Named for its mesmerizing water features, Aquarius is nestled on more than 23 acres (9.3 ha) of verdant land bordered by two creeks, and is designed to allow the considerable beauty of its location to shine. The setting is matched by the house itself, created by Robert Gilbert of Stillwater Architecture, who is known for taking full advantage of a property’s natural surroundings—and the Northern Rockies offer plenty of inspiration.
Passing through the gates, a sweeping drive takes you past a pond filled with rainbow trout, then a waterfall, to the front of the dwelling. As impressive as the grounds, the home’s double-height entrance hall is largely constructed of glass, allowing a clear view through to the lake beyond, while a floor-to-ceiling water feature and dramatic fireplace set the tone.
This grand space leads on to formal and informal dining areas, a family lounge and bar, and an entertainer’s dream kitchen, complete with a wood-fired pizza oven and state-of-the-art appliances.
Aquarius offers privacy and casual elegance in a non-resort, community atmosphere—Mike Schlauch
At Aquarius, every opportunity to blur the divisions between the interior and exterior is cleverly harnessed: throw back the bifold doors and each room has access to a patio or balcony. The bath in the owners’ suite even boasts a private reflecting pool.
“You are completely immersed in nature here,” says Vivian Yoon of PureWest Real Estate. “This home defines ultra-luxury mountain living in Montana. And the accessibility to downtown Bozeman is just one of the many attractions that make this property unique.”
One side of the residence looks out onto a vast, fish-stocked pond with its own beach and dock, and onwards towards Mount Ellis; the other enjoys views over a tranquil swimming pool and spa. Equestrian facilities are housed in a barn near the property’s perimeter, and the fly-fishing on the creeks that flow across the plot is of superb quality. It’s a place to get away from the outside world.
Meanwhile, the serene interiors comprise some 22,000 square feet (2,044 sq m) of accommodation spread over three levels, with six bedrooms and 10 baths, and the asymmetric design cleverly facilitates cozy getaway corners as well as access to sweeping vistas.
Go with the Flow
This is a house that celebrates enjoyment. Opportunities to have fun are sprinkled throughout—a home theater, a sports court, a fully equipped gym, a games room, a wine lounge, a 4,000-bottle wine cellar, and an inviting outdoor kitchen are complemented by craft, sanctuary, and library areas, which cater for all generations.
Key to the success of the layout is the attention that has been given to how the spaces flow; north and south stairways allow all to navigate the building with ease. For younger members of the family, a bunk room on the first floor, with its own sunken patio and entertainment area, is a delight.
The plush owners’ suite is located on the main floor, while a private apartment ideal for independent older relatives, guests, or staff is situated on the second level. A defining feature is the flexibility of the property—at once extremely spacious yet with an intimate atmosphere that is deeply relaxing.
You are completely immersed in nature here. This home defines ultra-luxury mountain living in Montana—Vivian Yoon
“The high-end luxury finishes combined with inventive interior design create a warm, comfortable, family-oriented home,” says Valerie Johnson of PureWest Real Estate. “Aquarius embodies the spirit of the constellation it’s named after. Water is a precious resource in the American West, and this property is truly enveloped in it.”
With ample natural light, access to the outdoors, and breathtaking views of the Montana countryside from nearly every room, plus exceptionally designed gathering spaces and serene private bedroom retreats, this home is suited for both large gatherings and quiet evenings by the fire.
“This residence was made for a discerning homeowner who loves to entertain family and friends,” Johnson continues. “The finishes and craftsmanship are second to none and no property like it has ever been offered in the Bozeman area. The acreage, location, and gated drive create privacy and security for the most exclusive individuals.”
From the health-boosting and energizing fresh air to vast, star-filled Montana skies, this is a home that gives you room to grow and breathe. Rubbing shoulders so closely with nature—white-tailed deer, elk, game birds, bears, moose, and wildfowl all visit the grounds—is as life-affirming as the serenity that attracts them. And all of this is just minutes away from a gently bustling small city with a welcoming attitude.
Banner image: Aquarius in Bozeman, Montana, at sunset