Timeless Meets Modern

BY Katie Shapiro | January 21, 2019 | Feature Features

After more than 65 developed homes, Bob Bowden designs his favorite.
The 14,000-square-foot modern masterpiece sits atop the 11th hole of the Maroon Creek Club with sweeping views from every room.

Perched high up on Pfister Drive near Buttermilk Mountain and atop the 11th hole of the Maroon Creek Club sits Bob Bowden’s latest mountain masterpiece. It’s the indomitable developer’s favorite project to date, and with more than 30 years of building and selling bespoke homes in Aspen, that is a very
bold statement.

Bowden Companies covers everything, including development, sales, rentals, property management and interior design, the latter of which came to life as the storefront Aspen Design Room and is currently looking for a new location. The Tiehack House—a 14,000-square-foot residence inhabiting 3 acres—is his eponymous empire’s 65th project to date, of which 60 are still occupied by the original buyers.

This deliberate vertically integrated approach is immediately evident, which Bowden likens to a “one-stop shop of real estate” and says that clients are often surprised to find that he himself is the one showing around prospective agents and buyers during his high-profile open houses (he sells his properties under the Global Luxury umbrella of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse).

The soothing sound of a rushing water feature in the open atrium below the driveway greets guests before entering through a striking single-pane-glass front door. A straight-through, sweeping view of the mountains to the north awaits through the main-floor living room and kitchen, separated by a floor-to-ceiling floating fireplace handcrafted from forced patina steel and gold quartzite.

“From Red Mountain, which faces south, everyone thinks that’s the best view in town. But those homes are just brutal in the afternoon. We’ve had many homeowners from that area come up here, and they’ve said to me, ‘Wow, we’re out of the direct sun, and this perspective is really pretty amazing,’” says Bowden.

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