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Whitefish Hills Featured On The New York Times

This residential retreat truly offers a unique and rare opportunity with its close proximity to downtown Whitefish and a variety of recreational pursuits. Whitefish Hills was thoughtfully designed incorporating forested lands with solitude and privacy as its main focus for its residents, while bordering state lands. 

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With an interior of 2067 square feet, this 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home uses the finest finishes of timbers, wood, stone and glass to frame a natural feel. Excellent mountain views from the home and covered patio area. Expansive lawn creates an open feel amongst the forest. Timbered covered entry welcomes your guests. Oversized garage with storage for your recreational pursuits.

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Offered at $1,427,000 with 20 acres MLS# 21709987 or at $1,877,000 with 40 acres MLS# 21706445.

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Travel the last road home on paved avenues, curving in and out of open and wooded space. Montana embraces its four seasons, bringing a variety of majestic wildlife who visit our community including mountain lion, fox, deer, bear, elk and soaring eagles. We take pride in our equestrian and walking trails that weave in and out of fields and forested acreage. Residents often find themselves at Blanchard Lake in the Homeowners Park enjoying a picnic or a paddle around the private lake.

Offered exclusively by Ross Pickert 406.253.2148,

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It is one of the most famous businesses in the world — a British multinational corporation, headquartered in Manhattan that specializes in everything from wines to watches to Whistlers.

So it’s no surprise that Sotheby’s should launch a luxury real estate company in 1976. Gotta have a place, after all, to display all those treasures. That addition has helped make Sotheby’s one of the largest brokers of, well, stuff on the face of the earth, with 90 locations in 40 countries and art sales alone in the billions.

Not bad for a business that began in 1744 in London as Baker and Leigh. (First auction — several hundred rare books from the library of the baronet John Stanley.) Samuel Baker died in 1778, leaving his estate to partners George Leigh and John Sotheby. They continued as book dealers, even auctioning the library Napoléon took with him into exile on the island of St. Helena. It was the Sotheby family that broadened the auction house’s interest to include prints, medals and coins. Fine art wouldn’t enter the picture until 1913 when the auction house sold a Frans Hals for 9,000 guineas. Four years later, Sotheby’s moved to its present London home, 34-35 New Bond St. The U.S. office, at Bowling Green, wouldn’t follow until 1955.

The 1980s proved a turning point for the company. A sales slump spurred the North American flagship’s 1982 move to 1334 York Ave., now Sotheby’s world headquarters. A group of investors led by developer Alfred Taubman bought the company a year later, privatized it, incorporated it as Sotheby’s Holdings Inc. and then took it public in 1988, making it the oldest company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2006, Sotheby’s Holdings Inc. was reincorporated as Sotheby’s.

Over the years, Sotheby’s — whose offerings range from private sales to corporate art and museum services to an Institute of Art that is a graduate school of art and its markets — has had its share of scandals (price-fixing, illegal antiquities) and successes. Nothing has grabbed headlines the way the record breakers do, like the version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” that sold at Sotheby’s for almost, yes, $120 million. (Wonder if the guy in the painting is holding his hands to his ears screaming, “Oh, no, someone just paid $120 million for me.”)

For sheer international interest, few sales could top the four-day April 1996 extravaganza that was the auction of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ estate. Everyone from the tabloids to The New York Times to the major networks thronged York Avenue, working their notepads and flip-top phones — this being before the internet took off. The press was roped off to the side of the main auction room, craning and straining to catch the action. The first night ended on a note of high drama as the bids for John F. Kennedy’s humidor — an inaugural gift from comedian Milton Berle — went for an unheard of $520,000 to Marvin R. Shanken, the New Haven-nurtured editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado magazine.

The whopping and hollering sounded like Yankee Stadium. It probably could’ve been heard at Yankee Stadium and was yet further proof that Sotheby’s is like no other place in the world.

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A Sprawling Montana Estate On the Market for the First Time in Over 70 Years

The fact that this place is up for grabs is a novelty, said listing agent Patrick Hanes of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty. “Not since the purchase of Sentinel Pine in 1942 has a property of this size, quality, and location been offered,” he said. “It is not an overstatement to say that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Stats

Sitting on 30 acres, Sentinel Pine has 2,100 feet of waterfront property. There are six buildings on site, three of which have fully equipped kitchens, and a total of 12,000 square feet of living space. There are 17 bedrooms and 22 beds, as well as 10 full bathrooms.



We’d be remiss to go right to the property’s onsite amenities and skip over the fact that it sits at the doorstep of the 1,583-square-mile Glacier National Park. Aside from that, other top draws are Flathead Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi, and “the absolutely charming art- and craft-centered towns of Bigfork and Whitefish,” said the property’s principal owner, venture capitalist/entrepreneur Jim McGrath. (Some shares of the property are owned by others, like Jim’s brother, John, but they’re all descendants of the original buyer, JL McLaughlin.)

Nine-mile-long Swan Lake is “quiet and unique, and some call it ‘one of the last great areas in the Last Best Place,’ as Montana is often referred to,” he added.

On property, there’s an eight-acre lawn with a baseball field and pitching machine, a place to play a game of basketball or volleyball, a tennis court, a croquet court, hiking trails, and in the main lodge, a dining room that will seat 30 of your nearest and dearest. But “first and foremost,” Mr. McGrath said, “it’s a watersport heaven. Covered boat slips, enough sitting room on the dock for 15 people, pebble beaches, waterskiing, tubing, rowing, boating of all types, swimming, kayaking, and a diving board.”

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The Tallest Single-Family Home in the U.S. for Sale

This Prescott, Arizona home offers an unparalleled bird’s eye view. Known as the Falcon Nest, the 124-foot-tall residence is on the market for $1.5 million and includes three bedrooms, four baths, and uninhibited views of the surrounding valley. Designed by Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal in 1994, the 6,200-square foot property utilizes many forms of alternative power to limit the energy consumption of its luxurious amenities, including a hydraulic elevator to transport guests from the garage to the living area.


Though the home is ten stories high, the sixth floor—known as the solarium—is the main attraction, consisting of 2,000 square feet of glass-paneled living space, comprising two bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, and a common room.


Guests can enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding scenery, including the San Francisco Peaks 120 miles in the distance, through the solarium’s windowed walls and ceilings. The listing provides some unconventional ideas for the uniquely-shaped pad, including transforming the nest into a luxury bed and breakfast radio tower, or observatory. (Source: Architectural Digest)


**Falcon Nest Can be repurposed as: 

1. The home could be used as an educational institution for geology, sustainability, and other topics, with informal classrooms and lecture halls. Here, the state university board as well as the local colleges such as Yavapai and Prescott College could be solicited.

2. This could be a ranger station/trailhead/museum for the Thumb Butte area, offering guidance, artifacts and tour information for the area. Here the state parks department would be contacted.

3. The home could become a bed and breakfast, offering unique view opportunities, spa amenities and onsite chef preparation.

4. The home could become multi-purpose, with offices and spaces to rent/lease.

5. The home could become multi-tenant, for high-end prospects.

6. The home could be used as an event venue, for weddings, special events, etc.


Property Marketed By – Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty

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Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand and New Story Partnership (Video)

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand is proud to announce that it has partnered with New Story, a non-profit organization that puts 100% of donations toward transforming dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes, for $6,000 a home.

Why did we choose New Story as a partner?

100% of donations go directly to the field. They operate with completely separate overhead cost so every dollar donated goes straight to building homes. Donors have the ability to see the exact family they’re sponsoring, along with the supplies and costs their donation is covering. In the beginning, the donor receives a photo of the family and their story. When the home is completed, they are delivered a move-in video to share in the excitement of this incredible effort.
They hire local labor and buy domestic materials to boost the country’s economy. New Story does more than build houses – they provide jobs and economic stability for the communities they service.

Meet the Guillaume Family from Haiti, the recipients of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand donation.

FamilyWith four young kids, dirt floors, and barely-there walls, it is difficult for Yphonise to keep her family healthy. She told us how both she and her children have been getting ill. “The house leaks, the wood is rotting. I do not feel safe.”

Shortly before a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Yphonise optimistically moved to the seaside town of Bercy. “I wanted to be closer to my family”, she said. The home she moved into would be destroyed soon thereafter, along with almost every other home in her new community. To aid in short-term suffering, NGOs came to her town to distribute tarp tents. These tents were intended to last for a few weeks or months but temporary tent settlements have now turned into nightmarish slum villages in various parts of Haiti. Families like Yphonise’s have been living like this for nearly 7 years.

See the full story here.

Watch this video to get a closer look at New Story, who was just named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” for 2017 in their not-for-profit sector.