Three Floors of Rooms With a View
by Martinique Davis
Dec 21, 2012 | 6582 views | 0 0 comments | 697 697 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Stargazer Penthouse, tucked into the northeast corner of the Peaks Massif, as the breaking dawn lights up Wilson Peak.
The Stargazer Penthouse, tucked into the northeast corner of the Peaks Massif, as the breaking dawn lights up Wilson Peak.
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The well-appointed kitchen, complete with Viking appliances and a large granite dining island/bar.
The well-appointed kitchen, complete with Viking appliances and a large granite dining island/bar.
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The master bedroom has a private deck and fireplace – and views of Sneffels Range.
The master bedroom has a private deck and fireplace – and views of Sneffels Range.
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The cozy main floor fireplace nook – with a view of the Mountain Village core.
The cozy main floor fireplace nook – with a view of the Mountain Village core.
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The great room with a spiral staircase that leads to upstairs/downstairs; the great room, with views of the Sneffels Range.
The great room with a spiral staircase that leads to upstairs/downstairs; the great room, with views of the Sneffels Range.
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The kiva-esque master bathroom.
The kiva-esque master bathroom.
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There is a difference between seeing a place – and truly feeling it.

“It’s one thing to come here for a showing,” says The Peaks’ listing broker Mike “Shimmy” Shimkonis, standing before a sweeping panel of wraparound windows that gives this stunning three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath residence its Stargazer Penthouse . “To sit here for awhile and watch the sun move across the horizon – that’s pretty amazing.

“This place is different.”

There is indeed a subtle difference between appreciating the home’s ambiance – shades of chocolate and crimson, trimmed with ornate yet refined finishes – and coming to understand its character.

It’s only upon viewing the unfolding high-elevation panorama – from the Sneffels Range to Utah’s La Sal Mountains, sitting in, say, the penthouse living room’s Tuscan leather club chair – that the serenity of Stargazer’s views starts to seep into your soul. The chair is set in one of the middle floor’s many separate yet contiguous alcoves tucked in throughout its open middle-floor format, where the home’s undemanding livability is at its most beguiling.

It’s a place, Shimkonis observes, where you want to stay awhile.

The Stargazer Penthouse is perched on the far northeast corner of the The Peaks’ sixth floor, connected to the Grand Heritage-managed hotel property (with access to all its amenities, from the award-winning Golden Door Spa to the pool, waterslide and hot tubs; the concierge and shuttle services; on-site restaurants and in-room private dining) a few steps from the Telluride golf course and ski area.

“It’s for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands, and who wants to maximize their time with family and not fuss with anything.

“It’s all here,” says Shimkonis.

The Peaks itself has undergone millions of dollars’ worth of renovations since it was purchased by Peaks Capital Partners, a group of Telluride investors, in 2009. Since that time, the property has seen a series of upgrades. Renovations to its spa and Great Room, the construction of a new, 1,600-square foot family game room and an overhaul of the guest rooms have helped Mountain Village’s largest hotel gain an uptick in occupancy, sales and guest satisfaction in recent years.

Built in 1992, at just over 2,500 square feet (and another 300 feet of deck space), Stargazer was originally designed by Sandra Chancey of the Florida-based Chancey Interior Design, and is well-appointed without being overpowering. It was remodeled in 2005.

After its world-class views, the space’s greatest appeal comes from its high quality of workmanship, as evidenced in design elements both large and small.

Middle Floor is Key

to the Flow

The open-format kitchen, with its dusty red brick floors, custom wood cabinets and Viking range in a stone setting, is the true centerpiece of the home’s middle floor. Flanking the kitchen is a breakfast niche, ideal for informal meals. A large granite center island, surrounded by leather stools, offers further seating options, as does the relatively formal ten-person dining table in the center of the room.

It’s all encompassed by exposed log beams and ornate wood trim that lend an overarching rustic feel to the inviting spaces.

Connecting the three floors is an elaborate wrought-iron spiral staircase, winding down to the home’s lowest floor, where the master and guest bedrooms as well as the den are located, and leads upwards, as well, to Stargazer’s upstairs bunkroom.

Downstairs, the master suite boasts its own study and stonework gas fireplace, private deck and a master bath from where anyone using the shower or the hot tub can enjoy spectacular views of the northeast skyline.

The downstairs guest bedroom is smaller, but hardly lacks for luxury, with, as its focal point, a custom red sandstone shower – reminiscent of a kiva, it’s embellished with Anasazi-inspired rock art.

The downstairs den – with a pullout sleeper sofa, it can double as a fourth bedroom – benefits from a custom floor-to-ceiling entertainment center, and adds to the penthouse’s overall carefully-planned separation of space and its easy-living flow.

Upstairs, with a log-beam bunk bed, multiple built-in wood storage benches, a spacious bathroom and interior Roman balcony, is the perfect children’s hideaway.  

Overall, boasting surprisingly livable spaces (wrapped into the Peaks’ comprehensive amenities package), the Stargazer Penthouse represents a paradigm of convenience and luxury.

For more information about The Peaks’ Stargazer Penthouse, visit www.stargazerpenthousetelluride.com.
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