In the mid-1990s, the legendary actor and director Robert redford picked up a ranch in Charleston, UT.

The rustic (but refined) property is just a 15-minute drive north of Sundance, Utah, where he founded the famed Sundance Mountain Resort and Sundance Institute, which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.

Known as Horse Whisper Ranch, the 30-acre parcel, which Redford turned into a horse ranch, is now on the market for $ 4.9 million.

The offer includes four buildings: a 1,460 square foot cottage with two bedrooms, a 1,996 square foot garden / leisure house, 3,200 square foot carpentry and a garage for storing boats and RVs. . Equestrian facilities include a pasture, hay barn, four-stall covered passage barn and covered stalls for horses.

On the side of interested buyers, “we see horse lovers, nature lovers, and those who want people to come visit them. [here]», Says one of the co-registration agents, Bishop of Jaisa.

Referring to the many buildings on the property, she calls Horse Whisper Ranch a “ranch with a complex situation”.

Despite the property’s A-list pedigree, the homes on the property aren’t exactly fancy.

“The buyer will be more interested in the property and the location,” says Bishop. “This is a quaint and sweet cottage, and the property surrounding it is exceptional.”

The main chalet has been updated, with features like granite countertops in the kitchen.

“We think whoever buys it will improve it. Right now it’s a working horse ranch, ”Bishop said, citing the potential for a buyer to build even more structures on the property.

What makes this property unique is the amount of land included, as well as the location.

“There has been so much growth that the ranches and farms have shrunk,” Bishop says.

Northern Utah, where land and water activities are right outside the front door, has garnered a lot of interest from buyers lately. The effect of the pandemic on housing is clear in this relatively sparsely populated part of the country.

“A lot of [potential buyers] I saw people from California and the east coast. They realize that they can work anywhere and have peace and quiet, a sanctuary, ”Bishop adds.

Exterior of Robert Redford’s property in Charleston, UT

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Property overview

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Riding facilities

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Riding facilities

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Exterior of the chalet

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Chalet lounge

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Chalet kitchen

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One of the guest rooms

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One of the gîte’s bathrooms

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Woodshop / Hobby House

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Woodshop / Hobby House

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Kitchen / leisure house

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Boat / RV garage

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“The rhythm of life [there] is much slower ”, says Steve mavromihalis de Compass, who works on the list with Bishop.

He notes that “there’s nothing you can’t do here,” including parasailing at Deer Creek Reservoir across the street.

According to Bishop, “you can literally cross the street and fish every morning” in the Provo River.

Midway (5,000 inhabitants) is a neighboring town like “what you imagine America of the 1950s or 1920s”, explains Mavromihalis, who adds that it hosts the Swiss Days every September.

In Charleston, which has just over 500 residents, he says, “Everyone knows each other. It is a quaint and warm community.

After owning it for about 25 years, Redford unloads the property in order to simplify.

“He has a big horse ranch at Sundance and he consolidates his herd,” Bishop says. “Now he can have all of his horses on his main ranch. He loves Utah – the land and rhythm of Utah – and he loves horses.