Ski like a president —  for $8.5 million
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Got $8.5 million? A spacious ski home that belonged to a former commander in chief could be yours.

The Colorado lodge once owned by former President Ford and his wife — complete with a presidential seal inlaid into the granite-and-stone entryway — is for sale.


The nearly 12,000-square-foot Beaver Creek home even has room for one’s security detail. According to, the “lower entry level was used as separate living space for the Secret Service.”

The seven-bedroom, 11-bath mansion sounds like a presidential history nerd’s dream: Ford’s personal desk comes with the digs and has been left intact. The floor tiles behind the desk are also original and show the marks left by the president’s chair. The master suite comes equipped with a claw foot fireplace bearing an engraved inscription by former President John Adams, which used to be in the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom.

Built in 1983, guests who have visited the not-so-humble abode include former President Clinton, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

If that’s not enough to get potential buyers to shell out big bucks, the Bavarian-style home also includes a theater, a climate-controlled glass wine room, an indoor swimming pool and a catering kitchen.

The Sotheby’s listing states, “When a mountain home has a presidential past, the conversation is anything but ordinary. In fact, it’s extraordinary.”