This Colorado house boasts a unique and natural design element in several rooms. Boulders pierce the living spaces, and the residence is filled with rocks.
“It has a giant rock in it. The rock is the bedrock, and it’s huge—almost floor-to-ceiling and the full width of the family room. It really provides some unique design elements to integrate into the living space,” says listing agent Bob Maiocco, with eXp Realty.
“It definitely has character and personality,” he continues. “It’s almost like watching the clouds drift by. The longer you look at it, the different animals and features come out of it.”
Maiocco calls it the Rock House, but others refer to it as the Turtle House.
Whatever the moniker, the place has proved popular on the web—and with a buyer. Listed for $250,000, the two-bedroom home in Evergreen, CO, is now pending sale.
The structure was previously part of the staff housing for a now-closed therapeutic boarding school. It was slated for demolition before a buyer came through with a successful offer.
“We realized there is a big demand in our little town for a house that might not be a million dollars,” he says. “The land value is about $200,000 to $250,000, and we thought we could attract a buyer who has enough vision and the skills to have it experience a renaissance.”
The agent fielded nearly 20 offers for the place. And instead of heavy machinery scraping the site back to the boulders beneath, a new owner will breathe new life into the residence.
“Our best buyer was one who saw the architectural potential there and is going to try to fix it instead of demolishing it and make it her primary residence,” Maiocco says. “I’m excited to see what they do.”
The 1,529-square-foot house hasn’t been lived in for quite some time and will need utility connections. Maiocco says he estimates the home will need at least $200,000 worth of work.
“It would be basically a frame-up restoration,” he says. “It’s going to be a remarkable place. Being able to integrate the rock into the living space gives it that sort of unique nature that creates intrinsic value.”
One thing that won’t need any updating is the views.
“It’s fairly high on the hillside, so from there you look down across the valley,” says Maiocco. “It’s just a very dramatic Rocky Mountain feel.”