Starwood is a sophisticated, secluded, exclusive neighborhood. Spread out across a high mesa just under three miles northwest of Aspen, Starwood encompasses 960 acres of some of the most stunning Colorado ranchland ever to be bought, subdivided, and sold. The southwest-facing orientation and 8,400-foot elevation (more than 600 feet above the valley floor) give it what one resident calls “that big sky phenomenon”. From up here you can watch storms roll in from miles away. On clear evenings at dusk, the sun appears to dally a little longer before dipping behind Mount Daly, to the southwest. A drive along Starwood’s sinuous, impeccably maintained roads serves up vista after jaw-dropping vista of the Elk Mountain Range, from Independence Pass to the east all the way to Mount Sopris, near Carbondale.
The Starwood subdivision is under the auspices of the Starwood Metropolitan District which maintains the area’s infrastructure: seven miles of roads, state-of-the-art water systems, cross-country ski and hiking trails, tennis courts, common pastures, mail room, and the Starwood security gate.
The history of Starwood Began in 1962, Edgar and Pauline Stern purchased 960 acres from Art and Amelia Trentaz for the respectable sum of $360,000.00. Edgar Stern’s original vision for Starwood is seen in the blueprint drawing which is on display in the vestibule of the Starwood Office. The drawing shows a robust community of residential and commercial properties surrounding a several hundred acre ski area, with lakes, roads and recreation areas, equestrian trails and more. According to Ellie Brickham, one of Starwood’s first residents, and the architectural advisor to Mr. Stern, the thought of creating another ski area to compete for the business of the relatively few skiers of that day was not popular with the commissioners, and the plan was rejected. As a result, the Starwood Land Company developed into a rural residential community for people with an appreciation for the alpine mountain life style and a desire for privacy and seclusion. As stated in the initial sales brochure “It is the primary intent of the plan for the future development of Starwood that the beauty of Starwood’s pastures and hillsides be preserved and that the present outlook of each homesite remain essentially unchanged.”
This is such a special place that in the mid-1970’s, when John Denver sang, stuck in “grey” L.A., yearned for his “sweet Rocky Mountain paradise”, he was singing of Starwood and its ultimate glamour address. But more than three decades later, the Roaring Fork Valley’s first gated community still marvels above all other locations in the Aspen Valley.
If you are ready to experience life in Starwood, contact us, our agents can help you find that perfect piece of real estate, our interior design division will help you create your vision of the perfect mountain home and then our property management division will let you live care free as we take care of all of the details of maintaining and running your new mountain estate.