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A Cherry Hills Masterpiece

Inside 4949 Fairfax Street, a Cherry Hills real estate gem offering unmatched architectural quality and unrivaled Rocky Mountain views

Article by Kelli Ruhl

Photography by Teri Fotheringham Photography

Originally published in Cherry Creek Lifestyle

Cheat Sheet:

Style: Two-Story

Builder: Harrison Custom Homes

Year: 2004

Exterior: Limestone, Copper, Slate

Lot Size: 2.31 Acres

Total Square Feet: 17,841

Finished Square Feet: 17,537

Basement Square Feet: 5,981 (95% Finished)

Total Bedrooms: Five

Total Bathrooms: 10

Parking: Four-Car Attached Garage & Detached Carriage Garage

Fireplaces: Seven

School District: Cherry Creek

Home Price: $9,950,000

One look at the stately limestone exterior of 4949 South Fairfax Street in Cherry Hills Village, and it is clear you are looking at something exceptional. Stunning iron gates ensure privacy and tranquility, serenely guarding the home’s pristine 2.3-acre property. Lush, mature landscaping leads up to a large circular driveway and the entrance to a residence that, as renowned Denver Realtor Jeff Hendley puts it, “exudes quality from every corner.”

As Jeff, a founding agent at Compass’s Denver operation, notes, the style of the home defies classification. While some have described it as a European manor or a home befitting life in the English countryside, Jeff sees it as “a family home with the perfect blend of masculine and feminine appeal,” and adds that “while it may be... grand in structure and presence, it is also a very inviting family home.” While the almost 18,000 square foot home boasts a central location just minutes from I-25 and a bevy of local amenities, it also offers unparalleled privacy, from the entry gates and private drive to the perimeter trees strategically placed to block out views of neighboring homes. The highest quality materials were used at every turn in the realization of the home, which boasts a zero-upkeep exterior of limestone, copper and glass, with a Pennsylvania slate roof to top off its superior composition.

The home’s immaculate grounds, while perfectly suited to relaxation on par with an island getaway, also cater flawlessly to hosting gatherings large and small. Complete with a multi-level circular bluestone zero-edge pool, hot tub, dry pond surrounded by a rock and flower garden, multiple fountains and fire pits, an exterior sound system and a number of patios, the manicured landscape is a large part of what makes this home so utterly outstanding.

While the property commands well-earned admiration, it’s beauty is closely rivaled by the home’s lavish interior, which boasts ten bathrooms and five bedrooms. The main level hosts a gourmet kitchen and a gorgeous library, while two-story floor-to-ceiling windows arc high over the great room, stretching to a ceiling crafted with beautiful details and cove lighting. Not to be outdone, the home’s lower level features an extensive array of entertaining opportunities, including a masterpiece cherrywood bar, a state-of-the-art home theater, an exercise room, a “classically designed” cigar/card room, a climate-controlled wine cellar and a guest suite, all complemented by sweeping garden views.

Though its competition is stiff, one of the most entrancing rooms in the home is the master suite, a 2,000 square foot haven that includes a sitting room, coffee bar, walk-in closet, luxurious bathroom complete with a steam shower, and a large balcony overlooking the property’s breathtaking landscape. Another truly magical space—and one of Jeff’s personal favorites—is the loggia, which overlooks the property to the west with the Rocky Mountains on the horizon. As Jeff notes, “There is just nothing better.”

Beyond the laundry list of sensational features that make up 4949 South Fairfax Street, Jeff notes that one specific hallmark of the home trumps all others: the unrivaled panoramic views of the rocky mountains that can be viewed from a myriad of towering windows, tranquil terraces and perennial-plush patios. As Jeff affirms, the “superior quality, superior views and superior lifestyle experience of this property are unmatched.”

Amenities worth swooning over:

  • Elevator to all levels

  • Fully appointed guest apartment with separate entrance

  • Underground pool and fountain vaults

  • Custom made fireplace doors on all seven fireplaces

  • Radiant heated motor court and patios

  • Courtyard

  • Detached Carriage Garage offers two additional parking spaces, car lift and workshop

“The proof is in the craftsmanship...”:

  • In order to truly understand the value and scope of the home, the homeowner hired a well-known builder to generate plans and specs to rebuild this property in today’s market environment; the builder’s conservative estimate exceeded $22 million. As Jeff notes, “the proof is in the craftsmanship...the next owner of this property can rest assured they are getting an extraordinary value.”

  • Photo: Ladd Forde
  • Photo: Ladd Forde
  • Photo: Ladd Forde
  • Photo: Ladd Forde
  • Photo: Ladd Forde