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The four-bedroom, five-fireplace Basque Retreat—a Telluride, Colo., estate with views across Aldasoro Ranch to the San Juan Mountains—is one of seven properties available to members of the Solstice private residence club (800.505.7895,, a new entry in the second-home market that aims to ensure privacy by limiting membership rolls. Solstice offers only 42 memberships (more than half have been sold), which are available in four-week ($415,000 deposit) or eight-week ($675,000 deposit) options. Members, who pay annual dues of $22,000 and $35,000, respectively, have exclusive access to the Solstice club homes, which range in value from $4 million to $7 million. In addition to Telluride’s Basque Retreat, the club has acquired estates in Napa Valley, Calif.; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Paris; St. Barth’s in the French West Indies; Aspen, Colo. (available this summer); and Florence, Italy (available in fall). Members also have access to Solstice, a 90-foot Dover yacht that sails along the shores of Belize, the Bahamas, and New England.

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