Establishing A European Standard In The Last Frontier
Built to Withstand the Test of Time While Providing the Time of Your Life.
Designed by German architect Manfred Hecker Dusseldorf, this 2,382 square foot chalet is built of solid knot-free, heartwood timbers custom milled from old growth Western Red Cedars (the walls are seven to nine inches thick with double tongue-and-groove construction). The entire structure is built upon concrete pilings, which rest upon bedrock and suspend the home above the natural vegetation. A dramatic roof overhang and all-copper roof and gutter system provides ample protection in all seasons. Enjoy an additional 2,200 square feet of exterior living area with the expansive wraparound terraces that offer hanging swing chairs and lead to an integrated infinity edge hot tub by Sea Otter Wood Works. The contemporary stair climb to the main house is crafted of African Ironwood (Bongossi), which was milled in Hamburg and shipped to the site. The all-natural finish provides for a beautiful natural patina and ultra-low maintenance.
With interiors by Uwe Stoecker Dusseldorf, the Bauhaus-style home is comprised of three private bedrooms and a playful loft above the living room to accommodate up to nine guests comfortably. The formal great room features a towering cathedral ceiling with exposed beams and a monumental, all-steel fireplace. The German-engineered, tilt-and-turn windows are all floor-to-ceiling, built of solid Oak casings and comprised of dual-panes and filled with argon gas for maximum insulation. All natural Cedar walls and expressed utilities for heat and power are uniformly finished and terminated by artful, wall mounted radiators and modern light fixtures, respectively. A chef’s kitchen boasts all modern conveniences by Gaggenau and includes gas cooking and a spacious walk-in pantry. Each room is accessed through smooth and satin-finish solid Cedar wood doors, which are accented by artisan lever and clasp system door hardware and hand-forged hinges. Flooring is 100% wool carpeting custom loomed from New Zealand Black Sheep. Each of the three bathrooms boasts a European standard including Durovit, Axor and Hansgrohe plumbing specifications – not to mention a gracious, six-person Finlandia sauna.
The main residence (and potential for future homes) is supported by an auxiliary building, which incorporates the power plant, a complete tool shed, an engine repair shop and ample storage. This structurally reinforced building hosts the Lister/Hawk 15.5kw propane generator, a back-up Kubota 16kw propane generator and the 15.5kw diesel generator power plants to service the 220V and 110V systems and appliances on the property. Additionally, the Dyna 18x8 volt rechargeable battery system provides for reliable and quiet 8pm-8am operations. A fresh uplands stream is the water source, which is filtered and purified by an Atlantic ultraviolet technology. Water pumps and the boiler provide for domestic heat and hot water, which is distributed to the residences via eco-flex insulated piping. A detached propane farm and separate diesel fuel storage tank is located near the shoreline for easy fueling with capacity sufficient to operate the residence for up to six months at a time (multiple redundant systems). All outbuildings are connected by Bongossi wood walkways, which are well-lit and elevated above ground with heat-tracing for dry and ice-free transfer year round. An additional and detached 1,270 square foot two bedroom, one bathroom caretaker’s house allows for a full-time manager. Waste water is contained by a septic tank for marine outflow collection. Television, Internet and telephone communications are by provided by both satellite and cellular technology.
The single parcel (lot #36) and residence includes 385 feet of no-bank waterfront and is part of seven contiguous waterfront parcels offering nearly a kilometer of pristine shoreline. A relatively flat beach permits helicopter landing while a dock platform landing is also possible. A deep bay and leeward mooring buoy provides safe harbor for larger sailing vessels while the 80 foot floating dock can accommodate motor yachts up to 100 feet long as well. Float planes and smaller vessels can dock easily on the 20 by 40 foot floating platform, which is anchored to the seafloor. The dock and platform are both accessed by a 100 foot treaded walkway, which is connected to the shoreline. Shore power, domestic water and a convenient fish clean-out bar are located on the dock. An adjacent boat house includes a commercial fueling station for both boat diesel, gasoline and aviation fuel (if required). There is ample space for water toys like sea kayaks and canoes, freezers for caught fish and other meats and integrated storage boating gear including ropes, bumpers, fishing rods, life jackets, etc. Most notably along the water’s edge and below the main residence, behold a monumental outdoor fireplace turned work-of-art landmark, which promises hours of fireside storytelling under the stars.
Optional water vessels located on site could be included in a purchase transaction. These include a 24-foot aluminum Daigle landing craft powered by a Volvo Penta KAD 43 producing 230 horsepower. This vessel sports a unique bow “landing platform” for beaching and loading on and off equipment. Two additional 16-foot aluminum boats are available including the center console runabout with a 60 horsepower Yamaha four stroke gas engine and a light weight Duroboat with a 25 horsepower Yamaha four stroke gas engine.
Despite the logistical challenges faced in construction, Hidden Bay Retreat was constructed with the same oversight and dedication as you might expect a custom home in the city. All the Western Red Cedar timbers were harvested from a timber claim and custom milled for the property. The double T&G construction is impressive – there are effectively no nails or drywall in this home. All of the infrastructure and finishing components were designed in Germany and shipped to the property for expert installation. The property is currently being managed by a fulltime caretaker, which resides in a private home separate from the main house. Given the careful consideration to enduring materials and craftsmanship, the home is actually quite low-maintenance to own and operate.