This $29 million Colorado mansion in a national forest was inspired by Thoreau's 'Walden' — take a look inside

The $29 million Walden House 
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In 'Walden,' his famous book of reflection, Henry David Thoreau wrote: "I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself."

Now, this $29 million estate in Vail Valley, Colorado will allow a new owner to live vicariously through the famous poet. "Walden House" is inspired by Thoreau's tome, the estate itself a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.

The more than 10,000-square-foot mansion, which sits secluded on national forest land, was designed by Annabelle Selldorf to be the dream home for One & Only Resorts executive Howard "Butch" Kerzner. However, Kerzner was killed in a helicopter crash in 2006 before it was built. His wife, Vanessa Kerzner, went on to build the home. She has since remarried and is now selling the estate.

The pond at Walden House
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The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom mountain retreat, sitting on roughly 70 acres, looks out into Vail Valley in all directions, namely Vail's Gore Range to the east and the New York Mountain range to the south. It also overlooks West Lake Creek.

The pond at Walden House 
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The house includes a gym, outdoor pool and two-car garage.

The Walden House view of the pond
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The outdoor pool
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Surrounding the home is a 9-mile network of private and semi-private trails.

Selldorf has designed many well known buildings, including art galleries, like David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, New York, as well as 200 11th Avenue Building, where Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban live. She has also designed the private home for Christoph and Katrin Henkel, the owners of five-star resorts Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado's San Juan Mountains and Amangiri in Utah.

One & Only Resorts is a high-end, boutique resort chain based out of Dubai with properties in Los Cabos, Cape Town and the Maldives.

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