First time home buyer real estateHotels in BozemanLiving in MontanaWhere to Stay October 27, 2020

Where to Stay in Bozeman this Winter

Wondering where to stay in Bozeman this winter? These cool hot spots are a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Each offer their own unique guest experience and they’re all a short drive to Big Sky and walking distance to Bozeman’s popular dining and shopping district on Main Street.

 

Kimpton Armory Hotel

The Armory’s nine-story building is a standout in Bozeman’s downtown skyline because of its Art Deco flair. This brand-new boutique hotel has high-end accommodations and top-notch service. The unique amenities include a rooftop pool and bar, musical hall, fitness center, and two restaurants. The dining and entertainment options are the big selling points. Slip into one of Fielding’s awesome banquets and enjoy upscale comfort food and craft cocktails. If you want something more casual there is Tune Up lounge and Sky Shed, the Armory’s glass-enclosed rooftop bar. In the future, the musical hall and 500-person venue will host special events. Check out the Grand Opening offer.

The Lark

The Lark is a boutique hotel that offers a unique Montana adventure. The comfortable, modern rooms feature local artwork mixed with metal, leather and wood fixtures from local craftsman and suppliers. The big, walk-in glass shower is a great luxury after a long, cold day of skiing, shopping or taking in the sights. The Lark sits where Main Street begins. The cozy lobby and outdoor patio are a perfect place to people watch with a glass of wine in front of the fire. Check out the Festive Season Savings Package.

The Element Bozeman

If you’re a loyal Marriott member, you’ll love the Element in downtown Bozeman. This sleek, super modern hotel is just one block off Main Street. Leisure and business travelers will both appreciate the comfortable beds, a kitchenette with full-size fridge, gym and indoor pool, complimentary airport shuttle and electric car charging station. The adjoining restaurant, Squire House, is an inviting place to grab a hearty meal and a good drink.

RSVP

Don’t worry, they have champagne. This locally-owned boutique hotel is a fun place to go for your next girls’ getaway or staycation. You will feel like you stepped into the swinging ’60s in the modern, comfortable rooms. Amenities include in-room champagne, fire pit, charging station for your electric car, and in-room blowouts and massages. The cafe on the property, The Farmer’s Daughter, has fresh, healthy food and is a favorite breakfast/brunch stop for locals. RSVP is the farthest from Main Street but it is at the heart of the revitalization taking place on Seventh Avenue, Bozeman’s next tourist destination.

Bozeman is a great place to visit in the winter, or really any time of the year. But winter is a great season to settle in and just enjoy the cozy weather with a good drink. I talk about some great happy hours here. If you’re thinking of extending your stay in Bozeman indefinitely, contact me at liz@windermere.com.

(Photos by Chris Molina)

First time home buyer real estateLiving in MontanaMixed useReal Estate in Montana October 20, 2020

Bozeman Gets First Whole Foods Market in Montana

Bozeman Gets the First Whole Foods Market in Montana

It’s no secret that Bozeman’s growth has been skyrocketing. While the pandemic was shutting down major cities and even some entire states in the summer of 2020, Bozeman saw an influx of out-of-town buyers. What’s more, the Gallatin Association of Realtors Market Watch is predicting that “speedy sales and multiple offers are likely to remain a common occurrence and will keep the housing market hot even when the weather is cooling.”

And now comes the announcement that Whole Foods Market is coming to Bozeman! There’s a couple strong reasons why Bozeman is getting the first Whole Foods Market in Montana.

  1. Economic strength Bozeman was ranked No. 1 in economic strength out of 542 micropolitan cities for the last three years in a row. (According to the rankings source Policom.com, the highest ranked areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period.)
  2. An educated demographic Bozeman’s summer influx was a lot of newly remote, urban professionals who wanted wide-open spaces, a variety of outdoor amenities, and a safe community to raise kids. Whole Foods Market knows this demographic understands the value and cost of organic and specialty foods and are willing to pay more for it.

Whole Foods Market at the Gallatin Valley Mall

The Whole Foods Market will be part of a major revitalization plan for the Gallatin Valley Mall. It’s actually a great location if they can reimagine that whole complex. It’s centrally located for all the neighborhoods of Bozeman and has the right traffic patterns. Whole Foods does not go into a neighborhood without doing major due diligence. They look at the availability and cost of real estate, population density, education, demographics and the community’s interest in natural and organic foods.

The Gallatin Valley Mall Group will transform the 37.4-acre property into a unique “Main Street” retail experience. There will be public gathering spaces and a diverse mix of tenants.  Whole Foods Market is rumored to debut in fall 2021. Announcements for Phase 2 will be coming in the months ahead.

If Bozeman sounds like the right place for you, let me help you find the right home. Contact me at liz@windermere.com.

 

(Photo courtesy Gallatin Valley Mall Group)

First time home buyer real estateLiving in MontanaMixed useReal Estate in Montana October 13, 2020

Live/Work Housing in Bozeman

(Photo of Northbound Condos)

Live/work housing is gaining popularity in Bozeman, especially among young professionals who are looking for places where they can easily work a business out of their home. Buyers also want properties where they can store their toys and have plenty of space to work on them.

Some shared features of live/work housing in Bozeman are big garages with roll-up doors, separate entryways for residential and commercial, living quarters on the second floor, and easy access to the freeway.

Live/work in Bozeman

Northbound Condos – Convenient and quiet location near I-90 freeway.

  • 1,600 square-foot units
  • 800 square-foot, 1 bed/bath apartment
  • 800 square-foot garage with bathroom, gas heater/hookup, roll-up door and polished concrete floors
  • Modern finishes, quartz countertops, large picture windows and balconies with unobstructed views of the Bridger Mountain Range
  • Sold Out

 

27th Parallel – Tucked away near one of the busiest economic corridors in Bozeman.

  • 2,400 square-foot loft/warehouse units
  • 800 square-foot, 1 bed/bath condo-loft or equivalent office space
  • 1,600 square-foot warehouse space with bathroom, gas furnace and 14-foot roll-up door for semi-truck access, RV storage, etc.
  • Second-story balcony/patio
  • Less than 2 miles from I-90
  • Backs up to walking/bike path that parallels Catron Creek
  • Close to major retail and entertainment
  • Sold Out

(Photo of 27th Parallel courtesy Cortney Andersen Real Estate)

Glen Lake Live Work– Awesome location overlooking Glen Lake, with dramatic, unobstructed views of the Bridger Mountain Range.

  • In Glen Lake Commerce Subdivision, one of Bozeman’s newest commercial subdivisions, offering M-1 zoning
  • Walking distance to popular Map Brewing and trail system surrounding the East Gallatin Recreation Area
  • Total of 15 lots in the subdivision
  • Limited opportunity, lots selling quickly

 

Bozeman is becoming a very desirable place to live and work. A 2018 report by the city projects another 27,500 people to move into Bozeman by 2045, and I talked about Bozeman’s thriving entrepreneurial community here. Let me help you find the perfect place in the perfect town. Contact me at liz@windermere.com.

 

Living in Montana October 5, 2020

5 Most Popular Fall Trails in Bozeman

Fall 2020 in Bozeman has seen exceptional weather and beautiful fall colors. Hurry and get outside on these 5 most popular fall trails in Bozeman. The season won’t last long!

5 Most Popular Fall Trails in Bozeman

  • Galligator -This popular commuter trail connects Montana State University to Downtown Bozeman. Situated on the trail is Langhor Park—home to community garden plots, a climbing boulder, a natural playground, and a pollinator garden. The trail itself is very pedestrian friendly, with a good mix of sun and shade, views of eclectic backyards, and benches to relax. There are many drop-in points along the way if you feel like browsing some of the cool historic Bozeman neighborhoods that connect to the trail. Off-leash not allowed.

  • Peets Hill/Burke Park -Located just blocks from Main Street, locals lovingly call this 41-acre park Peets Hill. Hike up the steep gravel trail from the Church Street parking lot to the top and take in a beautiful fall sunset. You can’t beat the birds eye view of downtown Bozeman and the mountain ranges that surround the valley. Hundreds visit daily to run, bike and let their dogs run happily off the leash. In the winter Peets Hill is a popular sledding area for kids of all ages. Off-leash allowed.

  • Triple Tree -A local favorite for more than 20 years because of its challenging terrain coupled with breathtaking mountain views. Traverse the single track, out-and-back loop through partially shaded switchbacks and you’ll be rewarded at the top with sweeping views of the valley. Access the- trailhead from Sourdough Road. Off-leash not allowed.

  • Drinking Horse -A great trail for the family with shady pockets throughout and plenty of resting spots to play. There’s views in all four directions on the way up and kids love reaching the top where a homemade fort made of sticks awaits. It’s about a 12-mile, roundtrip bike ride from Bozeman if you’re up for the challenge of a ride and a 2.5-mile hike. The new paved sidewalk and underpass makes it safe and easy to bike from Bozeman, but it’s best to leave the bike parked at the bottom since the trail is busy with hikers. Off-leash allowed.

  • College “M” Trail -This trail is one of the most popular for showing Bozeman off to out-of-town guests. There are two ways up, an easy side and a challenging steep side–both offer very little shade so come prepared with lots of water. The views of Bozeman from the top are incredible. The new paved sidewalk from Bozeman to the “M” makes this trail a great option if you want to get in a ride and a hike. But biking is not recommended on the trail itself because of how busy is it. Off-leash allowed.

 

Fall isn’t the only time of year to enjoy Bozeman. Here’s a post about why Bozeman is a great place to live year-round. Let me help you find the right home for you. Contact me at liz@windemere.com.

(Photo credit: Gallatin Valley Land Trust)