Crystal Creek Preserve: Your Ticket to Paradise

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Location: Idaho
Acres: 1,806.00
In the midst of the rapidly changing West, the enduring landscape of Crystal Creek Preserve has been maintained as a natural sanctuary for those who want to make the most of the outdoors and enjoy a retreat from the stress of everyday life.

Located in south central Idaho in the Big Wood River Valley, the preserve is approximately 30 miles south of the world-famous resort community of Sun Valley, Idaho. The Preserve consists of 1,806 acres, divided into three separate and distinct parcels with 11+ miles of spring creeks, over 1.5 miles of Big Wood River frontage and 490 acres of wetlands. The Preserve provides numerous opportunities for ownership.

The Preserve proposes, based on a stream design by Dr. David Rosgen and biologist Ron Pierce leaders in the field of stream and river restoration to restore and enhance more than six miles of spring creeks. Additionally, a team led by Ducks Unlimited has designs to restore and enhance approximately 200 acres of wetlands, create approximately 110 acres of high quality seasonal, semi-permanent and permanent wetlands, and improve riparian and wetland habitat along the Big Wood River. When completed, the land and water will then be managed to sustain these conservation values.

Within the 1,806 acres of The Preserve is a separate parcel known as The Ranch at Crystal Creek Preserve. This remarkable 160 acre property is a private sportsman's refuge and a separate feature of the Preserve. This unspoiled treasure includes water rights and an upland bench that terraces down to a mosaic of spring-fed wetlands as well as more than a mile of Big Wood River frontage.

Panoramic views of several mountain ranges, including the Smokies, Timmermans, Pioneers and Three Peaks, gives you the sense that everything great about Idaho is now yours.

The list of indigenous wildlife on and around The Ranch at Crystal Creek Preserve includes elk, deer, moose, sundry waterfowl, sage grouse and the majestic bald eagle. The property joins thousands of acres of public lands that offer opportunities for hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. For those who understand and appreciate how important thriving wetlands are to our planet, Crystal Creek Ranch represents a crown jewel in the Gem State.

Its hoped the intrinsic beauty of this rare and gorgeous ranchland will continue to inspire a level of stewardship in keeping with its finely balanced ecosystem. While this acreage has the potential to be subdivided into four parcels consisting of 40 acres each, the buyer could also elect to donate a conservation easement on one or most of the parcels, thus creating the possibility for a tax deductible donation to a recognized conservation organization.

Located in the northwest corner of The Preserve lies The Estate at Crystal Preserve. Built in the late 1960s and once home to an heir of the Carnation dairy dynasty, this 10,000 sq ft palace was designed with entertaining in mind! Here, surrounded by 40 acres of unspoiled open space, the home is less a residence than a monument to a bygone era. The house is so remarkable in its anachronistic charisma that once you have crossed its threshold, you will feel as if you have entered a Hollywood Hills mansion circa 1968.

Your drive to the property takes you past the first of four structures on the 40-acre estate: the museum. Originally built to showcase precious gems and materials, this 3,000 sq ft space has the ideal layout to function as a music studio, gymnasium or screening room. Just beyond the museum lies a tennis court fit for a champion. A short trip down the drive leads you to the mansion itself, which stands flanked by a pair of flute-playing statues. The entryway set in marble will leave you speechless. Once you are inside, to call the living room a great room would be to state the obvious. The 30-foot ceilings, parquet floors, enormous recessed bar and step-up divans render it the ideal setting for gathering a group as small as 20 or as large as 200.

Residents and visitors alike will appreciate the generously sized master bedroom and two guest rooms. The den, set off by a huge fur-covered ottoman and floor-to-ceiling bookcases, once doubled as a library.

A guest house was thoughtfully included for those folks who doesn't want to make the drive north after a late-night dinner party, and there is a caretaker's home as well.

Aside from a few improvements, little has been altered since the home was first built. It is still structurally sound and has the potential to be updated, restored or reinvented to take advantage of its proximity to the Big Wood River.

The remainder of the acreage offers pristine wildlife corridors that provide a natural backdrop for outdoor recreation all year round. The natural springs of the creeks and river flow next to the property and support a variety of wildlife habitats. Water access like this just isn't possible anymore! This house and its acreage make up a treasure like you've never seen one that has endured and defied time with a bit of help.

Approximately 1,606 acres in the body of The Preserve are being transformed into a beautiful subdivision that will be known formally as The Preserve at Crystal Creek Ranch. Each of the 38 available residential lots will range in size from approximately 3 to 5 acres. These lots will be clustered on 236 acres, of the least environmentally sensitive lands on the property. The remaining 1,370 acres of the Preserve are intended to be restored and protected by a conservation easement and continue to operate as a working ranch. This is your opportunity to own a part of one of the most beautiful and natural settings in the West. Additionally, if the ultimate in ranches is what is desired, the entirety of the parcel
can be purchased in its current state.

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