John Denver’s house in Aspen is up for sale again! (Updated listing photos!)

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Yes, the news is TRUE my fellow House Crazies and John Denver fans – John Denver’s former home in the Starwood subdivision of Aspen, Colorado is up for sale again!

A couple years ago, I did a post on all the information I could dig up about John’s former home – including old listing photos when the house last sold in 1999. You can view that post here.

Now, because it is up for sale again, we get to view all new recent photos of John’s former home!

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The aspen trees have gotten bigger but the house is looking pretty darn good.

I was delighted to find that the home has been so well kept. It seems like the current owners maintained the house much in the way it was when they bought it.

Have a look at how the interior appears today:

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The listing agent is Aspen property broker Carol Dopkin, who incidentally, handled the sale of this home in 1999, two years after John’s tragic death.

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The entire property is more of a compound comprised of a main house featuring 6 bedrooms, and a guest house with 5 bedrooms on 2 separately deeded lots, both with separate addresses and driveways. A quaint walking path connects the two homes and both are being sold together for the sum of $10,750,000.

Recall that the home last sold in 1999 for $3.68 million.

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Recall also that John Denver himself designed this home in the early 1970’s!

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From the photos of the main house, it still feels like John lives here.

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One of John’s favorite spots on the property was this deck with the panoramic views:

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The estate encompasses almost 8 acres of green grassy pastures and undulating mountain views.

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John’s former home is located in a gated community called Starwood – the namesake for his famous song “Starwood in Aspen“. 

You CANNOT access the property unless you have an appointment with the listing agent. This is to prevent all us die-hard Denver fans from flooding the place as if it were a museum. And some would argue that it should be a museum!

These listing photos are as close as most of us will ever get to John Denver’s amazing abode.

But, as I said in my last post about John’s house, there is a public place nearby where all are welcome to pay their respects to the late great singer: The John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen.

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

I visited the Sanctuary again last summer and the city of Aspen had expanded the park and made some major improvements. It really is a spectacular place to visit if you are ever in Aspen – and it is totally free!

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

photo credit: Sarah Felix Burns

Rest in peace John – we will always love and respect you!

John Denver Sanctuary

 

~ House Crazy Sarah ~

 

Sources:

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/12442354-113/denver-aspen-bedroom-dopkin

http://aspenrealestate.caroldopkin.com/idx/11652/details.php?idxID=177&listingID=134799

http://www.aspenchamber.org/what-to-do/trip-highlights/john-denver/

 

Feel free to leave your comments and recollections about John in the comment section below…

 

 

21 Comments

  • Sue says:

    I loved John Denver and not too many around like him anymore. So nice to see the house again in all its country glory. Someone is going to get a wonderful place to call home.

    • colin morton john denvers,number one fan. says:

      there is only one john denver.there will never be another,not now,not in the future. there is only one john denver,

  • Nick Kirby says:

    heading up town for some powerball tickets.my only hope :)

  • Fran Ligori says:

    What a mind OUR John Denver had. Beautiful, heart touching music, beautiful home designed from this same mind. how else could his music have turned out, sitting in a place like this, with the view he loved, had to fill his mind with loving thoughts. How excited Annie must have been when john was confiding his plans for their home. Thanks for sharing these pictures of their home.

  • Starlight says:

    I recognize the photo of the boulder you’re standing next to, Sarah… I have one that’s identical to it which I took during a visit to the Windstar Foundation land ten years ago this month. That’s where that boulder ( which I really consider to be a headstone) originally was located. It was close to the main building, on the path that connected the main building with the parking area. The Foundation land is what I miss most of all, even more than the house. That land- all 957 acres of it- can only be described as a little piece of Heaven that fell from the sky. It was and is a paradise, and I can only hope and pray that the person who bought it recognizes that its value lies in its beauty, not in whatever he may be thinking of putting on it. The land was John’s legacy, the jewel in his crown. How anyone can look at it and not be moved by its history is beyond me.

    I’ve been a fan of John’s since I was little, and when I was a teenager, his music led me to Christ. He also was the reason I was able to survive some pretty serious struggles with depression while I was growing up. I have all but 3 of his albums on cassette ( CD’s weren’t available when I bought or was given most of them) and several remakes of different ones on CD . And I used to have a copy of his autobiography that I bought right after it was first published, but it got lost during one of my moves. No matter- I read it all the way through more than once, and loved it. My favorite CD/DVD these days is the one of him singing and speaking at a place in Denver in 1995. It contains what I believe is most likely the only known recording of “The Wandering Soul”, which is one of the last songs he wrote before his death. I’ve never seen any other recordings of that song available anywhere else. There’s another song on there called “In the Healing Time” which I also love very much. When I’m upset or stressed, John’s music helps me relax and soothes me. There’ve been times when he quite literally has sung me to sleep at night. That was one of his gifts- one of the traits that made him so special to so many people. He had the rare ability to relieve pain and stress in others, just by using his voice. I’ve only seen one or two other musicians or singers that had that gift- there just aren’t that many of them. He left this world a better place by being here, for sure.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos of his home. They are to be treasured. Whoever ends up buying the house(s) is going to get a marvelous place to live.

    • housecrazy says:

      Thanks for your recollections Starlight….. I am a huge fan too and I miss John Denver mightily. I am proud to live in Colorado because that was John’s muse & inspiration for so many things.

  • Lynda Knight says:

    I am planning on relocating to Colorado. I was 12 when I began listening to Johns music…I was and still am the only ‘fan’ in my peer group. I knew we were kindred spirits and I would have wanted to be his friend….not because he was a famous musician, but because he saw the same beauty in nature that I did. He used it to create the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard, the kind that touched my soul and I can not wait to see him when I leave this earth. I would love to connect and find more people who believe in his message, I wanted to apply at the foundation for ‘any position’ only to discover it had been sold. I would love to know where the best area to settle down if you are in the lower middle class….as of today, I can not find anything that I can afford.

  • Barbara says:

    I wish his foundation would buy his home and make it a John Denver museum. If I could afford it, I would buy it and do just that. I love his music. He was such a wonderful songwriter and musician. I was privileged to get to see him twice in concert. BAP

  • Amelia Townsend says:

    Thank you so much for keeping John Denver’s memory and his handiwork alive. He was a talented visionary who most of all was human.

  • Gloria Martinez says:

    What a great sight thanks for shering, and the only other person that is close to John is Dan Fogelberg his music like John’s is relaxing, I lived in Denver all my life but have never made it to see his memorial on day I will make just like I would like to see Dan’s also.

  • Jenny Jones, Wales, UK. says:

    John was a true inspiration to one and all. His wonderful music, his compassion for his fellow human beings, his absolute love of nature, its creatures and the beautiful world that God gave us. I truly wish that I had been fortunate enough to have seen him in concert, but now have to be satisfied with listening to his unforgettable and calming voice, and watching his concerts on dvds. Like many of you I wish I could afford to buy his beautiful home, that he so lovingly designed and built.
    As I live in UK, well a small country called Wales that’s a part of UK, I am planning a trip within the next 12 month to the States. It is a trip that I have wanted to do since I was a young girl. The highlight of my trip of a lifetime will be to visit Aspen, and the John Denver Sanctuary. Thank you for reading my reply.

  • beverlym52 says:

    I loved his “Grandma’s Feather Bed” performance on The Muppet Show. What a great guy. What a great loss.

  • Alice Hoff says:

    After all these years I still miss John Denver tremendously. To me life has suffered a huge loss and whenever I hear a song by him only reminds me more how his music was so special…I am now 74 but age has not dwindled the respect and love I felt for him and his music…

  • Dick says:

    I met John at the Denver airport shortly before his passing. I walked up to him (in my pilot uniform) and said “John Denver?” He put his carry-on bag down and stopped to shake my hand. We walked down the concourse together talking about flying and I told him how much his music meant to me. I still tear up when I think about him and miss him immensely. He had such a huge influence on who I am today, and he was way ahead of his time in all the good he did for the world through his environmental and humanitarian deeds.
    There has been a hole in my heart ever since…

    • Sarah says:

      Dick, Thanks for sharing your memory of John – I can picture him doing that.I still listen to his music all the time and it does keep a piece of him here on earth with us.

  • Cindy says:

    Dear Sarah, Thank you for your update on John’s home. I’ve always loved him as an artist, but didn’t know much about him as a person. This week I find myself listening to every song and trying to learn all I can about him. Could it be because the anniversary of the crash is nearing? Not sure as this has not happened in prior years. However, I believe John to be a remarkable man – in all areas of his life. I would believe the balance between work and home was a constant struggle as it can be for any of us that are self-employed. My house-mate seems to have similar behavior patterns, so I can feel for his family as well. However, I’ve only been to CO once in my life and I would love to ask you to pass along a prayer next time you visit John’s song garden, from a girl who desires a simple life as described in his lovely words and songs. He’s still with us every day! Take good care!!

    • Sarah says:

      Absolutely Cindy :)

      • Jim Weidinger says:

        Thank you so much for doing this site, Sarah! When
        I first moved to the Denver area in December of 1973, Rocky Mountain High was playing on the radio. I was leaving a very unhappy job situation and was looking the make a big change in my life. Subsequently, I bought every John Denver album I could find and transferred all the songs onto eight track tapes so I could play them while I was driving. I really believe he helped in my transpiration and happiness the rest of my life. I remember
        Recently watched his life story on TV and just finished reading his autobiography, which was published a few years before his death. He is continuing to be an inspiration to me. He had quite a happy life in most ways but still was so insecure in others.

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