Mountaintop Chateau in Aspen

There's something about Aspen: When temperatures start to drop, we're totally obsessed with this world-class ski resort town and its wide selection of cozy yet opulent homes for sale. Just one example: a 7,896-square-foot estate known as "Chateau Elan," sited atop exclusive Red Mountain.

Location: Aspen, Colo.
Listed By: Mark Haldeman of Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's International Realty
Price: $13,495,000

According to the listing, this European-inspired mansion boasts "Aspen's most desirable address" -- and we're inclined to believe it. If you need convincing, we direct your attention to the home's spectacular stone patios, which offer unobstructed views of rolling mountains, towering aspen trees and downtown lights. Inside, the estate comes with five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, a game room and a media room.

If the home's $13.495 million price tag is a tad out of your budget, perhaps you'd be interested in designing your own chateau? Browse hundreds of chateauesque house plans from modest to extravagant.

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