Contemporary Interpretations for a Mountain Town
Diverse residential offerings exemplify an expanding local aesthetic.
by Staff Writers
Log stack construction and rustic cabin-inspired designs have long been associated with mountain communities of the American West. Just as the communities themselves have evolved over the last several decades—so too have the predominant styles of their architecture.
Material choices of reclaimed barnwood, timber beams and stacked stone within 9240 Avalanche Canyon Road epitomize the rustic contemporary aesthetic in Jackson Hole. Architect Larry Berlin and the combined design team of WRJ Design and Dwelling deftly incorporate full Cathedral Group Teton views throughout the residence.
Inside the home, an open plan design unites the living room with the kitchen and adjacent dining space to offer endless opportunity for hosting and entertaining. A chef’s kitchen with professional-grade appliances, custom cabinetry and wine cooler welcomes the owner to slow down and enjoy a casual meal at the eat-in kitchen with its captivating Teton view windows. A combined den and library space allows for a relaxing way to unwind, and a separate upstairs office provides for additional privacy and contemplation.
The residence’s four bedrooms extend from an elegant foyer into a separate wing of the home that is all their own. Each features a private bathroom and generous custom closets.
This Solitude mountain residence sits on more than five acres and adjoins Grand Teton National Park along the lot’s eastern boundary. The subdivision occupies a section of the riparian zone between the braided channels of the Snake River and the bench that defines the Jackson Hole valley floor.
The private neighborhood with an end-of-the-road feel is within a wildlife corridor only a few minutes north of the town of Jackson. Residents enjoy the benefit of more than a mile of easement-granted Snake River access, and share the area with seasonally-migrating elk herds, deer, moose and other wildlife. Recreational opportunities for fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking and cross country skiing in winter are all available just beyond one’s front door. Elevated design, world-class views and an unmatched location define the property.
Elsewhere in the valley, the town of Jackson has continued to see a prevalence of contemporary-inspired designs through renovations and newly-constructed custom homes. Notable within the town limits for its cohesive and contemporary aesthetic is 810 West on the banks of Flat Creek. Designed by local architect Stephen Dynia, the forward-looking 810 West development was built in 2005. Exterior material choices of fiber cement board and corrugated galvanized metal visually unite the development’s free-market and affordable townhome units, and are now commonly adapted elements of Jackson’s architectural design.
As one of only fourteen creekside townhome units within the development, 872 W Snow King Avenue artfully balances the conveniences of contemporary townhome living with direct National Forest access. The duplex configuration of units and the attached two-car garage afford privacy and convenience to this sophisticated 2,264-square-foot residence.
The townhome features floor-to-ceiling, south-facing windows within the living room and from the residence’s third-floor primary bedroom that flood the unit with beautiful light. An expansive, private rooftop deck extends off the bedroom and overlooks Flat Creek and Josie’s Ridge. Bamboo floors and stylish built-ins provide harmonious and subtle tones accented by dark metal detailing and elegantly simple whites.
Whether inspired my modern simplicity alone, or a re-imagination of traditional rustic elements, contemporary real estate offerings in Jackson Hole continue to evolve and bring a simplified elegance to mountain living.