Pa Gomo Sold to the Highest Bidder!
The Pa Gomo estate, a magnificent work of living art designed by Jack Snow of RKD Architects, sold during a live auction July 13, 2012, marking the highest-priced sale in Telluride, Colorado in the past 5 years. The auction exposure produced 500+ inquiries, 50+ showings and 9 bidders. The sale was handled in cooperation with Steve Catsman of Telluride Real Estate Corp, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. In only 6 weeks the Concierge Auctions advertising and sales campaigns generated 500+ inquiries and 12,000+ website visitors from 47 US states and 28 international countries.
About “Pa Gomo”
Perfectly poised atop Deep Creek Mesa at Gray Head above Telluride, Colorado, overlooking towering snow-capped mountains and shimmering aspen tress, the “Pa Gomo” estate — meaning “on the mountain” in a southern African dialect — is a masterpiece of artful design. Its dizzying views are as good as it gets.
The result of architect Jack Snow’s passion for details and stone mason Simon Aplin’s unique skill, the gently curving copper roof echoes the contours of surrounding meadows, while the stone walls — quarried from the property site — mirror the mountainous terrain. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors frame expansive vistas in every direction including breathtaking panoramas of the San Juan Mountain Range. With more than 10,000 square feet, the 5-bedroom home offers both grand and intimate spaces in a series of separate “pods” — all connecting to the main living area — ideal for entertaining.
Sited on a prime, 35-acre lot in Telluride’s exclusive and sought-after Gray Head Wilderness Preserve community, a scenic enclave bathed in sun-drenched mountain vistas, the property enjoys immediate access to the 900-acre wilderness preserve, including an equestrian center, hiking, tennis and more — all within minutes of downtown Telluride and skiing in Mountain Village.
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One of Colorado’s most unique homes in one of the region’s most exquisite settings, the residence has been created as a series of living environments thus maximizing privacy and efficiency while manifesting a dynamic engagement with its environment. Designed by RKD Architects to be completely unique in both it’s interior spaces as well as its more than 4,600 square feet spanning six outdoor living areas, the home is a residential sculpture both inside and out, where the distinctions between interior and exterior living spaces become undefined. Staggering vistas in every direction are artfully framed throughout. A pair of glass-and-mahogany bridges over water features provide tranquil passages to the east and west wings of the residence. The home evokes a multitude of style characteristics, including Contemporary, Art Deco, Tuscan, alpine and Japanese aesthetics, the emphasis depending on the angle of approach.
With its grand spaces and intimate cozy nooks, “Pa Gomo” is a cluster of stone forms that feel part of its natural environment. Original geometry, an array of materials and a jaw-dropping setting combine to make it quite literally a livable work of art. All the elements come into play, where stone quarried from a nearby mountain sets an earthy, substantial tone, while abundant, shimmering layers of glass and water features reflect and take in the crystalline light and air. Mahogany, hickory and bamboo adds warmth, and steel clarifies and strengthens. The hard edges predominant in Contemporary style are softened by unexpected curves and unusual angles, resulting in a structure that seems responsive to the rugged irregularities of its alpine setting. Light, shapes and angles have all been expertly manipulated to maximize the astonishing views.
The indoor areas flow effortlessly to the outside splendor on a total of 4,676 square feet of patios, of which 1,215 square feet is covered. Accessed from the living room, a heated patio has a gourmet summer kitchen and garden. The same sweeping landscapes that fill the home are also savored from a cozy in-ground stone hot tub. A fire pit, sauna and an outdoor shower are further highlights of this resplendent estate.
Entertaining in Style
From virtually all areas of the home, the natural world is part of the living experience and no where is this so magnificently achieved than in the great room, with massive vanishing doors and a large covered patio that creates a seamless transition between the inside and out. In addition to bringing the outdoors in, entertaining was central to the design of “Pa Gomo”. Upon entering the foyer of this magnificent sanctum, attention is drawn to the dramatic ceiling with massive glass light fixtures that line the way to the living, dining and kitchen areas.
In its stunning main living room, the incredible wine bar is a central attraction. Apart from temperature-controlled refrigerators and a frosted-glass bar with custom stools, the bar features a colored-glass curtain fronted by a vertically suspended steel wine rack, all backlit and set aglow at night.
The kitchen is a culinary chef-d’oeuvre, replete with Dacor ovens, several islands, three sinks, a huge walk-in pantry with a full-sized freezer, a wine bar with temperature-controlled refrigerators and a built-in Miele espresso and coffee station. Stone floors inside meld with those on the patio just outside, where the summer kitchen includes a grill, a wood-fired pizza oven, and an Evo flat-top grill.
A steel-and-glass cantilevered staircase in the west wing leads down to the media and recreation center, with a theatre, game room, fitness room and spa.
Rest and Relaxation
The home offers both grand and intimate spaces, including five warmly-designed bedrooms. Two of them reside in the north wing, with a shared living area. Both the east and west wings comprise bedroom suites and a private home office.
Connected to the kitchen and great room via a glass-enclosed bridge that crosses a pond with a waterfall, the east-wing master retreat seems to float blissfully above the serene water it overlooks. Vistas stream into this space through floor-to-ceiling windows trimmed with rich mahogany. Accentuated by a custom mahogany bed with a flat-screen television that slides into the footboard, the oasis also features a captivating spa bath, complete with a sunken stone hot tub and glass-enclosed shower, and an enviable walk-in closet with a dressing area. Upstairs, a pair of offices, one with a private porch and wet bar, enjoy separate locations across a second bridge. This wing also has a lower-level state-of-the-art media center, theatre, game room, spa and fitness room capturing a marvelous panorama.
Across two brings, in the west wing of the residence, are two bedroom suites, one of which could be utilized as a second home office with its own private entrance.
About the Area
Unmatched Community: About the Gray Head Wilderness Preserve
Located within a 900-acre wilderness preserve in the heart of Colorado’s majestic San Juan Mountains, the Gray Head Wilderness Preserve — just 15 minutes from the celebrated resort town on Telluride, known for its illustrious history, world-class skiing and famous annual film festival — provides what no other community can: a lifestyle uniquely rich in services, amenities, privacy, and breathtaking mountain landscapes. Each parcel has been carved out and selected to capture the finest views of the 14,000-foot Wilson Range while affording a sense of privacy and solitude amidst the meandering streams, unspoiled forests and abundant wildlife found throughout the area. When it’s time to get away from it all, Gray Head truly quiets the mind and awakens the spirit.
Gray Head also offers endless recreational opportunities – ice-skating, sledding, fly fishing, private trails for hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing and cross country skiing — all without ever leaving the preserve. Other amenities include a working equestrian facility and a historic homeowner’s cabin and library that can be used for entertaining or relaxing.
If you must leave, Gray Head residents also enjoy access to the exclusive Auberge Residences at Element 52, a slope side, ski-in/ski-out property in the heart of downtown Telluride. The conveniently-located development offers private parking, a private ski lift, ski valet, ski locker and lounge, spa, natural stone soaking pools and a fitness center for all members of the Gray Head community.
Gray Head Amenities:
- Equestrian Center
- Fly Fishing Pond
- Ice Skating Rink
- Tennis Court
- Groomed Trails for Cross-Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing
- 16 Miles of Hand-Laid Trails
- 1880s Homeowners Cabin/Clubhouse
- Resident Foremen
- Recreation Field
- Downtown Telluride’s Auberge Residences at Element 52
- Services and Amenities
Mountain Village & Telluride, Colorado
Named for the 90-mile-long San Miguel River, San Miguel County is home to some of southwest Colorado’s most amazing natural sites, including Bridal Veil Falls—the longest free-falling waterfall in Colorado — and the Old Spanish Trail — a 1,200-mile historic route that started in Santa Fe, touched the Telluride region and continued on to Los Angeles.
Encompassing a diverse geographic region ranging from rugged mountain plateaus to arid ranching communities, San Miguel County is a rich combination of scenic beauty, colorful heritage and modern development. Over 20 unique towns call San Miguel County home, as well as portions of the Uncompahgre National Forest and the recreational havens of Lizard Head and Mount Sneffels Wildernesses. Two scenic byways meander through the county—the San Juan Skyway andUnaweep/Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway.
The region includes much of San Miguel County and the heart of the northern San Juan mountains. Because of its large differences in elevation, the San Juan mountain range includes almost every temperate zone found in America… from arid, desert climates to high-mountain tundra usually found only in the arctic. The sun also plays a dramatic part… a south-facing slope can have completely different temperatures and vegetation than a north-facing slope.
At the heart of San Miguel County are two unique communities: Telluride and Mountain Village. Each with its own charms, the two towns are connected by a free gondola, the only transportation system of its kind in North America. Known for world-class alpine skiing and cultural events, Telluride and Mountain Village offer visitors the best of both worlds. Mountain Village offers a modern take on nature and features expansive views and world-class accommodations. During winter, Mountain Village features convenient access to the slopes of Telluride Ski Resort. Rooted in history, neighboring Telluride is both a bustling ski town and historic jewel. Clapboard storefronts house independent art galleries, old-time bars and delectable eateries.
A true European-style mountain resort community that blends rugged beauty with contemporary comfort, Mountain Village is designed to bring convenience, world-class skiing, incredible scenery, unparalleled mountain golf, and recreation for every age group to full-time residents, second homeowners and visitors alike. Perched mid-mountain at 9,500 feet above sea level, the community of Mountain Village boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado, overlooking Mount Wilson, Palmyra Peak, and the San Sophia Ridge. Founded in 1987, the town of Mountain Village includes approximately 2,100 acres of rolling aspen- and spruce-covered mountainside. A vision of alpine elegance, this European-style village tempts guests with the best of everything in the Telluride region.
The quality of lifestyle in Mountain Village can’t be beat anywhere in the country! Coming into its own as a leading community, Mountain Village embraces green practices and sustainable growth in its everyday operations. Mountain Village and Telluride are easily accessible to one another, whether by a quick, scenic drive, or by riding the free gondola. World-class spas, shopping, and dining are minutes from your doorstep.
From the river’s edge down valley in the red rock canyon… to beautiful mesas creeping up toward 14,000-foot peaks… to quiet subdivisions… to authentic Colorado ranches… the diversity offered in the region cannot all be found in one county in many other places in America.
Telluride is tucked into a box canyon surrounded on all three sides by 14,000-foot peaks. The town of Telluride is just eight blocks wide and twelve blocks long. Because of its significant role in the history of the American West, the core area of Telluride was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1964. This listing is the highest level of historic status available from the United States Secretary of the Interior. These sites are so special that they are eligible for consideration to become national parks. With the town’s colorful Victorian-era homes, clapboard storefronts, boutiques, art galleries, gourmet restaurants, historic buildings and more, Telluride is a delight to explore. Our citizens are committed to preserving Telluride’s historically significant architecture, open space, traditional design elements and, most of all, Telluride’s small-town mountain lifestyle.
The Telluride region is also very unique in that there are no other major destination ski resorts where single-family 35-acre parcels can still be purchased within five minutes of skiing and other resort amenities. There will be very little future development available due to San Miguel County land-use restrictions and the abundance of National Forest. Excerpts taken from VisitTelluride.com.
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