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The Huntsville Valley, home to Sanctuary Utah’s private community, has seen a number of changes over the past few years, but Snowbasin joining Vail’s Epic pass could be the biggest change of them all.  Now Epic pass holders can ski both Snowbasin and Sun Valley with the same pass. Sanctuary Utah is conveniently located 12 minutes away from Snowbasin. not to mention Park City (Vail’s biggest resort) is an hour away.

Sanctuary’s Founder, Tim Charlwood, said “This is amazing news. Clearly Vail sees potential in both Snowbasin and the Huntsville Valley, something I’ve believed in for a long time hence my vision to create a community of like-minded people like Sanctuary Utah.” Many people consider Snowbasin a getaway from the crowded lines of Park City and resorts in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Although Epic pass holders will only receive 7 days to Snowbasin, it’s a sign that Vail is interested in what Northern Utah has to offer and will likely invest more in the future, making Huntsville one of the best unknown mountain town hot spots to consider.

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January 31, 2018, 5:00pm



Yesterday was truly special. Years of hard work and commitment to our unique vision culminated in a Grand Opening to remember. In attendance was Sanctuary Utah’s Architect, James Carroll, Interior Designer Michaelle Peters and founder Tim Charlwood. Together they created a dream vacation home, which is considered a masterpiece for mountain modern living. Also in attendance were top real estate agents from all over Utah: Park City, Salt Lake City, and Hunstville.

Sanctuary Grand Opening from Sanctuary Utah on Vimeo.

Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the 6,394 sf home, including 6 master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a game room, the great room, and 4,000 sf of outdoor deck space. They were also encouraged to tour the entire 527 acres property, and to take our brand new ski-doo snowmobiles for a ride on our trails.

We are very thankful for such a fantastic turnout and look forward to many more celebrations.

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January 31, 2018, 5:00pm



Sanctuary Utah’s first home “Vachery” showcases contemporary mountain modern design at its best. This entertainers dream includes an indoor/outdoor kitchen/great room, with all the privacy you need to read a book, listen to music, or bathe in one of two spas. It also includes 6 master suites with ensuite bathrooms meticulously designed by artist Michaelle Peters. Crafted with the best materials Italy, Indonesia, Fiji and California have to offer, Peters artistic touch sends you into a mountain modern luxury playground, and every master suite has a welcomed surprise!

Unique Custom Bed Design

Each bedroom at Sanctuary’s showcase home “Vachery” comes equipped with a king bed made from exotic materials sourced from Indonesia and around the world.

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Luxury Bathrooms with a View

Immerse yourself in a stunning tub with uninterrupted views of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains overlooking Snowbasin ski resort. Relax and take in the sunset as the alpenglow puts on nature’s light show.

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Custom Tiles from Italy

As if the views weren’t enough, Peters sourced custom tiles from Italy, brought together in an ensemble only an artist could envision. Each selection of tiles feature a combination of textures and colors never seen before. Every room has a surprise of luxury, design, and creativity.


Between Peters taste and James Carroll’s modern architecture, Sanctuary Utah has created a masterpiece in custom home design. Every room is a celebration of art, design, and texture. When you visit Sanctuary Utah you find yourself touching every surface and gasping at every view.


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January 28, 2018, 3:00pm


Sanctuary Welcomes Mountain Luxury Real Estate Team


Utah’s Mountain Luxury Real Estate Team, lead by Brandy Hammon and Jennifer Stickler, visited Sanctuary Utah to see what all the hype was about. After touring our 527 acres of wildlife habitat, geodesic dome, and luxury showcase home “Vachery,” the response was overwhelmingly positive.

For some Utah real estate agents, the concept of sharing is hard to grasp, however the Mountain Luxury team, which focuses on Eden, Huntsville, and Ogden Utah real estate, immediately responded to Sanctuary’s monthly shared ownership concept and described it as “exciting.”

“Sanctuary is about sharing,” says founder Tim Charlwood. “Sharing with friends, family members, business relationships, and even non-profit organizations. Our goal is to build a community of like-minded people who want to get away from resort crowds and have the outdoors at their fingertips from their custom luxury home, one month at a time.”

Beyond the concept of monthly ownership, Mountain Luxury Real Estate loved our custom luxury home architected by James Carroll with Interior Design done by Michaelle Peters. Each of the 6 master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms are entirely unique, with custom hand-crafted furniture from all over the world. The team was visibly excited and repeatedly gasped “wow.”

Contact us to schedule a visit or learn more about Sanctuary Utah.




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Entreprenuers’ Organization at SANCTUARY UTAH

January 22, 2018, 12:00pm


Utah’s Entreprenuers’ Organzation Annual Board Meeting at Sanctuary Utah


Sanctuary Utah hosted the annual Board Meeting for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), an exclusive group of Entrepreneurs. EO chose Sanctuary Utah’s geodesic dome as the perfect location to meet, and enjoy the 527 acres of wildlife habitat as well our showcase home “Vachery.” EO members spent their day enjoying 180 degree views of the Wasatch Mountains overlooking the Hunstville Valley and Snowbasin Ski Resort. Sanctuary’s founder, Tim Charlwood, was given the opportunity to share his entrepreneurial story, vision, and reality with members of the organization.

History of EO


It’s been more than 25 years since a group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs created a network of likeminded peers to help each other learn and grow. EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts. As the world’s only peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs, EO helps transform the lives of those who transform the world. Members are given the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs. Many of their core values mirror Sanctuary Utah’s values and both are equally entrepreneurial.

EO’s core values


  1. Trust and Respect
  2. Thirst for Learning
  3. Boldly Go!
  4. Make a Mark
  5. Cool


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Sanctuary Utah Featured in Forbes Online

Dec 24, 2018, 12:00pm
David K. Williams, Contributor


“For Sanctuary Utah, Adventurist And Entrepreneur Tim Charlwood Has Re-Written The Rules”


For this serial entrepreneur and real estate developer, his newest project—perhaps his final—has been a 14-year labor of love. Tim Charlwood is an outdoor adventurist who’s sailed and ballooned all over the world. As a founding member of Mustique Island (a private locale in the Grenadines), he’s spent time with fellow Brits Mick Jagger, David Bowie and others.

But when his adrenaline-seeking lifestyle brought him to the 527 acres of preserved wildlife habitat he now refers to as Sanctuary Utah, he decided to make the secluded area between Huntsville, Utah and Park City his home.

His idea: beyond a private Heli Ski Ranch, he’d make the exclusive area, which sits amid 10,000 acres of open space, into something remarkable—a luxury real estate masterpiece with 13 unique and remarkable homes.  He conceived a business model that had never been done. Unlike the luxury time shares in locations like Aspen and elsewhere, he envisioned a private community of like-minded individuals who would not rent by the week, but would literally own their selected properties for the month they select every year—a model that required realtors and attorneys to entirely re-write the shared ownership rules. Owners return to their chosen properties again and again, with their linens and personal positions locked away to await their return.

Beyond the ownership model is where the private community of Sanctuary Utah begins. There are no fences, giving owners full access to an extensive trail system that connects with each property for Nordic skiing in the Winter and biking/hiking/running through the seasons. At the peak of the development, a domed facility with 360-degree views facilitates meetings, masterminds, private gatherings and classes, next to a private heli-pad for skiing or property access.

An outside operational center in the midst of the property houses a fleet of recreational toys including snowmobiles, electric fat bikes, off-road vehicles, and a wake-surfing boat. For those inclined, there is access to a professional chef. The property is geared to preservation, as well. Near the first home to open, The Vachery, lies a wildlife hide with salt licks and seclusion for regional wildlife, creating yet another experience for members and visitors who come to commune with nature.

“Maintaining and preserving Sanctuary’s habitat has become an enjoyable obsession,” Charlwood remarks. “It’s something we’re very proud of. We’ve turned over 89% of our land to a trust, to ensure it is preserved forever.”

Each of the homes is unique, with names like Eagle’s Nest, Kokopelli Outlook and Curtain Bluff. As I visited the first to open, the Vachary, I was met by soaring windows and angles reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright.

A ski-out bridge beckons from the East of the house, adjoining the trails. On the West, positioned for the outlooking views, is an infinity pool. The interior reflects the design mastery of Michaelle Peters, of Park City, a 20-year professional whose prior work on luxury properties includes Deer Valley’s Stein Eriksen Lodge. Each home and room carries unique design characteristics, to ensure that every area embodies an environment that is entirely its own. “We wanted to convey fun and adventure for everyone, with surprises around every corner,” she says. “I want people to say, ‘Wow, where did you find that?’!”

By design, Sanctuary’s homes are environment friendly with geothermal heating and cooling, zero waste water management, xeriscape landscaping and designs that leverage solar energy use. Designed by James L. Carroll, of Salt Lake City, the plans make every bedroom a luxury suite, with open areas for gathering and entertaining in the central parts of the homes.

One of the big appeals for Charlwood is that the property is five minutes from Huntsville, Utah—a tucked-in community without stoplights, but with lakeside access to Sanctuary’s members for boating and racing events. The seclusion is a major aspect of the project’s appeal–while Sanctuary is largely hidden from view, it is a quick 15 minutes from Utah’s favorite uncrowded ski resorts, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain. It is only 55 minutes from SLC International Airport, and a little beyond an hour to Park City.

Another unique aspect of Charlwood’s strategy is that he has avoided advertising and traditional press. Although the development has been 14 years in the making, the only coverage to date is a cover story and photographic review of the near-secret destination in the current December issue of Western Journal Magazine.

For other entrepreneurs inspired by Charlwood’s break-the-rules approach to establishing a luxury business, he offers the following words of advice:

  • Never stop striving for the goal you envision, regardless of what anyone says. Charlwood’s attorneys had to re-write the rules of shared ownership for Sanctuary, which was vital to the outcome—creation of a like-minded community of owners who are “seekers of the exceptional,” where outdoor experience and high-altitude recreation takes precedence over white-glove service and material possessions.
  • Respect for nature and environment is paramount. While there would have been many faster and more economical ways to complete the development, when Charlwood explained the reasoning for his thinking, his investors were entirely on board.
  • Create a project and environment that will naturally appeal to the customers you want to obtain. High achievers, entrepreneurial leaders, founders of some of the most remarkable organizations in the world have naturally found their way to the Sanctuary project during its development. Charlwood is excited for the synergies that will naturally emerge from the community of leaders who make Sanctuary their permanent get-away-from-society homes.
  • Use every opportunity to advance your highest visions and mission. Charlwood has designed every aspect of the homes and shared facilities to be handicap accessible. Additionally, he is asking owners to dedicate their unused time for use by philanthropic organizations. He wants to extend the beauty, the inspiration and the creative opportunities of the Sanctuary environment to as many of the organizations as possible that are creating positive change in the world.

Making his vision and mission apparent in all he does has been more effective than traditional marketing, Charlwood explains. The right people are inclined to make others with the same sensibilities aware of the property as well.

Although the project is only now approaching its formal opening, Charlwood has received multiple offers from entrepreneurs who’ve wished to buy not just a month a year in one of the homes, but the entire development.

One of the notable visitors, Sir Richard Branson, has been compelled by the property since his initial visit to the project in 2013. Charlwood recalls Branson’s first word upon visiting the property: “Wow.”

“I’ve heard more wow’s than I could ever have imagined,” he says. “There is definitely some magic up here that pulls at your heartstrings.”

Which speaks to Charlwood’s final point of advice for other entrepreneurs: Among the patience, the hard work and the years of effort to bring a project like Sanctuary to fruition, it is vital the result of your efforts include at least a little bit of magic. “Not only are you creating a legacy,” Charlwood notes, “But if you do your job well, you are creating the experiences and future memories that will speak directly to your customer’s heart.”


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E-Mountain Bikes at Sanctuary

We take outdoor recreation seriously and we’re proud to announce that our investment in a brand new fleet of Specialized E-Mountain Bikes. Our E-Mountain Bikes give you the power to ride Sanctuary’s private trails (527 acres of preserved wildlife habitat) to Hunstville’s single track, and down to the Lake House with ease. “Each bike is has silent, pedal-assisted power to the pedals, we’re taking your trail rides to new heights…and more thrilling descents,” says Specialized about their new E-mountain bikes, and Sanctuary Utah couldn’t be happier to with the performance of their high end product.

Luxury Real Estate meets Outdoor Recreation

Sanctuary owners have complete access to all of our high end luxury toys, including our fleet of E-Mountain Bikes, which can be used all year round. Spring, Summer, and Fall season offer incredible double and single track terrain both on and off Sanctuary’s private trails. The winter month highlight our Olympic caliber nordic trails groomed to perfection daily for both nordic skiing and fat biking. Choose one month or more, Sanctuary owners get to experience the best of recreation in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, while enjoying monthly shared ownership of our luxury homes.

Join our High Altitude Community

Sanctuary Utah is a unique community in the mountains of Huntsville, Utah with 527 acres of preserved wildlife habitat set in 10,000 acres of open space with 13 exceptional homes. Learn more about about how Sanctuary’s monthly ownership works. Schedule a visit and see what our trails, luxury homes, and top of the line toys are all about.


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Utah Luxury Real Estate Gets Noticed

Western Home Journal Features Sanctuary Utah

“We are beyond excited to announce that Vachery, Sanctuary Utah’s first luxury home, will be highlighted in Western Home Journal’s Winter issue,” says Tim Charlwood Sanctuary’s founder. WHJ is Utah’s premier luxury mountain home resource showcasing mountain home luxury, exceptional architecture, and premium offerings.

Arhitecture – Utah Luxury Real Estate at it’s best

Environmentally, Sanctuary homes are designed to have less of an impact on the environment. This means geothermal heating and cooling, zero waste water management, xeriscape landscaping, as well as home designs that take advantage of south-facing solar aspects. Designed by James L. Carroll, Sanctuary Utah’s luxury homes are designed to impress. His plans take on a character of their own in each location. Every bedroom has a spectacular view, while the central rooms and kitchens are designed for entertaining.

Un-compromised Style

The homes’ interiors are meticulously designed by Michaelle Peters of Park City, Utah. Throughout her 20-plus-year career, Peters has put her signature on many luxury properties including the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley. Every room has its own unique characteristics, creating an environment of its own. “The hope is not to conform to any ‘style’, but convey fun and adventure for everyone and bring the beautiful outdoors in, with a rewarding surprise around every corner,” says Peters. “I want everyone to say, ‘Wow where did you find that?!’”

Shared Monthly Ownership

Keeping to the tradition of separating themselves from the competition, Sanctuary has re-written the rules of shared ownership. At Sanctuary, the entire home is yours, one month at a time, forever. “This is your home to use, to share with friends and family, and start a tradition during your favorite month,” says Charlwood. When asked why Sanctuary sells monthly ownership vs. full ownership, Charlwood responds, “Vacation homes are rarely used, and when they are used, it’s usually only a few weeks out of an entire year. Our goal was to create a stronger sense of community within Sanctuary, and let our owners choose their favorite month. This allows our community to thrive year-round and gives our homeowners the ability to come and go as they please with no reservations and no surprises. It’s also 1/12th the cost.” Owners can buy one month or more.

Learn more about how Sanctuary Utah’s monthly ownership works.



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World Wake Surfing Championship in Huntsville, Utah

The World’s best waves and wake surfers came to Sanctuary Utah’s back yard for Centurion’s World Wake Surfing Championship September 6-8, 2018. Known as the pinnacle wake surf event of the season, we went behind the scenes, watched the best of the best in wake surfing , and learned why Centurion is the best wake boat for wake surfing.

Centurion Wake Surf Boats

During the World Championships we had the opportunity to speak with Mitch Mann about the competition, what it means to have it in Utah, and why Centurion wake surfing boats are top of the line when it comes to design and performance. Once you get a taste of Centurion’s streamlined wake maker, you’ll never need another boat to surf behind.

Sanctuary Utah Outdoor Amenities

We love outdoor recreation and water sports are no different. That’s why we want the best of the best for our owners who get full access to our Centurion wake boat. Whether you own a month at our Beach House, or one of our other luxury homes, our owners are encouraged to get out on the lake and surf behind the perfect wake.