The River House
The River House sits as if on an island, flanked by the Elk River and two small lakes. A winding, rock-lined drive leads past a pond and over a small stone bridge to this magnificent modern ranch house. Warm, welcoming and truly western, this owner’s home exists in perfect harmony with its surroundings, carefully situated to enjoy sunrises and sunsets, and the soft sound of water all around.
Built of the highest quality materials with meticulous attention to detail, River House is both grand and inviting with its towering beamed ceilings, massive rock fireplaces, warm wood finishes and relaxed, open floor plan. The exterior is covered with 2.5-inch-thick Douglas fir planking, secured in place from the inside so no fasteners are visible, then chinked and gently corn-blasted to reveal the warm hues, straight grains and soft textures of this remarkably strong and durable wood. A gabled wood-shake shingle roof and stone accents complete the sophisticated mountain style.
With 7,575± livable square feet, River House invites family and friends to lounge before the handsome, stacked-stone fireplace in the great room, mingle in the beautifully appointed kitchen, or linger over drinks on the large, protected patio. Open sight-lines between the public rooms encourage conversation, while large windows bring the outdoors inside.
A first-floor office with built-in cabinets and workspace for three opens onto the patio. A mudroom off the garage with stone floor and ample storage leads to a laundry room, mechanical area, an additional pantry and a half bath. There is also access to a screened-in porch.
On the second floor are two bedrooms and two baths, a library with built-in bookcases, a studio that can be easily converted to a fourth bedroom, and a large game room. The game room, with pool table, wet bar and a custom entertainment center, opens onto three covered decks.
The master suite is a spacious and private retreat with glorious views of the ranch and mountains. Sunlight floods through the walls of windows, brightening the room. By night, firelight from the gas-burning, stacked-stone fireplace creates a romantic glow. The master bedroom opens onto the patio—perfect to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Off the master suite there is an office with marvelous views and space for two people to work comfortably. The master bath is a sybaritic delight with a large steam shower with multiple heads, a soaking tub with flagstone surround, marble countertops, his-and-hers vanities with sinks, and two toilets.
Throughout River House, the trims and custom woodwork are crafted to perfection from solid western alder wood. The interior beams, most of which are structural and aesthetic, are, like the exterior planking, hewn from Douglas fir, corn-blasted and finished naturally in keeping with the exterior. The ceiling is tongue and groove. Hidden fasteners on all the wood trims are just one of the many touches of fine craftsmanship that make River House both exceedingly solid and beautiful.
The entryway floors, including the grand foyer, are of stone while most of the first floor has old-growth oak floors. The second floor and master bedroom are carpeted. The master bathroom has a stone floor while other baths have tile or wood floors.
A state-of-the art, under-floor, liquid gel system augmented by inflow electric fans along the windows in the great room and master bedroom maintains even comfort throughout while heating efficiently. Almost every desire, need and convenience has been anticipated from the wine coolers tucked into custom cabinetry to the dog-wash station in the heated, three-car garage.
The professionally landscaped grounds of River House are both stunningly beautiful and designed to enhance the contours of the land and water. Dozens of mature trees and shrubs were trucked into the ranch and positioned around the house and between the stream and pond for maximum impact. Berms and rock retaining walls add visual impact and direct water flow.
The legendary Elk River flows through River House affording 2,795± linear feet of both banks and 1,215± linear feet of frontage. A historical fishery abounding with long riffles and diverse fishable runs, this medium gradient, freestone river yields abundant rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout, as well as native mountain whitefish. Because the Elk flows primarily through private ranchland, it is not heavily fished, and the trout grow large, averaging 14 to 16 inches, with fish over 20 inches quite common. Throughout its varied seasonal flow, the Elk provides endless angling opportunities.
River House, for a property of its size, benefits from significant water rights and irrigates approximately 55 acres of Timothy hay. All water rights used in conjunction with the property are adjudicated and appropriated. (Additional information is available upon request.)