Montana is a place of many splendors, but few views can match the panoramic beauty of the Bridger Mountains. This 4 bedroom, 8,524 square foot stately log-style home takes full advantage of the magnificent scenery surrounding it. The northwest-facing great room of the home has an entire wall of 30-plus foot high windows to capture the forever views. Just east of the home, the Bangtails rise from undulating hills to forested national and conservation lands while Jackson Creek Canyon winds north and west to join up with Bridger Canyon. The immense terrain includes wild untamed woods melding into rural farms, mountain chalets, spring-fed creeks, and lush hay fields. Dominating it all, mighty and iconoclastic, is the Bridger Mountains, with its downhill ski area, cross country ski park, endless hiking and recreational trails, and unbeatable Montana beauty.
This rare offering consists of 30 prime acres bordering Jackson Creek Road and Aspen Meadows. Sited on a gentle swell above Spring Creek and a dense copse of aspen groves at the eastern edge of the property, the home is ideal for both horse and nature lovers. A ten-plus acre hayfield-pasture is cross fenced, adjoining paddocks with a loafing shed, and the newly-constructed barn, which is attractive as well as well-functioning, with 5 stalls plus a foaling stall, tack room, wash area, and hay storage. A 100’x 200’ riding arena has “fines” chip footing, ideal for this climate.
The appealing home, originally built in 1992, has been completely remodeled, updated, and added-onto by its present owners. The home is the perfect balance of sophisticated, rustic elegance and casualness designed for Montana living. Both inside and out, the home is a combination of Montana mountain charm mixed with timeless, sturdy design elements. Details such as the new, high-grade, corrugated, distressed-finished, steel roof is both ruggedly practical for the environment and delightful to the eye. The abundant use of windows ensures the home is bathed in natural light as well as offering up tantalizing views of the vast landscape. The new, 1,500 sq. ft. garage handles oversized trucks, boat trailers, and any toys a Montanan desires. Having garage doors at both ends of the garage allows you to drive right through. The mud room, with doors to the garage, atrium, and back yard entry, includes custom cubbies made from reclaimed timbers, a utility sink, special coat closet, and there’s even an outdoor shower at the back door just in case you’ve had too much fun.
Set within the Aspen Meadows sub division, the home is private, yet close to historic downtown Bozeman, the ski areas, big box stores, airport, and riding/hiking/biking trails. The exterior of the home is quintessential log home, evoking images of the West, with mighty, pale-golden logs. The interior is a mix of log and plaster walls, with high-end finishes used throughout. Many of the ceilings are natural pine tongue and groove with interesting vaulted lines and log framing. The result is a home that never feels heavy or dark, and has visual surprises that delight you. Every room has a view, and the scenery is textured and compelling.
You enter the home in an atrium area with slate flooring set in a brick pattern, plaster walls, and log accents. This “Command Central” will lead you to the mud room, the garage, or to either side of the great room, which is set off by the river rock wall that forms the fireplace, soaring over 30’ to the cathedral ceiling. The climate controlled 1,200 bottle wine cellar, suitable for entertaining and featuring a reclaimed glass door once used as a florist’s cooler door, is between the atrium and great room, and is one of many details that sets this home apart.
The home revolves around the great room, with a circular flow pattern leading to other wings and levels of the house, and to the glass doors to the outdoor entertaining and play areas. The great room is defined by having on one side the wood burning fireplace with its hand-hewn log mantle, wide hearth for sitting and deep niche for storing wood, and the exterior wall being windows and glass doors drawing you to the outside deck overlooking the home’s fishing/swimming pond, the horse pastures and facilities, and the mountains. Once you leave the atrium area, the flooring switches from slate to irregular wide-width pine floors, which continue into the main floor master suite, and in the upper level.
The kitchen and dining area of the great room are designated by the ceiling dropping to form a cozier space. The galley-style kitchen features granite counters with a backsplash of stacked charcoal-colored slate. An island with bar seating divides the space from the dining and living spaces. All new appliances include a SubZero refrigerator, a Wolf 6-burner with extra wide griddle and double ovens, and even a built-in Miele espresso maker. A built-in desk with cubbies and on the opposite wall there is a built-in china cabinet with glass door upper shelves. There’s also a roomy walk-in pantry. The dining area is both open yet intimate. The overall feeling in the great room is that of a European lodge or chalet, homey yet grand, and a place in which you wish to linger.
The added-on Master Suite has room to spare! Open the door off the great room, and you enter a very private retreat. The opulent suite has wood floors with log, plaster, and timber detailing, a river rock, wood-burning fireplace, two sitting areas large enough for oversized couches, a tucked in office area, and a walk-in closet fit for royalty. On any given evening, glass doors thrown open to the east-facing, large covered, private deck, allow you to enjoy the gentle rustling of the aspen leaves in the grove. The master bath includes an old-fashioned copper freestanding tub, walk-in shower, his and her sinks and a glass door to yet another private deck with a hot tub covered by a roof.
The “Kid’s Wing” is located on the west side of the great room, kitchen and atrium. The hallway to the two near-identical rooms includes a bay window with built-in seating, with under cabinetry custom painted and distressed black. The charcoal black finish is a unifying accent and detail repeated in many areas of the home, including some doors and bathroom cabinets. Window seats are another repeated feature, situated along the southern exterior walls in hallways both on the main and upper level. The two generous-sized bedrooms have Bridger views, play lofts, and a shared Jack ‘n Jill bath with tile flooring, granite counter and double sinks.
The upper level, with its rich wood flooring, is reached by the log staircase in the great room. A very private bedroom and full bath are at the top of the stairs. A “U” shaped hall wraps around the river rock fireplace wall, overlooking the great room and bank of windows, and ends in an open sitting area that is adjacent to a library/den room that can be closed off with barn doors. This room has library shelving and comfortable sitting areas. It would make an ideal office or art studio.
The lower level of the home begins with a spacious carpeted family room featuring a full wet bar with tons of counter space, a media area, and a place for your pool table. The laundry room is located at the far west end, with sink and counters and a very sizable storage area. When you come down the stairs, if you head the other way, you enter the wing devoted to exercise. An “Endless Pool” has its own dedicated room with tile flooring, adjacent to a full bath that includes a sauna. Beyond the pool room is an exercise and weight room that rivals any gym, with a terrific view of the pond, its diving and sitting dock, and the world at large. Walk-out doors lead to a screen-in porch with a ping-pong table and the lawns beyond.
The home has radiant heat flooring, two 500 gallon buried propane tanks, underground sprinklers, a dog bath in the garage, and the exterior logs have been double-coated and stained in the Summer of 2013. The home is in move-in condition, and must be viewed to fully appreciate its beauty and value.