The area of Wyoming where the beloved children’s book “The Polar Express” is said to have been written has landed on the real estate market in Jackson for $ 17.5 million.
The author and illustrator of the book, famed Chris Van Allsburg who also wrote “Jumanji”, lived in the six-bedroom, six-bathroom estate dubbed Polar x ranch in the 1980s, listing agent Andrew Ellett with Engel & Volkers Jackson Hole told Mansion Global.
“Van Allsburg lived there for a year or two, that’s for sure,” Ellett said, according to Mansion Global. “The story has always been that this is where he wrote the book.”
The estate, which underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2010, was built in 1975 and located between the Skyline Ranch and the Puzzleface Ranch. In addition to the main residence, a two-bedroom guesthouse with a wraparound porch was added to the property in 2019, the listing shows.
“Polar X is large enough to be a family complex where large gatherings can be held, but so well thought out that every space is comfortable and intimate unlike most large homes,” the listing on Realtor.com states. “The only exception to the rule is the amount of outdoor space which includes a 1,600 square foot outdoor patio with a built-in gas fireplace, a 10 person hot tub and a 1,600 square foot covered patio for over. 3000 square feet of outdoor space to enjoy Teton sunsets and cool mountain evenings.
The ranch is located approximately 10 miles from Grand Teton National Park.
“The Polar Express”, which was published in 1985, is a Christmas tale about a young boy boarding a train bound for the North Pole. The book has been adapted in a computer animated film in 2004 directed by Robert Zemeckis and performed by Tom Hanks, according to IMDb.