Richard Neutra's Mosby House

Missoula, Montana, United States
A Mid-Century Masterpiece Overlooking the Missoula Valley

Legendary Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra is best known for modernist homes that are sprinkled liberally around Southern California. As a result, this house, built in 1950 in Missoula, Montana, is an intriguing exception.

One of only two homes designed by Neutra in the state, the 'Arthur James Mosby and Ruth Mosby House' was inspired by a trip to Los Angeles that radio and TV broadcaster Art Mosby took in the 1940s. Intended to be a Hollywood-style home dropped into the Rockies, it is perched majestically on a hill overlooking the valley floor.

The Mosbys lived in the house until they passed away in 1970, at which point the house was donated to the University of Montana to serve as a "President's residence". It later passed into the current owners' hands, and they recently renovated it extensively, using the original blueprints and other documents stored at the university and at UCLA's Neutra archive.

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Working with acclaimed Korean architect Byoung Cho and Bozeman-based Ensitio Architecture, they restored the original dimensions of the house, refurbishing the built-in units and finishes in local materials, including Douglas Fir cabinetry, and maple floors repurposed from a demolished middle school nearby. The bathrooms have been lined in iconic mid-century Heath tile. 

Other spaces have been updated to suit different social norms. The kitchen, for example, is no longer a workspace for the hired help but a spacious, hand-crafted focal point for the home that takes in stunning views of Mount Sentinel.

However, the house retains Neutra's signature features, including an airy, open-plan design, subtle lighting, glass walls, spider-leg beams that hold the roof flat and extend over the exterior walls, and a seamless interface with the landscape surrounding it. 

Floor-to-ceiling, wraparound views merge the interiors with the Missoula Valley and mountains beyond, and enormous sliding windows can be opened to allow full contact with the outside world in summer, or closed to snuggle up and watch the elements in winter.

The house has been decorated in handmade modern style and, in spite of its architectural pedigree, is very much a family home – which is how Richard Neutra would have wanted it. Best known for his single-family homes, he saw himself creating therapeutic spaces to ease the stresses of modern life. He called his style biorealism, in that it attended to the needs of the mind and body in a search for "happiness and emotional equilibrium". (You can read more about his work in this recent New Yorker article.)

And that is certainly what you'll find here. The property is spacious, with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two offices, and an open-plan living and dining room (with its original wood stove). It also makes the most of its setting, with corner balconies, a large flagstone patio, and extensive sloping lawns. There is a community park next door and a good sledding hill nearby.

This holiday home in Montana is not only a therapeutic getaway, but it also showcases Neutra's remarkable work, making it a great destination for lovers of mid-century architecture.


AROUND

The house is located in a friendly family neighborhood, with a number of open spaces nearby. The road it sits on was the first built in the area, and it's now something of an enclave for notable modernist homes. 

In the summer, guests can walk onto the Highlands Golf course and take a stroll to its top for sunset drinks or dinner at Shadow's Keep. Alternatively, you can hike or bike up nearby Mount Sentinel and the popular Crazy Canyon Trail. In the winter, cross-country ski out of the back door, or take the car to the Pattee Canyon ski area. The alpine ski center Snobowl is only 25 minutes away.

The house overlooks the University District. Jump on the free Mountain Lion Bus that takes you downtown and to the Hip Strip, a collection of locally-owned stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Other shopping centers and the Splash Montana water park are also nearby. 

For fly fishing, boating and other outdoor sports, head out to the Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers (both 10 minutes away), and the Blackfoot River (20 minutes).


LOCATION

Missoula, Montana, United States. Nearest airport: Missoula International (20 minutes).


BEST TIME TO VISIT:  This is a year-round destination for autumn color, winter sports, and spring/summer adventures.

 
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Richard Neutra's Mosby House
Missoula, Montana, United States
An Architectural Gem in the Hills of Montana

This holiday home in Montana, designed by legendary architect Richard Neutra, was recently restored to its original glory, making it a great destination for lovers of mid-century architecture.

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Overview Fully equipped
TV 2021 new smart TV with streaming channels
Air Conditioning New HVAC system throughout house
Heating 4 zones of gas heating on thermostats; wood-burning fireplace in living room
Kitchen Brand new kitchen with new Bosch dishwasher, new LG refrigerator, new culinary-level Bluestar 36" range; underlighting, toaster oven, French press, milk foamer, and locally roasted coffee.
Internet Broadband, hi-speed, wifi (Spectrum)
Washer Bosch 500 series
Dryer Bosch 500 series
Indoor Fireplace Wood burning stove in living room; gas plug-in in fireplace in master bedroom.
Suitable for Events House suitable on request only, for certain events such as dinner parties, academic, corporate or wellness retreats, conference events, with reasonable constraints (10pm curfew, etc.) for a residential neighborhood.
Free Parking on Premises Space for five cars in driveway.
Bedrooms 4
Bed Type 3 queen beds, 2 twin beds, plus Aerobed
Kitchen Brand new kitchen with new Bosch dishwasher, new LG refrigerator, new culinary-level Bluestar 36" range; underlighting, toaster oven, French press, milk foamer, and locally roasted coffee.
Bathrooms 3.5
Accommodates 8
Kid-Friendly One bedroom has two twin beds, suitable for kids as well as younger (or not super tall) adults. There are two antique doll houses, a library of kids' (and JA) books, and kitchen items (plates, forks, sippy cups, etc.) for toddlers and small kids.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 3 nights
Check-In 4:00PM
Check-Out 11:00AM
Cleaning $220
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit $400
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with credit card
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 7 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Notes Check-in is flexible. Please ask if you'd like to check in before 4pm, we can try to accommodate.

Self check-in with lockbox. Extra keys are in top kitchen counter drawer. The house is strictly non-smoking. This is a residential area, so quiet hours begin at 10pm, especially on week nights. This is a historical house, so please treat it well. Please use coasters on wooden surfaces, esp. dining table, kitchen table, and redwood coffee table. Please be careful and considerate of the art. Do not drag furniture across the hardwood floor. It will scratch, and we will have to charge you for damage. (Lift chairs, please!) Please be careful with the steel countertops-- they scratch when metal hits metal. WILDLIFE: “Resident” deer favor our house. They are there to be admired. You might see twin fawns in the spring, or two bucks lock antlers of an autumn afternoon. SECURITY: We live in a very safe neighborhood, but please make sure to lock all doors, including patio, as you go out for the day, and when you go to bed.

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