Second homes are imaginary things. Not a necessity like primary residences, they are often expressions of how homeowners like to spend their free time, whether it’s in a home along an isolated estate, in a piazza close to the theatre, opera, museums, and other urban attractions. the beach, an island getaway, a luxury apartment on a golf course, or a multi-generational gathering place near the ski lifts. Whatever vacation home a family chooses says a lot about what they value in their spare time.
As we are isolated and imprisoned by a troublesome new pandemic, an undeniable trend has risen to the top of real estate wish lists: we crave nature.
If we live in cities, we try to find places where we can walk, breathe fresh air, keep a garden, and maybe even observe wildlife. If possible, we buy a second home that offers all of this, with space to gather during school holidays. Most desirable are second homes that are modest, married with a special sensibility, offering the amenities of five-star resorts.
The place that checks all these boxes, and then some, is Tributary, the 1,500-acre Idaho private club that thrives on the west side of the Grand Teton Mountains. A four-season community, the Tributary is part of the 15 million-acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the most pristine ecological landscapes in the world and the only wildlife habitat in the United States where all species existed before their arrival. Europeans are still alive.
The development, now called the Tributary, began when members of the Annenberg family purchased land nestled between the Grand Tetons, Big Hole Mountains and the Snake River Range with stunning views of all those mountains. The real estate crash of 2008 put an end to the family’s plans and the property was sold, but not before the Annenbergs built a two-mile elevated boardwalk in approximately 500 acres of fen-designated wetlands operated and managed by Teton Regional Land. Confidence. These wetlands, ponds, and creeks are part of the Tribute community, and the boardwalk is a favorite place for jogging, wildlife watching, and strolling.
Construction is progressing rapidly, getting ahead of the increasing demand.
“When we started, we built two- and three-bedroom homes,” says property manager Jeff Heilbrun. “We soon learned that our customers want holiday homes with all-season appeal. We’re building five and six bedroom houses now and we can’t build them fast enough.”
Equipped with luxury elements such as Wolf stoves, Sub Zero refrigerators, hardwood floors, remote-controlled blackout curtains and luxury spa baths, the modern homes were designed by Northworks, a national design firm headquartered in Chicago with offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When completed, the Tributary will offer 350 homes, all with outstanding views. There’s also a five-acre pond, a clubhouse, a spa, an 18-hole David McLay-Kidd-designed championship golf course, and access to numerous outdoor activities. These include fly fishing, hiking, national parks, biking, snowmobiling, boating, nordic and downhill skiing.
Prices for single-family homes in Tributary start at $2.25 million. It is equidistant between Jackson Hole Airport and Idaho Falls Regional Airport. The Teton Aviation Center, a full-service FBO, is also a stone’s throw from Tributary.
Individual master sites are also available for those who choose to bring their own architect, designer and builder (subject to Design Review approval).
Less than 30 minutes from Tributary’s front entrance is Grand Targhee, a 2,600-acre, mid-friendly, powder-rich ski resort founded in 1969 by Teton Valley potato farmers and ranchers. mountain base lodge, drinks and ski concierge service.
“People who buy property here love nature, want to get out any time of the year, and want the luxury and conveniences you get at a high-end private club,” says Heilbrun. “However, unlike directly across the gorge in Jackson, Wyoming, this is what locals refer to as the ‘silent side’. We all have the same easy access to national parks, but without the crowds. ”
The closest town to the Tributary is Driggs, Idaho, a charming and historic mountain town; It is a short walk from the city centre. Further down the road is Victor, another mountain town with great appeal.
In the shadow of these authentic communities, devoid of the inflated costs and crowded streets found in Jackson, Tributary humbly blends into the surrounding wilderness. This is truly a place where luxury means being able to recreate some of the most amazing natural areas still found in the United States today.