Big Sky, Mont.
Is 3,000-square feet enough elbow room? How about living next door to 25,000 acres of wilderness? This penthouse is one of four in the Moonlight Lodge of Moonlight Basin Ranch, located slopeside at Big Sky Resort, Mont., and 15 miles from the Yellowstone Club.
The penthouse was custom-decorated by Black Diamond Partners in Telluride, Colo., which creates an austere yet casual Western feel. A three-tier iron chandelier, a spur collection adorning the walls and flagstone floors hint at the décor.
The master suite is a world of its own, with a sitting area, fireplace, and an elaborate bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and marble floors. With two additional bedroom suites and a loft that includes two Murphy beds and a full bathroom, the home provides ample space and privacy for guests. With the great room and formal dining room, a huge stone fireplace and an entertainment center, the atmosphere is ideal for hunkering down after a cold day on the slopes. Large windows off the north side of the unit provide spectacular views of the Spanish Peaks. Or take in the vista from the 1,500-square-foot rooftop terrace-landscaped, furnished and complete with a Viking barbecue.
The main floor is open to the public and offers a restaurant, bar, deli, a boutique and a lounge area. Outside, the lodge features an expansive deck with fire pits and an ice-skating rink.
Moonlight Basin Ranch also offers other real-estate options: the Saddle Ridge townhomes start at $350,000; Cowboy Heaven Cabins, $295,000; and Diamond Hitch homesites, $325,000. For those passionate about preserving open space and wildlife habitat, conservation land is available for purchase.
A bit of history: This 25,000-acre parcel was acquired by the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1864 and logged in the Eighties before being sold to Moonlight Basin Ranch. Result: Clear-cuts eventually formed meadows that now draw deer, elk and moose. The goal is to place 85 of percent the land into conservation easements, green space and wildlife corridors. If that's not enough open space, Big Sky's 3,600 skiable acres are just out the door.
Moonlight Basin Ranch and Big Sky Resort are expanding. Moonlight is proposing two new lifts that will service an additional 1,440 skiable acres-stacking the odds that you'll ski untracked powder.
Getting there. There are direct flights to Bozeman from Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Minneapolis. Advice: Live at Moonlight Basin Ranch year-round; choose your first-home location accordingly.
Location Slopeside by the Iron Horse and Pony Express lifts.
Price $3.2 million
Total Square Feet 3,000
Time on Market 6 months
Listing Broker Leesa Anderson,Prudential Big Sky Real Estate; 406-995-3322; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.bigskyrealestate.net.