In the southwest corner of Colorado lies the small town of Telluride: Indescribably beautiful and home to one of the premier ski resorts in the world, the town is also the sometime home of one of the world’s biggest movie stars.
A couple of decades ago, A-list actor Tom Cruise began amassing land in the former mining town, and by 1994, he’d completed construction on a four-bedroom, six-bathroom house on his mountain property. In doing so, he created one of the most stunning Rockies retreats in existence.
Sited on 298 acres of glorious purple mountain majesty, the home—which was designed by renowned architects James Hardy and Larry Yaw—and all its accoutrements, bells, whistles and loveliness can be had for $59 million.
As estates go, this one is mightily impressive—and for perspective, it’s roughly the same size as the European sovereign city-state of Monaco.
There are extraordinary views of the Colorado Rockies and its vast aspen, spruce and pine forests. The property has an intricate network of private trails along which one might gather one’s thoughts and reflect on the mysteries of life—or simply take a nice stroll.
There’s a guest house—why shouldn’t guests feel like they’re on vacation here?—that’s 1,600 square feet all on its own, and this smaller space still has three bedrooms and three full bathrooms.
Inside the main home, warmly appointed bleached cedar timbers, classic dovetail joinery and native Coloradan stone just exude mountain charm. For a place that’s as prodigious as this, it’s downright cozy.
In addition to the sweeping mountain splendor all around, the home has a top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen, a fully tricked-out gym, a rec room, a library, an office suite, multiple porches and patios from which one can sit and gaze out at the nearby 14,000-foot peaks and no end to relaxing, evergreen-tinged goodness.
With all the effort that went into it—this place is clearly a labor of love—why is the famous Hollywood star selling?
REALTOR® Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty says that it’s because, given his acting schedule, Cruise simply hasn’t been able to spend as much time at the home as he’d like: the three-time Academy Award nominee wants it to be in the hands of someone who will really enjoy it.
While Fandel is deftly handling the sale of his home, Tom Cruise is in Europe filming “Mission: Impossible 5″ and, as announced this fall, he will be returning to the screen as Maverick in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “Top Gun 2″ someday soon.