Located 10 miles south of Livingston on the east side of the appropriately named Paradise Valley, the 1,750± acre all-deeded Dancing Wind Ranch occupies the prime location in the lushest and most beautiful section of the valley. It essentially runs from just off the main north/south highway at an elevation of 4,800 feet, where the operating headquarters and 495± acres of meadows are located, to the Absaroka- Beartooth Wilderness boundary at over 6,700 feet. The ranch lies between the Deep Creek and Pine Creek valleys and encompasses the entire Pool Creek valley from the point that it exits the national forest. The headquarters area includes two attractive homes, a shop, helicopter storage, calving barn and corrals that support the entirely self-contained 230± cow ranching operation. To reach the owner’s residence in the upper reaches of the ranch, the paved access road takes one up the Pool Creek valley and then climbs up out of the valley to an elevated meadow where the 8,100± square foot custom stone home and classic wood barn are dramatically sited over a spring-fed trout pond. The views up the canyon into the Absaroka Mountains are sensational from this vantage point. Dancing Wind is a magnificently improved operating mountain ranch in the most scenic part of the Montana’s most beautiful valley.
Just the Facts
- Location – 10 miles south of Livingston on east side of Paradise Valley adjoining wilderness boundary
- Acreage – 1,750± all deeded acres in a contiguous black adjacent to the Gallatin National Forest
- Acreage breakdown – 495± acres of productive gravity-irrigated meadows; the balance is high-producing native mountain range
- Operation – Well-balanced 230 cow ranch
- Wildlife – Adjacent wilderness feeds exceptional wildlife onto the ranch – deer, elk, bear, mountain lion, Big horn sheep, grouse, raptors, and wolves
- Fishing – Trophy pond in front of main house plus almost immediate access to major spring creeks and most beautiful and prolific stretch of the Yellowstone River
- Improvements – Outstanding condition - Headquarters compound includes two homes, shop, barns, corrals; third home and barn on SW corner plus an 8,100± square foot Jonathan Foote-designed main home and classic barn in upper reaches of the ranch, accessed by paved driveway
- Key features – Exquisite home, near town, blocked up against national forest, well-improved balanced operation, and exceptionally beautiful
Livingston, 10 miles to the north, offers a full complement of services including galleries, restaurants, specialty shops, book stores and of course world-renowned fly-fishing shops such as Dan Bailey’s, George Anderson’s Yellowstone Angler and Sweetwater. Over the years Livingston and the valley have attracted artists, actors, and wealthy individuals and their families from the worlds of business and finance. This has given the area a more sophisticated ambiance which combines nicely with the many strong Montana ranching families that live a more traditional, agriculturally based life in the valley.
Dancing Wind has small ranching neighbors around it and one should not forget that it virtually adjoins the small village of Pine Creek. Pine Creek offers the well-regarded and thoroughly “local” Pine Creek Café which includes great food, seasonal weekly music, a bar, and some cabin-like lodging. It is not every ranch that offers such an amenity literally on its border.
Dancing Wind is without question the major ranch in the immediate neighborhood and has had only one other owner since homestead days.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
There are no conservation easements on the Dancing Wind Ranch. This is unusual in this day and age when critical areas of many of Montana’s major valleys have been protected from development by conservation easements. It goes without saying that Dancing Wind would be a prime candidate and a conservation easement donation would yield significant tax benefits to a new owner.
It is the preference of the owners to sell the ranch fully “turnkey” including the livestock, feed, equipment and furnishings in the main house. With that in mind, they will provide a current complete list of these items including a suggested sale price within 7 business days of the acceptance of a purchase offer. Said purchase offer may carry a contingency that the parties agree upon the list and the additional consideration.
Owner’s Residence - Designed by renowned Livingston architect Jonathan Foote and built by On Site Management in 1997, this native Montana stone house is more a work of art than a residence. Measuring approximately 8,031 square feet -much of it on one level – this carefully sited home includes over 2,100 square feet of granite slab patios and a heated three-car garage with a wash bay.
The house is long – running from easterly to westerly, offering a massive bank of windows with a predominantly southern exposure. The formal entry just off the garage, which is situated on the eastern end of the house, includes a powder room and a washing station for pets. It gives one a cozy feel with its weathered wood accents and modest scale. One has no concept of what one is about to see.Moving west from the entry, one moves into the functional center of the house. There is a full, open kitchen on the right with a huge pantry and counters which provide a serving area for the informal dining room table on the left. The ceilings are lower in this space with reclaimed beams as accents. The room then opens into a massive great room with an entire west wall of stone with a raised rock fireplace in the middle, and huge windows looking out to the southeast. This room is designed for many uses as it includes a formal dining area on one side, a comfortable seating area in front of the fireplace, a gaming table to the left side of the fireplace and on the right side of the room there is a beautiful cherrywood bar and an adjacent pool table. One can climb to the balcony above to enjoy a media area which overlooks the rest of the living room. The great room has elevated ceilings that are pickled white, with old weathered beams creating a wonderful contrast and making for a very light and inviting atmosphere. As one moves westerly down a hallway from the great room, there is a powder room before one reaches a large comfortable guest room with bathroom on the left. One then moves through a glass-enclosed passageway to the master suite which includes a separated full laundry room, a large bedroom and his-and-her bathrooms with full walk-in closets in-between. There is a circular staircase that accesses a downstairs office and exercise room, and a series of utility and storage rooms in the balance of the basement that lies under the western part of the house. Returning to the formal entry one can also go up one flight of stairs to access what amounts to a large two-room guest suite with full bathroom over the garage. This suite, with its large windows, occupies a prime spot as its extensive windows look right at the impressive canyon and cliffs that frame the views to the east.
The Barn - Located to the east of the house, one actually enters the haymow through a welcoming covered porch entry. This space is well lit and has clearly been utilized more for parties than for the storage of hay. The main floor below includes a bathroom and kitchen area, three full stalls with waterers for horses, a separate tack room/office and a small work shop.
At the lower end of the ranch are the working improvements. They include two nicely landscaped homes, helicopter storage, a shop, equipment storage, a calving barn and a full set of working corrals more fully described as follows:
Manager’s House – Approximately 2,800 square feet in a nicely landscaped yard, this comfortable home includes four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Second Home or Guest House – Also in a well landscaped yard this 2,700 square foot house contains three bedrooms and three bathrooms and is of similar quality to the manager’s home.
Shop – This is a 60’ X 100’ metal building on a foundation with concrete floors.
Calving Barn – A 30’ X 125’ steel building used primarily for calving. It is heated and includes a loafing area with stalls and hay storage.
Barn – 36’ X 60’ traditional barn with hay loft.
Working corrals and scales.
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