The first home built on the eighth fairway of the then-new Telluride Golf Club course in Colorado has a tale to tell.
Listing agent Steve Hilbert was a friend of the original owner and agreed to waive his commission as long as there would be a beer fridge on the patio stocked with Coors Light for when he passed by on a round of golf.
“If I ever encountered an empty beer fridge, then the commission would be immediately due,” Hilbert says. Soon, the house became one of the most recognizable homes in Mountain Village.
“Word got out and pretty much every golfer knew about the ‘free beer’ fridge,” he says. “The current owner still honors the tradition to this day.”
Designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects with entertaining in mind, the home’s more than 5,000 square feet of living space opens to decks and patios that take in 360-degree views.
The front of the house displays a stone, beam and natural wood façade. Multiple wings project off the main artery of the home. Stone walls with arched top-floor windows bookend the rear of the structure.
Arched doors topped by arched windows lead inside to a roomy entry hall with sightlines through to the window-surrounded double-height living room. The hall also opens to the formal dining room and wooden stairs leading to the second-level catwalk. Heavy beams and natural wood are among the details.
A two-level peninsula in the kitchen provides dining and prep space. Wood cabinetry, a wine rack, two sinks and stainless-steel appliances are among the amenities. A breakfast nook anchors one corner of the room. Also on the ground floor is a den with a fireplace.
Including the primary suite there are six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room. A vaulted ceiling tops the second-floor game room.
The nearly three-quarters of an acre of grounds contain plenty of room for a game of croquet or tossing a football around.
“The outdoor living space flows seamlessly onto the fairway with unobstructed views of famous Mount Wilson—ironically, the mountain on all the Coors Light ads and products,” Hilbert says. “No other homes are visible across the open space.”
Mountain Village, southwest of Telluride and surrounded by the San Juan Mountains and Telluride Ski Resort, has penetrating sunshine, dry air and one of the highest-elevation golf courses in the world. Telluride Golf Club, at about 9,500 feet, is open to Telluride Sky & Golf Club members.
But beer is not the only perk of the location. A gondola connects the community to the town of Telluride with 12- to 13-minute free rides.