Hala Ranch, Aspen, CO

Purchase Price: $49 million in June 2012

Buyer: John Paulson, hedge fund billionaire

Seller: Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a Saudi royal and former ambassador to the U.S.

The hedge fund scion purchased the 90-acre Red Mountain ranch for $41 million and a neighboring 38-acre parcel called Bear Ranch for an additional $8 million. Located in the gated Starwood community, the combined property has a 56,000-square foot main house with 15 bedrooms including a master suite equipped with a beauty parlor and barber shop, 16 bathrooms, a water treatment plant and a mechanical shop with gas pumps and car wash. It had originally been listed for $135 million in 2006, but disappeared from the MLS in the downturn.

Feb 18, 2013

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