Some homes are consecrated with champagne or Irish blessings. New Moose Creek was anointed Big Sky-style. When the home was completed in 2006, a cow moose arrived that first spring and gave birth on the lawn. The moose lingered for some weeks, looking after her gangly calf as it gained strength. The residence was known as New Moose Creek thereafter.
Few homes are described in terms of IQ. But if there’s one thing about New Moose Creek that cannot be denied, it’s this: it is an incredibly clever space designed to delight, surprise and engage inhabitants. For those seeking a full-time residence or a seasonal mountain getaway, this is a glowing space that will certainly impart infectious joy to all who enter. The property is 6 acres in its entirety. The house--a vanguard mountain nook, with its sod roof and saffron stucco--blends with a rolling, grassy lawn. This clearing is encircled by enchanting forest, carpeted with grouse whortleberry and morels. Winding between pines, down a gentle slope, a path leads to the clear, tumbling waters of the Gallatin River's North Fork.
Expect the delightfully unexpected. This is perhaps the most intriguing and interactive interior that you will find in a mountain home. Distinct color palettes for each bedroom evoke Japanese porcelain, Bahamian sands, the French countryside, and Zen retreats. Petit motifs seamlessly flow from room-to-room, from inside to outside, keeping residents and guests on their toes and on the look-out for treasures along the path. Intriguing textures, curious doors and clever cabinets invite to touch, push, pull, open and peek within. You’ll ask to be pinched. Enticing, bohemian porch and patio areas offer views of diverse ecotones, from rugged Lone Peak to thick forest. Perfect settings for morning tea, afternoon siestas and evening barbecues. The frame and design of the structure rest upon principles of efficiency and sustainability. The entire space was conceived to ensure the maximum use of lumber, minimal waste and long-lasting structural integrity. Each cabinet and storage space maximizes the use of space. Sustainable materials add an element of eco-chic, with sod roofs, countertops made from recycled paper and sustainably-harvested sorghum, concrete floors, and bamboo cabinets.
Two kitchens? But, of course. This is a place to engage and entertain. The main kitchen, outfitted with multiple ovens and sweeping countertops, employs every square inch to maximize a chef’s ability to play, create and organize. A catering kitchen provides party staff a comfortable, secluded workspace while keeping the main living area open for you and your charmed guests. If there were one word to describe this space: HAPPY. Children will be entranced by a top-secret bunkroom tucked behind a mysterious bookcase entry. A playroom outfitted with chalkboards, ladders and plenty of storage space for toys will entertain the little ones for hours. A second kids’ bedroom is the incarnation of every child’s dream tree house. For your visitors gypsy-ing through town, a separate studio apartment sits above the garage, providing luscious living quarters and privacy. This also makes for a superb rental, sure to fly off airbnb.com in a matter of blinking moments.