Proof that residential development and a conservation mindset can go hand in hand. As the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for the community say, “The master plan for Granite Ridge is a physical expression of the belief that man cannot outdo nature, and that man-made structures should play a subordinate role to the incomparable beauty of the Teton Range.”
The 80-acre development is near two of Jackson Hole’s crown jewels: Grand Teton National Park to the north and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort to the west. Granite Ridge was developed by one of Jackson Hole’s ranching families, who believed that the area’s scenic beauty should be available for the public’s enjoyment, not just for homeowners’ pleasure. The family demonstrated their respect for the terrain by protecting the open spaces and preserving natural assets, including mature stands of spruce, fir and aspen.
Granite Ridge has been screened from the Moose-Wilson Road leading into the park, and covenants forbid removal of trees on the east side to protect the public’s views. The construction of homes has proceeded carefully, with an eye to saving as many trees as possible. Where cutting was necessary, the developers followed up by planting young indigenous trees and wildflowers. The community is a mix of single-family homes and town homes offering ski-in, ski-out access to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Teewinot lift. The four neighborhoods within the community are called The Homesteads, The Lodges, The Cabins, and The Timbers.
The environmentally sensitive design, its proximity to the ski area and to Grand Teton National Park, and its access to Teton Village’s restaurants all combine to serve as a natural draw for outdoors-oriented families who want to be part of a vibrant mountain community. A one percent transfer fee on every sale of every Granite Ridge home is donated to the Jackson Hole Land Trust; a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect land with exceptional scenic, wildlife and ranching values. Sales have already contributed more than a million dollars to the Land Trust, continuing a legacy that reflects the community’s values.