The house that burritos built is back on the market.
The home constructed in 2001 for Chipotle Mexican Grill founder Steve Ells is a serene, walled oasis on a ⅓-acre lot in Denver’s historic Country Club neighborhood.
“What makes it so special is the architecture. It’s like nothing else,” said LIV Sotheby’s International Realty listing agent Ian Wolfe, whose Wolfe Group specializes in high-end properties. “This home is at the level of a home you’d see in Los Angeles. There truly is nothing like this in Denver.”
Designed by Thomas Briner, the posh four-bedroom, five bathroom property backs to the Denver Country Club and is minutes from the city center. “But when you are on the property, you feel completely isolated,” Wolfe said.
Lines between the interior and heavily landscaped exterior are blurred by massive imported windows that open to the private courtyard and heated saltwater swimming pool, and an outdoor kitchen featuring a pizza oven and charcoal grill.
This also explains the commercial kitchen suite, featuring precision cooking hobs and ovens, and stainless steel countertops. These industrial elements are softened with natural design elements including top-of-the line maple cabinetry, and a slab-cut wooden breakfast bar.
“These materials were the absolute best at the time the house was built,” Wolfe said. “He paid premium prices for everything. No corner was cut.”
The 5,321-square-foot home includes a library, theater and an attached three-car garage outfitted so vehicles can be washed indoors, in heated comfort. The house features high ceilings and large walls that could serve an exceptional backdrop for an art collection that includes large pieces.
Ells sold the home in 2008 for $3.5 million and it now is being offered at $3.8 million. Wolfe says the ask is far below replacement costs. Ells, he said, spent $3.5 million building the house, not including the $1.8 million to $2 million it would cost to acquire a lot the size of 100 S. Marion Street Parkway in Denver — if you could find it in the city.
“This isn’t construction like the house next door,” Wolfe said, “or like any other house in Denver.”