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What Should Affordable Housing Look Like in Bozeman?

by Liz Nitz

Affordable Housing In Bozeman

Affordable housing in Bozeman is one of the biggest issues right now.  Affordability feels especially critical because of how tight the market has become since the pandemic. A huge influx of out-of-town buyers helped drive inventory down to record lows and prices up to record highs. The median price of a home in Bozeman is now up to $615,000 according to the latest Gallatin Association of Realtors Market Watch. 

The city commission recently approved a future growth plan that will increase the city’s footprint from 20.4 square miles to 70.8 over the next 20 years. As Bozeman grows, there will be opportunities to provide more affordable options. But it’s not just about the housing itself. I believe it’s also important to consider the bigger picture of creating healthy and thriving communities. Let’s take a look at what affordable housing should look like in Bozeman.

 

More Missing Middle Housing

Pictured is an apartment complex on the corner of Koch St. and Third Avenue. This multi-unit courtyard building sits right in the heart of the historic district in downtown Bozeman and blends in well with the single-family homes around it. It’s a great example of missing middle housing, which is defined as a type of housing that sits in the middle between detached single-family homes and mid-rise to high-rise apartment buildings. Missing middle housing often makes neighborhoods that would otherwise be out of reach more affordable. Many of the really nice, well-planned subdivisions in Bozeman like West Meadows, Flanders Mill and Valley West also feature smaller townhomes and missing middle options in their communities.

 

More Mixed-Use Neighborhoods

A mixed-use neighborhood is one where residential and commercial buildings intermingle in a way that encourages walking, biking, social connections and a real feeling of community. There is an organic vibrancy and diversity to mixed-use neighborhoods if they’re done right. The historic districts in downtown Bozeman are a great example. Take a walking tour and you will see lots of examples of missing middle housing options like duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts and courtyard buildings mixed in with modest, single-family homes and multi-million dollar mansions. And best of all, the retail, restaurants and coffee shops on Main Street are just a quick 10- to 15-minute walk or bike ride from your door. The result is an engaged and lively neighborhood where college kids and young families mingle with empty-nesters and elderly neighbors.

Some great information on missing middle housing and mixed-use neighborhoods can be found at:

www.bluezones.com 

www.missingmiddlehousing.com 

In a future post I will highlight the new Bridger View project that was recently approved by the city commission. It will feature 31 market-rate homes set aside for working families in Bozeman who have been priced out of the market. If you’re a first-time homebuyer or just have questions about the Bozeman market, feel free to contact me at liz@windermere.com.

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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.
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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

3401 Fallon 1B, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3401 Fallon 1B, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
936Sqft
Awesome opportunity to own in Bozeman! This single story main floor 2 bed, 1.5 bath condo has an easy floor plan. Brand new carpet just installed and washer & dryer are included. 1 car detached garage plus parking on street. Fireplace will keep you warm and cozy this fall! Conveniently located close to MSU, mall/shops, grocery and restaurants with Ferguson Farms/The Market just down the road.
$310,000

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
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