Steven Shane of Compass (compass.com) is undoubtedly a real estate visionary. Hot off the heels of completing his latest and greatest project in Aspen, Risingmountain defies all expectations.
Steven Shane, Compass
Tell us a little more about Risingmountain! What was the inspiration and vision behind the project? The buyer of this extraordinary property will want a remarkable home. The lot features some of the most dramatic views in Aspen, but the lot is challenging. I wanted an architect who thinks outside the box and has the vision to create something to blend within Red Mountain’s natural surroundings while respecting the native habitat. I wanted an environmentally conscious house with limited strain on the ecosystem. Net zero, if possible. That’s the way of the world for today’s affluent, intelligent, eco-friendly buyersat least it should be. In essence, a marriage of form and function appropriate to the location.
How does your architectural taste compare in contrast with NO ARCHITECTURE? Ha, I am often asked what kind of taste I have. My answer is “good.” I like design that resonates with me, and it differs. I appreciate a well-executed contemporary or traditional home and, occasionally, a combination. I like barn wood, but I also like steel and glass. I like peaked and flat roofs, back and white paint, and stacked stone—a well-designed home can resonate with me no matter the style.
Feast your eyes on renderings of Risingmountain, Compass’ latest interior wonder in Aspen.
How was your background in real estate helpful for this project? I have seen more homes than most. I’ve been in real estate for twenty-five years and primarily in the luxury sector. There are timeless designed homes and homes that miss the mark. NO Architecture took this project to heart ad created something special. It’s their design. My input was limited to capturing views and sharing the demands of high net-worth Aspen buyers.
What does your ideal day look like in Aspen? That depends on the time of the year, although closing on a property for a happy buyer or seller works all four seasons. I work traditionally, so weekends are for fun. Skiing in the winter and cycling in the summer. Time with my family and friends is paramount.
How does this project compare to any of your others? A buyer’s vision (or lack thereof) should be considered. I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years and still am amazed at the execution of the architects and contractors. The project is completed, and I say-oh yeah. Genius