The Building of the Shelter Island Estate

The engineers, architects and craftsmen of the Shelter Island Estate created a truly unique design that combines sophisticated modern engineering with timeless design details and materials. Let’s take a look at how they did this by starting inside and working our way out.

Walking through the main house of the Shelter Island Estate, you’ll notice hand-forged ironwork, detailed wainscoting, elegant corbels and grand colonnades. The effect is baronial but in an elegant and graceful manner that does not breach on gaudy. Here are just a few of the materials used inside the Shelter Island Estate that contribute to the majestic yet warm and inviting interiors.

  • African Mahogany installed by hand
  • French Limestone
  • Italian plaster
  • copper and bronze
  • Hang forged ironwork
  • Detailed wainscoting
  • Custom double pane windows
  • Vaulted, coved, domed and coffered ceilings
  • Coved lighting systems
  • Fixtures and chandeliers collected from around the world
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Now, let’s step outside now to discuss the architectural structure and engineering involved in the building of the Shelter Island Estate.

The exterior of the home is hewn entirely of stone, copper, Indiana Limestone and Virginia. Architectural features include sloping roofs, dormers, copper trim, a copper conservatory addition and a large tower. The stone employed in the building of the home is actually a chief cliff stone (one of the most sought-after stone products in the industry) that is lichen-covered and native to Montana. The overall aesthetic has a charming yet sophisticated old world feel.

The estate is operated by a marvelously-engineered system that consists of an armored utility cable that carries 12,000 amps to the island and a CAT-5 computer cable and phone that are housed underground and underwater. Paired with a 1,200 foot utility building and 1,800 foot workshop, the entire system has the capacity to sustain the building of three more compounds on the island.

The Shelter Island Estate was recently listed with Hurwitz James Company for $78 million. To learn more about the estate and to schedule a showing, please contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

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The Majestic Shelter Island Montana Estate Listed at $78M

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Sitting atop a solid granite foundation on a 24-acre island rising out of Flathead Lake, the Shelter Island Estate holds the title as the largest private home in Montana. Neighboring Glacier National Park, this estate is a truly unique gem and includes 7,000 feet of prime waterfront property on Flathead Lake, one of the top 3 cleanest lakes in the world.

The main house of this majestic Montana estate has 5 bedrooms and 8 baths with a total of over 24,000 square feet of living space, 10,000 of which is heated portico and outdoor entertaining space.

The great room boasts 45-foot ceilings and a second story full-circle gallery. On the other one end of the grand hall, the gorgeous mahogany paneled office includes a limestone fireplace and a 120-inch flat screen. The stunning copper conservatory provides expansive panoramic views to watch wildlife unfold year round. The dining room, kitchen and breakfast room features breathtaking views of the lake and vistas as well as amenities that would please even the finest gourmet chef and staff.

The master bedroom suite is the real masterpiece of the first floor complete with a black and white carrara marble master bath with large shower and steam bath, a mahogany closet with refrigerator and wrap-around portico and porch.

The architectural details, quality of craftsmanship and luxurious materials throughout the home create a living environment of unrivaled elegance and grandeur that is rarely found today. Additional amenities include a gym, wine cellar, indoor shooting range, commercial-grade elevator and gorgeous guesthouse reflecting a similar design. Residents also get to enjoy outdoor luxuries such as a world class sporting clay course, the three docking systems, a heated boat stall and 1-mile road great for walking and jogging.

To learn more about the Shelter Island Estate currently listed at $78 million and to schedule a showing, please contact Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.


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Wall Street Journal Features Luxury Log Cabin on Lazy Bay Island

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article featuring Bob Hurwitz’s listing for the incredible private Lazy Bay Island estate in magnificent Northwest Montana. The article describes how owner former Montana state senator Dan Weinberg purchased the 10-acre island on Whitefish Lake for $4.5 million, and began construction of the luxury log cabin in 1999. The 7,500-square-foot cabin with five bedrooms and five baths was completed in 2001 with the island connecting to the mainland via a short bridge.

Almost every room in this home has spectacular views of the Whitefish Lake or the Whitefish Mountains of beautiful Big Sky. The gourmet kitchen, 1,000-bottle wine center and home theater are excellent for entertaining. Mr. Weinberg decided to put the home on the market due to the high maintenance of the large estate despite that he will miss the property and the wildlife that frequented it, especially the bald eagles, deer and ducklings. Originally listed for $17 million back in 2008, the Lazy Bay Island cabin is now listed at $9 million.

To read the whole article, visit To learn more about the home or to schedule an appointment to tour the estate, contact Bob Hurwitz of Hurwitz James Company at 888-681-5902.

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Featured Listing: Lazy Bay Island in Beautiful Northwest Montana

You’ve never seen Montana like this or a log cabin like this, for that matter. Hurwitz James Company currently has a listing for a luxurious log cabin on a 10-acre private island on Whitefish Lake in Northwest Montana. With panoramic views of the tranquil lake and majestic mountains all the way to the Canadian Rockies, you can’t find a property more peaceful.

The custom-built, 7500 square-foot cabin has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a stunning great room with floor-to-ceiling Pella windows and a gourmet kitchen. Additional amenities include a 1000 bottle wine cellar, a cozy theater room, a spacious guest house above the garage and a boat dock for canoes and kayaks. The screened-in porch, patio, river rock fireplace, pond and rock waterfall provides outdoor living space perfect for entertaining, relaxing or observing wildlife along the 2600 feet of waterfront.

Read more about the home and the down-to-earth Whitefish community at To schedule an appointment to tour this magnificent Montana cabin, contact Bob Hurwitz at 888-681-5902.