This is the historic Werner family home in Old Town Steamboat Springs, a skiing community in Colorado.
It’s a rustic Craftsman-style home built in 1920 overlooking Soda Creek, and it’s on the market now.
Take a look!
The Werners were considered the “first family of skiing” in Steamboat Springs.
Werner family friend Barb Shipley says, “They kind of put the United States on the map with Alpine ski racing.” Their home became the hub for the local skiing community.
Their son Buddy Werner was in three Olympics and made the cover of Sports Illustrated:
He tragically died in an avalanche at the age of 28, shortly after retiring from skiing.
Storm Mountain in Steamboat was renamed Mount Werner in his honor.
The woodwork in this house is amazing.
The listing says, “Original wood floors, block wood trim and Craftsman-style timber-framing throughout.”
The kitchen is a mix of modern and rustic with concrete countertops and an exposed lathe wall and wood trim:
“Reclaimed wood, repurposed materials and meandering inlaid river rock details continue the story of times past.”
The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 3,577 square feet.
This large rock fireplace was built by famed Norwegian skiier Carl Howelsen:
Before Howelsen arrived in Steamboat in 1913, skiing was just a practical means of getting around during Colorado’s long winters. He introduced sports like ski jumping and cross-country competitions. When he wasn’t skiing, he worked as a mason and bricklayer in town. (Colorado Ski History.)
Barb Shipley says that many famous people have visited this house over the decades, including former President Gerald Ford:
“This was the heartbeat of the valley for 50 years. Above all, this house represents Western hospitality that Steamboat has become so well known for. Whoever gets this house, make sure you’re a good cook!”
The property is “lined with mature pines, aspen and blue spruce, creating a secluded oasis right in town, and it’s as warm and inviting as when Hazie Werner lived there.”
Thanks to real estate agent Charlie Dresen for telling me about it.
Asking price is $1.595 million. For more photos and information,
check the listing with Charlie Dresen of Prudential Realty and take the video tour.
What a beautiful home! I’m sure it’s even more gorgeous surrounded by freshly, fallen snow. I imagine its the perfect cozy retreat after a day on the slopes.
Buddy Werner dated Jill Kinmont – another famous downhill skier whose blossoming career was cut short by a tragic accident. Jill’s story was told in the book and movie “The Other Side of the Mountain”.
Thanks for sharing, Julia!
I didn’t make that connection between Buddy and Jill Kinmont! That’s so interesting. Thanks, Jennah!
Luciane at HomeBunch.com says
I love skiing, so this cabin would be a dream come true!!! 🙂
Wishing you a very Blessed day, Julia.. I hope everything is great with you and the kids.
Luciane at HomeBunch.com
MELAINE Thompson says
I LOVE THIS HOME!
Cheryl in Wisconsin says
Swoon – craftsman! Love this house. I like the modernish bathroom and kitchen too, but I’d have to remove the breakfast bar thingy. I know it’s gorgeous there, but I’m not a skier, so I’ll have to let someone else snap up this beauty.:)
Love the exterior, the woodwork, the stone but the interior design leaves a lot to be desired.
Christina from Dallas says
Wow, what a staircase! Gorgeous house overall. Perfect look for a luxury ski resort house.
House Crazy Sarah says
Steamboat rocks! I love it up there! This old craftsman is just gorgeous and I actually love what they did with the kitchen – perfect fusion of rustic/modern and it looks right at home in a Steamboat ski chalet/craftsman!
Patra Philips says
I think it’s beautiful! Lots of history and character.
Wow, the trim around the windows and doors…beautiful.
And it’s not just 1.5 acres in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado that makes this so special. But it also has Soda creek bordering 3/4 of the property. Nothing like the sound of a creek from your porch or bedroom.
So true. Love it.
What a gorgeous setting for a house and the house itself is charming. Hope someone who enjoys skiing and cooking buys this house and keeps it warm and welcoming. Thanks Julia for sharing it with us.
Kelly - Talk of the House says
Unusual, but I like it. I think it fits its setting perfectly. My husband and children, who all love skiing, would love this home. I would love the kitchen and sitting by the fireplace enjoying the gorgeous view. 🙂 So glad Jennah gave us the info on the movie. That was one of the first movies I saw with my husband when we were dating many many years ago. What a wonderful memory!
Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com says
Sooooooooo sexy. I love it. I want to move in.
Lili M says
I love this home! The river rock trail through the house was just… too cool for words. My only qualm was the room behind the kitchen. In the video, it looks like a big long open room with no real purpose. I would have to get a special contractor to add to the house without compromising the look and style, and maybe add some walls to that room, make it some more bedrooms or something, I don’t know.
WOW! It was a wonderful tour to go through this very cool home. The house has some amazing features and is set on such a great piece of property with the stream ..I could live there easily.:)