Visions of French Marble Danced in His Head, Boulder County’s Real-Life Gingerbread House

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Visions of French Marble Danced in His Head, Boulder County’s Real-Life Gingerbread House

Gingerbread, first baked in Europe at the end of the 11th century, has been used to model mini homes by bakers and children for centuries. And for good reason- the aromatic spiced bread is not only tasty, but lasts. If one home represents the lasting-equivalent of a modern day gingerbread house, rich with detail, it would be Maison Caribou, Boulder County’s real life gingerbread home.

Listed by Carliss and Jeff Erickson of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, the storied estate, located in Caribou Springs Ranch, fifteen minutes from Boulder, is the stuff architects dreams are made of.

While the home is a standalone triumph, the true artistry is in the detail, much like the candy canes and gumdrops that adorn a holiday gingerbread house. At Maison Caribou, the gumdrops are the meticulous hand crafted woodworking, and the candy canes, the custom wrought ironwork by WX Kohler.

Dreamed up by a Chicagoan billionaire with no expense sparred, Maison Caribou, or “Home of the Caribou” was originally built and fashioned after a chalet in France. To visit the home, guests drive over a limestone bridge, and then through a story-book Porte Cochere, made of rough sewn cedar and imported limestone. To discover what’s on the other side of the archway is what a child might feel on a holiday morning.

11500 Eagle Springs Trail, BoulderThe main house, a 12,000sqft+ masterpiece, designed by Windward builders and Marcia Kirsh Kohler- took over three years to build. Custom ironwork and a plethora of imported French marble, make this property a lasting piece for the seeker of a home with modern amenities combined with masterful architecture.

A 900 capacity wine cellar, complete with a mural of the original French chalet Maison Caribou was crafted after, and a two-story, cherry-shelved library, differentiate this home from the rest.

“This house has quite the history,” said broker, Carliss Erikson, of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty. “The builder, worked with WX Kohler, a local iron artist who handcrafted all the light fixtures, the grand chandelier, the pedestal sinks, as well at the grand staircase, a beautiful focal point in the entry of Maison Caribou. If you were to rebuild this home today it may cost upwards of $10M. It is priced well below that, and therefore quite the home for that luxury buyer.”

“Maison Caribou” is a Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty luxury property in every sense of the word. With small details, including the dining room doors that once revolved at the entrance to a grand historic hotel, to the many imported fireplaces from France, Maison Caribou embodies custom craftsmanship.

Two adjacent lots, totaling 12 acres, is available in addition to the 5 acres the home currently sits on, if a buyer wanted more than just a ginger-home, but space for an entire community. Total asking price for Maison Caribou with the 12 acres of acreage is $6,195,000. The entire Caribou Springs Ranch, a working ranch with a total of 560 acres, is also available for $10M.
11500 Eagle Springs Trail, Longmont
Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty, the exclusive Board of Regent for the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, has 10 office locations in the Denver Metro and surrounding areas, including Boulder, Castle Pines Village, Cherry Creek, Clayton Street, Denver Tech Center, Downtown Denver, Evergreen and the resort communities of Breckenridge and the Vail Valley. For more information call 303.893.3200. To service all of your real estate needs visit www.fullersothebysrealty.com.

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