PREMIER AUCTIONS : West Fork River Hideaway

Auction Summary

7229 West Fork Rd
Darby, MT

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Phone: 1-800-558-5464
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Luxurious Countryside Hideaway on 16.75+/- Acres, Overlooking the Bitterroot River & Selling Absolute

Nestled within the southern end of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, this luxurious riverfront retreat on 16.75+/- acres will be selling absolute. Bordered by 2 national forests and picturesque West Fork of the Bitterroot River, this pristine, countryside hideaway is rich in natural beauty and wildlife. The sprawling home offers exceptional features and unique architectural details. Perched above the river and constructed into a hillside, the home’s massive windows capture the majestic views of the snow-capped Bitterroot Mountain Range in addition to the flowing water of the river below. A true nature’s paradise, the property combines the comforts of rustic charm with lavish, modern-day amenities.

With ¼ mile of frontage along the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, this estate is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscape characterized by massive boulders, pools, and ponds teeming with rainbow trout.  Custom enhancements include a waterfall that cascades down the hillside, log walking bridges, stone fire pit with built-in seats overlooking the river, and programmable lighting to spotlight on the abundance of elk, geese, white tail deer, moose, and bald eagles.

In addition to basking in the natural serenity of the Valley, residents can step out and enjoy world-class fly fishing on the scenic Bitterroot River from their own backyard. Known as one of the best dry fly fishing rivers in Montana, the Bitterroot consists of cutthroat, brown, rainbow, and brook trout. With ¼ mile of personal, private river frontage, this property is ideally suited for anglers to experience this legendary Big Sky sport that attracts worldwide sporting enthusiasts.

A gated, private entrance and scenic paver stone drive leads to the massive log residence comprised of 11,300 SF.  Constructed with the enchanting outdoor backdrop in mind, the 4-bedroom, 5-bath home features walls of 10 inch logs harvested from dead standing timber throughout. Carefully detailed elements include 4” thick sugar pine entrance doors, “biblical stone” flooring from ancient Palestinian streets, intricate iron chandeliers, and a soaring 28’ Wisconsin limestone fireplace. The entrance-great room is the focal point of the home and presents a first impression of the luxuriousness, yet coziness, this home portrays. This area features a wall of windows that bring the outside beauty indoors, an elegant Chicago-style bar of rich cherry, conversation nook perfect for socializing or game playing, and a dining room with antique roofing tiles from the south of France upon the floor.

A chef’s dream and ideal for entertaining, the kitchen offers a spacious and functional layout with top-of the–line Viking appliances, Subzero refrigerator, granite countertops, and Adler cabinetry. With Russian oak hardwood flooring, the kitchen contains a breakfast nook that’s perfect for enjoying morning coffee and observing the wildlife through the windows. It’s here in the breakfast nook where the slate flooring begins and extends to an outside living space complete with a screened-in back porch family room, large fireplace, barbecue area, and wiring for audio-television.

The private, master suite is covered in biblical stone and features a custom-sized king bed, personal deck with heated flooring, hot pool with waterfall and river views, spacious office, and an Old English library with fireplace and marble floors. In addition to vaulted ceilings and ultra large closets, the master suite bathroom is equally incredible with dual vanities, commodes, and steam shower, as well as a dressing room with built-in dressers and drawers. On the lower level of the home are a lavish guest suite and two cleverly designed guest bedrooms that can be used separately or opened up to create adjoining rooms.

An additional private nook is an elevated “crow’s nest” loft overlooking the great room that occupies a library, sitting area, bar, concealed hobby area, and outdoor balcony perfect for taking in the views of the ponds and river. The loft emulates a nautical theme and was designed to resemble the bow and decks of a ship.


The downstairs area is filled with entertaining options that include a large sitting area with limestone fireplace and windows showcasing gorgeous views; game table space; kitchenette; and home theatre. An unbelievable 2,000 bottle wine cellar is designed to exude the look and feel of an old world “cellar” with two storage areas that are separated by a very nice brick and stone tasting room. The cellar has its own thermostat and humidity control.

Additional recreation space includes a sports room designed to accommodate multiple uses such as a home gym or a possible fifth bedroom. Nearby is a sound-proofed room with a 100-yard underground shooting range. The shooting range is devised for hand guns and rifles, with every precaution for a bullet trap room and venting of smoke. The property also features a 3-car attached garage and 3-car detached garage.

Located just south of the charming town of Darby, this property is within close proximity to Painted Rocks Reservoir and the Montana-Idaho border. Some of the country’s finest recreational opportunity is also nearby including hiking, snow skiing, horseback riding, hunting, rafting, and more. Just 40 miles north in Hamilton is an airport that services private aircraft.

Floor Plans of Home Available On Site






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