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Among Aspen’s highest valued and most widely coveted properties, the House on Little Nell at 550 Aspen Alps Road is a true Aspen legacy. This premier ski property has been owned by one of Aspen’s leading developer families for three generations and it is available for the first time in more than 60 years. The home sits slope-side to the Little Nell Trail on Aspen Mountain, a 5-star location that has witnessed the evolution of Aspen Mountain’s beginnings from the original T-bar lift on Little Nell to the world-class Silver Queen Gondola.

 

 

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The family patriarch, George P. Mitchell of Mitchell Energy & Development Corp and the developer of The Woodlands outside of Houston, hired famed Aspen architect Fritz Benedict to design the original home in 1972. The new 7,150 square foot home was built in 2003, designed by Poss Architects and built by Bill Harriman.

 

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With an ever-growing family of 36 stakeholders in the property who reside in different locations around the United States, the family has decided, "in the name of family unity," to pass this heirloom along to new stewards. When asked about their very favorite aspect of this striking home, the family responded “For skiing Aspen Mountain, there is no superior location. But beyond that, it is a very easy, convenient walk to town while still feeling a bit out of the fray.” For those looking to purchase real estate in Aspen, this combination of privacy and ultra-convenience is a major selling point. “Location aside” they continued, “the house is exceptionally beautiful. We never tire of the design, craftsmanship and attention to detail.” 

 

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Having occupied a truly breathtaking property in a premier location for almost 60 years, the family has savored every moment of their time there. Their favorite features of the home include the general feeling of warmth and mountain luxury both inside and out. They also mentioned the “great kitchen for entertaining, especially if you like to cook with friends and family. Our favorite feature in both summer and winter is the barbecue grill on the outdoor patio. We love to cook on the main ski slope of Aspen Mountain in a snowstorm!”

 

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Though the sleek, modern features of 550 Aspen Alps Road promise comfort and opulence, what matters most to the family is the emotional connection to the home they have developed over the many years. “It has been a magical family gathering place, a place to host friends, have dinner parties and share experiences among multiple generations. Our family has felt genuinely connected to the history and legacy of Aspen given the iconic location of our house. The beautiful atmosphere, both inside and out, and the rich wood finishes make it a wonderful place to relax and unwind.”

 

 

Photo: 550 Aspen Alps Road

 

The family is confident that the next owners will fully recognize and appreciate the singularity of this iconic property and the opportunity it represents to be an integral part of Aspen’s future. Watch the property video for this listing, visit the 550 Aspen Alps website to see more, or contact listing agents Tim Estin and Craig Morris for more information.

 

 

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