John Hendricks, the founder of Discovery Incorporated, has listed his fantastical Colorado retreat for $279 million. The property includes a private estate, as well as a resort. Aspen is 170 miles away.
The estate is anchored by a hyper-stylized, 20,000 square-foot take on Mesa-rustic, a 2001-built postmodern that meditates on transitions between vernacular and high styles. The mansion blends pueblo design with log cabin, tossing in riffs on medieval and cathedral architecture along the way; the dining room’s groin vault ceiling is entirely unique.
As is the sculpted ceiling of the step-down living room, which also features a kiva-style fireplace and a stone turret inset with decorative niches. The interior of the turret plays home to the house’s library, which features a staircase rising along the wall and niche built-ins.
The kiva-style gets a lot of attention in the home; a master suite receives one, and there’s another that plays host to a cozy outdoor gathering area, one of many that help comprise the 3,500 square feet of the home’s immediate outdoor living space. Other details include stained glass, reclaimed wood, and decorative and support columns.
There are 14 bedrooms in the home, but many more on the property at large, apparently. Its 8,700 acres of land includes an auto museum. Recreational possibilities are endless, with fishing, rafting or kayaking, motorsports and ATV trails, and horseback riding. High-end features include a pair of helipads and a small observatory.
The resort on the site, known as Gateway Canyons Resort, includes 72 suites, 14 casitas, and five restaurants. There is also conference space.
Hendricks saw Discovery go live in 1982. In 2014, he launched CuriosityStream, a documentary-only subscription streaming service.