The Land Report

2018.1

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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I n 1998, Jason finally came up for air. "We'd been around the world five times. But I was still a young man. I was seeking out my dream location so I started looking around out West. I talked to people in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. I considered 26 or 27 different properties in a six- to eight-month span," he says. Jason finally found "his country" with the help of ranch broker Jane Iten. Iten earned her stripes as one of Montana's first female outfitters and hunting guides, and she introduced the rock star to the Bitterroot Valley. His 545-acre Rockin JN Ranch sits in a perfect pocket and is ideally situated between large private holdings and public lands. e acreage is made up of gently rolling topography. Native grasslands are peppered with timber-lined draws. Jason selected the tract's highest ridge as his homesite. Plans were drawn up for a 5,800-square-foot timber frame home with three bedrooms and three-and-a- half baths. It includes a gourmet kitchen complete with ermador appliances, a walk-in pantry, and a dumbwaiter from the three-car garage. A towering Rumford-style fireplace dominates the spacious living room; several other fireplaces warm the home. Huge glass panes make the most of the breathtaking 360-degree views. Metal trusses mimic the stage lighting found at Jason's day job. Woodworking throughout the home features exquisite designs. One wall especially stands out. It boasts a sunburst design handcrafted with exotic woods from Gibson guitars. "I drew that design out," Jason tells me. "I wanted it to represent the four members of the band I was in at the time. A point leads to a point leads to a point, and the circle is completed. After I drew it, I hired a local craftsman [to build it]. It was a natural since the Gibson factory was in Bozeman." Outbuildings include a caretaker home, two shops, a greenhouse, and a dog run. "Nicole and I both put a lot into that house — I mean a lot — and then we built a soundproof studio in the basement. Ae studio is kind of its own apartment, its own scene down on the bottom floor. Aen we finished the great room, and then we built another bedroom upstairs," he says. Named for the plentiful bitterroot plant, Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley has one of the mildest climates in Big Sky country and can be found an hour south of Missoula. 26 The LandReport | S P R I N G 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM Intricate craftsmanship abounds throughout the 5,800-square-foot timber frame home, including this sunburst Jason designed himself.

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