Saying Goodbye to Cableland, Denver's Soon-To-Be Mayoral Palace

May 2010

Cableland, a magnificent and eccentric home that sprawls across 24,000 square feet on Shangri La Drive in Denver's Hilltop neighborhood, is officially the mayor's residence. It used to belong to cable magnate Bill Daniels, who donated his home to the city when he died in 2000. But former Mayor Wellington Webb never moved in, and current Mayor John Hickenlooper has never lived in the swank digs, which Daniels spent $7 million to build in 1987, either, according to CBS4. Now the whole estate--the squirrel condos, sunken bar, ice cream bar, 97 phones, the firehouse pole from the master bedroom to the media room, and the wall of television monitors--is up for sale. Donated 12 years ago to Denver, Cableland's proceeds will now be used to fund college scholarships for kids in Denver, according to the Denver Business Journal. Though Daniels' donation agreement stipulated that the mansion would return to the Daniels Fund if the city no longer needed it, officials and the Daniels Fund have been discussing the idea of a sale for years. “Bill Daniels was pleased to donate Cableland as the mayor’s residence,” says Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund, in a statement. “He would have been delighted that it has been home to major events, especially those that helped raise money for charitable purposes. With the economic downturn and the rising cost of higher education, affording the cost of college is increasingly difficult for many students. After careful consideration, our board decided that converting the value of the property into scholarships for students in Denver made perfect sense.” In the market for a mansion with a fire pole that you can buy for a good cause? You can start by checking out the amazing photos on the Cableland website.