen that breathes rustic to life. Antique furniture like a four-poster bed, a sleigh bed, and bunk beds made from logs are a few of the sleeping options and the high-cistern flushing toilet is charm itself. An antler chandelier above a dining table set for twelve complete the feel of living in a Laura Ingalls Wilder tale.
But Laura never had this: Hidden in the ceilings among the wood beams are speakers that give the house true surround sound for the modern music lover. Several gas fireplaces lend to the warm feeling of the home with the ease of flipping a switch and the hot tub that overlooks Aspen Mountain isn't heated by boiling water but by the more modern and much more convenient invention of electricity. Granite countertops and a six-burner stove with a griddle to boot means meals are a breeze and a joy to create whether the ingredients were hunted and gathered in the wild or at the City Market a mere two blocks away.