Image: via Bolly Holly Celebrity
Image: via Bolly Holly Celebrity
Tom Cruise may well have one of the most famous faces on the planet, so it’s only natural that he would desire some privacy when relaxing at home. Perhaps that’s why, then, two decades ago he purchased a jaw-droppingly beautiful mansion that sits on its own 289 acres of land in Telluride, Colorado. Now, though, Cruise’s secluded escape is on the market for a staggering $59 million, and, as a result, us regular joes can take a look inside.
The “Alpine estate” is situated far from the hustle and bustle of Tinseltown and perfectly pitched amid the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The Hollywood sparkle, however, is provided by the property’s awe-inspiring views and stunning outdoor space.
Indeed, its picturesque location may be the property’s strongest selling point, with that unimaginable amount of land also taking in verdant pastures and a wooded area. Plus, it’s ideal for anyone – like Cruise – who values his or her privacy.
Then again, the house itself is no slouch in the looks department either. In fact, its appearance beneath the shadow of the mountains’ imperious summits lends it a somewhat fairy-tale feeling.
The house’s natural exterior, after all, helps it blend into its surroundings. This is no doubt the result of what the listing agent Sotheby’s International Realty highlighted as “several years” of meticulous planning on Cruise’s part.
As a matter of fact, the house may look familiar to anyone who saw those first pictures of Cruise, his then-wife Katie Holmes and their newly arrived daughter Suri in Vanity Fair in 2006. The Annie Leibovitz photoshoot was set within this striking location.
At the time Jane Sarkin, who penned the Vanity Fair article that accompanied those images, wrote, “The house has the feel of a sprawling lodge or chalet.” She also stated that the completed home was the culmination of Cruise’s “dream of having a getaway in the mountains.”
Certainly, throughout the interior and exterior you can see ample evidence of the “bleached cedar timbers,” “native stone” and expert craftsmanship that made the house what it is today. This must be the kind of finish you get when you employ the “region’s top builder.”
Moreover, the seven bedrooms and nine-and-a-half baths offer plenty of room in which to raise children. In fact, Cruise was planning the house around the same time he adopted two kids with first wife Nicole Kidman.
The reason why this amazing house is on the market, incidentally, speaks volumes about the hectic lifestyle that Cruise leads. Indeed, listing agent Bill Fandel told The Wall Street Journal that Cruise “doesn’t use it very often.”
Perhaps when he does bother to stop by, however, Cruise would prefer to avoid the mile-long driveway and arrive by helicopter. Because, of course, the estate comes equipped with a place to land a personal chopper.
The interior of the house, though, is just as stunning as the exterior. Certainly, its cedar construction continues to show off the rustic charm of the Colorado countryside through the estate’s 11,500 square feet.
The interior further takes full advantage of the spectacular scenery beyond its windows by offering many gorgeous views of the surrounding hills. The multiple log fires too would make it a grand place to relax and reflect.
But all that land is not just for staring at and looking pensive. The location features a secluded walking trail that leads directly into “tens of thousands of acres of surrounding National Forest.”
If the thought of outdoor pursuits doesn’t sound inviting, however, the house further boasts its own recreation room, including a pool table and a piano. The lodge even has a gym for those with more active personalities.
Friends and family would be welcome to stay at the expansive 1,600-square foot guesthouse. Cruise apparently called it the “bunkhouse,” and it has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The only catch of this beautiful home is the climate. Winters in Colorado can reach as low as 22 F, so potential buyers should prepare themselves for some snow and biting cold weather.
But even that is not totally bad news. Telluride, the lodge’s nearest town, is a hot spot for skiers the world over and regularly holds music and arts events, such as the Telluride Film Festival.
And, as Telluride is only a 12-minute drive from the lodge, the new owner should expect to become a pretty good skier before too long. After all, there might not be a better way to enjoy all those mountains.
The only issue left to consider is the little matter of the $59 million price tag. But with jaw-dropping scenery, an attractive walking route and amenities to die for, it might be time to start saving up.