23276 Kress Lane
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Auction Time: 11:00 A.M. (CT)
Beautiful estate situated above the Mississippi River in America's Heartland. This spectacular alpine log and stone home is located on 180+/- scenic acres.
Situated on a 300-foot bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, the Riverbend Ranch is a breathtaking log estate with 180± acres. With natural materials incorporated at every turn, this estate leaves nothing to be desired with the finest finishings and a comforting environment in a town that was recently listed as Forbes.com’s Best City to Raise a Family.
The six-bedroom, six-bath and four-half bath Riverbend Ranch estate embraces its Mississippi River surroundings with custom light fixtures designed by a Montana artist and hand-crafted iron work and wood carvings throughout. The focal point of the spacious living room is a hand-carved fireplace surround, which was carved from a specifically chosen tree and imported from Montana. Oklahoma stone accents are featured as part of the surround as well as throughout the home.
The gourmet kitchen is outstanding proof that this home was built with every detail kept front of mind. Featuring granite countertops, Durasupreme custom cabinetry, two dishwashers, Sub Zero refrigerators two Sub Zero refrigerator drawers and a Wolf stove with six burners, a griddle and double oven, the family’s chef can create a meal for the family to share in the adjoining breakfast area that overlooks the river. A climate controlled wine cellar and a large, walk-in pantry with a stainless freezer and a sink are found just off the kitchen to keep all the essentials nearby.
The screened lodge room hosts one of the home’s six fireplaces and includes an Italian pizza oven. The 360-degree views of Wisconsin and the river below are enough to keep you relaxing here for hours.
The master suite features another gas fireplace and a private balcony with outstanding views. The walk-in closet features custom storage, while the master bathroom boasts a Jalco rain shower with electronic Kohler shower system. With a double vanity as well, the bathroom’s most charming feature is the rock waterfall that is modeled after a waterfall found on the property itself.
A library with hand-carved doors and an office with built ins and cherry coffered ceilings make working from home a delight. On this floor you will also find the large laundry room with a drop area, double washers and dryers, a double sink and tiled dog shower.
On the lower floor, you will find a state-of-the-art theater room with a hand-carved bar featuring local Mississippi wildlife. The bar includes its own dishwasher, beer tap, microwave and refrigerator in the adjoining walk-in pantry. Beside the theater room is a recreation room, adjoined to the sixth bedroom. Also downstairs are an exercise room with specialty flooring, tiled steam room and sauna.
Throughout the home you’ll find other details like radiant heat, a wired “smart home” system with audio controls and a diesel generator.
Outside the home, you’ll find a six-stall, heated garage with a full upstairs apartment for guests. A seventh heated garage is on the lower level for garden and lawn equipment storage. While much of the 180± acres are wooded with hiking trails, you’ll find a charming creek and a fully-stocked pond, along with a dock that provides access to the river for canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Sixty-one of the property’s acres are dedicated crop land, with hay, soybean and wheat currently being grown.
Verdant fields with deer, wild turkey, foxes, eagles and waterfowl make this ranch an ideal place for outdoor adventures and recreation. A small original farm building is located on the property, along with a silo and a shed, which has been modified into a custom chicken coop with electricity and an outdoor run.
Dubuque, Iowa is located two and a half hours from Milwaukee and three hours from Chicago. The Forbes.com article notes that Dubuque’s unemployment rate is half the national average and that the city hits a rare “sweet spot” as a town that’s large enough to be the center of industry and have family activities but small enough to not be overcrowded. The Riverbend Estate is an easy choice with the combination of this family-friendly location and a spectacular home on the Mississippi River.