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Ex-ski home of President Ford lists for $8.5M

December 5, 2014
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Ex-ski home of President Ford lists for $8.5M
The former ski home of President Gerald Ford in Avon, Colo. features seven bedrooms, a swimming pool building, spa and exercise room, home theater and a 600-bottle wine refrigerator. Photo via sothebysrealty.com

President Gerald Ford’s former ski home near Vail, Colo. is for sale.

Ford’s “Bavarian-style, ski in ski out” Beaver Creek in Avon, Colo. is listed for $8.5 million through Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty, according to the listing.

The listing’s address — 65 Elk Track Ct. — matches the address on file for the Ford’s Colorado vacation home prior to its sale in 2007, according to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

Ford, the 38th President of the United States, owned the house until he died in 2006, when it was sold the following year by the Ford family to a California man named Kevin Hayes, according to an Orange County Register article from 2011.

Ford was raised in East Grand Rapids and is buried at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids.

Presidential vacation home

Ford and his wife, Betty, built the house in the early 1980s based on their love of Vail. They moved into the vacation home in 1983.

The house is 11,629 square feet with seven bedrooms, a swimming pool building, spa and exercise room, home theater and a 600-bottle wine refrigerator, according to the listing.

There is a “presidential master suite” on the upper floor of the estate, which overlooks Beaver Creek Mountain and the skiers who flock to it every year. Ford was an avid skier. In the suite, an engraved inscription by John Adams, from the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom, accompanies a clawfoot fireplace.

A presidential seal adorns the front entranceway, and several presidential artifacts also are included in the sale, including the original dining room table, Ford’s skis and ski jacket.

Several former presidents also made visits to the house, including George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, according to toptenrealestatedeals.com. Various international dignitaries also have stayed at the house, including Margaret Thatcher. 

Following Ford’s death in 2006, more than 500 items from the house were auctioned off for charity, brining in approximately $200,000.

List price

Hayes, a real estate investor who is the last recorded owner, according to zillow.com, has tried to sell the house before, taking it on and off the market a few times. He reportedly bought the house for $6.65 million in 2007.

There has been roughly $4 million worth of renovation work to the house as well. Renovations kept historically significant aspects, such as the tile floor behind Ford’s desk, which shows natural wear from his favorite desk chair.

The value of the house has been as high as $14.9 million. An article about the home by the Orange County Register in 2011 says the house listed at approximately $11 million.

Earlier this year, the price has dropped from $12.995 million to $9.4 million to the current $8.5 million, according to a post by The Wall Street Journal earlier this year. 

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