Rockin DK Ranch$ 7,900,000
Embracing the banks of natural and improved warm water springs, one and one-half miles of Bitterroot River and seven ponds, the Rockin’ DK Ranch is part of a corridor of large ranches for the most part whose ownership includes celebrities and CEO’s. Encompassing 181+/- deeded acres in three contiguous parcels, grand views of the Bitterroot Mountain Range, coveted Bitterroot River frontage and magnificent improvements combine to create the ultimate Montana utopia.
Centrally located between Missoula and Hamilton in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, the property is near the amenities of each while enveloped in its private haven. Missoula, approximately 30 miles to the north and home of the University of Montana, offers international flights daily and a vast array of medical and professional services. Hamilton, about 20 miles south of the property is the Ravalli County seat and provides many services and eclectic shopping experiences along with a jetport supporting private aircraft.
An exclusive entrance takes you from a paved county road into this sanctuary…a sanctuary for not only human creatures but for an incredible abundance of wildlife. The resident waterfowl include mallard duck and Canadian geese as well as many migratory avian species. Whitetail deer, moose and the occasional elk walk the property with a sense of ownership. A crystal-clear blue-ribbon trout stream, the Bitterroot River is host to native species of rainbow, brown, cutthroat and bull trout.
Amazing are the structures placed about this fabulous acreage. A gate house, a river cottage and a barn with an apartment atop it are sprinkled throughout the grounds while a three-bay oversized garage with attached living quarters are bridged together with the 10,300 square foot main residence.
All 11,088 square feet of this home are a showcase of craftsmanship. The colossal 400-ton rock fireplace is the centerpiece rising from the middle of the house by over two stories with two openings and a tree that wraps it. One mantel faces the dining room as lined with a serving buffet & bar and adorned with an enormous circular table with center lazy-susan and 12 accompanying chairs. The opposite mantel warms the environs of the great room and an entertainment area large enough to incorporate several intimate seating alcoves. From the main level the glassed-in balcony of the upper level can be seen, giving an even larger sense of enormity to the height of the home. An elevated kitchen forms an open square with lots of granite countertop work space outlining the area and has a center island. With the best in modern appliances on hand, to include a Viking range with six burners and a griddle, side-by-side refrigerator, compactor and warming oven, this kitchen is a gourmand’s delight.
The master suite wing of this home is poised to overlook the ponds and the Totem Peaks within the Bitterroot Mountain Range as seen from a bay window seat that is cantilevered over the creek. A gas fireplace heats up the ambiance of the evening. In the bathroom a triangular-shaped shower possesses one corner of the room while a whirlpool tub is situated on the opposite wall overlooking one of the outdoor waterways. Two guest suites, one on the main level and one located on the upper level, are identical in design and features to include a sitting area, private deck, gas fireplace, television/entertainment cabinet and personal bathrooms.
Created of character logs, the banister and staircase leading to the upper level take pause at a panoramic landing midway before the final ascent to the upper level. For a span of several hundred feet the glass-encased walkway becomes a gallery for art and nature with opposing pond and river views as it bridges the driveway to the garage wing. Across the walkway, still on the upper level, is a stately office with fireplace, television feed, full bathroom with shower, sink, closet, storage and mini bar.
A lower level to this home carries the same beautiful rock and tree theme as throughout the balance of the home. Found here is a temperature-controlled wine cellar with a high table sitting area gazing at a wall mural by Patricia Don Diego. Also housed downstairs is a media/theater room complete with a bar, sink, refrigerator and a gas fireplace. The laundry room and maintenance room with sink are also within easy access.
A barn area includes two buildings, one with several stalls and one for hay/equipment storage. The upper level of the horse barn consists of a complete apartment for guest or staff quarters. Immediately surrounding the barns are paddocks and lush grazing pastures for stock. Nearer to the house is a corral with a weather shelter and a small tack and hay storage building. Just inside the gated entrance into the property is a “gate house”. This updated home has three bedrooms and a bathroom. Another house, a two bedroom, two bathroom accommodation with a loft sits on a bend in the river and is fondly referred to as “fish camp”. Alongside the oversized three-car, gas-heated garage is a separate suite with a fireplace, kitchenette and private outdoor access that could well serve a small family or a children’s caregiver. Between these residential units and the primary home, the housing assets of the ranch total 11 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms. The potential for usage of this property as a retreat is optimal.
The size and location of this property make it conducive for many recreational activities onsite, while in close proximity are a multitude of Bitterroot National Forest trailheads. Within mere miles in any direction are numerous Forest Service roads and trails that dot the east and west sides of the valley making it easy to trailer horses or snowmobiles to spectacular destinations. Recreationalists will delight in opportunities that include big game rifle and archery hunting, hiking, photography, cross-country skiing and all-terrain vehicle exploration. Endorsed by avid anglers, about a 1.5 mile stretch of Bitterroot River is privately accessed for fishing and floating from this property. Within an hour’s drive are three downhill ski resorts. Two reservoirs in the southern portion of the valley provide fun in the sun for water sports and boating.
Contact Jane Iten for a full prospectus on this enchanting property.