’s Top 5 Picks of the Week: Featuring President Ford’s Colorado Ski Home

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An avid skier, the late Gerald Ford—the 38th president of the United States—naturally owned a Colorado home situated on snowy slopes: a ski-in, ski-out abode in Beaver Creek, touting 11,849 square feet of living space.

President Ford's Colorado Ski Home

Built in 1983, the former U.S. leader’s Bavarian mountain manor-style home—currently listed for $8.5 million—is adorned with prominent flower boxes, shutters, and steep roof lines, plus an entry foyer with the POTUS seal emblazoned on its floor, inlaid with polished granite and native stone.

Designed for optimal security, the seven-bedroom, eleven-bath residence’s main floor is located upstairs, while its lower entry level—which once served as a living space for the Secret Service, and includes a kitchen, theater, and recreation rooms, not to mention a wet bar and a climate-controlled glass wine room—is now used as guests’ quarters. The main upper story hsa a large great room complete with fireplace, a cathedral ceiling, skylights, and oversized windows, which overlook Beaver Creek Mountain. Notably, the master suite houses a claw-foot fireplace with an engraved inscription by President John Adams, transplanted from its original position in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Estate

One of the most charming and handsome actor of the 1930s, Clark Gable co-starred with Hollywood’s top starlets such as Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, and Joan Crawford.

Clark Gable & Carole Lombard Estate

The home the Academy Award-winning star shared with him wife, Carole Lombard, who tragically died in a plane crash, is now on the market for $2.195 million. A quaint pink stucco estate in Old Las Palmas, the restored residence sits on half an acre of lush tropical land. A 3,301-square-foot Spanish colonial-style home, it boasts four bedrooms, six baths, a large living room with rafted ceilings and a fireplace, not to mention a gourmet kitchen, a master suite with dual baths and walk-in closets. In addition, French doors lead into private gardens from many of its rooms.

Montana’s Valley of the Moon Ranch

Once owned by the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Valley of the Moon Ranch—located right outside Clinton, Montana—is enveloped by forest lands and poised off the beaten path.

Montana's Valley of the Moon Ranch

Currently for sale for $12.5 million, the 1,400-acre ranch—designed by award-winning architect Emilio Ambasz—has a 10,300-square-foot, partially-subterranean main house comprised of five bedrooms and eight baths, along with a living room, a library, and an office (each with its own fireplace), plus an exercise room, a recreation room, and an indoor swimming pool. An art gallery with a circular sculpture garden entrance can be found on the other side of the lake, while an 1,800-square-foot glass-walled guesthouse and a manager’s home also sit on the grounds.

James Bond in Beverly Hills

Actor and producer Tony Broccoli—son of Albert R. Broccoli, the co-producer of the James Bond film series—has put his European-inspired Hollywood Hills digs up for grabs for $17 million.

James Bond in Beverly Hills

The front door of the 6,800-square-foot, classic-style mansion opens up to a magnificent two-story entryway that melds into a marble-floored grand foyer punctuated by a crystal chandelier. Outfitted with a blue-tiled sunroom and a chef’s kitchen with a built-in banquette, the five-bedroom, six-bath residence boasts numerous French doors that lead into sprawling terraces, which overlook gorgeous views that span south past Palos Verdes out to Catalina.

The posh home’s master suite includes his-and-hers master baths equipped with sauna showers, built-in shelving, and TVs, not to mention a walk-in closet. Outside lies a swimming pool and spa, plus a championship tennis court and gazebo, below which is an isolated guesthouse complete with a kitchenette, full bath, and built-ins.

Swisher Cigar Mansion

Cigar industry kingpin John Swisher‘s Mediterranean-style home—previously on the market for $6.9 million—is now asking $4.9 million.

Swisher Cigar Mansion

Situated on a high bluff overlooking the St. Johns River, the 10,000-square-foot mansion—accompanied by a covered boathouse and a 40-foot yacht-sized slip—lies on over an acre of formal gardens and manicured lawn on the river’s edge.

Though it has been renovated multiple times over the years, the Jacksonville property still has all of its character, with its original ceilings and tiles still intact. Though thoroughly updated to meet today’s standard of living, the four-bedroom, seven-bath home home possesses an old world flavor, reflected by its rustic fireplaces and French doors that open to its tropical grounds, which also house a pool and pool house.

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