Cape Breton Estates: Land of the Golden Arms

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$790,000 U.S. (price based on recent appraisal by a lending institution)
Category: Residential
MLS#: none - exclusive
Address: 75 Bridger Meadows

Pray, Montana USA

Lot Size: 20.6 ACRES
Sq. Footage (MLA): 3712
Sq. Footage/Bunk House: approx. 300
Building Dimensions: 29' X 57'(ranch house) plus 12' X 20' (bunk house)
Possession: NEGOTIABLE
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This log home on 20.6 acres known as The Next Right Thing Ranch enjoys the finest scenery and recreational opportunities in Paradise Valley. The property sits at the foot of Emigrant Peak and boasts a private trail giving access to over 250 square miles of forest service land as well as to the peak itself.

Several spectacular building sites can be found tucked away in various parts of the property. The 1996 log home consists of 5 bedrooms, 2 baths and holds far too many custom features to list. The property also has a rustic bunk/guest house, and is fenced and ready for your horses.

The home is built in the tradition of Big Sky ranching headquarters. It features the warmth of wood, is simple, symmetric and designed with nature in mind. The picture windows throughout the house frame astonishing views. On the east, there is Emigrant Peak, Montana's most photographed mountain. To the west, the Gallatin Mountain Range. To the north, the Crazy Mountains. To the south, Yellowstone National Park.

The location of this tract is in the heart of one of North America's most awe-inspiring natural areas, offering immediate access to 250 square miles of the Yellowstone ecosystem.

The ranch brings the back country into the backyard without the expense of maintenance or property taxes that come with a larger spread. Why buy and maintain thousands of acres when you can use millions of acres of public wilderness at no cost? Plus, the surrounding public wilderness ensures that you don't have neighbors and development now -- or ever.

Anyone who buys this ranch won't be disappointed. It is a one-of-a-kind, end-of-the road ranch, providing one of the last chances to live in Paradise Valley - a place that is indeed paradise for anyone who loves wild things and wild places.

NOTATION: There is more information available on the property, including its history, the history of the area and more. If you would like to have it sent to you by email, please use this "Email Inquiry" link to request it.


The ground floor makes entertaining easy. The open floor plan allows the great room, dining room and kitchen areas to flow seamlessly out on to the decks, making it possible to host parties for up to 100 people. The spacious gourmet kitchen is equipped to satisfy even the most demanding chefs.

The house radiates Montana ranch ambiance, thanks to the handiwork of renowned local artisans. The dining room table and built-in hutch were designed, built and hand-carved by Amber Jean, who has since opened her own studio and sold pieces of her artistic furnishings for $75,000 or more. These furnishings, which boast carvings of Montana's native trout species, will be included in the sale.

The wildlife theme is carried further with one-of-a-kind tile that feature the state's big game species. The moose antler chandelier, created by Fish Fischer, illuminates the entrance hall with breath-taking eagles in flight. The banisters of the main staircase are covered in saddle leather hand-tooled by Montana's master saddle maker Tim Martz, further enhancing the home's aura of rustic elegance.

In the master suite, a hand-carved cherry headboard showcasing Emigrant Peak with horses in the foreground, is another stunning touch. The master suite, which includes an office, library and sitting room, allows the owner to escape to a haven of privacy to work or to contemplate the simple, uncomplicated beauty of life in the Big Sky Country.

The price of this property is quite attractive - it is priced exactly at the 2005 certified appraisal level.

  • The ranch is located at the intersection of the aquifers of Daley Lake and Yellowstone - hence the 2 very strong wells on the property. The drilled well for the house is 160 feet; the drilled well for the pasture is 100 feet.
  • The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness is accessible from the ranch via 6 Mile Trailhead
  • Daley Lake is within walking distance
  • Architectural Digest’s October, 2003 edition offers added insight into this property and the surrounding area. Call or e-mail if you would like a copy of this article that features actor Dennis Quaid, whose property borders this ranch.
  • The property also has a rustic bunk/guest house and is fenced and ready for your horses.
  • This property is attractive to horse enthusiasts, big game hunters, fly fishermen, skiers, guest ranch/bed & breakfast operators, lovers of the back country& national forests and the investor or land developer.

Paradise Valley, which some argue should have been a national park on the scale of Yellowstone, is not devoid of human convenience and luxuries. In fact, Paradise Valley is one of the most desirable addresses in the world. High-profile residents include actors Dennis Quaid, Peter Fonda and Jeff Bridges.

The NRT Ranch offers seclusion without isolation. It is 30 minutes from I-90 near Livingston, Montana, and 90 minutes from the Bozeman Airport, making a weekend commute to the ranch hassle-free.

The ranch is also just minutes from the famed Chico Hot Springs Resort, offering everything from five-star dining to indulgent spa treatments and a British links golf course under construction. A short drive brings you to the Buffalo Jump Skeet and Trap Range, allowing you to polish up your shooting skills at a top-notch facility.

Just minutes outside of the town of Emigrant, and less than 30 minutes from both Livingston and Yellowstone National Park the location is perfect for part time or full time residents of the Paradise Valley.


The ranch is located just 30 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, one of the world's premier outdoor destinations. Within minutes of leaving the ranch, fly fishermen can be testing their skills against graylings or cutthroat, brown, brook and rainbow trout that inhabit the rushing water of 6 Mile Creek and the Yellowstone River. Anglers can also pit their wiles against walleyes and lake trout in the crystalline depths of nearby Daley's Lake or Yellowstone Lake.

Outdoor enthusiasts have long enjoyed the wonders of the Absaroka wilderness. The Next Right Thing Ranch is located within walking distance of 6 Mile Trailhead, the gateway to the Absaroka Wilderness. Enjoy world-class trout fishing on the famed Yellowstone River. The Next Right Thing Ranch is also within walking distance to Daley Lake.


For those who enjoy big game hunting or the solitude of the back country, the NRT Ranch is located ¾ of a mile from the 6 Mile Trailhead, the gateway to the sprawling Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Imagine the luxury and convenience of just saddling up instead of "trailering up" to begin your back country expeditions.

Wildlife are your closest neighbors. Moose, big horn sheep, grizzly bears, wolves, mule and white-tailed deer all share the neighborhood as do a wide variety of smaller species, such as beaver and coyotes. One of the most visible wildlife species is elk that winter on the adjacent Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Winter Range. Herds numbering in the thousands are not uncommon.

Montana Resident sportsman's license is $66.25 and entitles the licensee to take an elk, deer, and black bear. Other species, (moose, antelope, big horn sheep, mountain goat, mountain lion, waterfowl & upland game bird) are separate licenses and some require lottery style drawing. Residency is established in 180 days. A postal address, drivers license( or valid Montana ID card), bank account, vehicle registration, voter's registration, property tax receipt and utility bill are helpful when purchasing your license. 120 days non consecutive per annum must be spent in state.

Area Links:
Cape Breton bullet Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Photos: HERE and HERE
Wonderful professional photos of the public wilderness lands around the ranch and accessible from the ranch. What an area - could suffice as the definition of "eye candy"! The site is
Cape Breton bullet State of Montana web site
This is where hunters and fishermen can get the information they need.
Cape Breton bullet Yellowstone National Park
This is the starting page for all the information available from the government about Yellowstone.
Cape Breton bullet Chico Hot Springs Resort
Web site of nearby resort featuring five-star dining, spa treatments, golf and more.
Cape Breton bullet Livingston, Montana web site

Web site for the nearest town to the ranch where owner shops and takes care of other necessities.

More Links:

Montana and Paradise Valley
Travel Montana
Explore Magazine: Paradise Valley
Hunting In Montana
Montana Whitewater
Montana Travel

Yellowstone Angler
Dan Bailey Fly Shop
Big Sky Flies & Guides

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park Information
The Official Yellowstone Association
The Yellowstone Journal
Yellowstone National Park Information
MountainZone National Parks Directory

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Type: Residential
Style: 2 Story plus finished basement
Title to Land: Freehold
Property Size: 20.6 acres
Land Features: Level, cleared, fields, seasonal ponds, Galatin Mountain views, Absaroka-Beartooth Range views, foothills @ 5300 feet above sea level
Access: Road
Heating: Propane(500 gallon tank) and wood
Garage Type: Car port under porch - roofed with walls on 3 sides
Water: Wells (2 high production - drilled, 160 feet and 100 feet)
Sewer: Septic
Services: Electricity, telephone, satellite TV
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Exterior: Log (kiln-dried and custom-made by Maine supplier)
Driveway: Gravel
Foundation: Concrete and cinder block dug into the mountain foothills
Porch, wrap-around deck/patio on 3 sides(65' X 47' X 67') with depth of 9 feet, wood stove, bunk house that sleeps six, fencing, gated entrance
Roof: Interlocking asphalt shingle
Flooring: Hardwood, lino, luxury-quarry ceramic tile, carpet
Inclusions: To be supplied by owners
Exclusions: Personal effects and possessions and family heirlooms
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Bedrooms: 5 plus loft
Bathrooms: 2
Building Age: 9
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Floor (Open Floor Plan) Room
MAIN FLOOR BATH (# pieces 1-6)
Floor Room
UPPER FLOOR BATH (# pieces 1-6 )
Floor Room
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Assessment: $unavail. (2005) Taxes: $2485.79 (2005)(unsplit for 41 acres)
Contact: Tom Childs
Call any time @ 1-866-325-1001

Tradewinds Realty Inc.

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