When Spyder Active Sports founder David Jacobs decided to sell his 8,700-square-foot Boulder mansion in 2015, he listed it for $7.25 million. Five months later, he pulled it off the market.
He tried again in 2016 for $7.15 but removed the listing three months later.
Jacobs and his wife, Jean Conway, listed the four-bedroom, six-bath home at 335 Lee Hill Drive again in February with a $15 million price tag.
If 335 Lee Hill Drive sells for $15 million, it will shatter a record set in January when the $13 million sale of a Boulder estate became the county’s most expensive.
Hoeffler plans to market the mansion in publications like Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Jacobs, who built the home after selling Spyder to a New York-based private equity firm for $100 million, said he had two requirements for architect John Mink.
He wanted a primary suite on the main floor and to look at his race cars while eating dinner.
“I wanted to be able to turn on the lights and see the cars in the show garage,” he said.
The house features a three-car garage and the six-car show garage that a new owner could convert into studio space.
Jacobs said it’s not easy to consider selling the home, but it’s too big for two people.
“It’ll be hard to walk out the door in the end,” he said. “But whoever gets it is going to have a beautiful property in Boulder.”
The home, which boasts a 60-foot lap pool, two water features, a fire pit, and a heated driveway, sits on 5 acres within Boulder city limits.
“Unlike Cherry Hills where properties sit on several acres, in Boulder this is rare,” said listing broker John Hoeffler. “It offers the advantages of city services while also being private and secluded. It’s tucked in where the foothills meet Boulder.”
Across town, meanwhile, the Labrot House, 819 6th St., is a historic midcentury modern home designed in 1954 by architect Hobart D. Wagener and built for abstract photographer Sylvester Labrot. The house listed at $6.4 million.
When Boulder architect Cheri Belz realized a developer had applied for a demolition permit in 2008, she bought the property for $950,000. The city of Boulder granted the home landmark status, while Belz renovated and expanded it to 4,800 square feet.
“This has always been one of my favorite houses in Boulder,” Belz says.
Her goal with the restoration was to expand and update the original 1,500-square-foot home to make it more appealing for modern home buyers.
She wanted to carry some elements of the existing structure into the new addition while differentiating between the two. For example, the original house had exposed wooden beams. The expansion has exposed steel beams.
William and Pesha Wright purchased the red brick home for $2.3 million in 2010.
The six-bath home sits on an acre lot surrounded by mature landscaping in the Upper Chautauqua neighborhood.
The home incorporates inside-outside living with a double-sided indoor-outdoor fireplace beside sliding glass walls opening to breathtaking panoramas and stunning mountain views.
Pesha Wright said the home’s natural light is its most extraordinary feature.
“For years, we’ve collected art and photographs, and the house is an exceptional space to share our collection,” she said. “The indoor and outdoor living room (and fireplaces) make the home ideal for entertaining. In fact, people often asked us to host events, and we were always happy to open the home to friends, family, and colleagues.”
The Wright family is selling The Labrot House to move closer to relatives.
Firuzeh Saidi and Brandi Numedahl of Compass-Boulder are the home’s listing agents.
Saidi calls the home a work of art that will offer the new owner a home within walking distance of the University of Colorado campus and downtown Boulder.
She highlights the home’s location, natural light, and spectacular views as top draws for potential buyers.
“There’s so much light that comes from the floor to ceiling windows,” Saidi said. “And when you stand on the back patio and stretch your arms, it feels like you can reach the Flatirons.”