SELLER: Pam Cocker
LOCATION: Crawford, CO
PRICE: No Reserve Auction
SIZE: 15,873 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 8 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Mad Dog Ranch, the beloved Rocky Mountain estate of late and legendary singer and musician Joe Cocker just outside of Crawford, CO, will be sold to the highest bidder on September 1, 2016 according to an informative representative of Supreme Auctions who will handle the sale in cooperation with listing agent Mandy Nadler of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The “no reserve” auction, which means there is no minimum bid, comes more than a year after the picturesque 243-acre spread was officially put up for sale by the iconic rocker’s wife of nearly 30 years, Pam, with an asking price of $7 million.
The Cockers custom-built the 15,873-square-foot manse in the early 1990s and though the couple originally planned to spend only a few weeks of the year at the property they decided to make it their full-time home in 1994. The baronial, stone-faced manor house, described in marketing materials as “English Tudor” in style, features a 33-foot tall turret and grand foyer with sweeping staircase and inlaid marble floor medallion. Both the huge and eclectically furnished formal living and dining rooms feature Gothic-style cathedral windows. The former strikes a colorful pose with a vivid pair of fuchsia chesterfields in front of a white marble-faced fireplace and the latter screams “How do you do?” with two Toyota-sized crystal chandeliers, a leopard print rug courageously coupled with floral wallpaper, and a fireplace with glossy-glam black marble surround and hearth. The cherry wood-paneled library has built-in bookcases, the huge billiard room sports a full bar and glass-fronted knickknack display cabinets, and the colossal, chef-friendly kitchen has one of the largest and most elaborately detailed wrought iron pot racks this veteran property gossip has ever laid eyes on. Private family quarters on the upper floor include a cozy lounge and a master suite that sprawls decadently over about 1,500-square-feet with 13-foot vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace, morning bar, dual bathrooms and dressing rooms, and a private balcony with postcard perfect views of Needle Rock and West Elk Mountain.
The house opens on its lengthy backside to a deep stone terrace that runs the full width of the house and overlooks formal gardens that give way to great sweeps of plush, forest-ringed lawns. The property also includes an acre-sized swimming pond, extensive equestrian facilities that include a 7-stall horse barn, a couple of greenhouses, several additional outbuildings, and 80 acres of irrigated pastures. Laced with hiking, horse and ATV trails, Mad Dog Ranch backs up to 400,000 acres of unspoiled BLM land and sits just outside the scenic but barely there town of Crawford, about 2.5 hours by car north of Telluride and 2.5 hours by car southwest of Aspen.
The British rock/soul singer and musician, known for his scratchy voice and herky-jerky body movements during performances, is widely remembered for his 1968 cover of the Beatles’ tune “With a Little Help From My Friends,” which he performed live at Woodstock in 1969, along with his 1983 Grammy-winning duet with Jennifer Warnes, “Up Where We Belong.” With more than 20 studio albums and 70 years under his belt, Mister Cocker passed in late 2014 of lung cancer.
Listing photos: Supreme Auctions / Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage