Town: Bow Mar
Price: $2.2 million
Living Space: 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms, 4,600 square feet (3,765 finished)
Property: 1.146 acres
Amenities: Chef’s kitchen, exquisite master bath, covered terrace with custom outdoor kitchen (featuring a built-in grill and pizza oven); the private community around Bowles Lake offers sailing, tennis, walking trails, and expansive mountain views

Just west of downtown Littleton, the enclave of Bow Mar has long drawn homeowners enticed by sprawling ranch-style homes on enormous lots. With a private lake and vast views, this hidden gem of a neighborhood retains much of its original charm as very few homes have received McMansion-style renovations—which is what makes the majorly modern update to 5245 Yellowstone St. all the more exciting.

When purchasing the home from its original owners, the current residents promised the restoration would celebrate the structure, not scrape it. One look at the low-slung profile and massive windows, and it’s clear this house holds something different. “It’s stunning,” says listing broker Peter Brand of Liv Sotheby’s International Realty. “They really thought of everything.”

Adding only 400 square feet to the home’s footprint, the renovation kept the exterior integrity of the home. But once inside, it’s a whole new world. Custom white-oak floors connect the entire first floor, complementing the home’s simple, white surfaces and thoughtful design. After entering a sunny foyer, visitors move into the large living/dining/kitchen space that anchors the home. A Varenna kitchen from Studio Como takes center stage. The appliance wall—featuring Gaggenau, Thermador, and Miele tools—faces a sleek cooktop built into an extra-long breakfast bar, perfect for entertaining.

Twin glass pocket doors connect the open kitchen-dining area to the terrace. This stunning alfresco living room boasts a built-in kitchen and chic gas fireplaces—the perfect place to sip wine, nibble on a fresh-from-the-outdoor-pizza-oven pie, and enjoy a sparkling view of the Denver skyline.

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If the gourmet kitchen and private terrace didn’t already win you over, the master bedroom will. Featuring backyard views and a massive wall of closets, this bedroom delivers the “wow” factor amid the home’s simple elegance. Skylights illuminate the three-sided glass shower room (bonus: double shower heads!). Massive counter space coupled with hidden storage means you don’t have to sacrifice your beauty arsenal in the name of clutter.

But the biggest surprise? This spare, modern-style home actually works for a family of four. The gorgeous cabinets in the open-plan kitchen are carried throughout the main living space, providing hidden storage aplenty. (We were drooling over the individual storage lockers in the mudroom that connects the four-car garage to the home.) A combination butler’s pantry and laundry room provides a sleek and functional workplace, tucked away from view. A built-in breakfast nook would also be a perfect homework spot, and the finished basement is practically designed for sleepovers and Lego construction projects.

Finally, skylights artfully placed throughout the property and subtle floor lighting promise a bright, sunny home during the day and a calm, relaxing oasis come evening. Sure, gorgeously pairing urban design with the acreage of the south suburbs comes at a price—more than $2 million, in this case—but it doesn’t cost a penny to dream.

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Interested parties can contact Peter Blank at Liv Sotheby’s International Realty (