So it didn't make this list of 70 amazing houses from around the world, but I have to say that Pulpit Rock resident Ray Armstrong's house is one of the most amazing homes I've ever toured.
Ahead of next Thursday, July 21's fundraiser for Pikes Peak Urban Gardens from 5 to 8 p.m. at the house (details in the link below), I visited last night to snap some photos and meet Armstrong and his partner Barbara Dawson.
Disclaimer: I sit on PPUG's advisory board, which is how I came to first learn about the fundraiser from PPUG director Larry Stebbins, and why I arranged a special visit to the home.
What's most spectacular about the residence, aside from its 360-degree views, is its extensive, internationally recognized Koi pond system designed and nurtured by Armstrong over the past 20 years. The sustainably minded ponds stretch across two sides of the house and into interior pools, accenting artistic wood and stonework that make the structure itself worth a whistle.
Armstrong and Dawson generously offered the home up to PPUG for the fundraiser. The idea is that enjoying the fish and views alongside eats from TAPAteria and Food Designers and drinks from Bristol Brewing Co. and The Wine Store is well worth $50 that goes towards PPUG's mission of serving the community through urban garden initiatives.
Anyhoo, here's further details and a couple more photos:
Finally, learn more about Armstrong's house and see more photos on his website, here.