A local luxury home builder and Realtor sold her custom-built mansion for $5.5 million, earning the top spot on the list of priciest residential sales in the Denver metro area last month.
Darlene and Peter Emory, founders of Sam Wyatt Homes, built the 9,324-square-foot property at 10 South Lane in Cherry Hills Village in 2017. The couple has been designing and building new homes for nearly 16 years.
“We were not planning to move. But we’re home developers, and we love what we do and are always looking to build another, so we decided to move forward with the sale,” said Darlene, who is also a Realtor for Coldwell Banker.
Darlene and Peter have purchased a home built in the late 1980s within the same neighborhood and plan to remodel it for their next project, she said.
The couple purchased the one-acre lot for their old home for $1.2 million in 2015, according to property records. The custom backyard has a heated, saltwater pool with a diving board, an oversized, extra deep hot tub and a one-of-a-kind custom fire pit with steel logs.
“I will miss the backyard and the spa upstairs the most,” Darlene said.
In the master bathroom, the Emorys built a personal spa complete with a sauna, a massage and oxygen room, a deep soaking tub, an oversized steam shower and heated floors.
Throughout the five-bed, seven-bath mansion there are crown molding details, wainscot paneling, 11-foot-high ceilings, white oak floors on the entire main floor and two staircases. And, just in case, a panic room with a steel bank door.
There’s also a host of high-end appliances, such as the built-in Miele coffee maker, two beverage fridges, three dishwashers and a Sub-Zero fridge and freezer.
Darlene said her husband will miss the heated seven-car garage with a Tesla-prepped charging station and two car lifts the most. Her kids were mostly fond of the movie theater and bedroom with six bunk beds, she added.
“It was truly custom-built for our family, and we never ran out of fun things to do,” Darlene said.
The home was purchased by Kritin and Thomas Simmons, according to property records. Thomas is president of Greenwood Village-based City Light & Power, according to his LinkedIn.
Here are the four other sales that rounded out the top five in September, according to REColorado:
7 Churchill Drive in Cherry Hills Village: $4.7 million
Listing agents: Gina Lorenzen and Linda Hantman with Kentwood Real Estate
Buyer’s agent: The Helm, Weaver, Helm Team with Compass
Details: Sitting on 2 private acres near Cherry Hills Country Club, the secluded residence is surrounded by trees and comes with a pond. The five-bed, seven-bath home is 8,081 square feet. Out back, there’s a patio, pool, pergola and fire pit. At the heart of the home is an open-plan great room with double-height beamed ceilings. There’s also a professional-grade kitchen with a marble slab island, stainless steel Julien sink and Thermador appliances.
162 Cherry St., Denver: $3.5 million
Listing agent: Gina Lorenzen with Kentwood Real Estate
Buyer’s agent: Karen Miklin with Milkin & Associates Realty
Details: The glass Hilltop home of the late Denver art collector and philanthropist Ginny Williams was designed by New York architect Michael Gabellini and custom-built in 2006. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom home sits on more than half an acre near Cranmer Park.
Its sprawling walls were meant for large artwork. The modern interiors feature a wide-open living area and study surrounded by top-to-bottom windows with views of the mountains. The property features three gas fireplaces, a chef’s kitchen, dark stained wood floors and a glass staircase. It also has a three-car garage, a recreation room and a large backyard for entertaining.
10 Cherry Lane Drive, Englewood: $3.5 million
Listing agents: Colorado Dream House Team and Scott Davidson with Keller Williams Realty DTC
Buyer’s agent: Scott Rosenthal
Details: Designed by Denver architect Don Ruggles, this contemporary, custom-built mansion was sited to maximize sunlight and mountain views. The five-bed, 10-bath property features 12,286 square feet that includes an indoor basketball court, two built-in aquariums, home theater, game room, a three-story spiral staircase and gourmet kitchen. Outside, there’s a five-car garage, heated pool, hot tub, and cabana on the lot’s 2 acres.
450 Steele St., Denver: $3.4 million
Listing agents: Nancy and Ian Wolfe with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
Buyer’s agents: The Blank and Bingham Team with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty
Details: This 7,346-square-foot Cherry Creek home was remodeled and redesigned in 2016 by its previous owners and boasts an open-floor plan perfect for large-scale entertaining. New features include a gated entrance with wrought iron fencing, high ceilings, new French doors throughout, a chef’s kitchen and a study. There are three en-suite bedrooms, as well as a large master suite, and an elevator that takes you to all three floors. Downstairs, there are two guest suites, a recreation room, media room and an expansive storage room.