The details in this turnkey contemporary home, one of the lots first developed in the choice Willowbrook neighborhood, are what makes Golden Willow shine. Reconstructed in 2016 with reclaimed wood and stone, the 5,000 sqft - 5 bedroom, 5 ½ bathroom house’s curb appeal is surpassed only by its impeccable 3-acre lot. In back, a flat lawn, a pond with a fishing dock, a built-in grill, fire pit, smoker, hot tub and playhouse are where family memories are made. The driveway winds up to an unobstructed view of the Grand from the front entryway. Inside, cathedral ceilings mirror the majesty of the Teton Range with an open living/dining area and a well-appointed kitchen. WRJ Interior Design selected the finishes, including Edison bulb fixtures, glass and steel balconies and exclusive hardware.
The use of barn wood throughout the modern home brings the outside in, adding a western flare and another layer to the carefully chosen textures. The wall behind the bed in the first-floor master has barnwood siding. And the extraordinary bunk room with two built-in queen beds and four bunks also uses the gray heritage wood.
Two media rooms upstairs give parents and kids separate places to work and play and an option for a second-floor junior master bedroom. The adult media room doubles as an office with two built-in desks. A stairwell off the main media room gives the kids another way to access the backyard fun. It also has a gas fireplace and refrigerator, making it self-sustaining so that indoor/outdoor traffic doesn't always have to go through the main living area.
Another door beneath the media room stairwell offers a refuge for muddy boots. Storage closets, a pantry and a laundry area, make this mudroom, which opens up to a three-car garage, extremely functional. Custom Alden wood cabinets carry through into the garage, where there is plenty of space to store boats, skis, fishing poles and other adventure gear.
The outdoor playground extends to pathways that run 6 miles to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, 7 miles to the entrance of Grand Teton National Park and 7 miles to the Town Square.
The graded lawn is prime for homegrown field games with wild grass sidelines. There is also space to expand and build a guesthouse for extended family. Two footbridges cross a creek that runs through the backyard. The live water helps feed the pond, which has a beautiful Brazilian wood dock just a stone's throw away from the built-in hot tub and extensive concrete patio, including a private patio off the master bedroom.
Having remodeled multiple homes in the past as their family has grown, Golden Willow's owners understand how to create space with practicality and elegance. The clean lines of the open floor plan indoors as well as the outdoor spaces make the house ideal for entertaining. "We love to build a fire and cook on Sundays," says the owner. "We really love our big room with views of the mountain especially in the winter."
Across from the wood burning fireplace in the great room, the ceiling drops down in the dining room and kitchen to create a cozy environment with marble and quartzite countertops and nooks, including a wet bar and built-in hutch with wine racks and a flat-screen TV.
Experiencing Golden Willow reminds me of what Architect Mies Van Der Rohe once said: "God is in the details."