$72M Island with unfinished mansion for sale; no charge for lake monster

$72M Island with unfinished mansion for sale; no charge for lake monster

MISSOULA, MONTANA — Cromwell Island and an unfinished mansion on the island in the center of Flathead Lake are for sale for $72 million and featured at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com .

Montana being one of the least populated states in America, about one-eighth the size of New York City, has become a hot spot for celebrities, and legend has it that Montana’s Flathead Lake is also home to “Flossie,” a water monster decked out in deer antlers. While big cities like Beverly Hills and New York are favorite towns for celebrities to live in most of the year, many buy second homes in Big Sky country. In a quest for a simpler life and a break from the Hollywood craziness, more and more celebrities own homes in Montana.

Celebrities including Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Tom Brady, and Bill Gates own homes in Montana. Also where Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez reignited their love life in 2021 at Ben’s seven-bedroom home in the super-upscale Yellowstone Club community. Anyone who inspires a home in Montana can now contemplate one of the most interesting offerings, the newly listed Cromwell Island in the center of Flathead Lake. Flathead Lake is the largest natural inland body of water west of the Mississippi, even larger than Lake Tahoe.

Cromwell is situated in the lake’s center with approximately 2,900 feet of shoreline and was purchased by an antique collector and explorer Robert M. Lee in the late 1980s. He and his wife built the exterior shell of a 45,000-square-foot home and a guest house they completed. Lee passed away in 2016 before the main house’s interior was constructed.

As only the home’s exterior is complete, the buyer can design the interior layout precisely the way they want it while living in the completed guest house. Views from the island are striking, with the snowcapped Mission Mountains in the distance and the varying shades of blue in the water as the sun moves east to west. The legend of “Flossie” started over a hundred years ago by the Kutenai Indian Tribe. A little more believable than Loch Ness’s Nessie, rural folks, know that a buck will swim in the fall until he drowns from exhaustion in pursuit of a pretty doe. A hundred years later, the occasional sighting on the lake is still being reported. The perfect perch to view the lake with binoculars is from this $72 million home on the island.

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