“I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth” - Steve McQueen.
Considered to be one of the sexiest and toughest leading men in film history, Steve McQueen is remembered for so many roles in top box office films such as “The Magnificent Seven,” “Bullitt,” “Papillon” and so many others. But what made him so tough and sexy?
Steve had a rough childhood. Abandoned by his mother at age three, he was left with his grandparents who were loving, but also facing the problems of raising a toddler at the start of the Great Depression. They were forced to move in with Steve’s great uncle, from whom Steve said he learned a lot and was greatly admired. No sooner had life stabilized for Steve than his mother reappeared to take him to live with her and her new husband. The new husband beat both him and his mother, including throwing Steve down a flight of stairs. At that point, the stepfather demanded that Steve be put in a reform school at his age of 14. By age 16, he was released and sent back to his grandparents. From joining a circus to enlisting in the Marines, Steve’s life evolved. After separating from the Marines, he used the GI Bill to study acting and the rest is history. He had survived life’s hard knocks with a laid back attitude and beautiful mystery eyes, making Steve appear very sexy to women of all ages. He died of asbestos-related cancer shortly after marrying his third wife in 1980 at the age of 50.
People tend to remember the things mysterious men say, usually in an effort to figure them out. One of Steve’s quotes explains why he loved his Pioneer Moon Ranch in Idaho: “The Navajos have a saying they live by: ‘A land where there is time enough and room enough.’ I want that, too.” This is exactly what he achieved, without any grandiose gestures of building one more show-off mansion, but a simple log cabin from where one could enjoy the pasture land and looming mountains.
The 500-acre ranch lies at the foot of the Pioneer Mountains with the East Fork of the Big Wood River running the length of the property. The current owners restored the existing log structure in 2004. At 1,410 square feet, it has two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, living and dining area with large rock fireplace. The loft above is used as a library. The ambiance of natural log and stone is exactly what we hope for in a log cabin, and this one is cheerful, warm and cozy. A separate log structure was added in 2010 which measures in at 1,731 square feet. It contains a living room with bar, dining room, library, bedroom and 1.5 baths. It also has a 1,539 square foot four-bay garage with workshop and loft. One bay is a drive-through for farm equipment.
Steve McQueen’s 500-acre dream getaway, Pioneer Moon Ranch, 25 minutes from Ketchum, Idaho is now listed for sale at $7.4 million.