Kristy has a friend who owns a cabin in Fish Haven, Idaho. It's really
nice, up on the hillside with a great view of Bear Lake. It was during
this stay that we realized how nice it would be to have a get-away like this.
We have both wanted to build again, but don't want to leave our current home
which we built back in 2000. We spent a few days in the area and drove through
all the local towns and really enjoyed the small town feel that the whole area
has to offer. When I got back home I did some research online to see what
property might be available in the area.
On my own, the only properties I was able to locate tended to be located in
1/4-1/2 acre developments on the hill side overlooking the lake. They are
really nice and have year around access, power, water and sewer.
I thought that it might be time to see if any
realtors in the area knew of any more remote properties. The requirements
was that it needed year around access, which is easier said than done because I
wanted to be able to ride snowmobiles off the property to the trails. And
I wanted the lot to have power available. This obviously restricted the
based out of Garden City, Utah seemed to have some property listings that
I called them and started working with Paul Webb. He was very helpful and
had some excellent ideas. We set up time on a Saturday in the middle of
winter to go take a look at a few lots. It was myself, Kristy, Leigha,
Lance, Kristy's mom and her sister Megan. Paul took us to
two of those
lots on the side of the hill over looking Bear Lake. They were nice,
but really felt like your everyday subdivision located in suburban Salt
Lake City. Sure the homes are a little more rustic looking, but it wasn't the
farm/cabin feel we were looking for.
Paul suggested that we go take a look at the McClellan lots in Liberty.
We had to follow US 89 along the whole lake, go through Paris and Ovid and then
when presented with the option to right to Montpelier as 99% of the traffic
would usually do, we took a left into what looked like dry farms.
It was flat and it seemed like we were in the car for a long time, but then we
came over the top of a little hill and entered this little valley where 4
canyons all meet. There was a LOT of snow and it was exactly what we were
You can see the little black marks in snow? Those are the tops of the
fences on the back of the property.
We learned that the property was owned by Donald & Bess McClellan. As
it turned out, they own and live full-time on the property next to the lot we
were looking at. They run the
Ranch House which can be rented for a home base for nearly any type of outdoor recreation that you might like to do. Over the
past year We have gotten to know them and they are two of the nicest people you
could ever meet. We made an offer on the lot without ever having seen
anything more than snow and the top of some fence posts.
I laugh because in an email he introduced us to the other owners on the loop.
"They came up to see the lot 5 or 6 weeks ago and saw 4 feet of snow and said
yep I think our snowmobiles will fit on that. It appeared to me that they didn't
even care if it really had soil under it or not." Yep, That's pretty much how it went.