The Cherry Creek penthouse belonging to a cable-veteran-turned-philanthropist soon will hit the real estate market fully furnished for $12.75 million.
John and Carolyn Saeman purchased their three-bedroom condo at 1st Avenue and Detroit Street (100 Detroit St.) in 2007 for one-third that price, about $4.1 million according to Denver property records.
Then, the unit was just a shell. But its next owners will buy it complete with chandeliers, antique doors, custom cabinets, rugs, furniture and pieces of art.
“For someone that wants to move right in, they just have to bring their toothbrushes,” said Dawn Raymond, Kentwood Real Estate listing broker. “They offer that in Los Angeles and Miami or certain coastal markets, but we don’t generally see that here. To furnish something of this magnitude would cost $2 million.”
The condo takes up half of the top floor. For formal entertainment, it has a dining room with a vaulted ceiling held up by Doric columns, a temperature-controlled wine room and a caterer’s kitchen.
On a nice day, residents can take in the downtown skyline from a 1,500-square-foot terrace garden, which has its own water fountain and fireplace. For indoor reading, residents can find a well-cushioned seat in the study. There are even surprising details coming out of the home’s woodwork, Raymond said.
“There’s hand-hewn walnut floors, reclaimed wood beams in the kitchen and antique doors from a chapel that enclose a wet bar,” she said.
Axiom Construction built the interiors, which were designed by Dale Simon of Simon Wheeler Design.
The condo is located in the Tower Residences at the NorthCreek development and includes access to a round-the-clock concierge.
“It’s this private enclave right smack in the middle of Cherry Creek North,” Raymond said.
John Saeman helped to build Bill Daniels’ cable empire in the 1960s and 1970s before serving as chairman of the board at the Daniels Fund after the cable titan’s death.
The Saemans since have become donors to Catholic charities and conservative political causes.
They’re particularly vocal supporters of nonprofits affiliated with billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, who have cultivated a network to support conservative policies and candidates.