Castle-like estate, once owned by Tom Shane, offers 1930s elegance, premier location for $7.66 million

October 10, 2016 / Posted in Denver, Real Estate

Tudor-style mansion features six bedrooms, nine baths with expansive grounds in the heart of Denver Country ClubExterior of 575 Circle Drive in Denver's Country Club neighborhood.Evening exterior of 575 Circle Drive in Denver's Country Club neighborhood.Evening exterior of 575 Circle Drive in Denver's Country Club neighborhood.

  • Exterior of 575 Circle Drive in Denver’s Country Club neighborhood.

WHAT:575 Circle Drive is a 7,476-square-foot Tudor-style residence, with six bedrooms and nine baths on 3/4 acres in Denver’s Country Club neighborhood. The estate is located on the interior, or as realtor Lisa Cramer puts it, “best side of Circle Drive, the pinnacle of Country Club.”

PRICE: $7.66 million

SIZE: 7,476 square feet plus 2,736 square-foot finished basement. $750 per square foot.

NEIGHBORHOOD: Denver’s Country Club neighborhood is a leafy enclave of mostly historic homes adjacent to the DCC. The neighborhood has prided itself on preserving its older homes and maintaining the integrity of the architecture. Country Club offers easy access to downtown, and is walking distance to the shopping and restaurants in Cherry Creek.

INSIDE THE HOME: The traditional Tudor-style home features classic front gables, dormers and a slate roof, and is reminiscent of a castle.

First floor highlights include a spacious living room with grand fireplace and an elegant wood-paneled office. There is a hand-painted mural of birds and flowers in the dining room, two beautifully updated powder rooms and an eat-in kitchen with new marble and adjacent butler’s pantry.

Upstairs, the master suite has a private sitting area and luxury bath. There are four additional bedrooms, each with their own bath.

The third floor has a private retreat perfect for a live-in nanny, with a huge bedroom, bath and a balcony looking out onto the backyard.

The basement is finished and includes a 150-bottle wine cellar, a sauna, a media room with fireplace and home gym.

Cramer says what really sets this residence apart is its location. “It is only 4 blocks from the bustling Cherry Creek North shopping district, but it offers an oasis of privacy and quiet, both inside and out. You can just retreat into this home right in the heart of the city.”

OUTSIDE: Multiple brick patios, a fire pit, and a built-in barbecue are surrounded by extensive manicured lawns, gardens and trees. There is a heated driveway leading to a 4-car garage, which is angled toward toward the back of the house.

HISTORY: According to “Country Club Heritage, A History and Guide to a Denver Neighborhood” by Alice Millett, 575 Circle Drive was designed by Henry A. Koch in 1931, decorated by Havens-Batchelder, and was referred to as “the other castle,” with the first being at 475 Circle Drive.

According to the book, one of its earliest residents was Sally Lewis Keefe, who was 5 years old when she moved there. “It was a wonderful place to grow up, and I remember the milkman clomping down the street in his wagon,” she said. “We went downtown on the 6th Avenue streetcar or bus to the movies, or we could walk to the Hiawatha (Esquire Theatre).”

Tom Shane, your friend in the diamond business, later lived in the home. He built the high brick wall in the entrance. Cramer adds that when it changed hands following Shane’s ownership, it needed updating. The new family did an extensive, multi-million dollar overhaul in 2001. The current sellers also did a broad renovation in 2013, keeping with the character of the home. Today, the 85-year-old residence offers old-world craftsmanship while enjoying modern wiring, new plumbing, top-of-the-line security and advanced home automation.

TAXES: $45,101 (2015)