For sale: Vail’s priciest home |

For sale: Vail’s priciest home

Edward Stoner
NWS Expensive House1 KH 10-31-06

VAIL – Bathrooms? Eleven. Bedrooms? Five. Indoor swimming pool with twinkling, simulated-star light bulbs in the ceiling? One. Secret passages?”I haven’t found any,” said Joni White Taylor, the real estate agent who’s trying to sell the house. “There probably are, though.”And it can all be yours for $21 million.Vail is known for expensive homes, but a five-story house on Vail Road is on the market for an asking price that’s more than anything Vail has ever seen. It’s 11,771 square feet, or about 16 times the size of a four-person apartment at Timber Ridge.Who would buy such a house?I think its a Texas house, said Joni White Taylor, the real estate agent whos listing the house. Its grand. They like grand.Or an East Coast financier, she said. Or anyone, as long as they have the money. One prospective buyer found the home on the Internet while on his yacht off the south of France and gave her a call, Taylor said.”I think it’s a Texas house,” said Joni White Taylor, the real estate agent who’s listing the house. “It’s grand. They like grand.”

The home has been on the market since March. Taylor said she’s had about 20 showings for the house, but no one’s bitten for the asking price.”It’s a big number,” she said.Really, the price per square foot is quite reasonable, at $1,784, compared to some other properties in Vail. Condos sold at the Four Seasons and the Vail Front Door chalets for prices approaching $3,000 per square foot.The ski-in, ski-out home is now owned by Bill Dore, a self-made man who grew up poor in Louisiana and later founded Global Industries, a company that provides construction services for the petroleum industry.Dore bought the home six years ago for $9 million, and he sunk millions into the home in improvements like a new kitchen with stone counters and big steel appliances. The Dores, who live in Texas, don’t use the house very much these days, Taylor said.”They just don’t come as much as they’d like to,” she said, adding that they come two or three times a winter and two or three times a summer.A house on Forest Road that was listed for $18.5 million recently sold. That was the next-highest listing Vail has seen.

Taylor started her tour by taking the elevator to the top floor, which has a big living room with sweeping views of the Gore Range.

The room is decorated with a baby grand piano, a flowing sculpture of miniature horses and heads of stuffed big game above the fireplace. Purchase of furniture is negotiable. Nearby is a 10-seat dining table with a big crystal chandelier – perfect for entertaining. A short jaunt down the stairs brings you to the master bedroom.”This is the master floor,” Taylor corrected a visitor.

The master floor includes a bathroom with his and her toilets – one has a phone beside it – and a hot tub with a TV above it.Above the third-floor pool is a mural of the Gore Range, a vista that is actually visible out the windows from the very same room. There’s also a full kitchen right next to the pool.On the second floor, there’s an office where you can sit at your desk and watch the dozens of security cameras that monitor the grounds, which include a pond with a metal statue of a boy catching a fish.The five-story home, built in 1982, seems to predate some building laws that limit how tall houses can be and that prohibit commercial-sized elevators in homes.”You could never build a house like this today,” White said.Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or, Colorado

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