Fly Like an Eagle on Steve Miller's $16M Idaho Compound

Fly Like an Eagle on Steve Miller's $16M Idaho Compound

Melissa Massello
Oct 19, 2017

If you love the great outdoors and going to the country for that Wild West lifestyle, then take your money and run to the listing agent for legendary musician Steve Miller's 13-acre "gentleman's ranch" in Ketchum, Idaho —which just hit the market as the region's fifth most expensive real estate listing, ever.

According to Architectural Digest, Steve Miller's sprawling, rusticating compound (bordering both the Eagle Creek and Big Wood River in Ketchum) was just listed for $16 million with Engel & Volkers Sun Valley — hoping to attract a similarly affluent artist or spendy ski bum.

Miller's estate features "a collection of buildings" including a main house (at 8,000 square feet), three guest cottages (3,000 square feet combined), an "art barn" formerly used for storing potatoes (1,600 square feet), and a recording studio (4,000 square feet), plus a garage with a gym (3,000 square feet), and an archive building (2,700 square feet).

Listing agent Darlene Young told Page Six that Miller commissioned the design and build of the estate from Sid Schneider in 1987, and the star groomed the property for Nordic skiing and still skis all around the property. "When I first met him, he came in wearing ski clothes," Young said.

The luxury retreat features perfectly manicured grounds and classic cedar planking for a vibe that's about as authentic as glamping gets. Cathedral ceilings in the natural light-filled dining room and living room of the main house showcase glorious stained glass and Miller's baby grand piano as focal points, respectively. Built-ins galore create an effortlessly chic, thoughtful, and neutral look, with the only hints at the owner's 1980s star-power being the subtle nod to Memphis Design in the laundry room.

In the cedar cabins on the grounds, copper fireplace covers and glass-walled showers are etched with homages to the region's Native American history, with little luxuries like double vanities, eat-in kitchens, and bunk beds to make even the biggest tribe of descending friends or in-laws feel welcome and at home.

The two-story Art Barn has to be the real crown jewel of the estate, however — in addition to the recording studio, where the Steve Miller Band recorded several albums — which together are a true shrine to and for the creative process.

The barn features an entire wall of flowering stained glass and several work surfaces for drafting, etc., plus a second floor office with all the modern tech and built-in and flat files a decades-in-the-running musician could need (for all those concert posters, original screen prints and paintings). In addition to his bestselling albums, Miller has also made a name for himself as an artist and sculptor, whose passion is for exploring the intersection of technology and modern culture.

The private recording studio features isolation booths, a piano lift, climate-controlled instrument vault, bath and kitchenette, and a vaulted ceiling constructed from cedar beams.

View more listing photos and details at, whose listing agents call the estate "the perfect place to create and recreate as only one can do in Sun Valley."

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