Peek inside Vail’s luxury digs |

Peek inside Vail’s luxury digs

Sarah Mausolfsmausolf@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
NWS VMS Home Tour DT 9-14-10

VAIL, Colorado – If you liked the harmless voyeurism of the MTV show “Cribs,” you would probably like the Vail Mountain School’s home tour.The tour offers a look inside some of Vail’s most luxurious homes. This year two Solaris units and a penthouse in The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Vail will be on display.Altogether, seven homes will open their doors to the public during the 39th annual home tour.Earlier this week, we got a preview of the homes on Forest Road.”It’s never been open to the public before,” the home’s listing agent, Carroll Tyler, said. “The owners are usually very private.”Originally built by a New York financial mogul, the house dates back to 1988. It has ski-in, ski-out access to Vail Mountain’s Born Free trail. With an indoor lap pool, guest house and a ski-in cottage, the six-bedroom estate is on sale for $15.9 million.”This is the piece de resistance,” Tyler said, walking into the living room. A rich wood covers the walls, ceiling and spiral staircase.”This is Koa wood from Hawaii,” Tyler explains. “It took three years to collect it.”Due to conservation efforts, logging of live Koa trees is no longer allowed in many forests.”The only way you can collect Koa wood is if it falls,” Tyler said.

Along with being swathed in rare wood, the room also has a large marble fireplace imported from France. It dates back to the French Revolution and has a musket ball hole to prove it.”That’s part of the mystery and history that goes into the house,” said Tyler, who is the managing broker for Slifer, Smith and Frampton in Vail.In general, there is a certain mystery to other people’s houses. Driving by Vail’s more lavish homes, one can’t help but wonder about the people who live there. Who are they and how did they decorate?Event organizers hope that curiosity will compel people to sign up for the tour. They expect 400 to 600 people to participate.Vail Mountain School hopes to raise $100,000 for its financial aid fund, which provides tuition help to a third of the school’s students.Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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