Welcome to The Masterpiece at The ColonyPark City, UT.
A new contemporary mountain masterpiece presents an intriguing new vision for a ski-in, ski-out luxury turnkey experience in Park City.
White Pine Canyon has long been a source of inspiration — if not for its natural riches, then for its brilliant works of art made by Mother Nature herself. Towering aspen groves and conifer forests, rolling meadows and streams are set against monumental peaks, craggy ridges and dramatic back bowls, painting a picture of Utah that exists beyond time. Moose, deer, bear, coyote and other wildlife still roam on the land. Only in the last two decades has this breathtaking landscape become the staging ground for The Colony, Park City’s most exclusive gated ski-in, ski-out enclave.
It was here, warmed by a mid-summer’s sun, that a visionary Atlanta couple in search of the perfect ski-in, ski-out Park City home made a momentous discovery amid The Colony’s hilly terrain. Cradled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, a gently sloped 3.29-acre plot offered a dose of wanted privacy with trail access appropriate for all levels of skiers. The location opened to panoramas sweeping across a small lake to Iron Mountain, the ski runs of the Canyons Resort, and a 10,000-foot ridge between Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon. A flat pad large enough to build a future guesthouse added to the allure of the site. The topography provided the couple’s first spark of imagination. This was where they would build their dream: a mountain contemporary vision that offered a gathering place for friends and family, a balance of indoor/outdoor living, and spaces that still felt intimate for two people.
Their 2.5-year journey recently culminated in the completion of one of Park City’s most creative and masterful interpretations of a mountain home.
With the help of their real estate agent, Brad Jensen of Coldwell Banker Realty in Park City, the couple assembled a talented local collaborative of architects, interior designers, builders, and over 60 craftsmen to bring their vision forward. The team had experience working together before and understood the unique complexities in crafting a large custom home in a mountainous environment. Developed by Craig Construction, in collaboration with Mark Walker of Otto/Walker Architecture, Paula Berg Design Associates, the residence stands as a testament to their commitment to executing a private residence of flawless quality and singular detail.
Architect Mark Walker took great pains to position the home on the site to take full advantage of its position overlooking The Colony’s majestic White Pine Canyon. An exterior of steel and rock gives the home a commanding presence as varied angles and sloping rooflines create visual interest. The ambitious 13,500 square-foot floorplan reflected the couple’s desire for all above-grade living that prioritizes views, natural light, and a connection with the natural landscape.
A grand pivot door swings open to reveal awe-inspiring 180-degree views of forest and ski runs via 16-foot walls of glass as your eye sweeps across a small lake. The dramatic scenery draws you further inside the light and bright great room, anchored by a striking contemporary fireplace and TV feature lined with floor-to-ceiling textured Italian basalt. The glass walls slide open and disappear to create indoor/outdoor living on the heated patio, which spans the entire rear length of the house and encompasses built-in lounge areas, a fire pit, a gas BBQ, and a hot tub large enough for the entire family.
Opening from the great room is a double dining area and gourmet kitchen, where a beautiful natural stone backsplash has been extended to the ceiling. Centered around an island with oversized windows and offering portraits of lake and mountain, the kitchen has been appointed with everything a modern-day chef could want: a large commercial cooking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, pizza oven, and more. A generous butler’s pantry connects to the kitchen. A wet bar is conveniently situated off of the dining area and a gallery-like wine wall rests just beyond, on the other side. All of these touches facilitate seamless flow while entertaining and set a tone of sophisticated hospitality for the entire residence.
Unique rooms and custom features reflect the unrestrained creativity that went into the design of this home while providing moments of surprise. One such standout is the ski prep room, which the design team transformed into a showpiece with large picture windows and doors leading outside, a luxe wall of boot warmers and ski lockers, and custom low bench seating so as not to have your view impeded. Meanwhile, the “Bento Room” offers a fun play on a traditional bunk room with six bento-style beds, meant to accommodate a whole family who may want to stay in one area yet have their own spaces. Intended to be comfortable for children and adults alike, the unique space offers six private sleeping quarters with individual ventilation systems, lighting panels, and privacy curtains, plus an open entertainment space and dining area, play area, storage cabinets, and a communal-style bath with two sets of sinks, showers, and water closets.
Two private guest bedroom suites, each with a fireplace, walk-in closet, and view, complete this wing of the house. Tucked away in its own wing on the opposite side of the house and set behind double doors is the primary bedroom suite. Comparable to a world-class hotel, this bedroom suite was designed to be a world unto its own with a sitting area, wet bar, sleeping area with fireplace and pop-up TV, private attached laundry room, and expansive windows and doors that open up to a private patio where you can take in the changing scenes of flora and fauna throughout the year. The design team took special care when it came to the bath, settling on a plan that provided a balance of his-and-her separation — such as two points of entry, two sinks, and two water closets — with shared common space and spa amenities like the freestanding tub and steam shower.
Completing this level is a mudroom located off the five-car garage and a main laundry room.
Take the elevator (or the stairs), and you’ll find a loft lounge area flooded with natural light and forested views. A generously sized bedroom suite offers hotel-like comfort with a fireplace featuring unique brick detail all the way to the ceiling, a large walk-in closet, and a spa-like bath with dual sinks, a separate shower, a freestanding tub, and a private water closet. From the private deck, you can glimpse the tops of the Aspen trees and the cascading landscape below.
In another unexpected twist on the mountain home, the design team flipped the game room — commonly placed below-grade with little natural light — to the top of the house. This vast open-concept space serves is an après-ski paradise with a massive media lounge centered around a 10-foot long fireplace and TV, dining area, golf simulator, racquetball court, spaces for multiple game tables, and an entertainer’s bar with a pass-through to the deck, plus a powder room and shower. The deck opens to big views and a firepit — the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the slopes. Adjacent to this space is an exercise room and another full bedroom suite, which could be converted into a spa or wellness suite.
A second-floor laundry room completes this level.
Bespoke Materials and Finishes
Park City interior designer Paula Berg worked tirelessly with the owners to execute a vision for the interiors that celebrated their appreciation for nature and eye for artistic detail. Berg’s approach to natural and innovative pairings of materials, especially textures, patinas, and surface contrasts aligned perfectly with their sensibilities.
Together, they curated each and every detail inside the residence. The goal? To create a place of warmth and European-style sophistication.
Authentic hardwood floors throughout blend with one-of-a-kind granites and natural stones, artisan tiles and mosaics, woven and textured wallpapers, custom furnishings, rugs, artwork, lighting, and bespoke linens — embroidered to match to the wallpaper in some rooms. A patinaed wall in the dining area gives it a timeless, hand-touched effect. Particular attention was paid to the materials that the owners would touch and feel every day. Doors in the primary bedroom tuck inside the wall, seeming to disappear when open. Motorized blinds become concealed when up during the day. Great attention was paid to technology throughout the home with features like an integrated sound system, state-of-the-art security, audio/visual, and more. All exterior decks and patios, and the driveway are heated.
Living at The Colony
Park City’s abundant recreation is waiting just beyond your door in The Colony. In winter, enjoy exclusive ski and snowboard access to The Canyons side of Park City Mountain Resort. When the snow melts in the spring, you’ll have a network of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, connecting you to over 400 miles of single-track trails throughout the surrounding area. The acclaimed 26-mile “Mid-Mountain Trail” runs right through The Colony, designated an “Epic Trail” by the International Mountain Biking Association. A location only 35 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport and minutes to Park City’s historic Main Street with all of its world-class dining and shopping means you can enjoy the best of worlds — in your own world away from home.
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Park City, UT 84098