This stunning French Country style mansion is located at 382 S Starwood Drive in Aspen, CO and is situated on close to 4 acres. It was designed by Robert Stern and built in 1994 by Joe Zanin. It features a beautiful stone exterior with slate roof and landscaped grounds along with breathtaking views. Inside there is approximately 13,927 square feet of living space with 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 half bathrooms, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, library, family room, his-and-hers office, gym, sauna, billiards room, indoor racquetball court, indoor swimming pool with spa, 3-car garage, numerous outdoor living areas (pergola, covered patio, etc) and a lap swimming pool. It is listed at $19,950,000. LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY!! The exterior is beautiful and well executed as is the interior. Every room seems livable and elegant at the same time. There are so many great amenities and yet the house isn’t too big where it doesn’t feel livable. If I had the money, this would definitely be my winter home!!

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  • Daniel

    It irks me that the driveway goes right up to the house with no plants buffering the structure. Interior could be fantastic with new furnishings and a new kitchen. I would have never guessed this was in Aspen. I also think that $20 million for no view in Aspen is a little crazy.




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    • ted

      I agree. If I was spending $20 million i would want a little bit of front yard. the interior is nothing special, but it truly is a beautiful home, and not something you would expect in aspen.




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      • ted

        but the indoor pool is freaking awesome.




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    • ZigZagBoom

      In European stately homes (which is, after all, what they are copying) this simply isn’t done. If the architecture is strong enough, it doesn’t need any “foundation” shrubs. The gardens are ALWAYS to the side or to the back. For example, Chinonceau (http://www.marie-stuart.co.uk/images/France/Chenonceau16.jpg) or Chambord (http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Ch–teau-de-Chambord-castles-697047_1152_864.jpg) or Knole (http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/10/22/article-1322970-0BB624C2000005DC-620_468x337.jpg) Very occasionally you might see a few shrubs of identical type in a very controlled planting, i.e., the front of the Williamsburg Governor’s Mansion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Colonial_Williamsburg_Governor%27s_Palace_Main_Building.JPG)

      For this type of house, what they did is totally appropriate. I like it: it’s a pleasant neo-medieval look, with quality materials (slate roofing doesn’t come cheap)




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      • Daniel

        I appreciate the links but I disagree. All of the homes you linked to are honest to goodness castles that are multiple stories tall and as wide (or wider) than a football field. I agree with you that if any foundation shrubs were planted in front of them, they would completely disappear against the backdrop of the imposing facades and add nothing. However, in smaller scale residences I think it is needed. It looks very cold in my eyes as-is. Even planting a one or two-foot wide strip of grass would break the eye and add an interesting aesthetic element, in my opinion. Or even add a living wall (ivy) flanking the front entrance (if that is even possible in a climate such as Aspen’s).




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  • Bella

    Lovely home. I love it!




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  • DR.VEGAS

    I’m tough on MEGAMANSIONS. Most of them are big and ugly. It’s just tough to make a good or desirable design statement when things get BIG with a single family house.(basically anything over 9-10k sf.) This place however is actually not bad.I do agree that the entrance could stand to be re-scaped.The interior is too stuffy and dated for me…but I can live with the exterior.
    If I was going for an interior “do-over”…I would’nt touch the gym,the sauna/steam,or the indoor pool.In fact…both pools rock.




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  • Scott

    One of my favorite Stern houses. Though I have to disagree with it being classified as “French Country”, as it is based on Edwin Lutyens’ Tigbourne Court in England – which shares the somewhat stark stone forecourt (which I love). There is a gorgeous view off the living room terrace as well; we just don’t see it in these pictures, as they only show the pool court at the rear of the property. The indoor pool with the light-up night sky ceiling is amazing.




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    • ZigZagBoom

      Thanks for the tip. It’s is easy to see the resemblance: http://www.ribapix.com/image.php?i=20564&r=2&t=4&x=1&ref=RIBA6063




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    • architect121

      Agreed. Definitely Lutyens inspired- not French Country




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      • Jason

        I’m glad you pointed out the proper inspiration for this house. it’s one of my favorite interpretations of Tigbourne Court. This house has been featured in several Robert Stern tomes re pleat with floor plans- although so small you need a microscope to make them out. The same owner has another Robert Stern house in Dallas that is featured in the same Stern books.




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  • Grrrowler

    I this this is generally beautiful. I don’t mind the forecourt going right to the house. I think it gives it a more authentic English look, and who uses a front yard anyway? If anything I would install some appropriate planters near the front door.

    The interior needs updating and I’d replace most of the fabrics, but some rooms (living room, library) look great as-is. I pretty much hate the patterned fabrics and those look pretty dated. The architectural details of the interior are very nice however; they’re subtle but effective.




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  • marc22

    Very nice. The pool and hardscape around the pool are both done very well. Robert Stern is a master at tweaking historical styles and putting a spin on them, yet honoring the best the style has to offer. There do seem to be great mountain views evident in the second photo and from the master bedroom. Is a nice change from the huge log cabin mega-houses built all around Aspen.




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  • Jeff P.

    There’s an awful lot to love about this home. 🙂 I have a few quibbles about the decor, but I could definitely see myself living there.




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  • lambskin

    The lawbook stuffed library is a bit contrived. No one reads those books any more. Remember the movie Mame-“Books are so decorative!” The front facade needs something to break up all that stone-some shutters or plantings would do the trick. Otherwise I like the place.




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    • Jason

      actually, the law books are not as contrived as you would think. this house is being sold by a wealthy Democratic woman who is part of a Dallas law firm. Baron and Bud- who became millionaires 100s of times over winning high profile cases. The husband died within the last few years. Mrs. Baron-Blue owns and lives in another Robert Stern designed home in Dallas- http://baronhousedallas.com/ it has a website since she lets organizations use it for fundraising events. the Aspen house also has it’s own website:http://www.baronhouseaspen.com/index.html




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      • Marie

        Thanks for the explanation about the law books, being a law library assistant I immediately recognized the books and the subject matter, it’s habit when I see homes and firms pictured to know the books since I’ve worked in more law firm libraries than I care to remember. I agree with the sentiment that the interior needs a major upgrade but I do like most of the exterior.




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  • Mak

    Oh poo. No one has anything mean to say about this place. What is this world coming to?

    Well, I can think of a few things I don’t like. I’ll write them out later when I’m finished drooling over the back pool and terrace area. And the indoor pool. And the RAQUETBALL court! My god! It has a RAQUETBALL COURT! Holy SEE!

    Anyway…yea…I’m sure this place has a couple of major things wrong with it and I’ll comment on them later when I’ve had a chance to figure out what they are.




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  • Mak

    Just to report back…I’m still working on them. Don’t worry…I’ll find them, and I’ll report back here with the whole list, and believe me, the list will be HUGE!




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    • Mak

      Ok. The first the I saw wrong with it is that it’s so freakin far from the mountain. It would be like a 1/2 commute to drive over there what with all the traffic into that place on a weekend. Not fun. If I was going to buy a house in Aspen, it better be either Ski on/off or for-GET about it. Sorry…deal breaker #1




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      • Mak

        and another thing. Aspen is in Colorado, where things are supposed to be western country. Ya know…things like lots of exposed beams, and elk antler lights. Indian blankets, and horses, bleached bull skulls over the mantle that kind of stuff. This place could be in the middle of Greenwich, and I wouldn’t know the difference. When I go to a place I want to experience it the way the locals do. I want to see horses, barns and cowboy hats. Not this stuff.

        But hey…that’s just me.




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        • Mak

          I’ve got another complaint. If this place gets any snow (and if it’s in Aspen, it sure as hell does)then where is the place to unload after skiing? Is the driveway heated? I would sure feel weird clomping through this place in ski boots.




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          • Grrrowler

            It’s a given that every shi shi house in every ski resort town in CO has a heated driveway, walkways, and terraces. Heck, in the town of Vail even some of the streets are heated, since shoveling snow is SO 99%.




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  • Mak

    um…yea…slow work day everybody…;-)




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  • richvanc

    Perhaps I’m getting senile; I think this home is puuurrrrfect! And I would NEVER ski anyways, so I’d be happy to hang indoors…year-round! 😉




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  • JD

    Love the big living room. The kithchen sucks. Who cares about the rest.




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