Settle in to Big Valley Ranch by Winthrop

Own a big chunk of a big valley and get privacy for $3.5M

Reset your decimal places. Big Valley Ranch outside Winthrop is for sale. For $3,500,000 you can get a Prentiss+Balance+Wickline custom home on a 172+ acre lot. That’s more than a quarter of a square mile. Fortunately, very little of that has to be mowed.

The 4,562 square foot house sits on a bluff above the Methow River with views up and down the valley. From its perch you can see plenty of untouched nature – and may have to squint to see a neighbor. The four bedroom, three and three-quarter bathroom house is set far enough from the highway that you can be lost in the trees and the sound of the river. It is above the flood plain, and looks to have at least some wildfire buffer – an important consideration on the dry side of the mountains.

It is a Northwest Contemporary that was built in 2008. The rooms are all oriented towards the views, because why else build on such a property. If it isn’t a window, it’s probably a wood beam framing it, or visibly supporting the ceiling. All of the living in on one floor. No reason to build up. The land did that, and there’s plenty of it to play with.

When the weather’s nice, sit outside on the various patios, some covered, some not. The weather forecast is starting to include snow, so you may want to also check on the Methow Valley Ski Touring Association maps to see how far you have to drive (or ski) to get to their 120 miles of trails. You may need those bedrooms for a long line of guests who suddenly want to visit more often.

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