Tom Cruise has worn quite a few hats through his career, and now he’s adding one more to the list. The critically acclaimed actor and producer is selling his home in Telluride, Colorado, for a whopping $39.5 million. Cruise had previously tried to sell the property back in 2014 for an even higher price, but wasn’t completely ready to part ways with it yet.
The home is the perfect location for anyone who wants adventure and privacy. With amenities littered throughout the main house, the guest house and the surrounding property, it’s no wonder the star held onto the home for so long. A lot of care and planning went into the design and overall construction of the cedarwood filled home, making it one of a kind.
Cruise was born in Syracuse, New York, on July 3, 1962. The number three has been a recurring one throughout not only his career, but also his personal life. The actor won three Golden Globes Awards and was also nominated for three Academy Awards.
Cruise’s most notorious role so far has been as Ethan Hunt in all six of the movies in the “Mission Impossible” series. The first of the series was released in 1996 and was instantly a box-office success. It was also Cruise’s first project as a producer, really launching him into the starlight. It’s no wonder he is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.
Any “Mission Impossible” fan would have a blast touring the property, but would still be able to rest easy at night knowing that the gorgeous view also comes with seclusion from the rest of the world.
A Look Into The Past
The property up for sale comes with plenty of home memories for Cruise. It was the setting for an interview the actor had with talk show host Oprah Winfrey in 2008. It was also the location where he and then-fiance Katie Holmes decided to share the first photos of their daughter Suri back in 2006.
Cruise’s personal life has been quite the rollercoaster journey. Cruise has been married three times. His ex-wives include actresses Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and most recently Holmes. He also has three children, two of which were adopted during his marriage with Kidman.
Cruise and Rogers married in May of 1987. They attended the Academy Awards together in 1989 before the romance fizzled out. Their divorce was finally the following year in February.
Kidman has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine in both 2004 and 2018. Her career has been long-lived and full of great attributions. Kidman’s personal life has come with ups and downs, including her marriage with Cruise. They got married on Christmas Eve in Telluride, Colorado, in 1990. A few years later, they adopted their children Isabella and Connor Cruise. The couple got divorced in 2001.
Cruise’s journey into fatherhood is what encouraged him to create such a beautiful, private space to live in. While he has plenty of other homes throughout the United States, and even a few in England, Cruise dedicated a lot of time and effort into constructing his breathtaking home in Colorado.
Life With Katie Holmes
Holmes was born December 18, 1978, in Toledo, Ohio. She focused on both her studies and her love for entertaining from a young age, and has since created a successful career for herself. She was a 4.0 student at the Notre Dame Academy in Toledo. Her fantastic grades helped her get accepted into the prestigious Columbia University.
Holmes has many talents, including acting, directing and modeling. She took modeling lessons when she was 14-years-old and eventually signed with an agent. Holmes began focusing on acting by performing in plays. She had an audition tape sent to the casting director of “The Ice Storm,” and landed her first role in the feature film in 1997. The following year, she made her debut on the small screen with a starring role in “Dawson’s Creek.”
Her career launched from then, with Holmes taking on other roles in both television and on the big screen. She directed her first film “All We Had” in 2016, starring in the movie as well. She also made her broadway theatre debut in 2008 with a production of “All My Sons,” written by playwright Arthur Miller.
Holmes’ romance with Cruise was a whirlwind. The couple got engaged in June 2005, just seven weeks after meeting. The first child, Suri, was born April 18, 2006, the first anniversary of the pair’s very first date. The couple got married later that year in November. They had their marriage officialized in Los Angeles the day before their wedding ceremony in Italy.
Fatherhood In The Spotlight
The custom-built Colorado ranch used to be the home of not only Cruise, but his children and then-wife Holmes. The family used to wake up together in their room full of large windows, looking out at a stunning view of the Rockies, according to Vanity Fair. It also has a view of Wilson Peak. The family used to sit outside in an area they called the Lookout to gaze at the scenery.
The mansion-size estate is actually pretty informal feeling, making it less intimidating. It was the perfect place to raise a family. The couple enjoyed their secluded home away from the limelight, allowing them to make their own choices about what to release to the general public. This helped keep the paparazzi from constantly hunting them down.
Holmes and Cruise made the decision to release photos of their daughter Suri while living together at the ranch. The name Suri is surely a unique one. It comes from the Persian word for red rose and the Hebrew word for princess. Cruise thought this was the best fit for the child. “It was perfect,” he told Vanity Fair.
“My whole life I always wanted to be a father,” Cruise said. “I always said to myself that my children would be able to depend on me and I would always be there for them and love them—that I’d never make a promise to my kids that I couldn’t keep. I’m not one of those people who believe you can spoil a child with too much love. You can never give a child too much love. There’s just no way.”
An Intimate Interview With Oprah
Winfrey is known for being a talk show host, television producer, actress, author and philanthropist. Like Cruise, she also has a home in Telluride, Colorado. Her most credited career achievement comes from “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which ran for 25 years. She is also known for having “the Oprah Effect.” Her opinions were so respected by the general public that she was able to influence their actions, especially their consumer purchasing choices.
Winfrey’s success caused people to dub her with the nickname “Queen of All Media.” She has given plenty of celebrity interviews. Her most recent job included interviewing Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry in March 2021. The interview was broadcast globally, receiving international attention.
An interview between Cruise and Winfrey took place in Cruise’s Colorado home. The 42-minute long interview was shown on Winfrey’s television show in 2008 and later re-uploaded onto a separate YouTube channel. Before the interview began, Holmes joined Cruise in welcoming Winfrey into their luxurious home.
“You know the house almost doesn’t matter once you come through,” Winfrey said as she admired the surrounding scenery. “It’s the land.”
Holmes agreed that the view was impeccable. “I was just blown away,” she said. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
The couple had a pair of shoes with Winfrey’s first name on them, immediately welcoming her into their abode. They had them kept in a wooden cubby alongside their personal cubbies for the pair and their children. Holmes then left Winfrey and Cruise alone to have a more intimate interview
Running From The Paparazzi
Sometimes things can be taken out of context because of glimpses the media catches, rather than the full story. According to Winfrey’s official website, she wanted to talk in a more private setting, making Cruise’s home the perfect location. “It’s difficult to have a real conversation in front of a real audience,” she explained.
The two touched base on Cruise’s previous appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” when he professed his love for Holmes while jumping erratically on the set’s couch. “That was a moment, and it was real,” Cruise said about the incident.
His career breakthrough sparked in the 1980s, with films like “Risky Business” and “Top Gun” putting him bright and center in Hollywood. Cruise expressed the troubles he faced with paparazzi in the past and just the general feeling of living under the spotlight. He had been dealing with the paparazzi since “Risky Business” and “Top Gun” came out.
“I feel like definitely things have been misunderstood, and [there are] things I could have done better,” Cruise said. “And I think that where I look at it, I go, okay. But then there’s also that world where you go, oh, it’s been spun to such an extent and that’s a truth also.”
He wanted to do whatever he could to keep his children, Suri, Isabella and Connor out of the limelight. Cruise explained how he even bought a sonogram machine to keep at the house so doctors could come visit them privately during Holmes’ pregnancy.
“I’m someone who’s like, I take care of things. They know me; they know I’m there. No matter what, I’m always there,” Cruise said about raising his children in front of the world.
The property looks like something out of a movie. The rustic, huge wooden cabin is modern and full of wonders. According to People magazine, the home was built for privacy. There is a gated-off mile-long driveway leading up to the actual house surrounded by plenty of aspen trees. The home offers a great view of the nearby mountain range. It helped Cruise escape from his life as a famous actor.
While it may be secluded, it is anything but small. The trek from one side of the property to the other is pretty lengthy. The 320-acre property is 11,512 square feet, with 10,000 of the square footage belonging to the main home. The detached guest house takes the remaining amount of space. Between the two locations, there are seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The home also has a three-car garage.
The property has quite the homey feel despite its incredible size, with the help of some warm furnishing and two fireplaces. Warm wood is the main furnishing. The layout is filled with bleached cedarwood floors, according to Newsy Entertainment. It also includes plenty of luxuries, since it has been lived in by a handful of celebrities. The property also includes its own helipad and library.
According to Newsy Entertainment, Cruise tried selling the house in 2014 because he didn’t use it very much. It ended up being taken off the market before being put back on in 2021. Cruise actually hasn’t lived in the house for a while, which could show that he’s now ready to sell unlike in 2014.
The Decision To Sell
Cruise began designing the home in the 1990s, completing his vision and place to live in 1994. The property has belonged to the actor ever since. According to Sotheby’s International Realty, Cruise’s estate is the perfect location to see natural beauty. It is “enveloped in mountain majesty,” but only minutes away from the fun scene of downtown Telluride.
Sotheby’s International Realty agent Dan Rockray went into more detail about Cruise’s involvement with the home in recent years. “Everybody knows who owns this property, but you can’t see it from almost anywhere,” Dockray said to the Wall Street Journal. He also explained how while Cruise had tried to sell the home in the past, it seemed like he wasn’t ready then, but is ready to part ways with it now.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the estate is action-packed, which makes sense since it was designed by such an acclaimed action star. The gated-off sanctuary is full of sports amenities, such as a fitness center and plenty of space to enjoy outdoor activities. It is a great location for skiing and golf. The property also has a dirt-bike and snowmobile track, as well as trails and a sports court, according to Architectural Digest.
With plenty of space for children to run and play, a detached guest house for visitors’ privacy and a ton of fun add-ons, Cruise’s ranch has managed to feel like both a great getaway spot and a sweet home to live in. All in all this Colorado property seems like the perfect family home.
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