The front door was a gift carved by friends of Spider Sabich, inviting you to ”Come in, be happy; this is your home.” Built by charismatic ”downhill racer” Spider Sabich and his brother in 1971.
According to local lore, Spider traded the lot for ski lessons with Starwood developer Edger Stern and picked the lot that he wanted close to his friend John Denver.
With his brother’s help, Sabich built a house in 1971 in the gated Starwood area northwest of Aspen, near the home of singer John Denver. (Sabich’s chalet was originally built for $90,000; its estimated value was $250,000 in 1976 and $3 million by the mid-1990s.
Offering two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms (one of which is where he met his untimely demise), this single-family Colorado mountain home was built in 1971 and sits on 3.1 acres. The $3.195-million property is less than 6-miles from downtown Aspen and Aspen Mountain.
Lilacs line the front-drive. Watch elk graze below in Kessler Meadow from the front patio and take in the views of the entire Roaring Fork Valley and the Elk Mountain backdrop. Sunsets don’t get better than this!
Reclaimed railway beams in the entry and great room came from Lenado. A vertical log wall in the entry speaks to the uniqueness of this artistic and romantic Starwood chalet. A large custom river rock wood-burning fireplace
Listing Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty-Hyman Mall.
Late in the afternoon on Sunday, March 21, 1976, Sabich returned from a training session at Aspen Highlands and a brief visit with Bob Beattie, whom he planned to meet for dinner. While preparing to shower, he was shot in the bathroom of his Starwood home by his live-in girlfriend, singer-actress Claudine Longet. The two had met at a pro-celebrity event four years earlier in 1972 in Bear Valley, California, and had quickly become an item. She claimed the gun discharged accidentally when he was showing her how it worked. Sabich was hit by a single gunshot in the abdomen and lost a significant amount of blood before an ambulance arrived. He died on the way to Aspen Valley Hospital with Longet at his side, shortly after 5 pm. Sabich was 31 years and 2 months old.