Talk about the perfect ski home, this one is the “Stepford Wife” of mountain chalets. It was built as a collaboration between Resorts West and Ski Magazine. Brilliant ski minds got together and said, we want to build the ultimate ski home… so what do we put in it? Everything. Oh and if you are wondering why there is no snow around the pool in this photo, hello, heated decks!
The ski in-ski out access at 9806 Summit View is so convenient you can literally ski into the hot tub after your last run. Try a heated outdoor pool with waterfall, an elevator (save your knees for the moguls), golf simulator (hey, you cannot ski 24/7), steam room, sauna, massage room, theater and 4,500 sq. ft. of heated decks. So you can be outside enjoying the view, but not have to be bundled. This 13,536 square foot home will hold you, your family, and extended cousins once removed in luxury smack in the very best neighborhood of beautiful Park City, Utah: Deer Crest.
If that sounds familiar and, well, presidential, this is where former Massachusetts governor and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney had a home, 3853 Rising Star Lane, above. They bought their old ski chalet in 1999, when Romney was working as CEO and President of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Romney’s leadership has been credited with the turn-around of the Olympic’s organizing committee, leading to the undulating success of the Park City Olympics. I couldn’t help but think of those games while watching Sochi, and hearing about the problems that plagued spectators, from plumbing to yellow water to the Texas guy who had to break out of his bathroom because the door jammed shut, Johnny Quinn.
The Romneys sold Rising Star (maybe that was bad karma?) in 2009.
Romney’s 7-bedroom, 9.5-bath chalet home sat at the end of a cul-de-sac on nearly 11 acres. The Romney family enjoyed it for 14 years. He sold the 9,514-square-foot home sold for a little under the $5.25 million asking price.
But late last year, the Romneys bought another Park City mountain home, also in Deer Crest, with soaring cathedral ceilings and plenty of room for all those grandchildren. The Romneys have five sons and a prolific 23 grandchildren. Built in 1991, their new ski lodge boasts 6 bedroom, 8 bathrooms over 8,700 square feet. It was listed for $8.9 million. Little smaller than their old place. But it’s way more, well, Park City: the home was built from “whole logs and many local materials”, was designed by architect Fred Babcock and once featured in Architectural Digest.
Wonder why they didn’t just snap this one up!
Park City real estate is about as pricey as OUR Park Cities — median list prices for homes hitting about $850,000, most selling for well over a million. Agents there tell me sales of second homes are picking up, way up: sales volume was up 22% percent last year, and the high end is a hopping.
How much is this ski paradise? A mere $21,900,000. But hey, that includes the furnishings — just not all of the art. Owned by an LLC that’s ready to rock and roll, how about having this for President’s weekend 2015?