If you’re wondering which Bozeman neighborhood is right for you, it’s important to consider your lifestyle. Are you looking for a neighborhood out of town with room to spread out? Or maybe you want to be in a neighborhood where you can walk to your favorite coffee shop on a whim. If you’re not sure which Bozeman neighborhood is right for you, here’s an easy guide that can help.
Which Bozeman neighborhood is right for you? You want to walk and bike everywhere.
Bozeman has quite a few designated historic neighborhoods. They all feature walkable, tree-lined streets and historic architecture that really show off Bozeman’s history. If you find yourself walking through the following historic districts, consider Main Street as an easy separator between the north and south neighborhoods.
- Bon Ton -This district stretches along the 200-1000 blocks of S. Willson Avenue, S. Grand Avenue, S. Third Avenue and W. Cleveland Street. Here, you’ll find big, beautiful, turn-of-the-century mansions on large lots that set it apart from the other southside historic districts.
- South Willson -Willson Avenue is a major north/south thoroughfare and the houses in this district are some of the finest historic homes you’ll find anywhere in Bozeman.
- Cooper Park -This modern historic district is home to Bungalow-style homes and one of Bozeman’s most popular off-the-leash dog parks, Cooper Park.
- Lindley Place -This little cozy, tucked-in jewel connects to Bozeman Creek and popular Bogart Park.
- Montana State University – Starts at W. College St, S. 11th Ave, W. Grant St and S. 6th Ave. and comprises 89.3 acres in the core of the college campus.
- South Tracy- South Black – This area is made up of 93 diverse, vernacular houses lining S. Tracy and S. Black Avenues between Olive and Alderson Streets. There is also a large school building and a neighborhood grocery store.
- North Tracy– Running from Villard to Peach Streets, this area contains the most significant concentration of historic residential architecture north of Main Street.
- Bozeman Brewery – Sitting along the 700-800 blocks of N. Wallace Avenue, this area is a booming corridor for restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and strikingly modern, renovated homes.
The Village Downtown is a unique option because it is a new development in a historic area. As you enter The Village Downtown, you will feel like you’ve been transported to a quiet suburb somewhere on the East Coast. The Village features stately red brick townhomes with a private backyard and patio; modern high-rise lofts that are maintenance free and range from 900 sq. ft. to rooftop penthouses; or homesites where you can build a brand new home in a historic neighborhood. The Village has its own private driveway and is surrounded by open land. It is convenient walking distance to shops, restaurants and galleries on popular Main Street in downtown Bozeman. Active HOA.
Which Bozeman neighborhood is right for you? You want a newer house in a nice subdivision.
Flanders Mill is a master-planned community located in northwest Bozeman. It is set on 137 acres in one of the most active economic corridors in the Gallatin Valley. The newest Phase 7 is off of the Oak Street and Flanders Mill intersection. It consists of 10 townhome lots averaging 3,700 square feet and all priced at $82,500. There are also 15 residential family lots. This phase offers majestic views of the Bridger Mountains, Spanish Peaks and Tobacco Roots. The new Bozeman High School and the 80-acre Bozeman Sports Complex are both walking distance. Active HOA.
Black Bull is a premier, private golf community in Bozeman. Residents have world-class amenities: a 19-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, collegiate-sized pool with 10,000 sq. ft. pool deck, modern fitness center and new $3 million members-only clubhouse with its own restaurant/bar. There are 300 custom homesites and 48 new luxury golf villas that offer maintenance-free living. Black Bull is a 15-minute drive from downtown Bozeman and the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. Active HOA.
This brand-new Bozeman subdivision is located southwest of Montana State University and close to Hyalite Canyon and Gallatin National Forest. It consists of 49 lots ranging in size from 1.2 to 1.8 acres. Amenities will include a fitness center, pond and beach area, community patio area and outdoor fireplace, and trails. There will be views of the Bridger Mountain Range, Spanish Peaks and Tobacco Roots. Lots are still available, starting at $300,000. Active HOA.
Which Bozeman neighborhood is right for you? You’re looking for land and somewhere quiet.
Bridger Canyon Area
If you want to be surrounded by the beautiful Bridger Mountains and away from the hustle and bustle of Bozeman, then consider the Bridger Canyon area. This is true Montana living where you can have the home of your dreams on plenty of acreage. Some well-known residential pockets are in Kelly Canyon and Jackson Creek. The main road from Bozeman is Bridger Canyon Road, which also leads to the favorite local ski resort, Bridger Bowl, and Crosscut Mountain Sports Center.
Triple Tree Ranch
Triple Tree Ranch is one of Bozeman’s most desirable, luxury neighborhoods because of its large lots, one-of-a-kind mountain views, and close proximity to downtown Bozeman. This southeast Bozeman neighborhood consists of 106 lots on 600 sweeping acres. The large custom homes are on one-acre and larger lots. Residents have breathtaking views of several mountain ranges and a local elk herd that migrates over during the winter months. The popular local favorite, Triple Tree trail, runs along the edge of the neighborhood. Active HOA.
If you’re considering a move to Bozeman, you’re not alone. My last blog post talks about the influx of out-of-town buyers that came to Bozeman in the summer of 2020. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want help finding the right home in the right neighborhood for you.
What happened in Bozeman real estate in the summer of 2020?
2020 was the summer where Covid raged across the United States, shutting down major cities and even some entire states. Yet here in Bozeman, we saw an influx of out of town buyers. What were the driving factors behind this influx?
Bozeman Is a Great Place to Work From Home
*According to online brokerage Redfin, page views of homes in towns with fewer than 50,000 residents were up 87% year over year in May. Why? The pandemic has created more work-from-home opportunities. As a result, employees are eager for homes in small towns that have more affordable options, room to breathe, and a community-focused quality of life that’s hard to find in big cities.
Relative Affordability and a Strong Housing Market
Bozeman’s housing market rebounded quite nicely in May after reopening from Covid-19 closures. The median home price in Bozeman in March 2020 was $485,000; outside the city limits it was $547,000. But as *Bozeman’s population has grown by nearly 20% in the last five years, there’s definite buzz about its continued growth and what that means for housing supply and prices.
High Quality of Life
Another reason why Bozeman saw an influx of out of town buyers in summer of 2020 was due to Bozeman’s reputation as a true gem when it comes to active amenities for its lucky residents.
We are lucky enough to have:
Bridger Bowl: This local, family-friendly ski resort is just 16 miles away. There are two free shuttles from Montana State University and the Gallatin Fairgrounds to/from Bridger Bowl.
Main Street to Mountains: This amazing trail system connects Bozeman to the mountains and spans more than 80 miles through public and private land. Great for walking, hiking, biking, birdwatching, and just taking in some beautiful, natural scenery.
Bridger Ski Foundation: This community ski organization runs programs for all ages in Nordic, Alpine, and Freestyle skiing. They also groom an incredible network of community trails for the public in Bozeman.
Ease of Transportation
Getting around Bozeman is pretty stress-free, and scenic too!
*The average one-way commute time is 14.6 minutes; compared to the national average of 26.4 minutes.
Hop on your bike or walk along the popular Galligator commuter trail, which connects Montana State University to Downtown Bozeman. Or hit the many designated bike lanes throughout the town.
Streamline Bus: The area’s public bus offers FREE service from Bozeman, Belgrade, Four Corners, and Livingston, with seasonal service to Bridger Bowl.
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