Real Estate

A contemporary penthouse in the heart of Denver puts a literal spin on the phrase “climbing the walls.”

At the corner of the two-story living room is a built-in climbing wall, just “for fun,” says listing agent Scott Leggett of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate. This is Colorado, after all, home to a varied group of outdoor sports enthusiasts.

“There’s a huge climbing culture here, especially in Boulder and Colorado Springs,” he says. Boulder, with its iconic Flatirons rock formations, is within 30 miles of Denver.

“The climbing wall is a great use of the space, with columns alongside the two corner windows,” explains Leggett. The 20-foot tall wall is peppered with grips and holds to replicate the experience of outdoor climbing.

The penthouse, built in 2001, didn’t come equipped this way. The current sellers gutted and remodeled the entire space, putting about $2 million into the renovations.

The wall is not the only eye-catching improvement. The two-story living room centers on a wide floor-level fireplace that stretches along a wall containing the television. A grand staircase of solid wood steps is suspended from the ceiling by brushed metal rods. The open-concept space has white walls broken up by dark or textured accent walls, concrete and expansive metal-framed windows.

The kitchen features an oversized center island. Topped by a leathered granite counter containing a sink and an induction cooktop, the island doubles as a spot to eat breakfast or have coffee. Appliances along one wall include convection and double ovens and warming drawers.

Glass pocket doors from the kitchen open to one of the terraces, which offers city, park and Rocky Mountain views.

The second level has a large landing with transparent railings, space for an office overlook and another terrace. The primary bedroom connects to a bathroom with a free-standing tub, a double-headed shower and a sauna. A second bedroom and bathroom complete the floor.

A set of stairs with illuminated risers leads to a private rooftop deck — the only one in the building. It has 360-degree views and features a hot tub.

The 4,097 square feet of living space includes the two bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Leggett is the listing agent for 1610 Little Raven St., Penthouse 6, Denver, Colorado. The asking price is US $4.5 million.

The Denver International Airport is about 26 miles away.

Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate a founding member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.