“What is really unique about this house is the fact that it’s right in the center of downtown Aspen, where we have just a handful of single-family homes,” says listing agent Carrie Wells. “You’re half a block away from restaurants and shopping.”
Listed for $17 million, the historic Victorian home was built in 1888. It’s across from Francis Whitaker Park, a 4-acre park where people play horseshoes, picnic, and relax.
“As you’re looking from the house toward Aspen Mountain, you overlook open space, which is also very unique,” says Wells.
Another distinctive feature of the home—and the reason for its moniker—is the observatory house. Previous owner Elizabeth Jones installed a rooftop observatory as a gift to her son. According to Wells, Aspen’s altitude combined with a lack of