Western Star Ranch in the Jackson Polo Club community is for sale for $10.95 million
JACKSON — The grass at Shootin’ Iron Ranches is so nutritious, locals sometimes refer to it as rocket fuel for ponies.
But it’s not just grass that’s good for horses.
Shootin’ Iron Ranches is a community full of people who are dedicated to their horses, many of them in the Jackson polo scene.
Properties there, located in the heart of Jackson Hole, yet offering secluded and pristine views, are not often offered for sale. However, those who want to join the fun, horse-friendly polo community are in luck.
The 8-acre Western Star Ranch is on the market for $10.95 million, with plenty of room to roam for horses and people.
Shootin’ Iron Ranches isn’t just for horse owners, but it has a lot to offer horse lovers. It’s the kind of place where neighbors help keep an eye on each other’s horses when someone goes on vacation, Jackson Realtor Latham Jenkins told Cowboy State Daily.
“This is one of those areas that you’ll be drawn to if you’re a horse lover, because you belong to a community of horse lovers,” he said. “This allows you neighbors to go on a journey, to help each other with each other’s stock and support each other.”
There is also an informal system between horse neighbors of pasture sharing, whereby all horses are moved from one neighbor’s property to another, ensuring that they are not overgrazed.
“Everyone is involved in the project, and you know, no one gets paid,” Jenkins said. “It’s just for the love of the game and the sport.”
Toss me the carrot
One of the great things about this particular property is the close proximity of the cabin to the pastures.
It’s a carrot’s throw away from the master suite, in a complex surrounded by mountains, where it doesn’t take much imagination to feel like the happily-ever-after that fairy tales so often evoke.
When the previous owner bought the place, one of the reasons was the windows being too close to the pasture.
The pasture also has a creek running through it, and there are mature plants everywhere, including spruce and aspen trees, complementing the rustic, far-from-the-city feel.
Jenkins added that early risers will be rewarded by seeing elk coming to mingle with their horses. However, elk melt back into the cottonwoods with the first light of day, so those who are not up very early may never notice them.
Despite feeling a world away, the property is actually not that far from the city.
“He’s really the best in the whole world,” Jenkins said. “You have the equestrian community. You have the mountains. You have the migratory wildlife. And yet, a great cup of coffee is only a mile or two away.”
Thoughtful construction elevates the cabin
The cabin on the horse farm was designed and built by Logcrafters, a Wyoming company based in Pinedale, which has built award-winning log homes for decades. It specializes in several construction techniques, including a technique called sandwich wall.
“The sandwich design creates a very efficient home,” Jenkins told Cowboy State Daily. “The interior walls are framed in 2 x 6, so it has a heavy framed wall which of course makes it very sturdy, but it also has a lot of insulation.”
The home was featured in the Home Registry, and it’s easy to see why. The house is a beautiful mix of modern and rustic elements.
One of the first things house guests will notice are these beautiful reddish-orange tiles that give the home a warm feeling.
But it’s not just visual. Mexican tiles are part of a radiant heat system throughout the home that will keep toes warm even on the coldest nights.
Although these radiant heat tiles were not needed, according to a passage in the Master Record Book about this exceptional cabin.
“Off the living room, a solarium, buried beneath its floor with four feet of river rock, includes a heat transfer system to circulate warm air through the house,” the book says. “As long as the sun shines, floors with radiant heat are practically unnecessary — even on the coldest days.”
Other structures on the farm include a heated three-car garage, a barn with plenty of room for hay and straw, and a dog run.
Bring in the light
In the master suite, not only are the windows just a carrot’s throw from the pasture, but there are also a set of beautiful French doors that open to a backyard perfectly designed for either entertaining or relaxing, whatever the preference of the moment. He is.
This south-facing deck wraps around the back of the house and adds 1,218 square feet of outdoor living space. It overlooks a beautiful pond surrounded by beautiful flowers in the summer and bronze-colored grasses and herbs in the fall.
Bench seating surrounds the edges of the deck, providing plenty of additional places to sit and either be part of a party or head in the other direction to view the surrounding mountains and nearby horse pastures.
The master suite is located in one of three linked “cubes” that make up the house’s careful and thoughtful design. The concept behind the cubes was to ensure that every part of the house had plenty of natural light, as well as great views no matter where one was in the house.
It doesn’t hurt that the gorgeous views are surrounded by mature aspens, nor that there are various mountain ranges in the distance – the Tetons, Wind River, Gros Ventre, and Snake River Range.
The other “cubes” are the kitchen, living room, and then the guest suite, a total of 3,110 square feet that includes three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Another feature of the home that is quickly appreciated is the two-sided fireplace that overlooks the living room and kitchen.
It’s just one of the many great features of the home that are sure to attract people and make them want to stay.
Rene Jean It can be reached at Renee@CowboyStateDaily.com.