1035 5th St, Boulder Colo.
For sale: $4,250,000
This glass house in Boulder, Colo., is meant to blend in with the natural surroundings.
The house sits on a 3/4-acre lot, but when you consider the open stretch of land bordering the property line — all the way to the base of the Flatirons — it feels like a 100-acre setting.
“It has virtually 360-degree unobstructed views of the parks and the plains and the magnificent peaks of the Flatirons,” explained listing agent Jane Stebbins of Goodacre Properties. “It’s really quite breathtaking.”
Designed by New York architect Thomas Phifer, the contemporary structure was built to blend into its surroundings.
“Phifer likes to absorb the natural world into his buildings,” said Stebbins. “He’s very aware of the landscape and how the light relates to the landscape in the construction of this particular house. There are times when you can stand on the land, look at the house and all you see is a reflection of land and sky.”
The mostly glass house boasts views in all directions.
Built on three levels, the home is nearly all glass. A 12-by-15-foot retractable skylight opens up the home even more, revealing Colorado’s clear skies.
Inside, the house measures 5,026 square feet with 11-foot ceilings, four bedrooms — although two are currently configured as offices — and three bathrooms. The home is outfitted in a sophisticated palette with all-white walls and gray, radiant-heated concrete floors. There are many built-in furnishings throughout — also white — as well as recessed in-ceiling strip lighting. In late afternoons, as the sun streams through, it hits some of the translucent, etched glass walls, casting unique shadows.
At the approach of the home is a heated driveway and in-ground, two-car garage with a rustic, iron door.
The landscaping has the same concept as the home and is designed to blend in with the surroundings. There are natural and native buffalo grasses and wildflowers instead of manicured lawns.
“With the sunsets here and so many days of light, you couldn’t have built anything more beautiful to capture the gorgeous weather we have in this climate,” said Stebbins. “With magnificent views in every direction, the home is perfect.”
See more photos of the home on the Zillow Blog.
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First published January 15 2014, 9:13 AM