The Triangle

As told by Leslie Bahn Steen and Scott Steen ∙ Photograph by Cole Buckhart

This house has history, and has that old-school ski town past that you don’t see as much in East Jackson anymore. And, we love living in a triangle. That’s what we call it, “The Triangle.” We like that it’s an A-frame and built for real Jackson winters. For the two of us being nonprofit workers [Scott is executive director of Slow Food in the Tetons and Leslie is Snake River headwaters project manager for Trout Unlimited], we think it’s pretty amazing we were able to buy a house. We feel pretty lucky about that.

When we were on our house search, East Jackson was our pie-in-the-sky location. We drove by this house and the front yard was all overgrown, but we saw something in it other people didn’t. We thought it was a diamond in the rough and felt like we’d stumbled onto a little secret. But, we knew it could be totally gross inside.

We thought it was a diamond in the rough and felt like we’d stumbled onto a little secret.

When we walked in for the first time we were ready for anything, and we were so pleasantly surprised: It was very well kept up and cozy, and it was so well-built. It was “for sale by owner” and we ended up signing the papers on Halloween 2012. We did it over drinks at Sidewinders. The sellers, Bob and Denise Bolduc, had owned it and several other properties on the block since the seventies. We got the feeling they wanted to sell it to people who were going to live in it and stay here and be a part of the community. A year after the sale, Bob even came up and helped us fix something electrical.

As much as we love this house, which is about 1,200 square feet, we are working with a professor at the University of Wyoming who specializes in net-zero architecture. Our dream is to build a modest, modern, energy-efficient home on the front part of the lot. We’d love to do this without tearing down our existing house so we could rent it out as workforce housing, to help with both the shortage of affordable rentals in town and also help bankroll the construction of the new house. It doesn’t quite fit the town requirements for an accessory residential unit, though. We’re hoping the town will see the intent of current building regulations and that there will be some wiggle room. And, if this ends up not working, we do love The Triangle. In our five years in it, we haven’t really made any changes. If it turns out there isn’t a new house in our future, we’d probably finally get around to doing some upgrades.

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