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HOMEOWNERS — Stan and Ann Moore

BUILT — 1985-87 (acquired 2000)

STYLE — English manor house with 1864 hand-hewn log cabin incorporated as guest wing

PROPERTY — 19 acres of meadow grasses, landscaped lawns, and aspen groves nestled in the Rocky Mountains halfway between Denver and the continental divide

CONSTRUCTION — Steel beams with brick and architectural glass, 24-gauge steel roof, metal-clad windows

LIVING SPACE — 15,000 square feet comprising main house, guest wing, recreational wing with game room, and indoor Olympic-length lap pool

FAVORITE AREAS — "Guests tend to stay in the kitchen. We gravitate toward an informal gathering area in the cabin."

PASTIMES — Skiing in winter; hiking, gardening, mountain biking, and BBQing in spring and summer; traveling in autumn

FAVORITE FRONTGATE PURCHASES — Pool products: solar-powered fountain, monogrammed mats and emblem, remote-control power boats

CUSTOMER QUOTE — "We've always been satisfied with the Frontgate products we've purchased." — Dr. Stan Moore

Family Room

Living Room

GEORGETOWN, COLORADO — "Living here is even better than we imagined," say Stan and Ann Moore. "We had no idea we'd enjoy the outdoors so much. We'd never even owned a four-wheel vehicle before!" Back in Nebraska, their busy medical practices, coupled with extremely hot summers and cold winters, had kept the two essentially housebound.

Yet even so, the Moores were no strangers to Colorado. Annual ski vacations took them and the children to Summit County, less than an hour up the highway from Denver, the city where Ann was born and raised. "We always drove through Georgetown to get there," says Stan. A former mining community, the entire town is a historic district, and the Moores had begun giving thought to purchasing one of the old Victorian mansions there. "Once our daughters were emancipated and on their own, there was nothing really tying us to Omaha," says Stan. "Besides, Ann's parents, two brothers, and their families live in Denver, and it was important to us to be close to them."

During the back-and-forth trips to Summit County, he and Ann had frequently admired the house they now call home; located just three miles outside Georgetown, it was visible from the highway. Though they'd always been attracted to the property, it wasn't until they saw the home featured in a real-estate magazine that their plans to move to Colorado solidified.

A PLEASANT SURPRISE

"It was the house that brought us here," says Stan. "When we first saw it, we were blown away. We'd looked at a number of Georgetown mansions, but they were so old, they had electrical problems and roof problems and plumbing problems and problems with the basement. This house gave us the size and architecture we wanted without having to get something old. Everything had been done top of the line; there were no mechanical problems whatsoever."

"We have a mountain setting with small-town atmosphere... just 20 minutes from skiing"

And then there were the extras the Moores hadn't expected to find in a late 20th-century home, such as handcarved plaster mouldings and ceilings in every room on the main floor. "This quality of workmanship isn't readily available anymore."What the couple liked best about the property, however, was the location. "We're so centrally located, we're close to anywhere," says Stan. "We have a mountain setting with small-town atmosphere, yet we're just 20 minutes from skiing and 30 minutes from the theater and arts.."

Given their love of antiques, it's no wonder the Moores have so thoroughly enjoyed becoming involved with the local community. "Georgetown is a very pleasant surprise," says Stan. "About a thousand people live there — I grew up in a town that size — and the majority of residents are native to the area. We love to go to church there, and we love the people we've met. I've never seen a town so interested in and protective of their own history. They identify the best examples of 19th-century architecture, then go in and renovate a few of them each year."

A HOME WITH A HISTORY

The silver boom a century-and-a-half ago left the entire area covered with mining roads that now serve as trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. "They give us an excuse to get out and enjoy the mountains," says Stan. "We have close to 20 acres here, and at the edge of the property is a trailhead that goes to the top of the mountains."

The home incorporates other traces of the region's history. "The property was a vegetable garden for miners back in the 1860s. An old barn and a hand-hewn log cabin dating back to 1864 also came with the acreage. The original homebuilder integrated the log cabin into a three-bedroom guest wing."


Stan's retreat houses his collection of antique medical supplies, as well as a 50,000-year-old cave bear. Shop Furnishings & Décor.

The story of the home's origins is yet another of its many attractions. As it turns out, the homebuilder, Dana Dunbar, was also the architect, and the home, her labor of love. "She started designing it when she was in college and worked on it for over a decade. She designed it, contracted out the builders, and did the interior decorating herself. Dana now lives in Eagle, Colorado, and has been here on a number of occasions."

A SHOWCASE FOR ANTIQUES

Though the Moores furnished the house themselves, they're quick to acknowledge that they borrowed several ideas from the former owners — the placement of area rugs, for instance. They also preserved the concept of painting each room with three different shades of the same color. "We changed some of the carpeting in the main house, and we did some painting, but we used all the same colors."

The guest wing, on the other hand, received all new wallpaper and carpeting. With 15,000 square feet to furnish, Ann and Stan at last had enough room to accommodate their 20-year collection of antiques, many of which had been placed in storage back in Omaha. "We have six pieces of 19th-century Austrian furniture in the bedroom alone," says Stan. "They fit perfectly in this house." (Among them is an organ that belonged to Stan's grandparents.)

There were three items that came with the house: the dining room table, pool table, and 35,000-year-old cave bear ("my wife wouldn't let me have it in the living room so it's in my office"); otherwise, all the furnishings were brought from Nebraska. "We didn't have to go to the expense of buying new furniture. The house was almost made to display antiques."

FEATURES & AMENITIES

Even a brief walk-through reveals a fascinating blend of state-of-the-art technology and Old World craftsmanship. Impossible to overlook is the octagonal floating staircase rising from the Hulian-Jade marble floor to the 50-foot copper cupola above. "There's no apparent structural support," says Stan. "It winds through all three stories. There's usually a grand piano or Christmas tree below."

The focal point of the kitchen is the 14th-century Inglenook fireplace with 14-foot beam mantel; it's complemented by a 110-year-old flow-blue tile backsplash from England. Conveniences include an 8'6" x 10' walk-in pantry and a communications desk with in-house TV monitor.


The 78-foot two-lane lap pool is enclosed with south-facing architectural glass
that captures the warmth of the high-altitude sun. Shop Outdoor Living.

The dining room, modeled after the White House dining room, features floors inlaid with rare hardwoods, Feldman antique gas-light chandeliers and wall sconces, and 24-foot table made to fit the floor's inlay pattern.A hallway gallery leads to the master suite, a world unto itself. Garnering attention in the 30' x 18' bedroom are two William Morris stained-glass windows depicting seasonal motifs. An adjoining sitting room with 36-foot beamed ceiling opens onto Ann's writing loft via a Victorian spiral staircase. Ten-foot windows afford panoramic views of the aspen grove and Rocky Mountain sheep grazing in the distance. The 29'6" x 20' master bath provides many health-spa features, including Jacuzzi and double steam shower done in Briare tile. Completing the suite are an exercise room, linen room, utility room with washer and dryer, and large walk-in closet with built-in clothes cabinets and off-season storage.

A PEOPLE-FRIENDLY HOME

The kitchen is the hub of the home, and from there, Stan and Ann can access the entire house: in clockwise order, the staircase leading to the master suite, the office, living room, dining room, swimming pool, and the cabin in the guest wing.

When they're spending the evening alone or in the company of another couple, the Moores find themselves gravitating toward the cabin. The log walls, low beamed ceiling, and lichen-rock fireplace create a warm, welcoming air. "This room is strictly for comfort," says Stan. "There's an adjoining kitchenette with antique round table that's perfect for playing cards. A lot of informal activity takes place in that cabin." (In addition to two upstairs bedrooms, the guest wing also has a first-floor bedroom where vintage clothing belonging to one of their daughters is displayed on mannequins.)

"There's so much to do, including trout fishing in Clear Creek.
We're able to enjoy all four seasons."

The Moores tend to use the living room and dining room when entertaining on a larger scale. "The dining room is very formal. The table seats 20, and we've probably filled it at least a dozen times in three years. Our daughters had wedding showers there, we've celebrated major holidays...it's not difficult to fill it up."

The pool is the main attraction when family comes to visit. "We always swim when the family's here," says Stan. "Doors open from the kitchen onto the pool, and the adults eat in the kitchen while the kids swim."

THE LURE OF THE OUTDOORS

"This is a great place if you enjoy the outdoors," says Stan. "There's so much to do, including trout fishing in Clear Creek. We're able to enjoy all four seasons. Temperatures range between 70° and 80° during summer, and our three-acre aspen grove turns fluorescent in fall."

The property is landscaped with terraces, planters, circular fountain, and stone rock walls, and though Ann's part-time practice often takes her to Denver, she still makes plenty of time for gardening. "She has five gardens," says Stan, "and she likes to get them in showcase condition. She times it so there's always something in bloom. First come the tulips and daffodils, and then the poppies. The delphinium get to be seven feet tall, and when they're in bloom, it's spectacular. The English roses come last; she has a large bush four feet across that's covered in roses."

The only problem, Stan laments, is keeping the deer and elk away. "The setting is rather isolated, so we have a lot of wildlife. The grounds are abundant with animals and birds we didn't have in Nebraska." He and Ann delight in watching the hummingbirds hover above flowers and feeders. "We see them when we eat on the porch — and we eat on the porch whenever the weather allows; in summer, that's most of the time. The porch is almost 200 feet long, and the portion we use most runs in front of the kitchen and cabin. On one portion, we get an east sun in the morning for breakfast, and on another, sun in the early evening for dinner.

"This house has given us everything we wanted," Stan muses. "We feel so fortunate."

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