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A Restored Denver Home With Colonial Ties



Photos courtesy LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

This Mediterranean Revival-style home in Denver’s historic Belcaro neighborhood is full of history—of all kinds. 

The home was originally designed in 1928 by the renowned Denver architecture firm Fisher & Fisher, and commissioned by Florence Kountze Best, a member of two distinguished family trees.

Mrs. Best’s father, Charles B. Kountze, along with his brothers Herman, Augustus, and Luther, were powerful and influential pioneer bankers, founding the Kountze Brothers Bank of Denver, which became the Colorado National Bank in 1866. Mrs. Best’s mother is a descendent of William Bradford, of Mayflower fame.

In 2008—80 years after Best’s estate was built—the home was in the process of being demolished by developers, with plans to build four new houses on the one-acre lot. However, the current owners stepped in and purchased the residence, and had the home renovated.

The end result is a gorgeous estate with meticulous European-inspired details, including:

  • A 16th-century Italian stone mantle, sitting at the center of the great room
  • Hand-troweled, waxed Venetian plaster on the walls of all three levels
  • Hand-forged railings and door hardware
  • 2.5-inch-think solid walnut doors
  • French Barr Gris limestone
  • 300-year-old antique reclaimed French Oak
  • Terracotta

On top of all that, almost every fixture in the estate is imported, and every window is either hand-refinished or custom-made onsite by a blacksmith.

The 5,735-square-foot home features 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 3,115 square feet of walkout lower-level space, a formal library, in-ground pool, 7,000-bottle wine cellar, and five fireplaces.

Take a tour below.

Learn more about this property here.

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