Rocks and glass houses don’t usually go together.
But a home with an all-glass exterior that’s built into the rocky terrain beneath Flagstaff Mountain in Boulder has been listed for $3.99 million.
“With open space on two sides, you feel like you’re right in the middle of a park with no one else around,” said Goodacre & Co. listing agent Jane Stebbins.
Despite its transparent facade, privacy is not an issue for this property.
That’s because access to the 5,026 square foot home requires a steep drive down a narrow road.
“I would say 99.9 percent of the people of Boulder don’t even know that road exists,” Stebbins said.
And, the house is located just below the Boulder Blue Line, a charter amendment enacted in 1959 that limits domestic, commercial and industrial development above a certain elevation.
This means no future development will threaten the seclusion of the house – or the views.
“There’s literally no window coverings on half the windows because the other properties can’t look into the house at all,” Stebbins said.
The house, which was completed in 2008, took award-winning architect Thomas Phifer about two years to design. Construction took Boulder contractor Tim Harrington another two years.
A minimalist theme is carried through each room. The white interior and concrete floors stand in stark contrast to the 360 degree views of cityscapes, lush open spaces and Boulder’s famous Flatirons.
“You have all kinds of wild animals, it’s like you’re in a Disney movie,” said John Cabell, global media and entertainment broker, owner of the home. “When it snows, it’s like you’re in a snow globe.”
Phifer has designed the property with the environment in mind.
The house temperature is controlled by an energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system.
The environment also played a role in the aesthetics of the property.
“On a blue sky day with cumulus clouds, the clouds reflect off the glass exterior,” Stebbins said. “The exterior is then reflected in the sky. The house and the sky literally become one.
Cabell said it was his favorite part of life there.
“At certain times of the day, given the light when you are on the west, north or south side, it disappears,” he said. “It’s like a mirage in a way.”
A similar principle applied to the landscaping around the property. The house is surrounded by natural grasses, wildflowers, aspens and other native foliage.
“It’s naturally one with the environment,” Stebbins said.
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