When a mountain home has a Presidential past, the conversation is anything but ordinary. In fact, it’s extraordinary, and it begins the moment you cross the threshold of 65 Elk Track Court and find yourself staring at the Seal of the President of the United States, masterfully inlaid with polished granite and native stone in the entryway floor. It’s homage to our 38th President of the United States of America, and a prominent sign that you are now standing in the former mountain residence of President and Mrs. Gerald Ford.
This ski-in ski-out Bavarian-style manor, originally built in 1983, underwent a beautiful $4M renovation in 2009 that brought the interior finishes up to modern-day standards, while carefully preserving the historical and presidential imprint that sets this luxury ski home apart from any other.
The floor plan of this home was built with security in mind, with the heart of the house intentionally located on the upper levels. Upon entry, you pass through a large wood paneled, coffered foyer that leads to what was once headquarters for Secret Service, and now serves as a guest or caretaker’s quarters, complete with a full kitchen and recreation room. The remainder of the entry-level includes a theater room with tiered seating and wet bar, and a climate-controlled glass wine room detailed with artisan wrought iron and hammered copper.
A grand pegged oak staircase then leads to the main level, where a great room with cathedral ceilings, large moss-rock fireplace and custom recessed cabinetry, is bathed in natural light from skylights and oversized windows that provide views of Beaver Creek Mountain.
Designed to host many important guests, the adjoining formal dining room features an elegantly crafted “Marie Antoinette” parquet floor with pass-through access to the kitchen and serving doors with beveled glass.
For this level of fine dining, only a superior chef’s kitchen would do. Equipped with professional appliances, the main kitchen includes a La Canche stove with a basket-weave travertine backsplash and a sculpted, filigreed hood as its centerpiece. This French-country gourmet kitchen has beautiful glazed oak cabinetry, coffered ceilings, granite counters, copper basins, oiled bronze fixtures and a lovely breakfast nook. When it’s really time to entertain, there is a full butler’s pantry and caterer’s kitchen at the ready.
Down the hall is the presidential study - a wood-paneled solarium with a fireplace and garden views - that looks perfectly presidential, still today. It’s the room where the President met with numerous dignitaries and pondered the affairs of state. In fact, during renovation, the current owners were careful to preserve the floor tile located just behind President Ford’s desk, which shows the wear-and-tear left by his favorite chair.
On the upper level, the presidential master suite commands one of the greatest views of Beaver Creek Mountain through large spans of glass, and past a private veranda where you can watch skiers and the Centennial Express lift go by. A magnificent claw foot fireplace carries an engraved inscription by President John Adams, originating from the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House.
There are six more secondary suites and guest quarters with dedicated baths throughout this residence, one of which was once the former First Lady’s private office and has a wonderful Norman-style ceiling with paneled truss rafters.
The pool house with wraparound deck is the only one of its kind in Beaver Creek. Flagstone decking and floor-to-ceiling windows bring a taste of the outside in, as you swim in the large lap pool, dip in the hot tub, exercise in fitness area or relax in the private massage room. With an incredible past steeped in American presidential history and offering every luxury amenity, 65 Elk Track Court is ready for new owners to carry on its colorful story.