Elevated Views from atop East Gros Ventre Butte
Hilltop privacy and panoramic views combine with a close proximity to the town of Jackson.
by Staff Writers
The gently sloping flanks of East Gros Ventre Butte mark a central position within the Jackson Hole valley. The butte is home to several small neighborhoods, as well as to some of the valley’s most illustrious hotel and resort properties—both of which are sited to take full advantage of panoramic Teton and valley views, and elevated privacy.
The Ridge at Spring Creek Ranch is a small, eleven lot neighborhood tiered atop the crest of the butte. Among the highest of the home sites, 2330 N Harvest Dance Road’s contemporary design creates a gently cascading floor plan, while a visually arresting profile echoes the slope of the ridge.
The home takes advantage of living roofs sod of native grasses and wildflowers to further balance and blend in to its more-than-five-acre lot and the adjacent hillside. An exterior palette composed of warm tones, bright grasses, concrete and stainless steel visually anchors the home within its surroundings via a sensitivity to surrounding elements of wood, stone, sage and water.
The five-bedroom home, designed by Ward Blake Architects and comprising more than seventy-two hundred square feet, utilizes expansive walls of glass to showcase the Grand Teton on through to the southern Teton Range. The bends and pools of Flat Creek to the east and Spring Creek to the west are reflected geometrically within the exterior water feature that winds along the home and its several patios to settle into a series small reflecting pools.
The nearby Spring Creek Ranch resort and Amangani provide neighboring dining and amenities, while Jackson’s iconic town square is less than five miles drive. Ease of access is ensured via the nearby Jackson Hole Airport, only twelve miles away.
Peaceful Aman Villa, situated within the Homes at Amangani, captures the vision of renowned architect and Aman collaborator Ed Tuttle from its perch on the western edge of the butte.
The ten thousand foot, six-bedroom contemporary residence with floor-to-ceiling glass walls is wrapped in an additional five thousand square feet of patios and hardscaping. The end result is a home whose boundaries to the adjacent lands are obscured, and whose sight lines are uninterrupted from within all of its primary living spaces. A patio-level spa with a gently cascading water feature, terraced stone walls and an exterior fireplace enhance the multi-season outdoor living opportunities of this refined Amangani home.
The sparsely-developed northwestern slope of East Gros Ventre Butte is accessed via Riva Ridge Road, which winds gently uphill from Spring Gulch and culminates at the stunning, 117-acre Riva Ridge Retreat.
A nearly fourteen thousand square foot log and stone estate, Riva Ridge Retreat features five bedrooms, but comes alive via its extensive entertaining spaces. A large chef’s kitchen features commercial grade appliances and a pizza oven to cater to family and friends alike. The home’s lower level includes a combined indoor/outdoor spa and jetted pool, a movie theater and an extensive wine cellar and tasting room—among other entertaining spaces. An expansive office and library is equally suited to productivity or relaxation in a more contemplative space.
A separate, four-bedroom guest home of nearly four thousand square feet ensures that family and guests are able to enjoy all of the property’s offerings from the comfort of private quarters. An annex off the main home is ideally suited as a caretaker’s quarters.
This magnificent property is partially bordered by lands protected for conservation by the Jackson Hole Land Trust and the National Elk Refuge, and is frequented by deer, elk, moose and the occasional bear. Dramatic views of the entire Teton Range are enjoyed beyond a private, trout-stocked pond.
East Gros Ventre Butte’s position between the National Elk Refuge and the Spring Gulch ranching corridor combines to create ideal year-round habitat and wintering grounds for migratory game animals. The butte’s dedicated open space, coupled with numerous large-parcel holdings protected by conservation easements further enhance the feeling of privacy in this truly unique Jackson Hole location.