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You don’t want to miss…

The Incredible Stone Wall:  That huge wall of stone you see that goes through the entire center structure of the house is not only beautiful, but it also serves to heat the home in the winter.  Sunlight through the windows heat the stone, which permeate heat for hours after the sun has gone down, and keep the house a consistent, warm temperature.  However, during the summer, the house is built at such an angle that direct sunlight doesn’t hit the window, and the house stays pleasant without running the A/C for long periods of time.   Also worth noting – the wood burning fireplace in the basement heats up the stone wall, and provides a warm, even eat throughout the house.  The wall acts as a center-piece to the entire home and really separates this house from others anywhere near the same price.

 

The Trestlewood Stairs:  These are incredible! The stairs are made from Trestlewood, which was salvaged from the Great Salt Lake.  The long exposure to the salt water has made them nearly as hard as stone. A wonderful tribute to the local geography!

 

The Heated Floors:  The entire house is heated via hydronic heating (paths of hot-water that run under the floors), providing a perfect, even heat throughout, and warm, comfortable floors that feel great with bare feet! Both the main level and the downstairs are heated this way, and each room has its own thermostat, so you can dial-in the comfort level to your exact liking.  Note that the home ALSO includes a standard forced-air furnace which you can use if you prefer.

 

The Unique Floor Plan and Architecture:  Everything was custom-designed just for this house. An architect painstakingly worked out every detail and design element. The layout, the specific angle of the home, and the overall comfort and efficiency were all taken into careful account during the design phase.

 

The Construction made from foam-filled concrete blocks:  This means the home is far more efficient and seismic-resistant than traditional construction. This type of building material isn’t cheap, but it’s worth every penny!

 

The Central water filter:  The water in the fridge, and a few other key locations throughout the house are fed by a centralized water-filter capable of filtering water at levels that exceed those of most commercial bottled water. The result is water that’s clear, fresh, and tastes amazing!

 

The Central wet/dry vac:  You’ve seen homes with central vacuums, but centralized wet-vacs are typically for commercial use.  This house, however, has this built in!! Spray the floors with a special attachment, and suck the water back up at the same time! An amazing way to keep things clean!

 

The Fossilized Granite:  If you look carefully at the granite used in the bathrooms (especially the master bathroom), you’ll notice signs of ancient fossils in the patterns from the ancient Lake Bonneville that used to cover this area. Another amazing legacy to the history of Utah.

 

The Private Sauna:  The downstairs bathroom features a private, custom build Sauna made from Cedar Wood. One of the more relaxing amenities offered by this incredible home.

 

The Instant hot-water system:  This house doesn’t use traditional water-heaters. It uses a much more fuel-efficient instant-hot system with an added storage tank. You’ll never run out of hot water, and you’ll spend a lot less money on gas!

 

The Private Back-Yard ATV Trail and Zip Line:  A half-mile-long custom-built ATV trail / walking path extends around the perimeter of the back-yard property line.  The home also includes a 200ft zip-line, and all of the safety harnesses and helmets. Amazing ways to enjoy your private forest!

 

The Fenced Garden Area with Raised Beds:  Normally, deer are a huge problem for any garden in this area.  But not for you!  A 20x20 fully fenced garden area with multiple raised planters and drip system has been placed in the middle of your back-yard forest.  Enjoy the fresh air and feel like you’re in a private oasis while you do your gardening!

 

The Kid’s Dream Setup:  Secret passages connect two of the bedrooms, a play area is tucked under the stairs, enough forest and land for a BB-gun range and endless outdoor adventures, and enough deer, wild turkeys, rabbits, and more to fuel any curious imagination!

 

The back-yard gardeners garage:   The back of the home features a semi-hidden garage for ATVs, lawnmowers, or other garden tools. Big enough for a car, you can access it from the bonus room in the basement, or from the back-yard.

 

The storage loft above the garage:  There’s a huge storage area above the garage for all of your holiday decorations, camping gear, and more! This home never runs out of spaces to store your items.

 

The Argon-Gas Filled Windows and Doors:  The glass windows and doors are filled with argon gas for extreme energy efficiency and amazing sound-proofing.  Not only is this one of the most energy-efficient homes in Utah, it’s also one of the quietest.

 

Other Negotiable Luxuries Available:  The hand-crafted furniture, the hot-tub, the 16-camera HD DVR surveillance system, and all of the other high-end luxuries that you see throughout the home are all negotiable.

 

 

“We can confidently say that you will not find another home with equal quality, luxury, views, features, or comfort anywhere in Utah for anywhere near this price.”

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What kind of wildlife will I see up here?

On a daily basis, we see wild turkeys, deer, rabbits, and an endless variety of birds. The deer will often come right up to our windows, or sleep right in our front yard. The turkeys tend to “pass through” the property 1 to 2 times a day.

 

Is the lot next door going to have a home on it?

Given that this lot is 5+ acres, there’s plenty of room to stretch out no matter what happens. That said, the owners of the lot immediately to the west of the property have indicated that have no plans to build anything on that lot in the near future.  Also, based on current county restrictions on building, it’s unlikely that any home will be built there unless the current laws are changed. The most likely scenario is that the lots immediate surrounding this one will stay empty for a long time to come.

 

Do you get high-speed internet?

Yes. We have CenturyLink DSL broadband. It works great!  Rise Broadband is also available in this area.

 

How far is the nearest grocery store?

The Smith’s in Herriman is a 7 to 8 minute drive.  Walmart, the Herriman Rec Center, the library, and most anything else are all about 10 to 12 minutes away.

 

Is there an HOA?

Yes. The Hi-Country Estates II HOA takes care of the road maintenance (and that’s basically the only major function of the HOA).  They are very easy to work with, have no serious restrictions, and generally just leave people alone, and keep the roads maintained.

 

Are the roads a problem in the winter?

Despite the appearance of being “in the mountains” this area is only a few hundred feet higher than Herriman. Therefore, the snow-load really isn’t any worse than the people in the valley experience. Further, the HOA does an amazing job keeping the roads clear.  Many residents drive only 2wd cars.

 

Is the dirt/gravel road a problem?

The last half-mile to the house is gravel/dirt. Most people who live up here LIKE having these roads, since it keeps people away who don’t belong. (Once they see they are hitting a dirt road, for whatever reason, they turn around and go back).  We attribute the quiet, country-living lifestyle to the very short path of dirt road and most people who live here love the benefits it affords.

Note that the HOA does grade the road several times per year, as needed, when they become slightly wash-boarded. There is also a “back way” to get to the house that is not nearly as “hilly”, where the roads are smooth. (It adds about 60 seconds to the trip home to go this way).

 

Can I ride my ATVs here?

YES.. Most people who live up here don’t have or use them, but the HOA absolutely allows them to be ridden on the roads. All of the roads here are private (they belong to the HOA via easements), so they are only available to residents. However, there are 20+ miles of roads on which you can explore and ride.

The property also has a half-mile-long ATV trail around the perimeter of the back of the lot that you can ride on whenever you like. (It’s your forest, after all!)

 

How does garbage/water/sewer/gas work?

 

  • Garbage is handled by the same company that does the garbage service in Herriman City.
  • Water is handled by Herriman City.
  • Sewer is septic (there are TWO tanks that belong to this home that sit on the neighbor’s property via an easement).
  • Gas is propane. There are TWO tanks sitting at the top of the lot, so you can fill them during the summer when prices are at their lowest.

 

What’s the deal with the chickens?

If you want them, we will include them with the home.  We absolutely love having fresh eggs every morning!! However, if you don’t want the chickens, we are happy to find them a new home.

 

What’s the tax situation here?

The property resides in unincorporated Salt Lake County and has greenbelt status due to the production of honey that occurs here. There are multiple beehives in the back forest, not far from the garden. (They are managed by a local beekeeper. He gives us free honey in exchange for letting his bees roam our land).  They do wonders for the garden, too! We never see them around the property, except when we go back to the area where their hives are, so they are not a nuisance at all.  I’m sure he would love to keep the same arrangement with whomever buys the home. (Greenbelt status will save you approximately $5,000 per year in taxes – so this is a true win-win arrangement!). Note that you should consult with a real estate and/or tax attorney before making any tax-related decisions on this matter.

 

Are you above the inversion?

YES!! During the winter when the inversion sets in, we can look out our window and see it blanketed across the valley, wile enjoying sunny, blue skies and clean fresh air.

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