Real Estate

The 48.5-acre parcel of land for sale in Montana’s famed Big Sky country checks all the boxes: jaw-dropping mountain landscape, unspoiled open spaces, nearby tony ski resorts and a remote setting that’s oh-so private. The size of the property makes this a rare find in a place that’s all about the outdoors.

The site on Upper Beehive Loop Road is 15 minutes from Big Sky, home of the third-largest ski resort in North America. It’s surrounded by protected public lands―namely the adjacent Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area and the 3-million-acre Custer-Gallatin National Forest about a quarter-mile away. An hour’s drive south takes you to the West Gate of Yellowstone National Park.

However, you don’t have to wander off-site to be wowed by the landscape.

The property’s pristine acreage sits below the Spanish Peaks at more than 7,200 feet above sea level. There’s a pond, creek and lots of open space, offering a “window on the wild” where you can back-country ski, hike and climb, according to listing agent Michael Anderson of National Parks Realty.

Anderson sees two types of potential buyers for the property. “The first, a high-net worth individual or celebrity wanting to build a large home with extreme privacy and a piece of land large enough to leave a legacy,” he says. But there’s also an opportunity for “a developer who will create lots for future luxury home sites or perhaps the next Big Sky boutique back-country resort.”

Indeed, the property sits just above the well-known Beehive Basin Trail, which Backpacker magazine once hailed as one of the best day hikes in America. Back-country skiers love it for the spectacular scenery and easy access while hikers love it for the columbines, lupine, larkspur and almost 300 species of wildflowers that erupt each spring and summer.

Despite the remote location, the area is home to some of America’s most ultra-wealthy people. The exclusive Yellowstone Club, about 15 minutes away, boasts a private ski resort and an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf. Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates, actors Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, and NFL player Tom Brady have homes there.

A-listers in the area hop private jets to Moonlight Basin in Big Sky or charter private flights to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport about an hour away.

The property sells for $13.99 million. Detailed plans to develop a back-country private club resort with cabins and a lodge are included in the price.

Michael Anderson and Kim Beatty of National Parks Realty are the listing agents.