For the first time in more than 20 years, the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom property is on the market and currently listed for $44.5 million, according to Compass.
The location of The Peak House is arguably the home’s most unique feature. It’s the highest residence on Red Mountain with panoramic views of downtown Aspen and its four ski slopes.
During a tour of the home, Heidi Houston, the listing agent at Compass told Insider that in addition to its height and views, “this house has the best stories.”
As we walked around the home, Houston told me about the property being seized by the FBI at one point, as well as the addition of a mistress suite.
But first, let’s go back to 1995, when builder Joe Zanin finished the five-year build of The Peak House, according to its listing. The European-style home, carved into Red Mountain, has rich pine paneling and heart-pine floors throughout.
It also allowed for features like a 12-car garage and an indoor pool to be built — something few other homes on Red Mountain have, Houston said.
In 1997, financier Viktor Kozeny bought the estate for $19.7 million, which was the most expensive purchase in Aspen history at the time, according to Aspen Daily News.
Source: Aspen Daily News
While Kozeny owned the property, he hosted lavish, invite-only parties with celebrities like Natalie Cole, Ivana Trump, and blue-chip investors, according to a Fortune article from 2000. At the parties, guests would gather in the home’s grand living room …
… or pop expensive Champagne and eat caviar at one of the home’s wet bars.
Kozeny owned the house until 2001. During that time, he added his own personal touches like a wine cave, Houston said.
After a short walk through a hallway and bathroom, a door leads to a secret bedroom that was designed for Kozeny’s mistress, Houston said.
But that wasn’t Kozeny’s only scandal. Nicknamed the “Pirate of Prague,” Kozeny swindled investors out of $180 million, according to Forbes. Today, he remains an international fugitive.