J. P. King Auction Company to Sell Waterfront Montana Estate at Absolute Auction

J. P. King Auction Company will sell the West Fork River Hideaway, an 11,300 square foot log estate with frontage on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River, at an auction with no minimums and no reserves on August 16.


DARBY — When Rusty Wicks bought his West Fork River Hideaway home in 2004, it was just that to him: a hideaway. A successful businessperson, Wicks and his wife, Evie, found a home tucked between two national forests and the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. Eight years later, Wicks has decided to sell the home at a real estate auction to begin downsizing his many real estate holdings. The home will sell absolute with no minimums and no reserves on August 16 through J. P. King Auction Company.


The 11,300 square foot home has a quarter of a mile of private frontage on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River and contains four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a loft area overlooking the great room. Spread over 16 acres, the property provides all-season recreational opportunities for the outdoorsman and beautiful floor-to-ceiling views for those that prefer to soak in the surroundings from indoors.


While for many, the home’s location and natural lifestyle is the draw-in factor, but the home itself also provides rustic charm. Constructed with its backdrop in mind, West Fork River Hideaway features walls of 10-inch logs, combined with thick sugar pine doors and stone flooring from ancient Palestinian streets. The great room is the star of the home with a wall of windows and a dining area with antique roofing tiles form the south of France.


“For our taste, it’s such a wonderful house,” Wicks said. “You have beautiful views of the surrounding area and the West Fork and the Bitterroot River right at your front door, and it’s remote without being too remote; you’re only 20 minutes from Darby, which is a great, friendly community.”


The main floor is completed by a spacious master suite that includes a separate living area, a personal deck with heated flooring and a hot pool, waterfall and river views.


The entire home is filled with elegance and luxurious amenities, but the fun begins downstairs. With a 15-seat home theater, a temperature-controlled, Old World, 2,000-bottle wine cellar and a soundproof indoor shooting range, the West Fork River Hideaway breathes a lifestyle of luxury, relaxation and entertainment into one property.


The auction will take place on Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at the property, which is located at 7229 West Fork Road in Darby. For additional information, individuals may contact J. P. King at 800.558.5464 or visit the company’s website at

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