|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Welcome to the newly renovated Osprey Nest Penthouse Loft!
Our extensive remodel is done. Walls have been removed creating a loft experience with river views from anywhere in the condo. The old 9 ft ceiling has vaporized, exposing a concrete beam ceiling. Plaster on the walls has been removed, revealing what we have fantasized since the inception of the remodel, warm 15 foot high brick walls.
The view from The Osprey’s Nest makes real Norman Maclean’s famous words from A River Runs Through It: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it… I am haunted by waters.” The Nest is at once a perch and a veritable confluence. Swivel in a comfortable leather chairs and enjoy expansive views of the Clark Fork and Bitteroot Valleys, Lolo and Squaw peaks and, most compelling, the Clark Fork River itself as it flows across your view. In summer carrying kayakers or surfers on Brennan’s Wave or even the less adventuresome inner tube caravan. In winter carrying ice floes of infinite size and shape. Endless beauty and power on its way to the Pacific Ocean.
The setting in nature is stunning. The setting within our town is as remarkable: Caras Park at the foot of your windows hosts the Farmer’s Market, festivals, concerts and shows; nearby restaurants are plentiful, varied and in walking distance; you can even hike open space without getting into your car.
Inside the condo your quality experience continues: Once you settle in with your complimentary Pelegrino mineral water, you will have the opportunity to peer “down” on bald eagles, blue herons & ospreys hunting the river, on fly fishermen stalking the banks of the river, and on kayakers and surfers gracefully dancing Brennan’s Wave, even during the winter.
Amenities include a full sized KITCHEN, allowing you to cook with a panoramic river view. The highlights here are a full range/oven, absolute black granite counter tops, blond curly maple cabinetry with narrow reed glazing, and European appliances which include dishwasher and microwave.
The BATHROOM features floor to ceiling contemporary Sonoran wall tiles, heated tile floor, a spacious shower with dual rain heads which can accommodate 2 guests. Two transom windows of narrow reed architectural glass allow an ethereal ambient light effect which is complimented by “melting ice cube” overhead lighting .
The DINING area has a custom built-in dining table of figural birch with curly maple trim. Seating allows for viewing the river while enjoying your meal. A built in USB charging port and WIFI allows this area to double as an office work space.
The BEDROOM area feels secluded even in this open loft plan because the sleeping area is partially separated from the rest of the space by an architectural wall. This sweeping arc divider allows for privacy but maintains the important flow of light, by incorporating more of the narrow reed architectural glass used elsewhere in the condo. Composition materials also include granite, recycled roof caps, and Luthier (musical instrument) grade curly maple veneers. The queen-sized bed provides storage, in addition to the armoire, with built in under-bed compartments. An overhead fan with retractable blades provides a gentle breeze to the sleeping area. TV pivots toward the bed for viewing. And, of course there are views of the Bitteroot Valley.
INDULGENCES: Sony 42 inch TV with cable TV on a swivel base, Vizio sound bar, Samsung stereo with surround speakers, satellite Sirius/XM radio, Sony Bluetooth speaker for personal playlists, secure WIFI with 60 megabit connectivity. All lighting is on dimmable switches offering infinite ambiance possibilities . Comfortable leather seating. Air conditioning.
We are lovers of art and of fine old building materials and have incorporated these values into both construction and decorating. The ARCHITECTURAL RECYCLEABLES include: large cream glazed roof caps recovered from a turn-of-the-century building in Spokane were used in the construction of the armoire and at the end of the arching divider; old terra cotta roof tiles, toned by time, became baseboard for the brick walls; granite baseboard were recovered from the historic Butte, MT courthouse; the steam radiator once warmed the MISSOULA MERCANTILE across the street from the Wilma.
The “Saturn” light fixture, a custom fixture by Washington artist ________, casts a blue hue in the kitchen area. One of Chatham’s largest lithographs from the Missouri Series brings an iconic Montana image to the far wall. A small photo by ____Cohen captures Jack Kerouac listening to himself on the radio. As with all good ART, we see this part of the process as an evolution. We’ve built in four areas to display contemporary sculpture installations with dedicated lighting. We’re playing with initial concepts and are excited to see what forms and textures will emerge.
We hope you can join us in this evolution. We will strive to achieve our goal of providing the most creative space to visit in Missoula…at the Osprey Nest Penthouse Loft.
We loved the oportunity of being part of a historic restoration at the heart of a town we adore. The decision was not just about investment, it was a decision to give back to community. Staying in the building is an experience, enjoyable enough that we use it for our out-of-town guests and as premiums in local nonprofit auctions. OK, we can also imagine living there when we get even-older. What an artful old age that would make!
We had a tour of this divine piece of Missoula history while George was working on it. The potential looked amazing. We were excited to see it finished and it did not disappoint. The high ceilings and beautifully finished living space is incredible! Very homey. We loved the heated bathroom floor. Perfect for our October stay. The view from this penthouse loft is incredible. I felt like the osprey overlooking the Clark Fork. Seeing Lolo Peak with its first dusting of snow, feeling like I could touch the top of this mountain from where I was sitting was magical. The sleeping quarters are very nice and comfortable. We almost overslept our check out! Being in downtown Missoula is a must when visiting and we will be returning. Thank you for creating such a lovely place!
This is our second rental from George and Petra. Both rentals were wonderful. The two places at The Wilma are both so interesting! We continued to carry on conversations about the lighting, art, architecture, furniture, flooring, restoration, and all the little wonderful details of the dwellings throughout both trips. Kick back in the loft with your sunset bottle of wine and make q gourmet dinner in the well-appointed kitchen. This place is for minimalists more than clutter-lovers!
Great view, great location. Would stay here again anytime.
This fantastic and charming loft has everything to please even the most demanding customers (that would be us!): a historic building in the heart of town; a newly renovated penthouse with immense ceilings; a unique cachet, with old brick walls and restored mid-century concrete & marble floors combined with contemporary furniture. Needless to say the studio is spotless. The host is extremely helpful and welcoming and provided us with very useful suggestions for activities for our stay. We will look for no place else for our next vacation in Missoula
The loft is a perfect "base camp" from which one can go for spectacular drives, fly fish, hike and explore Montana in general. The restaurant downstairs offers a charming terrace. We also dined at Plonk, which we would definitely recommend. Pie hole is a fun quirky place where one can have pizza at two in the morning.
It was a pleasure to spend 3 days in this beautifully appointed studio. Very stylish and conformable with all amenities well thought out. Great location, as one of the few river front properties and the top floor of this historic building gives a great view. George was thorough with his list of Missoula's best restaurants and we dined well each night. Thanks also to George for arranging our stay at the last minute.
Osprey Nest is a nicely renovated top-floor loft in the Wilma, an iconic old building in downtown Missoula. The location is perfect for walking downtown to restaurants, clubs and shops, and it sits right next to the parks along the Clark Fork River greenspace. The space has wonderful views south and west, and you can watch the river and park activities, including fishermen and surfers, and the Saturday farmers market, right from the loft. It is really well and tastefully appointed, with a full kitchen, comfortable seating, stereo and tv, and more. We found the description of the place to be fully accurate. The space was very clean and fully furnished. George provided good directions for access to the building (good security and covered parking), and he was very helpful trying to get our wifi access worked out (it never did, but I'm confident he will have that fixed for the next guest). I appreciated his suggestions for restaurants and things to do in town. This is a fantastic retreat for a couple or a single person, highly recommended.
Kayaking and surfing on Brennan's wave on the Clark Fork River next to the Wilma Building.
NOTE: Cleaning Fee of $35.00 for stays of 3 days or less.
***Dec 23, 2013 to January 2, 2014 charges at Shoulder Season rates, (NOT Low Season Winter rate).
Call for quotes for extended stays.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.