Facing southwest, the house sits on a rock at the edge of a protected forest, 300 feet above North Idaho’s vast Lake Pend Oreille. Lake Pend Oreille is 43 miles long with 111 miles of shoreline. The lake is Idaho’s largest natural lake and is 1,158 feet deep; making it the 5th deepest lake in America.
The 72.4 forested acres, 25 years in development, supports a number of animals including: elk, deer, moose black bear, grouse, wild turkey, nesting golden eagles, and endless variety of bird species.
The materials used to construct the various buildings on the property are: native rocks, hearts of redwood, Brazilian cherry wood, clear fir, steel, glass, copper, black anodized aluminum, galvanized tin, wood textured poured concrete. There is also a one mile of stacked rock walls throughout the grounds.
The main living areas on the property are surrounded by 4 acres of protective fencing with secured entry points. The fencing creates privacy and allows the dogs to run free and safe, while food and flower gardens thrive, and remain protected from the perpetually hungry deer and elk.
The deck with infinity pools is connected to the house, which creates an inseparable indoor/outdoor living space. These structures are connected to an indoor lap pool by the deck and Japanese garden, all of which have views of Lake Pend Oreille. An exercise room exists as a separate structure sitting next to the upper herb and flower gardens. This area is integrated with a forested and terraced Koi pond that includes waterfalls. The sound of flowing water from the infinity pools on the deck overlooking Lake Pend Oreille combined with the waterfalls of the Koi pond in the forest provide a relaxing atmosphere whether your indoors or out many months of the year.
The guest house/photo gallery is east of the main house and is separated by 100 yards and a lower altitude. Here the outdoor area has rock terraced growing gardens and a greenhouse constructed of concrete, steel, black anodized aluminum, galvanized tin, and insulated glass.
The property manager’s shop, boat storage, lower garage, firewood shed, locked Fedex/ UPS drop box, and guest parking are not visible from the main living areas. The forest and stacked rock walls provide privacy.
The property is connected to public utilities but is completely self sufficient with two industrial diesel generators for four water wells that provider over 1 million gallons of water a year. The property also includes a fire suppression system with water holding tanks and continuous key pad security system with outdoor motion sensor lighting.
The weather can be dramatic and beautiful creating sunsets, sunrises, and clear blue skies beyond description.
The “banana belt” of the Western Rockies has a growing season for vegetables, fruit, and flowers that lasts 7 months of the year. The changing seasons and weather support an endless variety of outdoor activities, including skiing, golfing, and boating. World record fishing is close at hand.
Lake Pend Oreille Geography and Formation
Thousands of years ago, the Idaho Panhandle was covered with thousands of feet of ice. An immense lake that filled the valleys of western Montana was created by an ice dam. When the ice dam failed over and over again, 10 times more water, ice and rock flowing in the rivers of the world today rushed at 60 miles an hour into the vacated canyon that now cradles Lake Pend Oreille. These events lead to the development of the four mountain ranges that measure 6 to 7 thousand feet and add to the majesty of the area.