Update: As we've reported, the hot real-estate market in Colorado doesn't always extend to celebrity properties.
Case in point: Actor Tom Cruise's $59 million Telluride spread remains unsold even though it's been on the market since October 2014.
Rock singer Joe Cocker's Mad Dog Ranch, an incredible property near Crawford, on the Western Slope, has been available for even longer, and the price tag as of earlier this year was less than a tenth of the one slapped on Chez Cruise: $5.75 million. But no one has purchased it, either — so in just over two weeks, it's being put up for auction.
As we've reported (material from our April 2014 original post and an April 2016 update are incorporated here), Cocker decided to downsize more than two years ago, and the listing for the Ranch offered potential buyers a couple of options: The initial asking price was $7 million without furnishings or equipment, or $7,850,000 with them included. But by the time Cocker died, in December 2014, no one had stepped up to make a deal, and even reducing the price by more than $1 million hasn't caused any wallets to open.
Now, Supreme Auctions is conducting what's described as a "No Reserve" sale on Thursday, September 1 — and the company is pulling out all the stops. The Supreme Auction page devoted to Mad Dog Ranch includes a new pitch describing the property as well as a beautifully produced video highlighting its large number of amenities.
Take a photo tour of the property below, interspersed with Supreme Auction text and information. The video can be found at the bottom of the post. Click for more details about the auction of Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford.
Mad Dog Ranch – Famed Rock & Roll Legend Joe Cocker’s Colorado Estate
In the heart of the Colorado Rockies lies a unique opportunity to own both a spectacular property and a piece of rock & roll history. Introducing the Joe and Pam Cocker Estate, the MAD DOG RANCH, home to the famed rock & roll artist since 1994.
Located within easy driving distance to Aspen, Telluride, and the world-renowned Black Canyon, the estate sits on over 240+ acres that back to 400,000 acres of BLM Land and includes irrigated pastures, landscaped lawns, manicured gardens, lush forests, and an acre sized swimming pond.
At the heart of the property rests the grand English Tudor style manor with 7 bedrooms, 8 baths, and a private guest suite set in almost 16,000 sq. ft.
As you enter, a stunning foyer with a sweeping staircase and custom inlaid marble floor medallion greets guests.
Exquisite Brazilian cherry floors extend throughout the main entry, gallery and many of the formal rooms.
Fine finishes continue throughout the home, including the library’s custom cherry paneling, a formal dining room that seats 18 and billiard room with full sized bar.
Continue to see more photos of Joe Cocker's Mad Dog Ranch. The 1,500 sq. ft. master suite is the perfect place to unwind, featuring 13 foot vaulted beamed ceilings, stone fireplace, seating areas, a spa like bath, his and her walk-in closets, a coffee bar and private balcony to experience breathtaking Colorado views.
The stunning interior is matched only by the tremendous views throughout.
Built with entertaining in mind, all main floor rooms have access to the exceptional rear terrace overlooking the grand lawn, pond, and gardens.
The property’s grounds are nothing short of spectacular, including manicured lawns, floral beds, raw Aspen, scrub oak and evergreen forests, pastures, gardens and water features.
There is a fully equipped 7-stall barn with turnouts, a silo, Quonset, large outdoor arena, and 80 acres of irrigated pasture.
If gardening is your passion, there are 2 fully outfitted commercial greenhouses and an outdoor vegetable garden.
This estate is simply spectacular, and is perfectly located for privacy, scenery, and access to the most sought after skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing in Colorado.
Features and Specs
Bathrooms: 8 plus 2 Half-Bath
Square Foot: 15,873 Main House
Architect: Chicago based John Kelly
Location: Crawford, Colorado
Entry: Private Drive and Motor Court
Pond: One Acre Swimming Pond
Building Style: English Tudor Manor
Grounds: Horse Barn, Hay Barn, Quonset, Riding Arena
Land: ATV, Hiking and Riding Trails backs to BLM land
Views: Needle Rock and West Elk Mountain
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.