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Would You Crack Open This ‘Awe-Inspiring’ Time Capsule Home in Wyoming?

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An iconic house overlooking the city of Laramie, WY, is snazzy and new on the outside, but could use a refresh on the inside.

The four-story house measures an astounding 17,604 square feet and has only had one owner since it was built in 1980.

It is listed for $1.9 million, with a price that works out at only $108 per square foot. Sitting on 3.23 acres, it’s a colorfully carpeted bargain mansion, with plenty of space.

But a buyer must be prepared to love wood—and have a solution for the flooring.

“I call it latter midcentury. Not a lot has changed over the years, so it’s been pretty preserved inside,” says the listing agent, Walt Hammontree with Hammontree Real Estate. “When you walk in, you feel like you’re stepping back in time a little bit, but there’s just a ton of really cool elemental architecture.”

That architecture includes a three-story indoor waterfall, which isn’t flowing right now, but could function with a little TLC.

“I was told back in the day when they used it, it would go from the top down to the basement, where there was a pond that had koi in it,” Hammontree says, adding that the flowing water helped cool the house on hot summer days.

Another highlight is a wooded diamond wall near the front door that leads you to the huge atrium area.

“Everything is so large when you walk in. The doors are heavy, solid wood, individually carved with ornamental carvings in the doors,” he explains. “They’re probably around 8 feet tall.”

Everything is oversized, which gives the place a regal feeling, he says.

Exterior of property in Laramie, WY

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Interior

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Waterfall

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Skylights

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Diamond entry

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Deck

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Light flows in from all directions, whether through skylights in the ceiling or the windows nearly everywhere. There’s also an abundance of space for outdoor entertaining.

“There’s over 1,200 square feet of wraparound deck on the outside,” Hammontree says. “You sit on a hill and overlook the town, and you can see three mountain ranges.”

Views aren’t limited to the decks. On the top floor, you’ll encounter what the agent calls the lighthouse loft.

“When you’re on the third level, there is a spiral staircase that goes up to about a 12-by-16 lookout. It’s cool up there—and it’s all about the views.”

Dining area

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Kitchen

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Bedroom

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In total, there are eight bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and three kitchens.

A family kitchen is on the main level, with another on the lower level, near the entertaining spaces. The third kitchen is in a 460-square-foot apartment on the lower level.

Recently, the owners spent time and money on new exterior siding, roofing, and exterior decking and rails. But they left any interior renovations up to the new owner.

“They focused on the outside, to make it solid, knowing that when somebody goes in for the interior, it’s an opportunity for them to make it their own.”

Spiral staircase

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Entertaining space

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Because it’s a notable house that’s never been on the market, locals are intrigued.

“Everybody knows the house on the hill. In our little town, it’s very iconic,” Hammontree says, adding that he feels that walking people through the house feels more like being a tour guide than a salesman. “You step back in time a little bit with it, so that’s a little awe-inspiring.”

A family of six deer serve as a welcoming committee.

“They’re not very afraid of people, so they’re just kind of hanging out near the driveway,” the agent notes. “I’ve seen them every time I have gone up there.”

Hammontree says he believes the property will attract two kinds of potential buyers: “Either somebody is going to go in there and want to just redo the interior, or they’re going to go in there and just, say ‘I love it.’”

Lower level

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Exterior

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