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.

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Amenities

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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A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF COMMITMENT

Recently, one of Amy Stevens out-of-state clients took a moment to write a compelling and heart warming testimonial about his experience with her.  Amy truly sets the bar when it comes to providing exceptional service and makes your Montana real estate journey one to remember.

 

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“You are really awesome. There’s a whole different level of commitment you take on when dealing with out of state clients like me and for the same percentage of purchase price. I can’t believe this is financially prudent for you with the all the time and extras you provide other than you knowing in your heart and head that virtue is it’s own reward. Sort of like teachers. It isn’t the money that lets me sleep at night. It’s knowing that my work and effort brings goodness to others.
I have no doubt you know exactly what you’re in for, long before your out of state client/me understands how much they/I need you….I hope you realize how you’ve made this process -which is categorically one of the most stressful events a family can go through-fun, exciting, and easy, while also ensuring that all the I’s are dotted and t’s are crossed.

 

Our thanks and gratitude will never express the deep respect and appreciation we feel for the care and attention you’ve given us. We will celebrate soon and we do hope you’ll have room in your lives for some new friends. It’ll be easier to have adult time when your kids are a bit older, but until then we want to watch and support gymnastics with you, have some family play time together, and hopefully Brad will have the patience to help me become a legit Montanan when he needs some entertainment!” – Rob Akner
Learn more about Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Professional Amy Stevens here, and start living your Montana dream today!

 

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Enjoy Montana summers to the fullest on this incredible Flathead Lake waterfront setting. Spend a quiet weekend or entertain guests and enjoy the carefree living. Amenities include a boat slip, heated storage, fully equipped fitness center, underground parking and your very own additional 1480 square feet of outdoor living space with a gas fire pit. For more information please contact Amy Stevens at 406-249-6496 or your real estate professional.

 

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty Now In Lakeside, Montana

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud and excited to announce the opening of their 6th office in Northwest MT.  Located in Lakeside, at 7191 Hwy 93 S, on the west shore of Flathead Lake, Glacier Sotheby’s new office will offer even greater exposure for our clients and customers looking or living along the west shore; or the lake areas in general.  In conjunction with our office on Electric Ave in Bigfork, our locations in Whitefish and on Whitefish Mtn., along with Missoula, our Realtors are part of the communities that represent this special part of the state.  Their hands on knowledge of living & loving Montana are what make them exceptional representatives for their clients.

The Realtors in the new Lakeside location have that knowledge and a history and love for the area.  Amy Bain Wilson, Barrett McDonald, and Carroll Kenney have strong ties to life on the ‘west shore’, including the charming towns of Somers, Lakeside, & Rollins.  With the office in Bigfork and now Lakeside; both with Katie Brown as Supervising/Managing Broker, we have the Flathead Lake area covered.

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As the daughter of a builder and contractor, Amy understands the real estate profession from the ground up recognizing both its challenges and rewards. In her early 20s, she built a home with her brothers that involved creating a market feasibility study, interpreting demographics, estimating and ordering supplies and building a property from foundation to finish. Today, as a real estate professional, Amy brings those skills and talents to a broad spectrum of discriminating buyers and sellers.

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Barrett is a dedicated professional whose passion for life is evident, whether it’s at work or play! His customer service is second to none, honing his craft while running Tamarack Brewing Company, the Flathead Valley’s number one Brewpub. His 8+ years there introduced him to so many great people; coworkers, locals, and visitors alike, with whom he looks forward to partnering with through his career in real estate

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Carroll Kenney

Carroll, a top Lakeside realtor since 1998, is pleased to be a part of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Lakeside, MT. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and is married to Charles Kenney. They moved to the beautiful Proctor Valley in 1997, and in 1998 Carroll joined the real estate community in Lakeside.

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Katie Brown

In 2014, Katie was awarded the Northwest Montana Association Realtor of the Year, an honorable distinction bestowed by highly valued peers. Katie has a love for the Flathead Valley! Naturally,  making it a pleasure and a joy to market and sell property.

 

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Which Home Improvements Offer The Highest ROI?

With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year…and that’s not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on this year’s report paid back an average of 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value. Looking at the 24 most tracked projects (projects consistently tracked for the last six years), their payback for 2017 was also 64.3 cents—only three-quarters of a penny higher than 2016 projections.

Why the little change? Simply put: the differences in underlying numbers was minimal year-to-year. The average cost for those 24 projects rose a meager 3 percent, while the value that real estate professionals put on said projects only rose 4.2 percent. Minor gains, yes, but we’ll take what we can get.

Recent and long-time trends continued, reports Remodeling. Curb appeal projects like changes to doors, windows and siding garnered a higher ROI than work done inside the home. Replacement projects, like doors or windows, scored higher among real estate pros than did remodels.

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On a national scale, the top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report’s “midrange” cost category are:

 

  1. Attic Insulation (Fiberglass) (107.7% ROI)
    Average Cost: $1,343
    Average Resale Value: $1,446
  2. Entry Door Replacement (steel) (90.7% ROI)
    Average Cost: $1,413
    Average Resale Value: $1,282
  3. Manufactured Stone Veneer (89.4% ROI)
    Average Cost: $7,851
    Average Resale Value: $7,019
  4. Minor Kitchen Remodel (80.2% ROI)
    Average Cost: $20,830
    Average Resale Value: $16,699
  5.  Garage Door Replacement (76.9% ROI)
    Average Cost: $1,749
    Average Resale Value: $1,345

The top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report’s “upscale” cost category are:

  1. Garage Door Replacement (85.0% ROI)
    Average Cost: $3,304
    Average Resale Value: $2,810
  2. Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass) (77.8% ROI)
    Average Cost: $3,276
    Average Resale Value: $2,550
  3. Window Replacement (vinyl) (73.9% ROI)
    Average Cost: $15,282
    Average Resale Value: $11,286
  4. Window Replacement (wood) (73.0% ROI)
    Average Cost: $18,759
    Average Resale Value: $13,691
  5. Grand Entrance (fiberglass) (70.1% ROI)
    Average Cost: $8,358
    Average Resale Value: $5,855

Source: RISMedia.com, read complete article here.

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“Clean The Fork” – Agents Preserving Their Community

Over the weekend our Bigfork, Montana agents grabbed some trash bags & gloves and headed out into their community to preserve its natural beauty. Hosted by the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce this lasting annual event keeps this charming community tidy and tantalizing.

“The town of Bigfork is a picturesque and charming place. Chosen as “One of the 50 Great Towns of the West”, Bigfork is a unique part of the American West.”

The Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty “Clean The Fork” team included: Shirley Moorman, Tom & Katie Brown, Hilary Shephard, Tiffany Sherman, Jay Wolfe, Alisha May, Nikkiel Bjornson Fox, Nikki Frizzell, & Patrick Hanes.

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“Great to see so many people taking pride in our wonderful, little town.  Happy to help in such a small way” -Katie Brown

“Clean the Fork really brings the whole community together. Every one sees the value and the beauty our town has to offer and it’s great to see everyone working together to keep it that way. ”

– Tiffany Sherman & Hilary Shepherd WorkPlayLiveMT.com

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