About the property
- House5000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, Game Room, Hot Tub with Mountain Views (Sleeps 6-8
Bordering the National Forest in sunny West Vail, Alpine View is a three bedroom, three and a half bath European-style home, custom built in 1980 with Old World craftsmanship. Our mountain home is a fairy-tale house; it is funky and full of surprises. We have a caretaker on the property who will be able to help you with anything you need and will respect your privacy otherwise.
Our home is perfect for adults and children eight and older who will understand how to use the indoor hot tub, climb a spiral staircase, and be careful in the third floor sitting room with its open view to the great room below.
The great room welcomes you with a cathedral ceiling and large expanses of glass for viewing the spectacular scenery. Enjoy the comfortable seating around the gas fireplace for reading, relaxing, listening to beautiful music on the Sony stereo system, or watching DVDs or movies on the HDTV.
Off the great room is a cozy octagonal room with glass walls and ceiling that offers fantastic views of the Gore Range and the south side of the Vail Valley. It's perfect for dining or playing cards. Sliding doors open to extensive outdoor spaces that include a patio with a gas grill and a turret/gazebo, along with a fire pit that seats eight to ten people. These places are ideal for sipping a favorite beverage and enjoying the dramatic views that surround this idyllic site.
The home has a dining room that seats six, an octagonal room seats six, and a breakfast bar that seats three. A wet bar is well-placed for entertaining, in between the breakfast bar and the game room. The game room offers a professional ping pong table, along with comfortable seating so people can gather to watch the game.
The fully equipped kitchen includes both gas and electric stoves, oven, microwave and dishwasher.
WI-FI is available throughout the home, and downstairs is an office space ideal for working with your laptop computer in a private place. Next to the office is a laundry room with a large washer and dryer.
The master bedroom offers a king size bed, gas fireplace, TV and a en-suite bath with a large shower for two people and an indoor hot tub to enjoy after a long day of skiing or hiking. On the same level is a second bedroom with a queen bed and TV that opens onto a spa room with a sauna. The bath off the spa room has a tub/shower combination.
The third floor includes an open loft sitting room with a queen sleep sofa, a cubby with a king-size mattress, a third bedroom with a queen bed and TV, and a bath with a tub/shower combination. The bedroom opens onto a very private deck overlooking the large meadow that is part of the National Forest. Relaxing in the afternoon sun is a special treat.
The attached garage has room for one car, and a second car can be parked behind it and will be mostly sheltered from snow. This fabulous mountain escape is three full blocks to the bus stop on Chamonix Lane. The hike back up the hill from the bus stop can be difficult for people who have been living at sea level, however, especially in winter.
We hope you will enjoy our mountain home and that it will get to feel as if it's yours, too.
Keywords: House, Condo, Villa
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Fonya Helm
Neil is a retired space scientist, with special expertise in satellites. He is now on a second career and has almost finished a doctoral program in transpersonal psychology. Fonya is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice, offering therapy in person and also by telephone, FaceTime or Zoom. Our permanent home is in Virginia Beach, VA. We enjoy skiing on warm sunny days in winter and spring. In the summer, we play golf and enjoy long evenings outside dining on the patio. We also have found wonderful restaurants in Vail and the surrounding area in all price ranges.
Fonya Helm purchased this House in 2007
Why Fonya Helm chose West Vail
We have been coming to the Vail Valley for more than thirty years and finally have been able to buy our own home in the mountains. We chose a house with an original design, constructed over time by a European craftsman, who began building it in the 1980's; and we were captivated by the charming, interesting, and fanciful spaces. The use of skylights and large windows creates light throughout the house, making it very welcoming and offering many beautiful views. Gas fireplaces in the master bedroom and the great room make it cozy and add extra warmth in the winter.
What makes this House unique
The views of the surrounding mountains are very special and create a sense of inner peace. In the summer, the outdoor spaces on the patio with the turret/gazebo make outdoor living and dining a pleasure. Even on hot days, the evenings in the mountains are cool. In winter, the house has light and is warmed by the sun during the day. While we are high up on the hill with beautiful views, we also are only minutes away from fine restaurants, movies, the Colorado Ski Museum, ski lifts and golf courses.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Unique and comfortable accommodation
A spacious and comfortable home, with an absolutely unique floor plan, and plenty of room for everyone. Views of the Vail valley and the Gore range. A trail head is adjacent to the property.
Marc was very nice.
Funky cool place
Had a great stay. Not little kid friendly but Marc did a great job making it safe. Very convienant to Lift # 20. Interesting floor plan. Really enjoyed it!
My husband and I stayed with our 3 adult children and truly enjoyed this unique home. It is larger than we expected, with spaces to spread out or go to for privacy, but also cozy when the family was all together. The living room area with the fireplace and beautiful views was the perfect place to unwind at the end of a day of skiing, before taking advantage of the hot tub and sauna to sooth aching muscles. Very convenient to both Vail and Beaver Creek. The steep drive to the garage can be challenging if icy; we were glad we had a 4X4. The home has everything one might need and Marc, the caretaker, was very accommodating to any request. We hope to return to Alpine View in the spring or fall as it would be wonderful to be able to take advantage of the outdoor spaces at this special retreat in the trees.
Austin Powers goes skiing - Great place to stay and meet with friends
Three of us shared this home, to meet with old classmates and do a lot of skiing. The first night, we had everyone over for dinner, and it worked out great. So great, that we ditched our plans to eat at Vail restaurants and just took turns hosting dinner. The living room/great room is plenty big enough to entertain, and the setting of the house is great. Some mornings, we got a late start skiing just so we could sit in the octagon (the card room) and see the morning coming up over the Vail valley. We also really appreciated the indoor hot tub after skiing - college was quite a few years ago ;-). The layout of the place and decor is kinda funky and 70s-retro, but we liked that. We call it "Austin Powers goes skiing"
Lovely views, with a few surprises
We had a lovely time in this quirky home. Marc, the caretaker, and Fonya, the owner, are lovely people who were very helpful during our stay. The views were lovely. There were a few things we would have liked to know before we got there which would have made our stay easier. The driveway is VERY steep and difficult to clear when it snows. Without 4 wheel / all wheel drive and good tires, you can't get up.
The house you see in the photo is actually a multi-family dwelling. The apartment described here is good-sized, with many rooms that run next to each other. We had to go through one bedroom to get to another because one of the rooms (the game room) was closed downstairs. There are electric heaters in the back for this bath and bedroom that have to run all the time if you are there in the winter.
There is a nice bedroom with attached bath upstairs. Outside the door in the loft are a sleeper sofa and a cubby with a king mattress in it. The spiral stairway to get to the loft and bedroom would be challenging and potentially hazardous for young children.
Be sure you get a tour of the electrical switches from Marc when you check in. They are not intuitively placed and we never did figure out how to get the overhead lights on for the living room. Bring a hairdryer -- we eventually found two. The kitchen is not really well-equipped compared to some, but it does have two cook tops -- one gas and one electric, which was nice. The dining area is smallish, and the other table is on the other side of the living room, so a large group cannot easily eat together. The table expands (ask Marc how) and we did manage to cram 10 around it, but it was very tight.
The living area was a terrific place to gather and was perfect for our multi-generational family gathering. We loved the gas fireplace! We used the smaller table in the octagonal room for a craft and game area and it worked beautifully. The floor to this room is heated (ask Marc).
Everything was very clean and there is a great washer and dryer in the lowest level.
We picked the best time of year to go to Vail.The house offered us a beautiful view of the changing of the trees from the patio.All of us girls enjoyed the house.We had our own space and the house was clean and well equipped for all our needs.Marc the caretaker was very nice and helpful.We,really enjoyed our stay at this property.Would recommend this property.
RESTAURANTS We have enjoyed all these restaurants, and we hope you find dining that adds something special to your trip. Most of them have websites, so you can google them to see the menus. All parking in Vail Village, Lionshead and Beaver Creek is free after 6 PM. We hope you enjoy dining in Vail and Beaver Creek as much as we have! Fonya and Neil Helm Alpenrose in Vail Village serves European cuisine in an intimate atmosphere. The bakery offers delicious pastries. Lunch and dinner are served. 970-476-3194 100 East Meadow Drive, Suite 25, Vail, CO 81657 Bart and Yeti’s in Lionshead offers spare ribs and hamburgers in a rustic atmosphere. 551 E Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657. (970) 476-2754 Chili Willy’s in Minturn has great fajitas and other Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. 970-827-5887 101 Main Street, Minturn, Colorado China Garden at the Lodge in Avon Center offers both Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine. Dine In or Take Out. 970-949-4986 100 W Beaver Creek Blvd # 125, Avon, CO 81620 Game Creek Club is an adventure. First, take the Eagle’s Nest Gondola in Lionshead Village, and then take a short ride in a snow cat to the restaurant. Enjoy a fabulous four-course contemporary American dinner in this elegant restaurant in a large log cabin setting. Reservations are available on the hour and half-hour, starting at 5 PM, Thursday through Saturday. 970-479-4275. Left Bank Restaurant in Vail Village offers fine French cuisine in a very elegant and cozy setting overlooking Gore Creek. Famous for souffles, and also offering a fine wine collection. Open for dinner, closed Wednesdays (no credit cards accepted). 970-476-3696 183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail, CO 81657 Mirabelle Restaurant is at 55 Village Road, Avon, CO 81620 at the bottom of Beaver Creek Mountain. Belgian Master Chef Daniel Joly prepares Belgian and French cuisine. 970-949-7728. The Montauk Seafood Grill in Lionshead has been voted by locals and returning guests the #1 Seafood restaurant in the Vail Valley. Fresh seafood, mainly from Hawaii, as well as choice steaks, chops and original pasta dishes. 970-476-2601 549 E Lionshead Circle, Vail, CO 81657 Ore House is a family oriented steakhouse that serves hand carved steaks, prime rib and seafood. The Chataubriand for two is excellent, and often an early dinner is half-price. 970-476-5100. 232 Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657 May Palace, in the West Vail Mall, serves good Chinese food. 970-476-1657 2109 N Frontage Rd W # A, Vail, CO 81657 Nozawa Sushi Bar and Restaurant, in the West Vail Mall, is a Japanese restaurant with excellent dining. 2211 N Frontage Rd W, Vail, CO 81657-3937 970-476-9355 Pazzo’s Pizza, in both Vail Village and Avon, is the local's favorite. It offers a full breakfast, pizza, pasta, subs, calzones. The signature dish: Pizza (Azteca or Corfu). 82 E Beaver Creek Blvd, Avon - (970) 949-9900 122 E Meadow Dr # 9, Vail - (970) 476-9026 Delivery Service (970) 949-4000 (Slow and Expensive) Red Lion Restaurant and Night Club is a local gathering place for burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. It is located in the heart of Vail Village, open daily. Apres Ski Entertainment. 970-476-7676 304 Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657 Russell’s in Vail Village, is next to Gore Creek, and serves Angus beef and fresh seafood along with chicken and pasta. 970-476-6700 228 Bridge Street, Vail, CO 81657 Sandbar Sports Grill, sports bar and live music venue, is down the hill from Alpine View in the West Vail Mall. Lunch, dinner and drinks. Call for specials. 970-476-3418 2161 North Frontage Road, Vail, CO, 81657. Sweet Basil in Vail Village is an elegant bistro style restaurant, serving contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the world. One of the best restaurants in Vail, according to Wine Spectator. Gourmet magazine featured its spectacular hot sticky toffee pudding cake. 970-476-0125. 193 E Gore Creek Dr # 201, Vail, CO 81657 Up The Creek Bar and Grill is located in Vail Village on Gore Creek and specializes in fish and game. Its roast lamb is also delicious, and it boasts an award winning wine list. 970-476-8141 223 Gore Creek Dr # 103, Vail, CO 81657