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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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334 Herstal Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718

334 Herstal Way, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
0.08Acre
2,096Sqft
Form & Function are on display in this concise and well-appointed plan by Higher Standard Homes. Living room with laminate hardwood seamlessly flows through the dining area and into the kitchen which features quartz counter tops, stainless appliances, modern Bellmont cabinets and large slab island. Upper level boasts spacious master with dual vanities, tile surround shower and walk-in closet.
$719,900

3010 W Villard Street 1F, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3010 W Villard Street 1F, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1,308Sqft
Well maintained and move-in ready upper level 3B/2B condo in Morgan Creek. This home also has a 1 car detached garage and spacious bedrooms. Fantastic central Bozeman location.
$415,000

391 Annie Glade Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

391 Annie Glade Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.30Acre
2,529Sqft
This lovely, light-filled home in Elk Grove is located at the end of cul-de-sac on a larger lot with a beautifully landscaped & fenced yard that backs to open space. This well-appointed home includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus office and guest cabin. The main level master features a large ensuite bathroom with soaker tub. Beautiful hardwood floors cover the main living spaces and bedrooms.
$749,000

1028 Boylan Road, Bozeman, Montana 59715

1028 Boylan Road, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
0.24Acre
2,712Sqft
Fantastic and flexible single level floor plan in Bridger Creek Subdivision is under construction and expected to be completed by mid-March 2022. High quality finishes include an extensive cabinetry package, custom built ins, tile, luxury vinyl flooring and quartz counters. Matte black fixtures enhance the sleek modern flair of this 2700 + Sf home.
$995,000

1045 Boylan Road 3, Bozeman, Montana 59715

1045 Boylan Road 3, Bozeman, Montana 59715

3Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
2,205Sqft
Great condo in a great location! Situated on the number 6 hole on Bridger Creek Golf Course, this light filled condo is central to all that is great about living in SW MT! Minutes to downtown Bozeman, surrounded by trails, and easy to hop on the walking or bike path to the M and Drinking Horse Mountain. Golf all summer and xc ski on the groomed trails out your back door all winter.
$775,000

2400 Durston 8, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2400 Durston 8, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1,755Sqft
Beautifully updated and move in ready, single level home in the desirable Willwobrook Condos. This home features a large master suite w/walk-in closet, private fenced patio and a remodeled 3/4 bath with gorgeous walk-in shower. Luxurious new wool carpet. Granite counters in kitchen and 2nd bath. Kitchen features newer stainless appliances, pull outs in lower cabinets and a sizable pantry.
$725,000

6651 Gooch Hill Road, Bozeman, Montana 59718

6651 Gooch Hill Road, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
6Acre
3,908Sqft
Great horse property just minutes to downtown. This home has had many updates, including new paint, flooring, fixtures, hardware, lighting, bathroom etc. in 2021/2022. Perfect set-up for the horse lover, with multiple pastures, barn with stalls, tack area, hay storage, round pen, and various outbuildings. 4 beds and 3.5 baths in the house gives you plenty of room.
$1,895,000

305 Michael Grove Avenue 2A, Bozeman, Montana 59718

305 Michael Grove Avenue 2A, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
953Sqft
Single-level, 2-bedroom 2-bath, newly painted, ground floor, corner unit condo with lots of natural light from north and eastern-facing windows. Open concept living and dining area, opening up to small patio. Main entry is a preferred south facing entry. Condo has central air conditioning(!), a 1-car detached garage with loft storage, and a reserved parking space.
$340,000

439 N 10th, Bozeman, Montana 59715

439 N 10th, Bozeman, Montana 59715

4Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
0.18Acre
2,200Sqft
GREAT LOCATION! Close to Bozeman Senior High School 4BR 2BA Rancher with full basement and CONVERTED SHOP to a 400SF+ STUDIO/COTTAGE, additional living space in the backyard. Studio has 3/4 bath, small kitchenette w/sink, AC/Heat Mini split, stacked W/D, gas stove heater and walk-in closet. EXTRA PARKING accessed from alley.
$685,000
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