From popular actress, Pam Grier to football pros like John Elwayo, Denver is a popular spot for celebrities looking to settle down. These homes are as prestigious as their inhabitants and feature secluded and exclusive destinations with sweeping views of Colorado’s mountains. Here’s a look at the most famous celebrity homes in Denver.
Actress Pam Grier found refuge in a ranch lifestyle fostered on her sprawling estate two hours outside of Denver. Grier may be familiar to some for her role on ABC’s “Bless This Mess,” her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, or her early career work in movies like Foxy Brown and Coffy. The actress explained her shift from Hollywood living to rural life came from a desire for a quieter and more stable lifestyle. Grier has since moved out of her ranch, selling it for $940,000.
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home spans over 4,200 square feet and has a stone-lined front entryway that retreats into the forested surroundings. The arched entryway invites people into a wood-paneled interior, emphasizing the ranch aesthetic. An expansive living room and dining area look out onto the surrounding forest for a private countryside view. Alongside a spacious indoor entertainment area and personal fitness room is a large, grassy backyard lined with mature trees. A casita sits in the back of the yard with a large deck of its own.
Another celebrity attracted to Denver’s beautiful landscape and luxury real estate is football player TJ Ward, former safety for the Denver Broncos. Ward first played for The Cleveland Browns in 2010, where he made a name for himself with his stellar performance. Ward signed with the Denver Broncos in 2014 and played for the team for three years until 2017. Since then, he’s played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals.
Ward’s large mansion in Lone Tree spanned an impressive 6,754 square feet and was listed for $2.24 million. This custom home reflects the footballer’s own personality and sense of style with high-end additions like home automation for lights and audio, a large gourmet kitchen, and classy vaulted ceilings. Outfitted with custom furniture and hand-picked tiling, this is one of the most impressive celebrity homes in Denver.
Out of the five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, Ward reports being most particular about the primary bedroom and finished basement, which includes a media and exercise room, a bar, and a pathway to an enclosed courtyard with a fireplace. Currently, it’s one of the largest lots in the community, which is home to other elite football players like Derek Wolfe.
Another renowned football player who called Denver home for a while is John Elway, a prestigious player who made NFL history with his versatile performance out on the field. Elway is the only player in history to rush for more than 200 yards and pass for more than 3,000 yards in the same season. He’s also the second quarterback in history to clock in more than 3,000 yards rushing and 40,000-plus yards passing. His stellar performance has won him many awards, including the Super Bowl XXXIII Most Valuable Player.
Elway’s mansion is located in Cherry Hills’ Park Drive, which is home to other big shots like NFL coach Mike Shanahan and CEOs of prominent companies. Properties here average an astounding 15,034 square feet and come in a range of styles according to the homeowner’s preference. Elway’s mansion cost him $7 million, and it features nine bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
As a nod to their hit song “Livin’ on the Edge,'' Aerosmith's mountainside mansion teeters from its perch atop a cliffside at Bear Mountain. This famous rock band has been a long-standing favorite with the general public, dating back to the 70s. Since then, the band has kept its sound alive with performances, tours, and recordings.
The mansion’s entryway opens into a spacious center surrounded by garages and a view of the forested mountainside. The rugged wooden front door is framed by stone walls and boulder decor. The connected living room and dining room feature large windows that look out onto the rural horizon, letting in plenty of natural light from outside and skylights from above.
A large outdoor dining area offers 360-degree views of the distant mountain range and the inky night sky. This marks one of the best celebrity homes in Denver for its unobstructed views of the sunrise, sunset, and constellations above. Interior amenities include a hot tub with outdoor views, a personal theater room with recliners, a bar area, and a lower entertainment room.
Originally an LA resident, popular crime novelist James Ellroy moved to Denver in 2015 for a much-needed change of pace and scenery. Ellroy himself explains that he finds the area more amenable and wholesome than the California city lifestyle and is a fan of Colorado’s chilly weather. Having written 20 books in the past 30 years, he mainly writes stories about the corruption of LA post-WW2.
Ellroy traded his Hollywood Hills house for a loft in the LoDo neighborhood near trendy restaurants and shops. He lives in an intimate two-bedroom loft showcasing personal decor selections like bull terrier pictures and a bust of Beethoven. His ex-wife (and current girlfriend), Helen Knode, lives down the hall in an identical loft.
Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell
Fans of The Bachelor may remember the 20th season’s bachelor Ben Higgins and contestant Lauren Bushnell. These lovebirds renovated Higgins’ Denver bachelor pad into a home fit for their new lifestyle. The chic and modern interior design leans on Bushnell’s California influence while melding with Higgins’ own masculine aesthetic. This couple starred in their own spinoff but ultimately separated in 2017.
Find a home just like your favorite celebrities
The celebrity homes in Denver feature a unique mix of mountainside mansions, private ranch homes, and more intimate bungalows and lofts. When you’re ready to explore the variety of luxury properties in Denver, contact experienced REALTOR® Michael Osborn at M.O.R.E. Homes to guide you through the process.