Kentucky West - NEW LISTING

Kentucky West - NEW LISTING

Spectacular views of Idaho's Bear Lake

St. Charles - Bear Lake County, Idaho

  • $2,900,000
  • Approximately 402 Contiguous Acres
  • Ideal as Development or Private Estate

With stunning views of Bear Lake and the Wasatch Range, Kentucky West is a prime opportunity to purchase land with preliminary approval for a planned unit development.  The Property consists of 402± total acres.  It includes 222± contiguous acres that are platted for development, 20 acres of deeded ground located southwest of the development acreage that provides access to the national forest, and 160 acres contiguous to the development acreage which is zoned 40 acre-minimum lot size.  The Property includes plentiful sources of fresh water from natural springs and one of the largest artesian wells in the area.  Prime building sites offer panoramic views of the turquoise water of Bear Lake - one of the premier resort areas in Utah and Idaho.

The year-round recreational opportunities are abundant with hunting, skiing, snowmobiling, boating, hiking fishing, golf and hundreds of miles of trails in the nearby Cache National Forest - a million acre playground.  This Property is ideal as a private retreat or to take advantage of the development potential.





The entrance to Kentucky West is on Highway 89 approximately 1.5 miles south of St. Charles in Bear Lake County, Idaho. The Bear Lake County Airport is located 13.5 miles north of the Property southwest of Montpelier.

Montpelier, ID
Logan, UT
Ogden, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
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St Charles, Idaho, settled in 1864 by Mormon pioneers is nestled between the shores of Bear Lake, and the foothills of the Rocky Mountain’s Wasatch Range. The quaint town has a population of roughly 127 with strong influences of ranching and recreation and creates a natural entrance into St. Charles Canyon, a scenic mountain vista.  The town itself has a Level II Trauma Center, local dining and a market. Located in nearby Montpelier, Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, dental clinics, numerous banks and a supermarket.  

The stunningly-beautiful city of Logan, Utah is 51 miles away and still treats the farmer and rancher with great respect and appreciation.  With a base population of nearly 40,000 supplemented by about 14,000 students at Utah State University, Logan provides social and cultural resources not found in many western agricultural regions.  Many equipment dealers and suppliers provide excellent, competitive services and prices.  A regional medical facility and established clinics provide additional health care resources.  The southern Cache Valley is also graced by the Logan LDS Temple.

Excellent commercial airline service is available at the Salt Lake International Airport. Eleven major airlines provide service to the region, including Delta, American, Continental, and United which operate an average of 400 arrivals and departures daily.


The elevation of this Idaho property ranges from 5,960 feet above sea level at the highway access to about 6,600 feet above sea level at the highest point.

The land enjoys a wonderful four-season climate with the clear low-humidity air that attracts so many to the Intermountain West.  Summer days typically range from 73 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit with summer lows averaging 48 degrees. Winter high-temperature averages range from 42 degrees in November and March with the coldest month being January at 30 degree high.  Lows range from 6 degrees to 20 degrees November through March.  The average “frost-free” period usually begins about June 11 and ends about September 10th for an average of about 77 days. Typically, St Charles receives about 11 inches of annual precipitation as rainfall and 39 inches as snowfall.


St. Charles Irrigation Company
Artesian Well
1/2 Interest


The 160-acre portion of this Idaho Property is zoned 40-acre minimum lot size.


The city of St. Charles, situated at the entrance of St. Charles Canyon, is near the northwestern shore of Bear Lake. The charming community is deeply rooted in ranching and recreation, and attracts visitors throughout the year.
Bear Lake is a 109 square-mile freshwater lake offering numerous recreational opportunities including boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, sailing, swimming, fishing and ice fishing.  Nicknamed the “Caribbean of the Rockies”, it is known for its brilliant turquoise-blue water – a result of limestone deposits suspended in the water radiating spectacular reflections.

The lake front has an abundance of marinas and beaches. With two state parks, each named Bear Lake State Park, the lake is speckled with long beaches for swimming, paved boat ramps, slips for boaters, pavilions and campsites; as well as numerous trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, snowmobiling and hiking.  With mild summer temperatures this natural sanctuary can appease many recreationalists. Whether it’s a glacier lake, water fall or an old limber pine forest there is something for everyone.

In August when the raspberries are ready to be harvested tourist from across the country flock to the Bear Lake Raspberry Days. The three-day gathering includes food vendors and festivities including a 5K, a rodeo, craft booth, fireworks and a Little Miss Berry Pageant.
Hunting is also a prized pastime in the Bear Lake Valley. Dating back to the Native American and early settlers, big game hunting includes moose, mule deer and elk to name a few, as well as plentiful game birds including duck, partridge and grouse.

Located near the Property is the fascinating Minnetonka limestone cave. Dating back approximately 320 million years, the limestone cave goes 2,000 feet into the hillside and is the biggest in the state. Upon entering the hillside one can explore the magnificent stalactites, stalagmites and banded travertine in nine rooms.  
Nearby in Garden City, overlooking the lake is the Bear Lake Golf Course. This public regulation course designed by William H. Neff, ASGCA is a 9-hole, par-36 beauty.  Five miles south of Kentucky West in Fish Haven, Bear Lake West, a 9-hole public golf course offers great views of the lake.  Another nearby golf course, the Montpelier Golf course is a 9-hole golfing experience which offers mountain views, mature trees, high desert landscape and creates a challenging round for all levels.

In the winter months the golf course transforms into beautiful cross country ski trails. Other cross country skiing can be found in Logan Canyon, Idaho’s Emigration Canyon and Bear Lake’s surrounding mountain wilderness.

Downhill skiing is a quick jaunt to nearby Logan Canyon. Home to Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, the resort offers 828 acres of skiable terrain, 48 runs with 40 percent of them intermediate level. With an average of 400 + inches of snow the season typically runs mid-December to April and offers night skiing.  Another option for downhill skiing is Pine Creek Ski Resort in Cokeville, Wyoming in the beautiful Tunp Mountain Range. Boasting the shortest lift lines, the ski area has 1,400 vertical feet of skiing and ski runs for all types of abilities.


For additional information regarding the Development Plan on this Idaho property for sale, please view the Offering Brochure or contact Listing Broker Sam Sanders.


The approximate 402 acres on this Idaho Property for sale as described herein, is offered at US $2,900,000.00 Cash.  The conditions of sale are as follows:

  1. All offers to purchase or letters of intent must be in writing and accompanied by an earnest money deposit in the amount of 3.0% to the escrow account at First American Title Company of Montpelier, Idaho;
  2. Earnest money deposits will be placed in escrow with First American Title Company of Montpelier, Idaho;
  3. All Prospective Buyers must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Seller absolute financial capability to purchase the Ranch prior to scheduling an inspection of the property;
  4. The Seller will provide and pay for a standard owner’s title insurance policy issued by First American Title Company of Montpelier, Idaho.  Any endorsements requested by the Buyer or any lender will be at Buyer’s expense.  Title to the real property will be conveyed by a special warranty deed;
  5. Inventory of any personal property will be transferred via a separate Bill of Sale at Closing;
  6. All of the water rights and irrigation company water shares appurtenant to the Property will be transferred to the Buyer at Closing;
  7. Buyers’ Brokers are welcome and invited to contact Sam Sanders in our Salt Lake City Office for information regarding Cooperation Policies.

This entire Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice and approval of purchase by the Seller. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, crop yields, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, accuracy is not warranted or guaranteed by the Seller or Swan Land Company. Prospective Buyers should verify all information to their sole and complete satisfaction.

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