Bob Hill, founder of law firm Hill & Robbins, retired from his business and is now retiring from his home near Cheesman Park after 27 years.
The 7,008-square-foot property at 700 N. High St. in the Country Club neighborhood hit the market last week for $3.5 million. Hill and his wife Laura purchased the home in 1993 for $655,000, according to property records.
Hill, 75, founded the firm, which focuses on water and natural resources law, with David Robbins in 1978. The Hills are also owners of Domaine Loujan, a distillery in France that produces Armagnac brandy.
The five-bed, five-bath home was built in 1930 and designed by Denver architectural firm Fisher & Fisher. The firm designed 67 prominent homes and commercial buildings over nine decades, 50 of which are listed or are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, according to the History Colorado Center.
“I love the history of the house,” Bob Hill said. “It was built right at the peak of the Depression, and it was designed for a single woman who lived alone. The original plans are in the historical section of the Denver library. So we pulled those, which included the original landscape. When we relandscaped 10 years ago, we reverted to the old look.”
While the Hills have preserved most of the original features of the house, the couple has updated the kitchen and added a new elevator in the old shaft, among other renovations.
“It was the first house I ever lived in where I constantly found myself remarking about how livable and flexible it was,” Bob said. “We hosted a lot of events particularly for nonprofits, and it will host a group of 120. Yet it’s very comfortable to live in with a couple.”
Address: 710 N. High St.
Listing price: $3.5 million
Stats: The home includes 5,902 square feet of space above ground, plus a 1,106-square-foot partially finished basement with a half bath and wine room. It sits on a 12,500-square-foot lot.
The finer things: Sitting at the base of Little Cheesman Park, this 90-year old Storybook Tudor home features original Terrazzo floors, a Travertine stone fireplace, a Ludowici clay tile roof and high Victorian plaster relief ceilings, according to the listing.
“There’s a sunroom on the first floor with windows on all four sides that lets light in from every angle. It just has wonderful historical features,” Bob Hill said.
There is also an attached and heated two-car garage, and outside, there are gardens, a fountain, and two side archway patios that overlook the park.
Sellers: Bob and Laura Hill
Listing agent: Jim Rhye with Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek