Tucked into a mountain hillside with inspiring views of the distant Big Belt Mountains sits Backcountry Base Camp. This self-sufficient custom lodge sits on over 82± acres and is perfect for the outdoor recreationalist seeking adventure or tranquility in an “off-grid” setting. Originally constructed as a self-reliant, environmentally-conscious wellness retreat, Backcountry Base Camp offers amenities rarely found in a high-alpine environment. The lodge is perfectly designed for independent living featuring wind- and solar-power generation, radiant-heating system, back-up generator, greenhouse and secondary back-up wood-fired boiler system. The recreational opportunity abounds on the deeded acreage as well as the adjacent BLM ground and contiguous National Forest. Opportunities for ATV touring, skiing, hiking, snow shoeing, snowmobiling, hunting and horseback riding are literally out the front door. The varied topography consists of pine trees, rolling hills, grassy pastures and Silver Creek, which flows along the southern border of the property attracting the abundant deer, elk and other wildlife that frequent the area. Backcountry Base Camp offers a unique opportunity to own an off-grid recreational retreat or year-round residence in a beautiful mountain setting.
All improvements, including interior and perimeter fencing, on the Property have been well maintained. The next owners will not be paying for unneeded or unwanted improvements.
The improvements on the entire property are brimming with architectural detail; reclaimed barn wood, tin and rock accents complement the beautiful mountain setting. The 3,635± square foot main lodge was originally designed as a wellness retreat with every detail attended to regarding the mountain environment and the off-grid nature of the lodge. The lodge features radiant floor heat under the hardwood and concrete flooring, on-demand hot water heaters, reclaimed barn wood accents and solid-wood interior doors. The kitchen features professional-grade appliances, including, a refrigerator/freezer, Vulcan range and working antique cook stove. The sauna, massage room and Endless Pool swimming pool offer the owner a place to exercise and relax any time of year. Given the original nature of the wellness-retreat design of the lodge, the bathrooms are oversized dormitory-style that gives the next owner flexibility in design and décor. The great room has radiant floor heat, a vaulted ceiling, wood stove and oversized picture windows to capture the commanding views. With exceptional views and natural light, the loft is over 635 square feet and is conducive to being used as a master bedroom, a large sitting area, or division into separate bedrooms.
The Property also features two exceptional outbuildings. The 1,260± square foot main garage has room for multiple vehicles and recreational toys. A second storage building with an attached green house could be utilized for additional equipment storage, or could be converted into a large second living area or possibly a barn. All outbuildings are Corbond™ insulated and have radiant floor heat. Several additional building sites in the pines could be conducive to the construction of additional cabins.
UTILITIES and SERVICES
Currently there are no utilities to the Property. Cellular service could be available via a cellular booster in the lodge. Propane for the two 1,000 gallon underground storage tanks that supply the lodge are filled by a local provider. Buyer would need to investigate the availability of satellite television or internet service.
Alternative Power System
Backcountry Base Camp is totally self-sustained and designed to operate indefinitely off-grid. The power is produced naturally by wind turbines and solar, and includes a backup propane generator and a backup wood-fired boiler.
Backcountry Base Camp has sixteen Kyocera 165 watt solar panels mounted on racks angled to the south. They are controlled by two Outback 48VDC chargers. The chargers are connected to the 48VDC battery bank. There are three 700-watt wind generators, each with a separate charger. Connecting to the system is a propane-powered Kohler 12kw generator. The power is distributed by two 4,000-watt invertors and feed into the regular 120VAC-240VAC power panel.
The basics of the power-system operation are that the solar or wind have priority. Anytime that sun or wind is available they charge the battery bank to full charge if there is no power demand. If there is a power demand, solar and wind will fill that first. The batteries operate from 48VDC to 56VDC. If the solar or wind generation is not enough to meet demand and the battery voltage drops below 48VDC, the propane generator will come on automatically and provide the needed power and charge the batteries simultaneously. The generator will turn off automatically when the batteries are fully charged or the solar panels or wind generators take over. There is also a back-up wood-fired boiler for emergencies.
Backcountry Base Camp is situated on 82± acres with magnificent views overlooking Ottawa Gulch, Silver Creek and the Continental Divide. The Property shares a boundary with the adjacent BLM land which also adjoins thousands of acres of United States National Forest in the Helena National Forest.
The topography of Backcountry Base Camp can generally be described as an alpine meadow setting with interspersed forest and water influences along the Silver Creek drainage. Silver Creek is characterized as a small alpine stream on a moderate gradient creating gentle riffles, runs and pools. The Creek is bordered by healthy mature stands of pine trees and willows that create a wildlife-rich riparian corridor. The upper portion of the Property consists of open alpine hillsides and meadows with a few flat benches interspersed with a few pine trees. The views across the adjoining National Forest and Wilderness are unparalleled from the main floor of the home allowing for true appreciation of the awe-inspiring landscape.
The deeded land is generally classified as follows: 82± Total Deeded Acres of Meadows and Pasture, Alpine Forests and a healthy Riparian Corridor.
Backcountry Base Camp has two water rights. All water rights actually owned by the seller will transfer at closing.
Source Priority Date Right Number CFS
Ottawa Gulch – surface water-mining March 13, 1876 41I 90072-00 5.00 cfs
Source Priority Date Right Number GPM
Groundwater – domestic Dec 27, 2005 41I 30022030 35 gpm
All water rights in Montana are subject to eventual re-adjudication by the Montana Water Court and, as a result of that process, may be changed as to validity, amount, priority date, place of use and other such changes as the Court determines. The Sellers have made all of the filings currently required and will transfer the water rights as they currently stand with no warranty of future viability.
The Seller will convey the Property without reservation of whatever mineral, oil, gas, geo-thermal, hydro-carbon and gravel rights which they actually own, subject to reservations by previous owners. The Seller makes no representation as to the quantity or quality of any mineral or other subsurface rights appurtenant to the Property. It is the buyer’s responsibility to conduct a mineral search if they deem appropriate.
FENCES and BOUNDARY LINES
The Seller is making known to all Potential Purchasers that there may be variations between the deeded property lines and the location of the existing fence boundary lines on the Property. The Seller makes no warranties with regard to the location of the fence lines in relationship to the deeded property lines, nor does the Seller make any warranties or representations with regard to specific acreage within the fenced property lines.
The Seller is selling Backcountry Base Camp in an “as is” condition which includes the location of the fences as they now exist. Boundaries shown on any accompanying maps are approximate. The maps are not to scale and are for visual aid only. The accuracy of the maps and information portrayed thereon is not guaranteed nor warranted.
ELEVATION and CLIMATE
There is approximately 760 feet of elevation gain on Backcountry Base Camp. The southeast corner of the Property sits at approximately 6,200 feet above sea level and the northwest boundary is around 6,960 feet. The improvements are located around 6,460 feet above sea level. Due to the surrounding mountains and altitude, the weather can change rapidly. On average, there are 183 sunny days per year in Marysville, Montana. The July high is around 76°F and the January low averages 14°F. The wettest month is typically June with annual precipitation averaging around 20 inches. Snowfall is around 44 inches per year.
Backcountry Base Camp is situated to provide just that – a base camp to adventure – whether it is winter or summer in the Montana mountains.
Great Divide Ski Area located just a stone’s throw from Backcountry Base Camp, boasts 139 trails, 1,600 acres of all leveled terrain, night skiing and has the capability to make snow. With beginner bowl skiing to expert-level backcountry this ski area has a laid back family atmosphere. During the summer months Great Divide offers lift-assisted mountain biking to the top of the 7,200-foot mountain with unlimited roads and trails cascading throughout the surrounding national forest and BLM land. Other mountain biking adventures are plentiful in the area. Helena was designated an International Mountain Biking Associations Ride Center showcasing 75 miles of classic single track.
The Continental Divide Trail traverses near the Property offering the dedicated hiker the option of hiking all the way to Canada or Mexico. If motorized travel is more appealing, the ATV, motorcycling and snowmobiling through the nearby BLM and national forest offers nearly endless miles of roads and trails to ride. From Marysville, an established 44 mile loop into the Helena National Forest offers marked groomed trails for snowmobiles.
Located in the heart of hunting district 343, Backcountry Base Camp offers numerous hunting opportunities on the deeded acreage and on the nearby public lands.
For boating enthusiasts, there are three nearby reservoirs to enjoy – Canyon Ferry Lake, Hauser Lake and Holter Lake. All offer fishing, camping, boating, sailing and swimming.
World-class fly fishing abounds in Montana and can be found within a comfortable drive from the Property. The Missouri River between Holter Lake and Cascade boasts Blue Ribbon trout fishing with trout populations exceeding 4,000 per mile. The towns of Wolf Creek and Craig are less than an hour from the Property and offer fly shops, shuttle services, guide services, and other businesses to cater to the most dedicated of fishermen. In early summer, the area north of Helena host a variety of canoeing, rafting and kayaking opportunities in the rivers flowing out of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
For a more cultural experience, Helena, the State capital offers a variety of museums. Exploration Works, a children’s hands-on museum, is situated next to the Great Northern Carousel and the cinema. The Montana Historical Society Museum has an extensive collection of Charlie Russell paintings, pioneer history and Native American artifacts.
The Helena area is rich with intriguing history. Dotted with many small towns created in the fervor of the gold rush, each offers colorful stories of the past. One nearby “almost” ghost town, Marysville, was discovered in 1876 by Irishman Thomas Cruse. Cruse discovered a mining vein and named it after his home town of Drumlummon in Ireland. He then named the town after the first woman to arrive, Mary Ralston. From 1880 to 1890, Marysville was Montana’s leading gold producer and had a population of 3,000 people. Total production from Drumlummon is estimated at $50,000,000. Tommy Cruse sold his lucrative mine for $1,500,000 to an English syndicate and moved to Helena and helped to build the magnificent cathedral and established a profitable bank.
Helena was inadvertently founded by four Georgia men, known in the history books as the “Four Georgians.” John Cowan, Daniel Jackson Miller, John Crab and Robert Stanley became desperate after searching throughout Western Montana for gold. Unable to find their “jackpot”, they stumbled into the area now known as Helena. On the evening of July 14, 1864, the men took one last chance at mining the nearby creek. As luck would have it, the men found gold that evening. They named the stream, appropriately enough, Last Chance Gulch. Word soon got out about the gold strike and Helena became the “Queen City of the Rockies”. The Four Georgians worked the Gulch until 1867 when they headed back East, taking large amounts of gold with them.
The Museum of Gold at Norwest Bank displays gold nuggets as large as 244 ounces. Known for sapphires as well as gold, it is estimated that in 1888 as many as 50 millionaires called Helena home.
Backcountry Base Camp captures the essence of “off-grid” self-sustained living without sacrificing any comforts in an alpine setting. From the panoramic views to the radiant heated floors, to the Endless Pool and sauna, the Property caters to relaxation. The high quality of construction is evident throughout the Property down to the fine finishes. This exceptional construction in an “off-grid” location is rarely available on the market today. The Property provides privacy and tranquility, yet still has access to the many nearby amenities and services of the greater Helena area.
There are also numerous beautiful sites for construction of additional cabins or facilities for horses, if the next owner so chooses. Year-round mountain recreation abounds out the door of the Property on the 82± deeded acres and by exploring the endless trails on the adjacent BLM land and nearby National Forest. Whether it is skiing, hiking, fishing, hunting, ATV riding, snowmobiling, or mountain biking – Backcountry Base Camp will provide the next fortunate owner a comfortable base from which to explore all that Montana has to offer.
OFFERING PRICE and CONDITIONS
Backcountry Base Camp, as previously described herein, has been reduced in price and is now offered at US $950,000.00 Cash or Terms acceptable solely at the discretion of the Seller. The conditions of sale are as follows:
All offers to purchase must be in writing and accompanied by an earnest money deposit of 5.00% of the Purchase Price. Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with Helena Abstract and Title of Helena, Montana, which will then place the funds with local banks at nominal rates of interest accruing to the benefit of the Buyer until Closing. All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Seller, absolute financial capability to purchase the Property prior to scheduling an inspection of the Property; The Seller will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy. Title to the real Property will be conveyed by a limited warranty deed; All of the water right claims controlled by the Property will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing, and the mineral rights which the Seller actually owns will be conveyed to the Buyer at Closing; Buyers’ Brokers are welcomed and invited to contact either Tara Petersen with Century 21 Heritage Realty, or Stephen Leibinger with Swan Land Company for information regarding Cooperation Policies. The Sellers reserve the right to effect a tax-deferred exchange for other real property in accordance with provisions in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Buyer will not be required to incur any additional expenses nor to step into the chain of title on any property which the Sellers may acquire.
This Offering is based on information believed to be correct; however, it is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale and change or withdrawal without notice. Information contained herein has been provided by the Seller or obtained from other sources deemed reliable. However, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Seller, Swan Land Company or Century 21 Heritage Realty. Prospective Buyers are advised to conduct an independent investigation and should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.
Swan Land Company in cooperation with Century 21 Heritage Realty has been authorized by the Seller to act as their Exclusive Real Estate Agent on the sale of Backcountry Base Camp.