River House is an apt description for this charming house perched on a knoll above the Jordan River. And while the river is a dramatic focus of this property, there is so much more to explore beyond the incredible river frontage. The house is well sited to capture river views and nearby meadows and woodlands, and was designed as a ‘broken’ or bent rectangle so that views and sounds of the river wrap around the back of the house. Warm wood accents throughout the home’s interior reflect the woodlands surrounding the house on this 93 acre estate. Trails meander through the woods and along the river banks, providing excellent hiking and riding opportunities without ever leaving the property. Wildlife abounds in this private retreat. The Jordan River is home to eagles, wood ducks, kingfishers and the occasional beaver. River House is a true escape from the rest of the world.
The striking contemporary home was designed as an easy and casual weekend escape for family and friends. As befits a retreat from the wider world, the house is focused on the river and the outdoors. All rooms have large windows or doors leading to the outside. There are porches or decks on all sides and the river is in sight from all three floors. There are three bedroom suites in the main house and room for a fourth in the basement. The guest apartment in the garage provides another bedroom. Ideal for entertaining larger groups or just a quiet weekend à deux, River House is designed with comfort in mind.
Surrounding the house and immediate garden areas is an unobtrusive deer fence that allows for lush gardens that melt into the surrounding fields and forest. In front of house is a pea gravel parking area bordered by rock outcroppings that have been incorporated into a collection of conifers and alpine plants to form a dramatic rock garden. On the north side of the house a pea gravel path meanders through perennial plantings of flowers and grasses that provide four seasons of interest. Wildflower meadows outside the fenced area provide a colorful mid-view between the house and the river.
River house, as its name implies, is sited on a bluff above the Jordan River. The nearly 1 mile frontage on the Jordan is very private. There is no sign of human habitation in any direction. The river banks are forested, with the occasional hayfield in the distance. There is a lovely walking trail that meanders along the river bank through forest and boulder strewn granite cliffs and has terrific vistas at every turn. The river itself varies in width from 20 to 40 feet and cascades over rapids interspersed by calm pools of clear water. There are several excellent swimming holes. From the river bank the land rises up on a gentle slope up a hillside to the property entrance. Save for a wildflower meadow near the house on the river bank, the property is entirely wooded, with walking and riding trails maintained throughout. Complete privacy is guaranteed in all directions. The woodlands are mixed hardwoods consisting of poplar, oak, hickory, with a few pines interspersed along the hillsides. Timber is of harvestable age.