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A 130-Year-Old Miner’s Cottage From Aspen’s Silver Boom Is Now a $12 Million Home

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position: Aspen, Colorado

price: $12.25 million

This 1888 Miner’s Cottage in Downtown Aspen The addition of Scandinavian style has given it a light and airy upgrade.

Colorado’s Rocky Mountain home has a contemporary metal corrugated extension that follows the gable of the original home. Its historic façade harks back to a bygone era, built in the 1880s when Aspen was a newly established and booming silver mining town.

The extension has clean lines, flush windows and a garage-style rear door.

Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

Named XO House, the property’s design is a simple and elegant theme in pale tones. Bright locally milled oak floors and clean lines in the loft space give it a Nordic feel. Wide windows offer mountain views and the Italian designer’s kitchen with ample wine cellars for 230 bottles of wine.

“Aspen has many homes that combine history with modern design.This one is truly unique in its attention to detail and charm. The property was renovated in 2017 and offers panoramic views of Mount Aspen, Mount Shadow and the surrounding valley.

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A new extension to the property features a custom oak and metal floating staircase connecting three floors. The kitchen opens onto the courtyard through a bi-fold glass door, and the vaulted living room has a wood-burning stove.

A highlight of the home is the spacious 500 square foot upper deck with hot tub. The Aspen penthouse has a similarly sized terrace, but sales details say it’s no longer being built downtown. (In 2012, the city council imposed a height limit on downtown buildings to prevent new structures from blocking sunlight and mountain views.)


The 3,301 square foot home has a primary bedroom with loft and 3 additional bedrooms in the basement, with 4 bathrooms (3 full and 2 half). It sits on a 4,334 square foot lot including the front yard.


The house has a heated 1 car attached garage. It also has additional alley parking spaces and hookups for electric car chargers.

In addition to the wood stove in the cabin, the home has a gas fireplace, pre-wired for Sonos audio and built-in ceiling speakers.

The kitchen is by Valcucine, which manufactures modern and well-equipped Italian designer kitchens. There are Miele kitchen appliances such as steam ovens and Italian glass countertops, as well as extensive wine storage in the lower cabinets and wine refrigerator.

The home also has wood-framed windows and doors by Jeld-Wen Custom. Kitchen Lacantina doors with German door hinges. The main his bedroom suite has a king size bed, walk-in closet with mountain views, double vanities, deep soaking tub and ensuite bathroom with separate shower. His three bedrooms on the lower level have Italian beds, and the main bathroom has a Hastings Chelsea bathtub and steam his shower.

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design notes

The home was designed by Brian May of Colorado-based Roland + Broughton Architecture. Featured in Mountain Living magazine and other lifestyle and architecture publications.

Neighborhood Note

Our East Cooper Avenue property is located in downtown Aspen, just 2 blocks from City Market, home to many delis, grocery stores, and bakeries. Located near the Silver Queen Gondola or Chairlift that travels 2.5 miles to the top of Aspen Mountain.

Agents: Mandy Wergos, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty

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