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Buckin’ Elk Haven

$ 2,240,000
  • Bathrooms3.5
  • Bedrooms2
  • Area 6000

Locations and Locale

The Buckin’ Elk Haven is a 38+/- acre private utopia shared with wildlife and tucked up to Bitterroot National Forest lands. Poised at the base of Ward Mountain, the west bench setting affords a rugged Bitterroot Range view looking westward and an expansive valley view framed by the Sapphire Mountains to the east. A meticulously maintained clearing surrounds the residential areas while about the perimeter are nature’s amenities comprised of mature ponderosa pine and fir trees protecting the solitude of the holding. Especially astounding, this paradise permeates seclusion but is less than 10 minutes from the largest town in the Bitterroot Valley and is in the heart of unlimited recreational opportunities, all the while offering a luxurious lifestyle.

The property is located in Western Montana’s Bitterroot Valley just 50 miles south of Missoula, which offers commercial flights daily and a full array of medical and professional services, and is home of the University of Montana and world headquarters of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Hamilton, the Ravalli County seat, is less than 5 miles to the north providing exceptional services and eclectic shopping in a growing community experiencing rapid technical advancements while maintaining small-town attributes.

Acreage and Grounds

Consisting of 38+/- acres in two separate parcels, the Buckin’ Elk Haven is an opulent yet sensible property featuring a magnificent cedar and stone primary residence, three guest cabins and a shop/storage building. This existing arrangement would make an ideal family or corporate retreat in that it can easily house up to 16 people while allowing a perfect blend of privacy and social venues throughout.

The entire route from Hamilton is traversed over paved roadways; from the county-maintained road to the country lane and the private drive through the acreage. Upon entering the interior of the property, the grounds become evident as the manicured lawns and landscaping balance between the native mix of evergreens and deciduous trees. Two small ponds could be further developed to suit the desires of the owner and serve as a draw for migratory waterfowl.

Situated on the cusp of the forest at an elevation of about 5,000 feet, the “Haven” is a haven for wildlife. Large herds of elk winter on the acreage and both whitetail and mule deer reside the year long. What an incredible experience to view the majesty of massive bull elk feeding, tending their herd, and playing and “bucking” from the sanctuary of your home!

Primary Residence – Entrance, Gallery, and Great Room

The home reveals itself from the paved driveway just after it breaks away from the guest cabins, and the effect is always the same – breathtaking. Massive glass windows are encased between beautifully stained cedar and natural stone to give the exterior a stunning look of elegance as it stands amid an incredible mountain setting. After curling around and behind the home, a stately Porte-Cochere covered entryway greets visitors with a welcoming ambiance of carriage lamps and grand front entrance. Step through the solid walnut door and into an expansive gallery foyer with guest powder room fronting the length of the great room as it leads to two separate wings of the main level. The gallery design is regal way to display works of art upon entrance.

Continue forward and behold the magic of the great room with an incredible masonry fireplace soaring 20 feet upward, bold beams overhead outlining the high ceiling and windows framing in the outdoor views. Located in the heart of the home, the great room…although massive in size to provide a large entertaining atmosphere…is filled with cozy seating alcoves, a dining area, bookcases and hutches that fill the room with the appeal of warm ambiance. From this central area the scenic deck that runs the east length of the home can be accessed from numerous glass doors, as it is from the master wing and the dining room, kitchen and outdoor barbecue/family room.

Primary Residence – Master Wing

Traveling first into the master wing, the entire area can be closed off from the balance of the house for privacy. Enclosed within the large suite is a spacious bedroom with gas fireplace framed with stone. Access to the suspended deck via glass doors is granted from here and from a private reading/television room tucked off to one side. Also found within the suite is an office space with computer desk and high-speed internet service.

On the other side of the bedroom suite is a very lavish bathroom covered in tile and marble featuring dual sink and vanity countertops, a deep whirlpool soaking tub and incredible shower. Lots of built-in shelves, cabinets and drawers offer great storage space both in the interior of the bathroom as well as in the large walk-in closet attached to it. One of two laundry rooms in the home, a washer and dryer are located in the master suite for convenience and utility of service to this end of the home.

Primary Residence – Kitchen, Dining/Family Areas & BBQ Deck

Opposite the master wing on the other side of the great room is the remainder of this amazing home including by not limited to the dining room; kitchen; an outdoor covered barbecue/family room with fireplace; the staircase leading to the lower level; the pantry, utility room; a mud room with bathroom; plus interior access into the attached three-car garage.

For the sake of optimal entertaining the dining area and the kitchen are wide open, separated only by a large marble island countertop perfect for gathering around. The openness allows for viewing of the large television screen planted within the stonework above a gas fireplace surrounding a comfortable seating area. Overall, this setup perfectly accompanies the theme of meal prep and game watching while recreating with guests, excluding no one from the conversation or festivities. Appliances are top quality stainless steel and include a Viking gas range with pot fill spigot, Bosch dishwasher, Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer. A pantry located behind and running the length of the kitchen features an area of hand appliances stowed away from sight but that can be pulled through for use on the kitchen side of the counter when needed. Again the front deck of the home can be accessed, but also a connected is a covered dining deck with an outdoor stone fireplace and gas barbecue grill. Situated right off the kitchen, this beautiful deck serves as a great outdoor dining area and food prep station, as well as a great after dinner retreat to watch the stars near the warmth of the fire.

Primary Residence – Lower Level & Mechanical Features

Moving downstairs finds a lower level, a daylight basement with plenty of natural light flowing in and covered in the warmth of plush carpeting. Immediately at the base begins a family room with wet bar and kitchenette and gas fireplace. Within this open room is space to set up gym equipment. A full bathroom and a spacious bedroom are located on this level. And behold the glorious surprise behind a seemingly typical closed door that opens to reveal a gorgeous temperature-controlled wine cellar. Housed in this tile and brick vault are clever and numerous bottle holding options.

Propane fueled in-floor radiant heating, an air conditioning system, Lutron whole home lighting system, high-speed internet and satellite television give this home all the amenities of luxury within the mountain setting. Walnut hardwoods on the upper level, custom alder cabinetry and doors and extensive tile work highlight the extras attributed to this unique home. Most of the grand furnishings in place throughout the home stay with the home, offering a turnkey setup ready to begin living your dream immediately.

Improvements Overview

The potential for a family or corporate retreat is evident at Buckin’ Elk Haven. This grand escape readily accommodates housing for 16 people between the nearly 6,000 square foot primary residence with master wing on the main level and downstairs guest suite, plus three independent two-bedroom guest cabins.

In addition to the primary residence that will be discussed in greater detail, the grounds consist of a two-story log cabin, each level a separate two-bedroom, one-bathroom guest unit with living room and kitchenette of approximately 768 square feet respectively. A one level cedar building functions as another two-bedroom 750+/- square foot guest quarters and is attached to an 11’ x 40’ storage/shop with vaulted ceiling to accommodate large recreational vehicles. These facilities are located a quick walk up to the primary residence across the manicured lawn, or an easy drive – via car, ATV or golf cart – using the paved driveway.

In total, the property is comprised of:

  • Primary residence of 5,938 square feet; 2 bedrooms; 2 full bathrooms; 2 powder rooms
  • Three car garage with storage attached to primary residence

One log structure and one cedar structure that between them house:

  • Three guest cabins, each approximately 750 square feet with 2 bedrooms &1 bathroom
  • Shop with RV storage approximately 11’ x 40’

Recreational Opportunities

Along this Westside setting are a multitude of trailheads leading into the Bitterroot National Forest opening up an abundance of recreational options to be enjoyed year round via horseback, cross-country skis, on foot or off-highway vehicle. Roaring Lion, Blodgett Canyon and Lost Horse are just a sampling of exhilarating adventure spots accessed within minutes of this locale. Big game hunters find the wildlife in the area astounding, with elk, bear, whitetail and mule deer, moose, mountain goats and bighorn sheep among the forest inhabitants.

Fly-fishing on the Bitterroot River has gained much notoriety, capturing the hearts of anglers far and wide. Points to access the banks for wading or floating are within mere miles north and south of the property. Skiers will relish the exceptional snow conditions at three downhill ski areas all within an hour’s drive. Two reservoirs in the south valley provide summer recreation with boating and water sports, and the renowned Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Rockies, is a quick and easy drive from the property.

Price and Broker’s Comments

$2,950,000. Broker owned.

My husband and I designed and built this home ourselves, the culmination of years of experience – good and bad – in other projects, to bring together all the best features and create the perfect home. This home has served us well since its completion in 2006, supporting many family-filled holidays, festive social gatherings and business events. In my line of work I see so many great building and floor plans, and one concept I love and incorporated here was having the majority of our guest facilities separate from our primary home. This allows everyone, owners and guests alike, to have their own sanctuary of privacy. Guests feel less intrusive about overnight or extended stays, and in fact feel privileged to have a special vacation cabin to themselves! Why, then you may ask, are we willing to part with this masterpiece?! The realization has sunk in that we do not have the lifestyle to justify keeping this home. We feel it should be passed on to someone who can utilize it to its full potentia

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