NHL Investor Lists Montana Ranch for $26.7 Million

Featured Today In The Mansion Section of The Wall Street Journal

” Bill Foley, the longtime deal maker and an investor in the NHL’s newest franchise, has listed his 21-acre Montana ranch for $26.7 million, said listing agent Ross Pickert with Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

In Whitefish, a northwestern ski town near the Canadian border, the forested property includes an 11,500-square-foot lodge-style home, three roughly 1,200-square-foot guest cabins and a day cabin with more than 1,260 feet of lake frontage”

Read complete Wall Street Journal article here.

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This is a rare opportunity to own one of Whitefish Lake’s premier estates. Majestic home with elegance and beauty in every aspect. Hand hewn timbers, native stone and the finest finishes provide a warm and inviting home.

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(365 Delrey Rd Whitefish, MT)

Significant entertainment options with billiards room, home theatre, fitness room and wine room. Privacy abounds on 21 forested acres with nearly 1/4 mile of lakeshore. A creek and pond lie near the 3 guest cabins. Lakeside day cabin enhances the extensive outdoor living areas .

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Contact Ross Pickert for more details406.253.2148 or rpickert@glaciersir.com

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Last week in December 2016

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Missoula is in a beautiful valley where five mountain ranges meet and the Clark Fork River meanders through the heart of downtown. This picturesque town is the second largest in the state of Montana and is home of the University of Montana and the nationally recognized University of Montana Grizzlies.

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Whitefish Mountain Resort Joins Attempt At World-Record Ski Lesson

Even if you aren’t Olympic skiing material, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of a world record.

Beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders are invited to join Whitefish Mountain Resort’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for ski lessons held in one day, in coordination with ski resorts around the U.S. and Canada.

“It’s exciting just to be a part of it,” resort spokesperson Riley Polumbus said. “It’s a cool thing to say you were a part of the world’s largest record if we do indeed break that record.”

The event is set for Jan. 6 at 11 a.m., where all resort instructors will be on deck to take on 50 skiers and 50 snowboarders for a monumental ski lesson. Polumbus said the mountain has been coordinating with the National Ski Areas Association to schedule as many lessons across the country as possible at one time. The event will take place simultaneously across seven time zones.

In order to legitimize the event, Polumbus said an official Guinness World Records witness will be on site to document the number of people participating.

Last January, approximately 6,000 people took a beginner lesson at resorts across the U.S. While the reported numbers reached world-record level, lack of documentation kept the event from posting with the Guinness World Records organization.

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(View from Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty exclusive ski in/ski out Mountain Retreat 116 Ridge Top Dr.)

This year, Canadian resorts will join the event through the Canadian Ski Council.

The current world record for largest ski lesson with the Guinness World Records is 594 skiers at a Switzerland resort in February of 2008. According to the Guinness World Records website, the lesson was 1,300 meters long and took just 16 minutes. The event took place in once place, at the Swiss-Snowport School at Sarn-Heinzenberg, Switzerland. One man led the lesson, although the school provided additional instructors for every 20-30 people to ensure the lesson was being followed correctly.

Signing up for the event gets skiers and snowboarders a two-day package, which features two half-day lessons, two front-side day passes and two days of rentals.

Lessons are open to skiers age 7 and older.

Registration for the event ends Jan. 4. To sign up or get more information, call 862-2909.

Reporter Seaborn Larson may be reached at 758-4441 or by email at slarson@dailyinterlake.com

View full Daily Interlake article here.

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Award Winning Home For Sale In Columbia Falls, MT

This ”Montana Modern” home was built and designed in-house by the Finmark crew. Nestled among the trees of Mountain Watch Estates in Columbia Falls, Montana.  Providing serenity and natural beauty of a forested enclave, and close proximity to the amenities of Meadow Lake Resort. This contemporary-rustic home with countless custom features won the Best of Class & Best Master Suite in the 2016 Parade of Homes Premier Category.

This Award Winning Home Is Selling For $429,000! 

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Boasting rustic alder wood cabinetry and granite countertops throughout, rustic alder wood trim/moldings and baseboards, a stone gas fireplace, rough sawn timbers spanning over the dining room, living room and nook area, this exceptional home has much to offer. On the exterior, the property is complete with rock work, landscaping and underground sprinkler.

Additional features include custom lighting & controls, an open floor plan, 14′ vaulted ceilings in living & dining rooms, an interior pergola over the dining room, freestanding tub & glass shower, two covered outdoor living spaces with stamped concrete patios, custom cedar garage doors, and natural wood siding.

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136 Turnberry Terrace Columbia Falls, MT 59912

Presented by Amy Stevens

406.249.6496 or astevens@glaciersir.com

A Rare Offering Of Montana Wilderness

Montana… often called Big Sky Country,  The Treasure State & the Last Best Place is compromised of 94,109,440 total acres (145,556 sqr miles). Montana is the only state with a triple divide allowing water to flow into the Pacific, Atlantic and Hudson Bay. This phenomenon occurs at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park.  We are also home to the largest migratory elk herd in the nation.

So why not create a lasting family legacy on 1,080 acres of forested hillsides with a pristine private lake? Lake Monroe is the centerpiece of this rare offering, where the fresh waters of Ashley Creek flows in and out of the 40-acre lake. Riparian zones flush with waterfowl and wildlife including elk and deer. This park-like setting offers fishing, hiking, swimming, and boating–and it’s just 28 miles from Glacier Park International Airport.

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Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Exclusive Listing:

Ashley Lake Rd Kila, MT 59920

A Personal Account Of Adventures On Lake Monroe

“Some of the most cherished experiences of my young years were those of spending the many summers on our family ranch.  I remember diving off our boat dock into the lake for a swim, taking rides in our motor boat, jumping our own waves, or lowering the anchor to enjoy hours of fishing and often watch the otters and beavers in the lake. Bang! The beavers, with the slap of their tail on the water retreated to the shores, it was fun to watch.

I caught my first fish, a rainbow trout (a big one of course) at the age of 10. Wow! I was just so proud. I even baited the hook with a earth worm (it wasn’t easy).

My sister and I loved to ride our horses and with packed lunches and two dogs, off we’d go to explore the beautiful forest and mountains. Often, we’d see a variety of animals, such as: deer, elk, eagles and owls to name a few.  We discovered streams perfect for horses and dogs and bushes of wild blue berries we picked for our mom’s famous pies. I’ll never forget family and friends sitting on our cabins front porch over looking the lake with views of the surrounding mountains.  On one occasion our father pointed out the Northern Lights in the sky, it was magical.

My father taught me so much about the importance of preservation and the protection of all forests and creatures. In turn, my sisters and I were able to show and give our children the best experiences of their lives on our Stuart Family Ranch in Montana.”

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The Toy Makers – Flathead Beacon

As a cold wind whipped outside his heated shop, inside Edwin Toren put the finishing touches on a dozen doll cribs and reminisced about growing up on a farm on the Rocky Mountain Front.

“Christmas didn’t happen a lot for us back then because times were tough,” Toren said, recalling his years growing up near Valier in the 1950s. “If we were lucky, we’d usually get one present — always something useful like clothing or socks — and maybe an orange or some hard candy.”

The thought of those meager Christmases sends Toren, 70, into the shop behind his house in Columbia Falls almost every day.
“I just can’t stand the thought of a kid not getting a toy on Christmas morning,” he said.

But thanks to his efforts, many kids in the Flathead Valley will receive a new toy this holiday season. Every year, Toren and another local woodworker, Bob Redinger, toil away in their shops making hundreds of toys that they donate to the local Toys for Tots drive. Their annual effort to fill the coffers with wooden toys is a throwback to the very first item Toys for Tots collected back in 1947: a handmade doll.

U.S. Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks organized the first toy drive in Los Angeles and collected more than 5,000 toys that year. The following year, the Marine Corps Reserve adopted the program and expanded it across the country. Today, Toys for Tots annually collects more than 16 million toys for 7 million children. Locally, the Toys for Tots program gathers about 10,000 toys every holiday season that are distributed to more than 2,400 children in Flathead and Lincoln counties.

Many of those toys are born in Toren’s shop. Toren spent 30 years working at a sawmill before getting into construction. He also worked as a volunteer firefighter and was mayor of Columbia Falls for a few years. Toward the end of his busy career, Toren realized he needed to find a hobby to stay busy in retirement, so he picked up woodworking.

At first, Toren made toys for his grandchildren, but he soon realized he had a knack for it and started making more. For a few years, Toren sold the toys and other items at the local farmers market, but then he decided to start donating them to Toys for Tots. The first year, he made about 40 toys. Now, more than a decade later, he averages more than 800 wooden toys annually, all of which will go to needy children in the Flathead.

In his shop last week, Toren had to gingerly tiptoe around the dozens of toys spread out on the shop floor. There were boxes full of wooden cars, a crate of tic-tac-toe games and multiple airplanes with spinning propellers waiting to be piloted by little hands. Toren estimates he has made 50 different types of toys over the years, most of them of his own design, inspired by woodworking magazines or from his own ideas.

“It’s really become my passion,” he said. “I just love doing it.”

Toren starts working on a new batch of toys almost immediately after the Marines pick up the previous load to distribute to children a few weeks before Christmas. He said he will often build 20 or 30 of the same type of toy at the same time because it is much more efficient. Some toys, like the wooden cars, take only a few pieces of wood to construct. But others, like the doll cribs, can take upwards of 30 different pieces.

Toren said he works on the toys every day, except Sunday, when he and his wife go to church. He rarely takes a day off either, even after he sliced off part of his index finger earlier this year while making a batch of yo-yos.

“That taught me to be a little more careful,” he said, showing off his chopped finger. “But growing up on a farm on the east side makes you tough.”

One of the only times Toren stops making toys is when he makes caskets, which he sells to cover the cost of toy making.

What Toren loves most about his wooden toys is their longevity. He said the toys he made for his grandchildren have lasted years and have been used by multiple siblings.

“I like that these toys can been handed down from generation to generation,” he said. “It’s not like some of these plastic toys you see these days that won’t even last until tomorrow.”

Sean Weeks, campaign coordinator for Toys for Tots in Flathead County, said that the handmade wooden toys are always among the first to go when people come for presents.

“Toys like that are rare now,” he said. “There are just not a lot of people out there making things by hand anymore, especially wooden toys.”

Read the full Flathead Beacon article by Justin Franz here.

Whitefish Property Featured In Mansion Global

Mansion Global is a premier digital destination connecting the world’s affluent real estate buyers with prestige properties across the globe through relevant, timely listings and compelling content.

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Blanchard Lake Drive, secluded sanctuary on private Lost Coon Lake in Whitefish, Montana is included in Mansion Global’s December  “Featured Listings”.

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Just 5 minutes from Whitefish, yet with over 13 acres on private Lost Coon Lake and wide views to the northeast, you’ve found the family retreat to call home. The gated entry opens to a winding driveway, as the home reveals itself to you. This home does not boast…it welcomes, in a warm and comfortable way, which sets it apart.Love and attention can be discovered in thedetails – hand-painted tile, Spanish cedar, Venetian plaster and a sunroom grape arbor. Materials which have a story, such as flooring made from reclaimed high school bleachers, old timbers from a mine in Idaho and a vanity made from a 17th century Chinese cabinet are thoughtfully integrated into the home.

Amenities Include: Indoor pool, Guest House & Barn.

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Contact Agent(s):

Edward Meek 406.270.4792 or Nichole Perrin 406.253.8121

Kalispell Montana Historic Farm House For Sale

Driving through the huge Cottonwoods as you approach the century old farmhouse, you feel like you’re stepping back in time. The front porch welcomes you into the beauty & ease of a large farmhouse surrounded by fresh air & expansive 360 views of the Flathead Valley. This 3-story farmhouse beckons you in to enjoy life at its best. Insulated, rewired and re-plumbed, the home has just enough modern conveniences to make life easier, while leaving all the ambiance of the 100 year old intricate door knobs, 9 ft ceilings, original transoms, & large parlor pocket door.  There’s plenty of room for a family to stretch out in its 4 bedrooms & finished attic. While you’re soaking in the claw foot tub, you can gaze out at the snowcapped peaks of Glacier Nat’l Park.

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Current Homeowners Account Of This Historic Masterpiece.

“Our home was built in 1903, by Joseph Edge. Mr. Edge gained prominence in Kalispell and in Flathead County…as a rancher and a man of considerable influence, as a county official who did much for the development of the Flathead district. As county commissioner he was instrumental in the building of a road system throughout the area– all considered to be “of a high standard”. The family lived there for seven years…Joseph, his wife Mary and their two children Leonard and Alice. I read that he ranched over 1000 acres. We were told told by some of the neighbors who used to live in the area, the family that owned the home from 1914-1942 actually walled off the stairway to the second floor. That would help to explain the good condition of the woodwork on the second and third floors. However, the windows in the master bedroom had broken during that time and the master bedroom’s floors and woodwork were damaged a great deal from snow and rain.

We moved into “3695” in January 1990 with our three little girls. I had noticed this beautiful big white home on our first weekend after moving to the valley. We drove the rural roads scouting out areas that both Doug and I liked. I grew up in the Midwest and had the privilege of living in a couple of beautiful big old white houses, hoping that the day would come when I’d have my own. My husband, Doug, loved Montana and wide open spaces. That’s how “3695” first caught our eye, it spoke to us both. It was a year later that a friend came to pick up Doug to go look at some acreage out in Lower Valley. He said it was a great piece of farmland but the house needed to be dozed in. I asked where and as he described it, I knew exactly which place he was talking about. I went along for the ride. The home had been taken over by the bank and was locked up tight. Well, all except for one window…I made my way in and fell in love with the house. This house was never going to be “dozed in”. However, it would be another year before the house became ours. There were hoops and obstacles all along the way but on Oct. 16th, 1989 I drove to Missoula as the bank went through the envelopes of silent auction bids on the house and 20 acres. By the skin of our teeth, we were awarded the bid. It was difficult finding financing as a young couple and a house with a crumbling foundation on one side, one outlet in the entire building, several cracked or broken windows, no insulation and grass over 3 feet tall all around the place. Feeling that there would be no bank that would help us finance the old girl, I loaded up my purse on more time with pictures of the home’s best features…intricate doorknobs, great woodwork, the wonderful wide staircase, the original heat register covers and absolutely outstanding views in every direction. I decided to try one last bank on main street that I had no connections with, walked in and asked to talk to someone in loans. I got to see the bank president (a former appraiser). He looked at the pictures, recognized the home and said, “I think we can make this happen.” And it did happen! The house was really about to become ours.

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Those photos of the majestic mountains, the old Cottonwoods, the fields of grain and the “chance of a lifetime” gave credence to the old phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”. When we knew the loan had gone through, we gathered up the girls, drove out to the house and went through that same old window into the “beautiful room” (the words used by the little girls to describe this room with old rose flowered wallpaper and a bright pink ceiling). There we all danced together in the dark. We tiptoed through the cold empty rooms showing the little ones their new home, wondering what we had just gotten ourselves into, but we left excited for the future.

Doug was out the next day, tearing out the old bathroom, located as far from the bedrooms as one could get. The bath was relocated, the kitchen was dismantled and we were off and running. Actually we were moving slowly, as it was two years before I had a real kitchen again. We washed our dishes in the bathtub each night. The refrigerator and microwave were plugged into an extension cord and we’d unplug the microwave to plug in the television during the evening. Some of the old windows were pretty leaky. Over the years the girls exchanged bedrooms periodically, each having their own time in each spot. The master bedroom came with several chalk drawings on the wall (probably planned murals by someone in the past) but the girls decided they’d add their own drawings too. Sentimental soul that I am, it far was too long before I could bring myself to paint over their artwork. We loved the old out buildings but many were “tumbling down scary” and we had to do away with the tiny little old house out back that had long been home to chickens and sheep. The “two holer” outhouse was torn down, as well as part of a big barn and the teeny tiny garage. There was a small old log barn out in the field, whose walls were covered with newspaper from 1888. It was likely that is the original home on the place. Local artist, Dick Idol bought it and used it in a unique log home he built. The old granary was moved closer to the house with visions of a future art studio for Doug. A patient, meticulous and talented craftsmen – Doug did his best to remain true to the original builders of the home as he took on most of our projects. He gave great care to making sure it was historically faithful, while making it the house I wanted and needed. The walls of the granary were removed, planed and the beautiful wood used to cover the kitchen floor. The kitchen was expanded and windows with views to the east became part of our morning enjoyment. Porches were added to the north and to the south; and a large stamped patio was poured making the outside life more comfortable. Some of the very cracked and damaged plaster walls were replaced with sheetrock. Step by step we made headway and it was becoming a wonderful place to live and raise our family.

The house was always full with our girls and their friends playing games or imagining they were Anne of Green Gables, the Boxcar Children or Whitney Houston. They’d be sliding down the stairs (one time they even used a twin bed mattress) or playing hide and seek inside or out. In later years, they were “making videos”, having big swing dance parties in the backyard or projecting movies onto the barn wall. We hosted our youngest daughter’s picture perfect wedding reception in 2011, with over 250 guests eating, celebrating and dancing the night away. Our family holiday – the one “written in stone” that no one is to miss – has always been Thanksgiving. We gather together that day each year to give thanks for all that the good Lord has provided us with. This Thanksgiving could be the last one in this house. But oh…we will have so much to be thankful for! We have had the opportunity to live in and care for the very best home any one in our family could imagine. We have nothing but 27 years of wonderful memories and thankful hearts.”

3695 Lower Valley Rd Kalispell, MT $649,000

Presented by Tom & Katie Brown

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

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Exquisite Whitefish Mountain Resort Property Sold

This elegant home in Northern Lights on what could arguably be the best ski-in/ski-out access of any single family home at  Whitefish Mountain Resort recently sold fully furnished for $2.5 million.

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Situated adjecent to Hope Slope, this property gives you direct access to Chair 3 with mature tree’s buffering you from the ski slopes to maintain privacy.

Now is the perfect time to invest in the lifestyle you love most. Whether you are seeking a secluded ski-in/ski-out home or a cozy condo retreat allowing for quick slope-side access, our team of experienced real estate professionals can guide you to the perfect property to fit your lifestyle.

JUST REDUCED $190,000 TODAY!

150 Ridge Run Dr on Whitefish Mountain Resort

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Everything you want in a ski mountain home! Sitting in the great room, dining room, kitchen and outside screened porch you have full-on-outstanding views of Whitefish Mountain Resort, the ski village and mountains. Four fireplaces to warm up after a day on the slopes with one of them on the outside screened porch. The lower level ski room with areas for your skis, boots with a boot warmer, and clothes is convenient to the ski in-ski out access right on the property.

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111 Slopeside Dr. Whitefish, Montana