To say Four Creeks is 86± acres with a 3,900 plus sq. ft. farmhouse located in the Rocky Mountains, 16 miles from Bozeman would be true but miss the point. It is really beauty, serenity, nature, outdoor life, community, peace, and privacy in a world apart from the world. Four Creeks lies on the confluence of the streams that form the heart of historic Springhill Community at the foot of the Bridger range. Ross and Jones Creeks, Truman Gulch and Dry Fork, along with a large farm pond, countless springs, lush pasture and certified organic hayfields provide a rich and varied wildlife corridor. The Prairie-style farmhouse is the center of the “wheel” from which radiates the land and its features and offerings. It is “brand-old”, built new in 1993 with pains taken for authenticity. The standards were high in design, materials and craftsmanship, from Aga and Tulikivi stoves in the kitchen to Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass door panels to 2” thick Southern yellow pine floors. There are four bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths plus a 2,400± sq. ft. basement, much of it finished, and a traditional dairy barn with a finished loft studio and half bath.
There are always whitetails grazing, usually in sight of the house. Moose, black bear, elk, mountain lions, bald eagles, wild turkeys, sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, pheasant, blue herons and kingfishers are common sightings. Pristine views of the nearby mountains and complete privacy are protected by the best zoning district in the county. Stands of hundred-year-old fir trees, lush wetlands and groves of aspens abound. The mixture of gentle hills and level ground makes this a uniquely livable spot. It’s cooler when the valley gets hot because of water and shade, with enough flat ground to ride horses in the summer and cross-country ski in the winter.
A nineteenth century, one-room schoolhouse is still in operation, and an historic church has held meetings for a local women’s club for over a hundred years, knitting together a diverse community of people, from ranchers and retirees to artists and doctors. It’s the kind of place you never want to leave, even though town is just minutes away. The one- acre pond is inhabited by a wild population of browns, rainbows and brook trout that have been part of the watershed for generations. It’s a great place for broomball and ice skating parties in the winter, and in the summer it’s the spot for kid’s water play, family celebrations, or just a great place to float and read a book in peace. Four Creeks is the incomparable blending of pastoral and mountain views, wildlife, classic architecture, privacy, community and access to town.
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Four Creeks is 25 minutes from Bozeman. From town, travel north along the paved county Springhill Road. Springhill Community Road starts here and heads east into the mountains, and the heart of Springhill Community. It is paved up to the Springhill Church, where it turns to gravel for the last 2.5 miles, leading to 7800 Springhill Community Road, aka. Four Creeks. This puts the Yellowstone Bozeman International Airport within a 13 mile drive. It is the second busiest airport in the state, serving Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky Ski Resort and the epicenter for trout fishing in the US. Its numerous daily flights are offered on Delta, United, Alaska, Frontier and Allegiant airlines.
Bozeman is the centerpiece of the Gallatin Valley. Its diversified economy includes a strong agricultural trade center; tourism related to skiing, trout fishing, big game hunting, and the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It is home to Montana State University as well as the renowned Museum of the Rockies. For people from other areas of the world seeking refuge from ever increasing urban pressures, Bozeman has become a magnet. The attraction is quite simply the unsurpassed quality of life, including countless outdoor recreational activities and their related lifestyles.
This roughly rectangular property is a series of gently undulating meadows and wooded streams. Entrance is from the property’s northern edge, along the Springhill Community Road. A curvilinear drive brings one along the primary hay meadow at the edge of a wooded creek and into in the center of the property and home site. Here, the view to the east is over open meadows, up the timbered mountainslopes and to the granite-exposed peaks. The pond is a short walk to the east at the meadow edge, along Ross Creek. Aspens and woods makeup the view to the north, east and to the west. To the south, meadows and an aspen copse rise to comprise the view -- privacy and beauty surround.
The property and its neighborhood are protected from any significant subdivision by the county regulations of the Springhill Zoning District. This zoning was initiated and created by the landowners of the community themselves to protect its open spaces and agricultural use and heritage. This protection is an increasingly valuable feature in the growing Gallatin Valley, one that contributes significantly to the high quality of life in Springhill Community. Its basic feature is a future minimum parcel size of 160 acres.
The Prairie-style farmhouse is the center of the “wheel” from which radiates the land and its features and offerings. It is “brand-old”, built new in 1993 with pains taken for authenticity. The standards were high in design, materials and craftsmanship, from Aga and Tulikivi stoves in the kitchen to Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass door panels to 2” thick Southern yellow pine floors. There are four bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths plus a 2,400 sq. ft. basement, much of it finished, and a traditional dairy barn with a finished loft studio and half bath.
Being on the westward side of the Bridger Mountains and with a southern exposure gives Four Creeks a temperate setting. The prevailing wind is from the southwest and being located along the folds of the foothills and inside the geologic “bowl” constituting the Springhill area allows protection from the stronger north winds during storms. Average annual precipitation is 17 inches and summertime temperatures range in the high 70’s to low 80’s with the mercury occasionally reaching over 90. The creeks on the property keep it noticeably cooler than the valley during hotter weather. Plenty of sunny days in the winter make the ranch a perfect location for winter activities.
The property is used as a family home for retreat and recreation. Most of the activities and functions of the pastures and hay meadows have been directed towards the family horses in past years with periods of grazing neighborhood cattle, horses and sheep. The owners have not been irrigating the land, finding the subterranean water feeding the grass and alfalfa mix of the 50-60 acres of hay fields adequate. Currently a neighbor and organic lamb producer is putting up hay on a crop-share basis along with grazing the pastures.
Four of the main creeks of the area flow through and converge on Four Creeks. These total one mile of streams, three of these creeks flow on the surface year round, and the fourth flows either on the surface or under ground, to appear again downstream. Upstream of the confluence of Ross and Jones Creeks a one-acre pond sits mid-stream. Under control of a dam and water gate on Jones Creek, these streams flow through it creating a thing of beauty and a home for wildlife and native wild trout. These fish are not stocked but run freely through the streams and pond.
One main well, 74 feet in depth, supplies the home, landscaping, barn, garage and corrals from its strong, 22 gallon per minute, flow. Taken straight from the tap, the water is clear, sweet and cold. Two overlapping irrigation rights date back to 1874. Their flow is shared with neighbors, and totals 3.63 CFS, over 60 acres.
There are always whitetails grazing, usually in sight of the house. Moose, black bear, elk, mountain lions, bald eagles, wild turkeys, sandhill cranes, geese, ducks, pheasant, blue herons and kingfishers are common sightings.
The one- acre pond is inhabited by a wild population of browns, rainbows and brook trout that have been part of the watershed for generations.
Four Creeks is under only its second ownership in 140 years. The current owners acquired it in 1991 directly from the original homesteading family. In 1874 Annie Ryen made the property, mostly consisting of what is now called Four Creeks, her home. She made her living with livestock, as a freighter. She employed oxen and later mules to haul locally produced flour, lumber, furniture and whisky to markets in Ft. Benton, Helena and Fort Ellis. Gold prospectors had discovered the area because of the Mill Canyon of Ross Creek -- a huge spring gushing from a timbered hill at the head of a canyon in the adjoining mountains. This is the origin of the community’s name, Springhill. Before Ross Creek flowed through the Ryen’s property, the power of its prodigious head of water pressure was harnessed to run numerous flour mills and dimensional lumber and furniture plants. A town arose in the 1860’s and was incorporated in 1870, the same year the still operating schoolhouse was established. Also still very active, the Springhill Community Church was established in 1886. Industry long ago relocated closer to major markets but abundant water and fertile soils have always been the backbone of what remains a close-knit agricultural community.
Annual property taxes are estimated to be $3,988.
All mineral interests of the current owner, if any, will transfer to the new owner upon sale. However, it is believed that these are minimal, if any, having been retained by the original homesteading family.
Four Creeks is the sweet-spot of sweet-spots for living part of or all the year in Rocky Mountain splendor. Start with the fact that it’s in Southwest Montana, add the arguable truth that the Gallatin Valley and Bozeman are its gold nuggets. Many believe that the most beautiful and protected spot in entire Gallatin Valley is the Springhill Community. And in the heart of Springhill, where four creeks converge, is the Four Creeks property. It is lush, private and surrounded by spectacular granite-exposed mountain peaks, yet it is minutes from what many regard as Montana’s most cosmopolitan community. Add to this the fact that the home has all the creature comforts of a high-quality new home yet the setting and architectural style of a classic historic farm house.
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