The Starwood real estate community is a secluded yet exclusive gated neighborhood. The homes are situated on acreage parcels and are peppered across a high mesa located just three miles northwest of downtown Aspen. Starwood encompasses 960 acres of some of the most stunning Colorado land that was originally purchased by Edgar and Pauline Stern for $360,000 as a future development. After John Denver took up residence in Starwood, the area became more popular and additional infrastructure was added. The southwest-facing orientation of Starwood and the 8,400-foot elevation give it that “big sky” sensation. From homes in Starwood, one can watch storms roll in from many miles in the distance, enjoy the breath-taking views of the Elk Mountain Range, Independence Pass and all the way to Mount Sopris, near Carbondale. The Starwood Metropolitan District maintains the area’s infrastructure which consists of seven miles of roads, a state-of-the-art water systems, cross-country ski and hiking trails, tennis courts, common pastures, a mail room, and the 24-hour Starwood security gate. In the 1970’s John Denver sang about Starwood when he was stuck in “grey” L.A. and yearned for his “sweet Rocky Mountain paradise”.