When 39-year-old Cabletron co-founder Robert Levine retired in 1997, newspapers referred to as him “eccentric” — he did, in spite of everything, put on ostrich-skin boots and chase off a pizza supply boy in his armored tank, as he told it — however he was simply getting began.
In retirement, Levine built a Colorado mega-mansion with unheard-of facilities, together with an ice cream parlor, two capturing ranges and a Western city with a sheriff’s workplace, to call just a few.
The 30,000-square-foot glass and stone dwelling has eight bedrooms, 10 full loos and 6 powder rooms — and that doesn’t embrace the 28,000-square-foot facilities lodge and the virtually 10,000-square-feet of visitor lodging. The one-of-a-kind property is now up on the market, listed for $44.2 million.
“You never really even have to leave the estate to have fun. I don’t know of another place like it,” co-listing agent Barbara Scrivens of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty informed The Post.
The ice cream parlor has a curved polished marble bar, copper partitions and vintage ice cream dishes displayed on the partitions. Toppings are saved proper within the counter of this room, made particularly for chilly, candy treats, images present.
“The ice cream parlor is a fun little room that is themed, with old-fashioned ice cream glasses mounted on the gold mica flaked walls and ice cream parlor decor. There is a curved seating area and an area for toppings to have an ice cream party,” co-listing agent Malia Nobrega of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty informed The Post.
There are two Wild West visitor suites, one with a fake “prison.” Guest lodging additionally embrace a caretaker’s dwelling, a non-West-themed visitor suite and three visitor homes, in accordance with the Castle Creek Retreat web site.
The property additionally has a full-on Western city setup, together with a sheriff’s workplace, a working old-timey gasoline station (pumps gasoline and diesel) and a Silver Dollar saloon based on the historic Silver Dollar Bar in Jackson Hole, brokers mentioned.
“They’re [the owners] all about creating experiences, and because we’re in Colorado, that Western theme came through,” Scrivens informed The Post.
The 25,000-square-foot recreation heart referred to as “the Lodge” features a five-story mountaineering wall, an elevator, an indoor capturing vary, a teppanyaki (much like Hibachi) eating space, a full kitchen, a therapeutic massage room, a gymnasium, a spa, an Olympic-sized pool and a scorching tub, in accordance with the Casteel Creek web site.
“The owner was trying to make it so that whenever you come around a bend, or wherever you turn, or whenever you peek inside a door, you discover something you wouldn’t expect,” Scrivens informed The Post. “It’s very playful and all about discovery.”
The facilities lodge is connected to an indoor sports activities area primarily used for baseball, mentioned the itemizing brokers.
Outdoor facilities embrace a stocked trout pond, a playground, 12 snowmobiles, three all-terrain autos, snowplows and a 10-seater Snowcat. There can also be an out of doors capturing vary and groomed paths for snowmobiling, snowboarding, horseback using, mountaineering and biking, in accordance with the Casteel Creek web site.
Perhaps essentially the most gorgeous and understated amenity is a 200-foot metal viewing bridge over the forest. The roughly $1 million bridge gives views over the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch mountain vary and tons of of acres of forest, mentioned the brokers.
“It feels like you are all on your own in the middle of the forest. It is just gorgeous out there with the purple-pink peaks,” mentioned Nobrega.
The Vail Valley dwelling was listed for $78 million with 430 acres in 2019 and is now being re-listed at a lower cost with solely 250 acres connected. The property borders two million acres of nationwide forest, creating huge views. The homeowners plan to maintain the remaining 180 acres of the parcel for themselves, itemizing brokers informed The Post. They weren’t at liberty to debate the sellers additional.
Levine bought the land for $3.32 million in 1996 and delivered the home in 2000, in accordance with Eagle County property information. He organized to provide the U.S. Forest Service 301 acres of land in change for a smaller, 119-acre parcel in 2002, local reports show. The Post tried to achieve Robert Levine, 63, for remark.
Levine was a Forbes 400 member with a internet price estimated at $625 million by Forbes in 2001. He shared the title of Inc. Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” with his co-founder, Craig Benson, in 1991.
Recently, he received $40 million in compensation from Merrill Lynch after accusing them of “churning,” or extreme buying and selling to generate commissions in opposition to the most effective curiosity of their shoppers.
Aside from that, Levine has principally stayed out of the general public eye since his time as a big-shot tech entrepreneur — apparently, he’s been well-entertained.
“[His] eccentric management style has contrasted sharply with the usually conventional world of computer-networking equipment,” the Wall Street Journal said upon the announcement he would retire.