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The former CEO of Ben & Jerry is selling a 35-acre Colorado estate with a pool in the lobby for $ 5.5 million

Former Ben & Jerry’s CEO Perry Odak has marketed his Colorado mansion – with a pool in the foyer – for $ 5.5 million.

Odak – also the former CEO of the Wild Oats Inc supermarket chain – bought the 14,000-square-foot home just 15 minutes outside of Boulder, Colorado in March 2001.

The 8-bedroom, 10-bath mansion sits on 35 acres of land and is surrounded by 20,000 acres of permanent open space.

‘That peace and serenity was a real plus for me, because when you run a business and you see people all day, you want to escape,’ said Odak. Bloomberg.

Former Ben & Jerry's CEO Perry Odak has put his 35-acre Colorado estate - including a home with a foyer pool (pictured) - on the market for $ 5.5 million. The house is 15 minutes from Boulder and 25 minutes from Denver

Former Ben & Jerry’s CEO Perry Odak has put his 35-acre Colorado estate – including a home with a foyer pool (pictured) – on the market for $ 5.5 million. The house is 15 minutes from Boulder and 25 minutes from Denver

The estate is surrounded by 20,000 acres of preserved space where wildlife - including antelopes and bears - roam

The estate is surrounded by 20,000 acres of preserved space where wildlife - including antelopes and bears - roam

The estate is surrounded by 20,000 acres of preserved space where wildlife – including antelopes and bears – roam

One of the benefits of being surrounded by so much conserved, wild land is that nature is right on your doorstep, in the form of sightings of antelope, elk, deer, coyote and bear.

Odak kept renovations to a minimum after moving in with his family.

Odak (photo 2003) bought the house in March 2001 and lived there with his family. He said he is now selling it to `` downsize '' as he now spends most of his time in California and also owns two homes in that state.

Odak (photo 2003) bought the house in March 2001 and lived there with his family. He said he is now selling it to `` downsize '' as he now spends most of his time in California and also owns two homes in that state.

Odak (photo 2003) bought the house in March 2001 and lived there with his family. He said he is now selling it to “ downsize ” as he now spends most of his time in California and also owns two homes in that state.

Some of the few changes included converting the existing media space into a gym and adding a temperature-controlled wine cellar that can hold 2,000 bottles. He also had the depth of the pool deepened.

In the nearly 20 years since buying the house, Odak said he put the house on the market a few times but then removed it because ‘I don’t have to sell the house so I’m not going to sell it. give it away. ‘

Now Odak – who also has two homes in Southern California, where he spends most of his time – has decided to sell the house because he’s ‘just downsizing’ and doesn’t ‘need the headache’ of owning three blocks.

One of the most bizarre features of the house – the pool – is also the one that Odak attributes to keeping the house’s many wooden details in good condition.

Odak said that despite being 20 years old, there is ‘nowhere a crack’ in all that wood, which is unusual given Boulder’s dry climate.

He said the foyer pool acts as “a source of moisture” and noted that “in most Colorado homes, the wood dries up.”

Odak attributes the indoor-outdoor foyer pool (pictured) to creating enough humidity to keep the furniture-grade woodwork in the home from cracking in the dry Boulder air

Odak attributes the indoor-outdoor foyer pool (pictured) to creating enough humidity to keep the furniture-grade woodwork in the home from cracking in the dry Boulder air

Odak attributes the indoor-outdoor foyer pool (pictured) to creating enough humidity to keep the furniture-grade woodwork in the home from cracking in the dry Boulder air

The 14,000 square foot home has eight bedrooms, a living room, gym, wine cellar, and dining room

The 14,000 square foot home has eight bedrooms, a living room, gym, wine cellar, and dining room

The 14,000 square foot home has eight bedrooms, a living room, gym, wine cellar, and dining room

The dining room has multiple examples of the furniture quality woodwork. The house was built by a local contractor, who sold it while going through a divorce

The dining room has multiple examples of the furniture quality woodwork. The house was built by a local contractor, who sold it while going through a divorce

The dining room has multiple examples of the furniture quality woodwork. The house was built by a local contractor, who sold it while going through a divorce

Odak kept his renovations to a minimum after buying the house, but did a 2,000-bottle wine cellar with temperature control

Odak kept his renovations to a minimum after buying the house, but did a 2,000-bottle wine cellar with temperature control

Odak kept his renovations to a minimum after buying the house, but did a 2,000-bottle wine cellar with temperature control

Odak also turned the home's original media room into a gym (pictured) when he bought the house in March 2001

Odak also turned the home's original media room into a gym (pictured) when he bought the house in March 2001

Odak also turned the home’s original media room into a gym (pictured) when he bought the house in March 2001

The pool, it turns out, is actually an indoor-outdoor pool.

‘You push a button and a wall opens and you can swim out,’ he said, estimating the pool’s inner part to be about 23 meters long, ‘so you swim indoors in the winter – and in the summer you open it up and go outside. ‘

Apart from the pool in the front and center, the house also has more traditional features such as a large kitchen, a family room. dining room, two master bedroom suites and four additional bedrooms, one for the staff.

Another feature is a two bedroom guest house – complete with kitchen, bathroom and living room – which is connected to the main house by a flyover.

“I’ve had people stay there for a while, and you would never know they were staying in the house,” the news site said.

The house has 3 million pounds of stone on the outside. It also has a guest house attached, accessible via a flyover

The house has 3 million pounds of stone on the outside. There is also a guest house attached, accessible via a viaduct

The house has 3 million pounds of stone on the outside. There is also a guest house attached, accessible via a viaduct

Odak said he liked the scenic locations as it provided a place to escape to after his busy working days running a business

Odak said he liked the scenic locations as it provided a place to escape to after his busy working days running a business

Odak said he liked the scenic locations as it provided a place to escape to after his busy working days running a business

The 35 hectare estate of Odak is pictured from above, showing how isolated it is, surrounded by the preserved open space

The 35 hectare estate of Odak is pictured from above, showing how isolated it is, surrounded by the preserved open space

The 35 hectare estate of Odak is pictured from above, showing how isolated it is, surrounded by the preserved open space

The exterior of the house includes 3 million pounds of masonry.

The house itself was built by a local contractor who got divorced before he could finish it, Odak said.

Odak told Bloomberg that while he didn’t think the midst of a pandemic was the ideal time to sell an expensive home, he said he had “ a lot of real estate friends who told me they’ve had some of the best ever had, as people flee cities. ‘

He said the house will likely appeal to “a director who wants to get out of town and out of the chaos – but be close enough to Boulder and Denver” to commute there anyway.

Boulder is 15 minutes ‘drive away and Denver is 25 minutes’ drive away.

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