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Polished Architectural Precision

Ultra-Modern Comfort in Boulder's Whittier Neighborhood

Article by Tony Firestine

Photography by Upland Construction

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

Nestled in Boulder's esteemed Whittier neighborhood along the prestigious Alpine Drive, an extraordinary residence is underway poised to redefine luxury living. Crafted by the renowned Upland Construction, esteemed for their exceptional homes in Boulder, this forthcoming masterpiece is set to exemplify sophisticated modern living in downtown Boulder. Elegantly perched atop the Alpine/Balsam bluff, this future home promises an unparalleled lifestyle experience with sweeping vistas to the south and east. Upland Construction's acquisition of the sloping lot was a strategic move. The aim was to create an extraordinary living space, meticulously crafted to complement the natural surroundings while providing privacy and tranquility. The envisioned plans for this property have already captured the imagination, with a focus on integrating lush landscaping, a heated pool, multiple decks and patios into the design.

Anticipated for completion by Spring 2024, this modern marvel is a testament to a collaborative effort between Compass and Zach Zeldner, both revered in Boulder's real estate domain. With a sterling track record and recognition as one of the Top 50 Compass Realtors nationwide, Zach's dedication to his clients and unparalleled expertise in the local market has made him an invaluable asset. Compass, the leading brokerage renowned for its dominance in the luxury home market, ensures that this project will get nationwide visibility along with local exposure in Boulder's real estate landscape. 

What truly sets this home apart is its architectural finesse. Architect Geoff Harris has brought an exquisite blend of materials—rusted Corten steel panels, limestone tiles from Veracruz Mexico and exposed raw concrete—seamlessly integrating them to create a visually stunning exterior. Inside, the play of natural light on hand-troweled clay walls and wood elements infuses the space with warmth and serenity, making it an ideal place for both family living and entertaining guests. The design inspiration for this home embodies an ultra-modern aesthetic across its three levels. Boasting wide-plank white oak floors, towering ceilings and expansive windows, the interior emphasizes natural light and panoramic vistas. The inclusion of a Savaria elevator, media room, wet bar, fitness room and second laundry room further elevates the property's appeal, offering unparalleled comfort and convenience.

Highlighted within the design are several standout elements that distinguish this property. From modern and detailed features such as lit art walls, LED lighting and luxurious finishes to the integration of a comprehensive Control4 Home Automation system. With an emphasis on energy efficiency, 19+kW of owned solar energy panels line the roof, and the home’s estimated HERS (Home Energy Rating System) index is zero. Every facet of this home is designed with meticulous attention to detail and sustainability in mind.

Other noteworthy amenities encompass a gourmet chef's kitchen with Dacor appliances, five bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, three separate powder bathrooms, 2 wet bars, a primary suite coffee bar, a glassed-in gym providing a tranquil view of the heated pool and an oversized 2.5-car garage with a storage/workshop area. This 4,428-square-foot residence seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces, ideal for both lavish entertaining and luxurious living.

The allure of this property extends beyond its architectural greatness; it's a blend of location and amenities. Situated within a coveted residential enclave, the neighborhood offers both stunning views of the mountains and convenient access to downtown Boulder, Pearl St, Ideal Market and the 29th St Mall, all while maintaining a serene atmosphere away from the bustling city life.

The genesis of this build intertwines the vision of Upland Construction, the marketing expertise of Zach Zeldner and the architectural prowess of Geoff Harris, creating a masterpiece that promises to redefine luxury living in Boulder. From its breathtaking design to its cutting-edge amenities and sustainable features, this residence is set to leave an indelible mark on the landscape of the Front Range area, setting new standards for contemporary living.