A special offering in a spectacular alpine setting just 30-40 minutes from the charming western town of Livingston, Montana
The building site was chosen for both privacy and its view shed. The structure is unobtrusively located in a lush, grassy meadow at the southern point of a long low ridgeline. It is flanked by mature pine and fir with an aspen grove next to the house overlooking a scenic hidden valley at the heart of the 80-acre property that is visited daily by wildlife. From the house there are unmatched views of Livingston Peak and the northern reaches of the Absaroka Range and of the Crazy Mountains.
Modern construction techniques were utilized. First, the private gravel drive was bladed in and the building site was excavated into the mountain up to solid rock. A full concrete foundation (ICFs) and basement were poured. A complete water system was installed, including a 3,000-gallon underground concrete water storage cistern (water is hauled from a central water source to the property). A modern septic system and 1,000-gallon underground propane tank were installed. Underground electrical service was run in. All of this was done with great care and minimal disturbance to the surrounding vegetation.
The home was constructed circa 2005 using the finest materials. It is roughly 1,275 square feet on the main floor with a 350 square foot loft space and a full basement. Plus, there is 750 square feet of outdoor Trex outdoor decking with fir posts and cedar rails. The main structure is constructed of 8 to 10 inch milled lodge pole pine logs, kiln dried, with insulated Swedish cope joinings and spring loaded threaded rods were added from the foundation to the top of the logs for automatic tensioning of the log walls. The roof is a quality metal standing seam gable roof. All of the outdoor trim (around the doors and windows) is cedar. The deck has stairway access from the ground, as well as from the interior great room.
The main floor consists of a large open great room with a wall of windows in the prow facing southeast and a 22-foot open beam ceiling. With tongue and groove knotty pine open beam ceilings, and a heavily insulated roof. There is an epoxy-grouted ceramic flooring for accent. All of the windows are made of (thermal pane) JELD-WEN (Willmar) low E bronze metal clad windows. There are amazing views and easy deck access, plus high quality Bali see-through sunshades. Casement and awning windows, of equal quality, open to the sides. The great room is heated by a stylish Danish Scan propane stove.
The kitchen is open to the great room and is both appealing and functional with Schuler kitchen cabinets with solid cherry fronts, it has 3/4-inch maple dovetail drawer boxes with Blum under mount drawer slides. A full set of like-new Hotpoint appliances, and black honed 28mm solid granite counter tops complete the kitchen.
Under the loft area (at the rear of the home) is the master bedroom with lots of closet space, screened windows and a ceiling fan. There is also the bathroom with shower, sink, and commode. Supporting electric baseboard heat is in the bedroom and bathroom. And the mudroom with a rear entrance to the home. All of this is on the main floor.
An attractive open stairway leads to the loft, roughly 350 square feet, with the same knotty pine open-beam ceiling as the great room, Knotty pine walls, rough sawn Douglas fir flooring and dowel railings. It is a very comfortable room with large screened windows facing north and panoramic mountain views. It can serve as an extra bedroom and study.
The basement area is also accessed from the great room via a sold oak staircase. It is all insulated concrete (ICFs), which is stuccoed on the outside on a fiberglass/cement mesh (EIFS). A walk-in door and a large garage (vehicle) access door are both insulated. Ample parking for a truck or SUV and storage space for recreational vehicles and equipment. There is a door to the stairs leading up to the main living area. The utility area allows easy access to the electric hot water heater, pressure tank, pump, plumbing, electrical box, etc., and a (large) secure storage room. It is plumbed for a washer and dryer hook up.
This beautiful mountain log home must be seen to be fully appreciated.
Eighty mountain acres in a picturesque alpine setting. It borders the US Forest Service Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area on the northwestern flanks of the Absaroka Range. With breathtaking views in every direction and gently rolling terrain at an elevation of just over 6,000 feet. With two long, low ridgelines covered in mature pine and fir with pockets of aspen flanking a lush open valley and protecting a hidden basin, flush with aspen and native grasses, colored by wildflowers at the front yard to the cabin.
An ideal offering for the horseman and hunter. With productive grassland providing ample pasture for a few horses for summer grazing. And with stock water available, generally from May through October, at the (nearby) community water outlet or at the outlet on the property. There is abundant and diverse wildlife. Elk, deer, and moose frequent the property.
Livingston Montana has about 7,500 residents and is considered a ranching community by most locals, but more widely known as a center for recreation and access to Yellowstone National Park. Amenities include museums and art galleries, community theater and concerts, quality bed and breakfasts, multiple rodeos, a county fair, farmer’s markets, arts in the park, fishing and rafting guides, spring creek fishing, guided horseback rides, outfitter services, working ranches, guest ranches plus an array of first class restaurants. Livingston is directly accessible off Interstate 90, a thirty-minute drive from downtown Bozeman. And it is less than two hours from Billings, Montana’s largest city.
The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, 930,000 acres is just one mile east of the property. Permanently protected from development by Federal mandate, it contains over 700 miles of foot and horseback trails, dozens of mountain peaks reaching from 10,000 to over 12,000 feet in elevation, active glaciers, over 1,000 alpine lakes (many with excellent trout fishing), rivers, streams, and the largest single area in the continental United States over 10,000 feet in elevation; the Beartooth Plateau. These vast, wild lands extend south from beside the property to the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park.
Opportunities for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, backcountry camping, rock climbing, alpine fishing in rivers streams and lakes, big game hunting, wildlife viewing plus nature and landscape photography are virtually unlimited.
Less than a mile beyond the Livingston Peak Forest Service Road via private easement. Access during winter months is limited by heavy snows, generally from early December through the middle of April. Winter use is possible with the use of skis or over-the-snow vehicles.
Secure access for only landowners in the area. This private roadway is well maintained and was recently upgraded.
10 miles east and south of Livingston
10 miles from an Interstate-90 on-ramp
10 miles from the Yellowstone River
9 miles from a paved roadway (US Highway 89)
7 miles from the graveled and maintained New Boulder County Road (Swingley Road)
15 miles from the Livingston airport (suitable for private planes)
35 miles from Bozeman and 40 miles from the Bozeman International airport
40 miles from world-class downhill skiing at Bridger Bowl
60 miles from Yellowstone National Park