A lawyer bought a 60-acre resort near Yellowstone National Park for his family of 13. Now he’s selling it for $23.5 million – check it out.

The exterior of the mansion.Kevin Chartier

  • Nick Rowley bought a 60-acre estate in 2017 for his family to live in while they renovated their main house.

  • The 10-bedroom mansion is located in the Big EZ Estates gated community in Big Sky, Montana.

  • They’re ready to come back now, and Rowley wants to sell this resort for $23.5 million.

Nick Rowley bought a 60-acre estate in 2017 for his family to live in while they renovated their original home. Now he’s putting the estate back on sale for $23.5 million.

The exterior of the mansion.

The exterior of the mansion.Kevin Chartier

Located in a gated community called Big EZ Estates, the estate at 7000 Beaver Creek Road includes the main residence, a guest house, a toy barn and an outdoor spa building, according to the listing.

The Big Sky, Montana property offers stunning views of Yellowstone National Park, listing agent Martha Johnson of Big Sky Real Estate told Insider.

This is the first time the home has come up for sale since 2017, according to listing records.

“We bought this house to live in while we renovate and add an addition to our original ranch, which is a mile down the road. We are selling it now because this house is ready for us to move into” , Rowley, a trial attorney, told Insider.

There are 59 single-family homes for sale in Big Sky, Montana, per real estate platform Realtor.com. Properties in the neighborhood range between $1.09 million and $23.75 million. With its $23.5 million price tag, 7000 Beaver Creek Road is the second most expensive listing in the area.

A large stone fireplace forms the centerpiece of the living space in the main house. Crafted from river rock, the floor-to-ceiling fireplace takes up an entire wall.

The living room with a stone fireplace.

The living room with a stone fireplace.Kevin Chartier

Many of the other walls, pillars and chimneys in the house are made from the same river rock, Johnson said.

“The stonecutter, a true craftsman, was able to repeat a bear paw design throughout the property, with larger, rounder rocks used for the foot pad and narrower rocks used for the claws,” she added.

Rowley said this room is one of the family’s favorite rooms in the house: “We love to spend time reading or playing board games in the great room with a lit fire.”

The dining room has a table suitable for a party of 14 – perfect for Rowley, his wife and their 11 children.

The dining room.

The dining room.Kevin Chartier

Rowley and her family currently live in the house full time.

“My wife and I are litigators and authors. We have a national law firm and we’ve built a hangar in Bozeman where we keep our plane that takes us to trial,” Rowley said. The town of Bozeman is an hour’s drive from their home.

“This property is perfect for a family that enjoys entertaining friends, family and associates,” Johnson said.

The kitchen, which was recently remodeled, is fully stocked with appliances and features an island counter, Johnson said.

The kitchen

The kitchen.Kevin Chartier

The master suite is equipped with a four-poster bed, two sofas and a fireplace. Large bay windows let in lots of natural light.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.Kevin Chartier

There are 10 bedrooms in the main residence, including the master suite, according to the listing.

Next to the main house is a three-bedroom guest house where the owner’s nanny and private chef currently live, Johnson said.

The main bathroom has a freestanding bathtub, a shower area and a fireplace.

The main bathroom.

The main bathroom.Kevin Chartier

Source: Big Sky Real Estate

Outside, there is a fire pit, as well as a sheltered dining area equipped with a grill and a fireplace.

The outdoor fireplace.

The outdoor fireplace.Kevin Chartier

Although the property has ample space, it cannot be used for commercial purposes due to the area’s strict zoning laws, Johnson said.

“It’s zoned as a single-family residence, so it can’t be a commercial enterprise like a bed and breakfast or a resort lodge,” she said. “Rentals are limited for the privacy of all owners in the area.”

The outdoor playground has a trampoline, a double swing and a panoramic view of the wooded hills that surround the enclosure.

An outdoor playground

An outdoor playground, which has a trampoline and a double swing.Kevin Chartier

“Having 60 acres in the mountains is a dream,” Rowley said. His children, aged 2 to 25, spend a lot of time outdoors, he added. He and his wife also enjoy watching the sun rise over the mountains at sunrise while they have their morning coffee.

The house is located within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which is home to many species of wildlife including deer, elk, moose, bears and eagles. There are also two trout ponds on the property.

“The pond is stocked with native trout and is a wonderful place to cast a line and practice your fly fishing,” Johnson said.

The toy barn, located at the entrance to the complex, can house four SUVs or four-wheelers, snowmobiles and tractors, Johnson said.

The entrance and the toy barn.

The entrance and the toy barn.Kevin Chartier

The toy barn includes a one-bedroom apartment which currently serves as the home of the property caretaker, she added.

While Rowley puts the house on the market, he doesn’t get far: he owns 260 neighboring acres and has finished building a house on that land.

The outdoor hot tub.

The outdoor hot tub.Kevin Chartier

And while Rowley is prepared to sell the house, he will only do so under the right circumstances, Johnson said: “He’s only listing the house once and will take it off the market if it doesn’t sell soon because he expects it to appreciate well beyond the asking price.”

If he ends up keeping the property, Rowley is certain his family will continue to spend time at the house.

“Our favorite part of the house is that it suits everyone,” he said. “We don’t need to sell it. We have a really big family and will definitely use it for the next 10 years if we end up keeping it.”

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