Fish-A-Bit Ranch is appointed with high quality and extensive improvements that are quite fitting and appropriate for their surroundings and intended use.
Main House: Paved and continuous metal pipe fence-lined ranch roads lead to this western ranch home. Irrigated lawns surround. Trees shade it, and a large patio entertainment area spread out from it. A fire suppression system protects each of the ranch’s main buildings—the main house, manager’s house, indoor arena, and pool house. Wi-fi internet access is available throughout the lower ranch, inside and outside of the buildings.
The main house is single story and of all-natural wood, from its plank siding to its hand peeled log supports and railing. There is a stone half-wall siding around the garage end of the house. River rock fireplace chimneys rise to the sky but anchor the home to the ground. It is beautifully ensconced into the landscaping.
Upon entering the home, the great room with entertainment center beckons from across the slate stone entry. Straight ahead a river rock fireplace towers up from the floor to the top of the vaulted ceiling. The far wall is an exterior wall sporting large windows bringing the outdoors in, as exists throughout the house. To the left end of this great room is the entertainment center. The home décor includes magnificent wildlife mounts and Native American Indian artifacts.
Natural wood sawn floors with Indian rugs lead to the right of the great room and toward the kitchen. Two-inch thick granite countertops immediately catch one’s eye. Not only do they anchor the huge island, but also its countertops and backsplashes, including the 14 foot long bar-storage center on the kitchen’s right wall. This counter includes a sink, hardware by Grohe, and extensive knotty pine cabinet storage above and below. Wrapping to the left, counter-clockwise along the far wall of the kitchen, are more thick granite counters and wood cabinets interrupted by a walkway to the garage via a mudroom. Continuing to the left of this entry is a vertical double-door freezer-refrigerator. Double stainless kitchen sinks center the exterior wall with more hardware by Grohe. The center island sports a Thermidor five-burner gas range. Underneath and to the left of the range is a warming drawer.
The mudroom entry from the garage includes a dog-wash/foot-wash and half bath, all with slate tile floors including the entire half-height walled wash area. Straight ahead the door leads in from the garage, which includes three car bays with automatic doors. It is fully finished, heated, and sports extensive wood cabinetry.
Three different walkways offer diverse access to the master bedroom suite. One is through the office in the foyer. Another is through the great room at the point of the dining table, and a third is through the suite’s sitting room, directly into the mudroom-garage entrance.
The suite includes a river rock fireplace with a chimney rising to the ceiling. A separate room includes a commode and bidet combination. Another room includes a walk-in his-and-her master closet, and yet another is the separate master bath with vanity, built-in safe and half refrigerator. Here is a Whirlpool bathtub, his-and-her sinks, and a walk-in shower with dual shower heads. The floors in the entire master bath are finished with slate.
Back to the foyer, the office is immediately on the right as you enter the house. It is finished in fine detail and includes a built-in partners desk and bookcase. Ceiling mounted cable lighting illuminates the room and its elk and buffalo animal mounts. Now turning to the left out of the foyer one passes the great room into a hallway leading to additional bedrooms.
The first bedroom on the right has an outdoor entrance and separate bathroom. It includes a single sink, commode, and a shower-tub combination. Continuing down the hall is another bedroom on the right with outdoor entrance, separate bathroom with commode, shower-tub combination and a single sink counter. On the left side of this same hallway is a fourth bedroom with outdoor entrance, separate bathroom with shower-bath combo, and two sinks and a commode. Further down the same hallway is a common full bath with a standup shower, commode, and sink. This bathroom sits next to a full sauna room, complete with wood-lined walls, ceiling, benches, floors and an electric rock-heater.
Greenhouse: Located adjacent to the main house is a freestanding fully improved wood and glass greenhouse with concrete floor, temperature-automatically operated louvered windows. It is heated, lighted and irrigated.
Horse Stall-Paddock Combination: Located just past the greenhouse, but still within an easy walk from the main house, is a two-horse freestanding stall building with attached paddocks. Each includes a heated watering system and continuous steel pipe fencing.
Indoor Riding Arena: The indoor riding arena building is large and comprised of three separate areas under one roof. Built in 2003, this facility is 69 feet wide and 225 feet long.
At the north end is a large shop with concrete floors and finished walls. Three electric overhead truck doors, each 15 feet wide by 12 feet tall, provide entrances on each side as well as connecting into the next room, the common area.
The common area portion of the arena building is in line with the shop and comprising the next 40 feet of the length of the building. It has a separate west side exterior entrance. Once inside, on the immediate right along the western wall are two horse wash stalls. Next to them is a laundry room followed by a bathroom with a single sink and shower. Next to this is an office with microwave, electric range, a pizza oven, a sound system, and a refrigerator-freezer combination. Above these rooms, yet still inside the overall arena building, is a dual-purpose observation/sleeping loft with three single beds and a sofa.
Along the shop or north wall of this common area is a two-story section. The lower level includes a tack room, finished and heated, with the refrigerator-freezer combo and walls lined with saddles, tack and paneled with knotty pine. Above it is an apartment with common room, love seat, office desk, and a separate bedroom with a double bed. The entire common area flooring is rubber matting with drains, including the two horse-stalls that line the eastern wall.
The southern side of the common area is open to the arena. On the common side of the arena wall are observation bleachers approximately 22 feet long and consisting of three levels of wooden benches
The arena is Olympic sized and with a specialized dustless footing made of polymer-coated silica and sand, for shock absorption, grip, and rebound. The lower four feet of the arena walls are wood paneled baseboard angled out at the top for rider foot clearance. The four feet above this is continuous mirrors, with the exception of the six outdoor windows punctuated along each side wall and intermingled with truck doors. The far south end of the arena sports a floor to ceiling roll-up truck door approximately 20 feet wide and 12 feet tall. Each side of the arena also has a roll-up truck door that is 10 feet wide and 12 feet tall. The entire arena building is heated by ceiling-mounted gas radiant heaters spanning the width of the arena.
On the west side of the arena building are six continuous metal pipe paddocks, each with its own electrically heated waterer. Next to the paddocks are pastures with run-in sheds.
At the north end of the arena is an outdoor riding arena consisting of sand footing and continuous metal pipe railing. Across the pastures to the west, near the river, is a complete and modern roping arena, also of continuous metal pipe fencing and chutes.
Manager's House Complex: This quality modern building is of similar design and materials as the main house. Inside are three bedrooms on the main floor together with a bathroom including a shower and two sinks. The kitchen is a part of the great room. The house is air-conditioned.
Connecting the house to the shop is a laundry room, bathroom, and office. The attached mechanic’s shop is 40 feet by 60 feet. It has a concrete floor, 14 foot walls and a gabled roof. Two electric roll-up doors, one at each end, are about 14 feet wide. There is even a kitchen area and two runs of ceiling-mounted gas radiant heaters.
The second story of the house consists of two apartments with separate entrances. Included with these is a separate gym and a living room and full bathroom common to the two apartments. The living room has a leather sofa, television, and table and chairs. The separate bedroom apartment furnishings are of peeled logs. The kitchens have stainless steel sinks, and an oven with range top and refrigerator-freezer combination. The separate gymnasium is fully equipped with a large free-weight collection, including benches, dumbbells, and barbells, as well as cardiovascular machines and a television system. The floor covering is rubber and includes yoga mats.
Upper Ranch Hay and Equipment Storage Barn: On the northern part of the ranch there is a steel-clad pole barn to shelter hay and equipment. The backside of this building has a concrete floor with three sliding doors that open the entire side of the building for easy access to large equipment.
Outside are fuel tanks on above-ground stands over concrete containment systems.
Indoor Pool and Recreation Building: This free-standing building is of similar quality, materials, and finishes as the main house. It is located a short stroll or a quick golf-cart drive from it. It is adjoined by an outdoor complex site adjacent to the edge of the pond. Its use area includes the outdoor patio, a lawn beach-front with fire pit, an adjacent golfing green with tee box and putting green, and an Indian teepee next to a bridge-connected island in the pond.
Inside the building is another full array of recreational options. Its center is all pool with lap-swimming lanes, special conditioned, non-chlorinated water, and an electric pool cover. One end hosts a full bar, while the other is anchored by a river rock fireplace, television, and pocket pool table. A separate bathroom contains laundry machines. The massage room has a sofa and full professional massage bed. The paneled wooden ceiling has exposed log rafters bedecked with wildlife trophies.