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Like an elixir of days past, the Vantage will transport you to the golden era of the silver screen, offering a respite from the gorgeous Montana surroundings. Renovated in summer 2012 by a national award winning local architect (also the owner), this unit has been meticulously created as a luxe refuge, whether you're staying for a few days or a month. Honoring the 1921 birth of the Wilma building, the Vantage is designed in the Hollywood Regency Style of the 1920's and 30's.
At 741 square feet, the Vantage is a large unit on the southeast corner on the sixth floor. Eight over sized windows provide mountain and river views to the east, south and west. The Vantage offers a full kitchen open to a large living and dining room, a bedroom with queen size bed and en suite full bathroom and a 3/4 guest bathroom. In the living room, a queen size sleeper sofa provides additional lodging. From the dining area, a fireplace provides ambiance for the connected living and dining areas. Historic 1920's light fixtures compliment the original terrazzo flooring. Crisp white walls are accented by cherry and black cabinetry and silver velvet curtains. Marble floors and walls adorn the bathrooms (in-floor heat at main bath). Typical to the Regency Style, African and Asian elements add depth to the experience.
The unit has a combo washer/dryer, portable air conditioning unit, wifi, surround sound, 37' television, blue-ray, ipod docking station. The kitchen is fully equipped. Ironing board, iron, hairdryer and all linens included (down alternative comforters and pillows). We do not provide toiletries. (Washer/dryer cycles take approximately four hours.) There is one dedicated off-street parking space on park level of the building (we encourage smaller cars; large Excursions and Suburbans will barely fit in the parking spot).
The Vantage hints at what life might have been like in the days of Roosevelt, Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Mary Pickford, among others. Enjoy a gimlet as the sun lowers across the valley. Play some jazz. Watch the kingfishers over the river. Be awed by the views--or the vantage--this unit offers. Pause. Relax...Just be in the Vantage.
Queen size Beds (1) As sold by the Westin Hotels, the Heavenly bed in the bedroom has received rave reviews for years. At the sleeper sofa, exceptionally rated mattress and bed construction will provide a great night's sleep., Baby Cribs (1) Available upon request., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) At the sleeper sofa, exceptionally rated mattress and bed construction will provide a great night's sleep....moreless
Guest bathroom (green tile with lion photo) is fully equipped and has a shower. Light blue, en suite bathroom (at bedroom) has heated floor, full tub and all amenities....moreless
The second bathroom (the green one with the lion photo) allows renters to have guests over and not moving through their bedroom. It also allows those sleeping on the sofa sleeper a bathroom to use. Hair dryer, iron, ironing board, etc., provided....moreless
Satellite / Cable
37' HD television on articulating arm for viewing from various locations within the unit....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Look south across the river to Lolo Peak. To the east is Mount Sentinel (with the 'M' on it) and to the west is the northern end of the Bitterroot Mountains....moreless
Situated on the north bank of the Clark Fork River, this unit sits seven floors above the river. It offers views up and down the river corridor, as well as across the Missoula valley....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Hunting Big Game
Hunting Small Game
Overlooking the river and adjacent to a Victorian era (electric) fireplace....moreless
Seating for 4 people
This is a portable unit, which is only necessary to use in the height of the summer....moreless
Brand new combo washer/dryer unit. Put clothes in and they wash and drive over the course of four hours. Detergent and softener provided....moreless
Dedicated parking spot #3 under the Higgins Street Bridge, adjacent to the building on the Park Level (one level below Street Level)....moreless
Darling Victorian era (electric) fireplace at the dining area. Visible from the living area too....moreless
Building radiator and darling Victorian era (electric) fireplace at the dining area....moreless
Iron & Board
Egyptian cotton linens of high thread count and down alternative comforters and pillows....moreless
Beautiful views over the Clark Fork River, Caras Pavilion, Clark Fork (farmers') Market on Saturdays and surrounding mountains. 37' articulating television, Sonos sound system, DVD/Blu-Ray, cable....moreless
Parking Off Street:
Dedicated parking spot #3 under the Higgins Street Bridge, adjacent to the building on the Park Level (one level below Street Level). We encourage small to mid-size vehicles to fit the parking space....moreless
Brand new LG combo washer/dryer unit. Put clothes in and they wash and dry over the course of four hours. Detergent and softener provided....moreless
Dedicated wireless connection in the unit. Password provided at check-in....moreless
Yes, from many local caterers as well as from Scotty's Table, on the Park Level....moreless
Fully outfitted kitchen with dishwasher, range and refrigerator. Small appliances, cutlery, cookware and bakeware in the unit. A full height pull-out pantry is to the left of the refrigerator and houses some of the small appliances and basic staples...moreless
Please email to confirm that dates are available even if they appear to be on the calendar. Rates subject to change until reservations confirmed. Cleaning included in pricing. Inquire about discounts for longer stays...We'll do everything we can to make your stay as memorable and enjoyable as possible.
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From this unit overlooking the Clark Fork River and Higgins Avenue, enjoy parades, Brennan's Wave (kayaking wave), sunrises and sunsets, festivals, restaurants, bars, distilleries and micro-breweries, shopping, farmers markets, film festivals, the Missoula Marathon and walking along the river (for enjoyment or to an event at the University of Montana). On Saturday mornings from May through October, pop down to the Clark Fork River Market to grab local produce and return to the unit to make breakfast while music from the market musicians fills the air. When you need a niblet, head downstairs to Park Level, to Scotty's Table, an American bistro serving exceptional food. Take in a movie on street level at the historic Wilma Theater. Additionally, multitudes of yoga and pilates studios are within blocks, as are numerous coffee houses, spas and fly fishing shops. You'll find plenty of ways to entertain yourself just out the front doors of the Wilma.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: I am a Missoula native who has returned home after practicing architecture in San Francisco, living abroad and traveling extensively around the world. Today, I'm a parnter in an architecture firm in Missoula, working to make my hometown an even better community. My interests are wide ranging from the arts and hand crafted, to local food systems, health and wellness and the exchange of ideas. While doing architectural graduate studies and living in a small hilltown in Italy, I focused my thesis work on how to create experiential spaces through sensual engagement (using the five traditional senses, plus the sixth sense of kinesthetic movement), ultimately to provide a lasting memory in one’s mind.
My professional goals are to design spaces that matter, mark time, illustrate art and craft and dance lightly on the earth, all while supporting enjoyment of life. No detail, on any job, is too small to obsess about…and wonder if it is as beautiful as can be. You'll see this obsession in The Vantage. I aspire to make the best use of every square inch both functionally and asthetically so that you'll be seduced by this refuge...and do nothing but enjoy yourself while you stay with us.
I'm a yoga devotee, a painter, runner, skier, hiker and baker and cook. And traveler. I designed the unit to meet the comforts that a traveler needs but I also designed it to provide refuge and comfort for long term stays.
I hope you'll appreciate the attention to detail as you settle in...and we'd love to see you back again and again.
Why the Owner Chose Missoula: Like others from Missoula, my family attended multiple functions at Wilma Theater while growing up. I left for college and to experience the rest of the world and returned home to see the Wilma in a different light. It's a gem of a piece of architecture, on the Clark Fork River and at the heart of downtown! When I saw the quality of renovations others were doing in the building, I had to be a part of it...of being a steward of part of this building. I love the experience it can provide visitors both in terms of the building and what it's like to be an urbanite in little Missoula.
The Unique Benefits at this Condo: On the sixth floor and in the southeast corner of the building, the views from this unit are virtually unsurpassed. I knew that I could gut the unit, reorganize its layout and dial it in aesthetically and functionally to offer an amazing place to perch above Missoula, yet be in the heart of it.