While December isn’t officially in the books, 2021 has seen the largest number of million-dollar home sales yet in Denver.
BusinessDen’s analysis of six years of home sale data found that the number of homes selling for seven figures in seven Denver-area counties quadrupled between 2016 and the end of November 2021.
The top sale of the year — coming in at $15.7 million — was Mike Shanahan’s former 32,254-square-foot, Cherry Hills Village mansion. It was the highest-priced single-family home sale in Denver history.
Here are the top 10 Denver-area home sales in 2021 through the end of November:
Agents: Sandy Weigand and Chuck Gargotto with Kentwood Real Estate DTC (seller), and Phillip Larson with Catalina Realty (buyer)
Sale Date: Oct. 21, 2021
Description: The former Denver Broncos head coach sold his sport’s lover’s paradise complete with a two-lane bowling alley, squash court, an indoor golf simulator with a putting green and projector, gym and a wood-paneled study stuffed with Shanahan’s Broncos memorabilia.
Shanahan finished building the home in 2008. He listed it for sale for $22 million in 2016, later dropping the price to $19.75 million in 2019 and $16.95 million this year.
Agents: Realtors Whitney L. Cain and Jennifer Davenport with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty represented both the sellers and buyer.
Sale Date: Nov. 17, 2021
Description: After five years on the market, a limestone castle in Evergreen finally crowned a buyer in November. The 21,692-square-foot mansion sits on 35 acres with six-bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It was inspired by the Biltmore Mansion in Asheville, N.C., and completed in 2016 by Boulder’s BVZ Architects after nine years of construction.
Known as Chateau V, the property has four stories of castle elements, such as 126 custom-made chandeliers, 25-foot ceilings in the great room, four fireplaces, wrought iron accents and a two-story library.
Agents: Sandy Weigand and Chuck Gargotto with Kentwood Real Estate DTC (seller) and Christopher Bouc and Ian Wolfe with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (buyers)
Sale Date: June 30, 2021
Description: This 10,177-square-foot mansion in Denver’s exclusive Polo Club community features five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The Beverly Hills-style home includes floor-to-ceiling windows and retractable doors in the great room and a “wellness room” built for yoga, a dance studio or a home gym, according to the listing.
An elevator connects the main and second floor to the basement, which is complete with a home theater, rec room and handicap accessible guest bed and bath. Outside, there are six patios, a pool with a hot tub, two fire pits and a large private yard.
Agents: Tim Goodacre with Goodacre & Co. Real Estate (sellers) and Zachary Zeldner with Compass-Boulder (buyer)
Sale Date: April 15, 2021
Description: This newly built 5,665-square-foot, Hamptons-inspired home features three-bedrooms and four-bathrooms on a half-acre lot in the foothills. The contemporary classic house was built around a central courtyard to allow privacy from the street, and south-facing views of the Rocky Mountains can be seen from every angle, as well as in the main room. Modern features were added throughout, including heated floors, automated drapes, Wolf and SubZero kitchen appliances and custom tile and lighting.
Agents: Linda Behr with LIV Sotheby’s International Realty (sellers) and Aaron Tajchman with Real Estate Revolution (buyers)
Sale Date: Jan. 19, 2021
Description: The 14,239-square-foot mansion features five bedrooms and 12 bathrooms and sits on 2.6 acres, overlooking Cherry Hills Country Club. The property is the “ultimate retreat for those seeking privacy, serenity, and scenic beauty,” according to the listing. It features a pool, tennis court and spa.
Agents: Gina Lorenzen with Kentwood Real Estate (seller) and Carmelo Paglialunga with Milehimodern (buyer)
Sale Date: Jan. 26, 2021
Description: Sitting on 2.5 acres, this European stone mansion “is perfect for both entertaining on a grand scale, and more intimate gatherings,” according to the listing. The 12,106-square-foot property features six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a large gourmet kitchen with a marble-topped island, a see-through saltwater aquarium and a two-story stone gas fireplace.
Downstairs, the 3,152-square-foot finished basement includes an expansive rec room, a French antique bar, a study area with desks and a blackboard, a wine room, a media room and more.
Agents: Gwenivere Snyder (seller) and Rollie Jordan (seller and buyer) with Christie’s International Real Estate
Sale Date: Jan. 19, 2021
Description: This gated European-inspired villa features 22,591-square-feet of space throughout three stories, which can be accessed by elevator. There are seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
Guests are greeted in the two-story foyer by a limestone winding staircase. The main floor also includes a large-scale living room with two-story ceilings, a game room with a sunken bar, a gourmet kitchen, a mahogany-paneled library, and a luxurious master suite. Outside, there’s a pool, jacuzzi, fountains, a large cabana with a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen and a five-car heated garage.
Agents: Patrick Brown with Compass-Boulder (seller) and Angela Moss with 8z Real Estate (buyer)
Sale Date: Oct. 15, 2021
Description: Sitting on more than 40 wooded acres in Boulder, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is an “unrivaled sanctuary,” according to the listing. The 4,334-square-foot residence designed by Studio B Architecture features floor to ceiling windows, a modern open kitchen, and a primary suite with views of the Front Range. Outside, there’s a pool surrounded by a large deck with an outdoor kitchen and sunken seating area with a gas fire pit.
Agents: Gina Lorenzen with Kentwood Real Estate DTC (sellers) and Cliff Manley with BSW Real Estate (buyer)
Sale Date: Sept. 8, 2021
Description: Surrounded by 2.1 acres, this 19,020-square-foot Greenwood Village mansion features seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a two-story living room, a gourmet kitchen with two islands, a 6,394-square-foot finished basement with a rec room, wine cellar, theater, gym, massage room and storage. Outside, there’s a pool, hot tub and multiple patios with grills and fireplaces.
Agents: Kahn and Kathryn Whelan with Re/Max Alliance (sellers) and Sara Oclassen with 8z Real Estate (buyer)
Sale Date: July 1, 2021
Description: This 6,067-square-foot Boulder home with five bedrooms and five bathrooms was built to capture the panoramic views of Boulder’s mountain scenery. Visitors are greeted by soaring ceilings, wide-plank white oak floors, walls of windows and a floating staircase that features a waterfall.
Over the years, the sellers updated the home built in 2009 with renovations like a professional heating system that extends to the outside deck, a custom dining nook with mountain views from every seat, and mahogany wood details in the kitchen.