In Denver’s beloved West Highland neighborhood, a rare historic home with a star-studded past has just hit the market. The completely restored Victorian estate, at 3015 Lowell Blvd., is the personal home of Anna Slade and her husband, Isaac Slade, lead singer of the popular band, The Fray. Their family has treasured this home for over a decade, and it brims with unique details, history, and one-of-a-kind character. This charming home is now listed by LIV Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Mckinze Casey, for $2,950,000.
Originally built in the late 1800s, and designed by William Lang, this authentic Victorian home was completely restored by the Slades, who took extra care at every turn, even reinforcing the entire underlying structures without compromising any of the original architecture. The iconic red brick exterior and colorful trim are a reminder of the era’s classic style. The Slades’ eye for design, artistic touch, and passion for this house are evident in each room of the three-story home, which comes complete with a well-appointed basement and hidden speakeasy.
Just off the foyer, a conversation room welcomes you to the home. The space is warmed by a fireplace, which is adorned in tile what was salvaged from the original hearth. Within this room and through an ornate wooden door, a private reading nook nestled into the turret of the home offers a sunny and secluded spot for taking a moment to yourself.
The living room is a spacious yet cozy setting to enjoy the company of friends and family or simply curl up next to the fireplace to get lost in a good book from your own private library. For an added touch of literary-inspired design, the stunning rouge hue that decorates the room’s walls is an exact match for the red used on the vintage cover of “Crime and Punishment.” And like many bestsellers, the top portion of the walls are also bound in leather. This space also once housed the piano on which Isaac wrote for many of The Fray’s hit songs.
This home continues to surprise and delight with whimsical style throughout, such as the flooring in the covered porch that is made of pennies, the hand-crafted pergola imported from Asia in the backyard, and the one-of-a-kind pattern inlayed in the wooden floors in the kitchen, which were designed by the Anna herself.
Through two sets of French doors, the expansive backyard beckons you outside where there is plenty of room to garden, play, and enjoy Colorado’s 300 days-a-year of sunshine. The yard also offers a detached garage that was used as Anna’s studio, where she created works of art including the pattern for the flooring of their family tour bus. This building would also make a fantastic gardener’s workspace, or outdoor entertaining area with the ability to connect electricity and plumbing.
Back inside the home, the kitchen has everything you need to create a culinary masterpiece. The hand-made, black walnut, butcher block countertop on the island offers plenty of workspace while the top-of-the-line appliances, including the world-famous AGA stove and the pasta station, help you put on a show for a weeknight dinner or special event. For aspiring young chefs, the bottom drawer of the cabinet near the prep sink pulls out to reveal a step where little helpers can stand while assisting with the cooking.
The lower level, with a separate entrance, is a dream come true for musicians, movie lovers, or anyone with a knack for entertaining. Here you’ll find a stage for at-home performances of all kinds. The Slades recalled hosting make-shift neighborhood band practices and talent shows here during holiday gatherings and celebrations. This level also features a speakeasy-style lounge with a built-in bar, double sink, glass chiller, and ice machine, that is a great hangout for at-home happy hour. Currently, the ceiling of this tucked away room is covered in a collage of airplane tickets and hotel keys from the band’s many tours, but now you have the chance to fill the space with memories of your own.
Upstairs offers just as much detail around every corner. The main bedroom is a bohemian escape, complete with hand-carved wooden accents climbing the walls and framing the doorway, that provides a relaxing space to retire to at the end of the day. Curate your outfits in the walk-in closet which displays your favorite garments and fashion accessories on shelves sourced from a boutique in Paris. The luxurious atmosphere continues into the attached sitting room, which features a fireplace and a clawfoot tub perfectly positioned in the rounded turret and encompassed in hand-painted Mexican tiles – an almost unheard-of amenity that offers an alternative retreat in addition to the main bathroom’s marble-lined steam shower.
The upper level also boasts a kitchen, living space, additional bedroom, and a terrace, which make for fantastic accommodations for an au pair, extended stay guests, or multigenerational living. Up one more set of stairs, you’ll find two additional spaces in the attic that can be used as a playroom, bedroom, or an office. One of the spaces, which was used as Isaac’s personal office, is adorned in beautiful red wood paneling from the historic Moffat House. As a bonus, the home also features two reinforced shelters for added safety and security.
For those looking for a home steeped in history, abundant in extraordinarily unique design, and exceptionally maintained out of a labor of love, 3015 Lowell Blvd. is one of the most exquisite homes available in Denver. To learn more, contact Mckinze Casey by calling 480.220.8597. For all your real estate needs, contact LIV Sotheby’s International Realty by visiting livsothebysrealty.com.