This home is located in Observatory Park, an established neighborhood of Southeast Denver. This unusually large lot had an existing small home that was demolished. One large tree became the centerpiece of the south facing courtyard, providing welcome shade during the summer months.
The owner’s wanted a Mediterranean villa style home. The main floor is 3200 SF, of which 800 SF is allocated to the mother-in-law apartment. The spaces are arranged around a south facing courtyard, with the mother-in-law apartment forming the western wing of the enclosure. The main floor has formal living and dinning rooms, a great room and a generous kitchen. Off the living and dining rooms is a sunroom with exposure on its east, south and west sides. Rather than relegate one of the owners to working in a spare bedroom or the basement, two home offices are located on the main floor.
The kitchen has a casual eating area as well as a hearth room. It is a cozy room with exposed timbers at its lowered ceiling. A cabinet on one side of the fireplace has a door through the exterior wall for stocking firewood. The kitchen has two islands at its center, the division between them allowing easy flow from one work area to another. Multiple work areas in the kitchen are an advantage for entertaining and family gathering.
A sweeping stair leads from the foyer to the 2100 SF upper floor. A loft and bridge lead to the master bedroom suite, 3 additional bedroom/bath suites and a second laundry room. The master bedroom has 2 Juliet balconies, opening to the east. From the master bedroom and bath, there is access to a balcony above the sunroom.
The finished basement adds 1800 SF to the livable area. It has a large media room w/ state of the art home theatre equipment, a recreation room and a wet bar. There is also a wine cellar located under the sunroom. This cellar actually has a concrete lid as well as concrete walls and floor, so it also functions as a fireproof vault. Two additional bedrooms provide exercise and meditating spaces.
This beautiful home functions well for its owners and it creates an outdoor room that is private and pleasant to be in year round. It is surrounded and screened by trees that were preserved, making the home seem as if it has been part of the site as long as the trees have been there.