French Norman home beside country club may have best view in Cherry Hills

DENVER POST, October 25th 2009

By Mark Samuelson

Cramer Cherry Hills 039With a panorama across the 18th fairway lake at Cherry Hills Country Club of the peaks along the Divide, 4201 S. University may have the very best view in Cherry Hills Village (Realtors Mark and Lisa Cramer took down for their web site).  But what sets it apart from newer, bigger houses you can see in the south metro suburbs is the character. 

Inside, there’s no sign of the two-story great room that’s centerpiece for virtually all newer homes in the multi-million price range.  Interior spaces are intimate, warm and inviting. 

Architect, Edwin Francis, who studied under Jacques Benedict, has his signature on numbers of public buildings including Mullen High School, the ape house at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the castle-like Crest House at 14,260 feet on Mt. Evans, once billed as the highest-elevation structure in the world.  The homes’ owners over the decades maintained the integrity of the French Norman architecture… a Wm Ohs makeover of the kitchen a while back, and tasteful updates on the master and baths (leaving the period lath-style cabinetry).  What hasn’t changed a bit is the home’s living room, inspired by a French chapel, its vault set off with prominent beam ceilings above a massive, country fireplace. 

The current owners have furnished that with period pieces picked up on various expeditions though the Continent.  Some of those, says Lisa Cramer, could be made available as part of a purchase. 

There’s a very inviting morning room beside the kitchen… joined by a rounded island bar to the kitchen.  The gallery that forms the centerline of the bedroom level has a balcony overlook to the chapel area below; and the master was oriented with a bay window to bring in the westerly view.  Two other upstairs beds are served by a Jack-n-Jill… and there’s a guest bedroom down in a finished basement area. 

One thing that was added recently is the pool… on the south side of the house, with large surrounding terrace.  Beyond that along S. University, Mark Cramer notes, are a couple of custom home lots for sale.  Somebody who really wanted to maximize this could acquire those and reroute the driveway into a protected entry from Quincy Avenue. 

Mark Cramer, who follows the market on the couples’ web site at, says that there are signs of a pick-up in the Cherry Hills Village market.  This home, priced at $3 million, is being held open from ten until 11am, for serious buyers only.  It’s just north of Quincy Avenue on University, west side of the street, a couple of hundred yards south of the entryway to Cherry Hills Country Club.  For information call 303-378-5618. 

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