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The Short-Term Rental Market in Bozeman

by Liz Nitz
The Short Term Rental Market in Bozeman

Sobo Lofts in downtown Bozeman. The HOA allows for short-term vacation rentals.

 

Interior of my short-term rental in Sobo Lofts

Interior of my short-term rental in Sobo Lofts

The short-term rental market in Bozeman is strong thanks to the mountain setting, college town designation and year-round recreation.

That’s if you can find one. It’s no secret that the Bozeman real estate market is tight right now, with almost no inventory. And with the city’s new zoning map and recently established regulations on short-term rentals, it’s a bit difficult to own and operate one. (You can find information on the city’s rules on short-term rentals here.) I own a short-term vacation Rental Market here in Bozeman and its performance is better than I had anticipated.

 

Bozeman Compared to More Traditional Resort Destinations

  • My Hawaii rental: I previously owned a short-term vacation rental in Hawaii and it was a much different picture. Cancellations/changes were rare because it took a fair amount of effort to get to Hawaii. Many people were going with family, so guests tended to make air and lodging reservations at the same time and often a year in advance.
  • My Bozeman rental: Reservations here are a little more fluid. There are more cancellations/changes but they almost always fill right back up. In the past few months (before we had any decent snow) I’ve only had five total nights that were open. I am currently looking at several months of being totally booked. Bozeman is a great place to own a short-term rental because of its multilayered economy. Even if the national economy were to take more of a hit than it did last year, Bozeman has a lot to offer in terms of recreation and entertainment at a pretty reasonable price. And unlike Hawaii, Bozeman is reachable by car which ups the affordability factor for visitors.

 

Who Is Staying in Short-term Rentals in Bozeman?

Bozeman is a popular vacation base for skiing, hiking and exploring national parks. It also attracts many people visiting Montana State University. Surprisingly, Bozeman became even more popular during the pandemic. Montana had more space and less restrictions compared to other states, so people headed here in droves to live, work and play.

 

What’s Happening in Surrounding Cities?

    • Big Sky Big Sky doesn’t have the same zoning issues because it’s a resort town. But individual HOAs may have their own restrictions. The real issue in Big Sky would be: Is it worth the investment? One should check carefully what units can rent for and compare that to expenses. HOA expenses in Big Sky tend to be much more than Bozeman. And while Bozeman rents year-round, Big Sky definitely has an off-season during the fall and spring.
    • Belgrade This could potentially be a market to look at if the HOAs allow for short-term rentals. The key would be to get a unit that has amenities that Bozeman can’t offer, such as more space with a big yard for pets. There are not a lot of Airbnbs over there, so you would definitely be taking a few guesses. But the  rental market is strong, so a long-term rental should cover expenses if the short-term didn’t work out.

 

Amenities Make a Difference

A good resource if you’re interested in investing in a short-term rental is AirDNA. If you’re an analytics geek, AirDNA has a goldmine of data on the performance of VRBOs and Airbnbs located all over the world. Check out this great blog post about amenities that boost average daily rates (ADR) and revenue per available rental (RevPar). In Montana, I think these amenities would set you apart:

    • Winter season Fireplace; sun-drenched living area with great views; heated floors; hot tub; glove/boot warmers; espresso/coffee station.
    • Summer season Walking distance to the main entertainment district; a patio with views of the lake/mountains; bikes for riding around town.

 

If you have questions about owning a short-term rental or what’s happening in real estate in Bozeman, feel free to email me at liz@windermere.com. Also check out my previous blog post about what you should consider before owning a vacation rental.

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2000 Goose Ridge, Bozeman, Montana 59715

2000 Goose Ridge, Bozeman, Montana 59715

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
20.94Acre
1,971Sqft
Amongst the trees atop Goose Ridge you’ll find this beautiful mountain property. Built in 2001 on over 20 acres this 1,971 sq ft 2 bedroom, 2 bath log home is both comfortable and spacious. A partially covered wraparound deck steps down to an outdoor fire pit. The great room offers a lovely venue to take in expansive Absaroka views.
$845,000

27 Noble Peak Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

27 Noble Peak Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.26Acre
2,152Sqft
Beautiful 2020 built farmhouse in a quiet location in sought-after Woodland Park. Enjoy the rural and mountain views from the 11,000+ sqft lot that is fully fenced, sprinklered, and landscaped. The home is light, bright, and elegantly appointed in every detail. The open concept floor plan allows a nice flow between living spaces and access to several outdoor areas.
$779,000

2440 Tschache Lane 302, Bozeman, Montana 59715

2440 Tschache Lane 302, Bozeman, Montana 59715

2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
1,063Sqft
These homes have modern finishes and open floor plans. The site is surrounded on 3 sides by a city park and open space, allowing for awe-inspiring views in nearly every direction. All of this from a central location within walking distance from shopping, restaurants, and retail. Start your day with Starbucks coffee (only a block or so away).
$460,000

333 New Ventures Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

333 New Ventures Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
0.81Acre
1,088Sqft
Many opportunities on this Four Corners Commercial Zoned Property! The property is currently laid out to feature (3) rentals for either short and/or long term. The 1st structure is a custom crafted cottage with many details throughout with super efficiency, charm & functionality.
$925,000

404 Fieldstone Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715

404 Fieldstone Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.24Acre
2,134Sqft
Are you looking for more than just a tract home? Do you recall as a child riding your bike down tree-lined streets in a quiet, safe neighborhood? How about the Ice Cream truck driving down the street bringing all your friends outside for a frozen treat? Well, we can't turn back the hands of time, but we have the next best thing.
$675,000

5443 Vahl Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718

5443 Vahl Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
0.12Acre
2,924Sqft
Spectacular setting, home, and neighborhood. This 2019 Parade of Home's entry allowed no detail to be overlooked. Custom additions on this home will provide so much enjoyment and value to the lucky new owner. From the office at the front entry of the home, which showcases one of the lakes, to the spacious great room, kitchen and dining combination; the views abound.
$1,049,900

3024 S 31st Avenue, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3024 S 31st Avenue, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.10Acre
2,128Sqft
Encounter Gran Cielo, Bozeman’s newest neighborhood. Where contemporary design meets classic community. Located in the heart of all that Bozeman offers, with easy access to everything. The Lagom N1 is 2,128 sq ft, offering 2 living areas, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with office space.
$775,000

1802 W Lincoln Street 13, Bozeman, Montana 59715

1802 W Lincoln Street 13, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
1,349Sqft
Beautifully remodeled 3 BR, 1.5 BA townhouse-style condo adjacent to Montana State University. Stunning kitchen renovation with all new black stainless appliances, new counters, new soft-close cabinets, new tile flooring, new canned LED lighting and a massive pantry with a custom alder sliding barn door.
$407,000

3127 Spring Ridge Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3127 Spring Ridge Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.11Acre
1,697Sqft
Welcome to this beautiful home nestled in the coveted Alder Creek Subdivision.  No detail was missed in this pristine craftsman style home. The open concept provides a generous amount of natural light and easy flow throughout this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom single level design.
$650,000
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