It’s a long way from the cliff of Metallica’s stadium, but former bassist Jason Newstead, who left the band in 2001, found the right (and remote) place to recur after years on the road with heavy metal legends. And finally he should have got the ringing out of his ears, as the 57-year-old spread his beautiful 545 acres on the market for just $ 5 million, near Sula, Montana. With an approximately 6,000-square-foot, two-bedroom and two-bath main residence, the complex includes a caretaker home, two-bedroom guest apartments, two large machine shops and a greenhouse.
Rust-colored concrete steps lead to the front entrance of the main residence, where rough, open-plan interior spaces blend the Rocky Mountain rustle with clean architecture, and bivariate flagstone floor tiles, a The ceilings of the actual cathedral define the high cathedral ceilings, and massive windows that continue across the roof to allow for unusually expansive mountain and sky views. In the center of the vast space is a seemingly huge, freestanding Rumsford-style stone chimney. With the same, voluminous vaulted exposed parquet as the living room and anchored by another planted chimney, the principal looks out through a huge wall of bedroom windows that provide tranquil mountain views beyond the uninterrupted valley floor Frames it.
Other features include a small wood-paneled library, a glass-walled solarium that allows, in fact, almost unnecessarily unbridled views and – a surprisingly low-level recording studio. The spacious, bespoke recording space features a custom guitar vault and a decorative starburst on the wall at the studio entrance, made of sour exotic wood from the nearby Gibson guitar factory. The studio area has another stone chimney, as well as a flatscreen TV which makes the location ideal for lounges between fireside recording sessions. Not visible from the front of the house – and no doubt a great crash pad for visiting musicians – the guest apartment is a more traditional log cabin.
Newstead has not fully migrated to its wilderness since leaving Metstica nearly twenty years ago. Most notably he is involved with Ecobrain, Ozzy Osbourne, and from 2012 to 2014 led the band Newstead. He is also the founder of Chophouse Records Studios and labels based in California.
The veteran rocker’s primary residence remains Jupiter, Fla., Where there are at least two residential properties. Tax records indicate that he was in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Listing is Jim Toth and Christies International Real Estate with PureWest Real Estate.
Launch Gallery: Inside Jason Newstead’s 545-Acre Montana Ranch
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