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What’s It Really Like to Live in Montana?

by Liz Nitz

What’s It Really Like to Live in Montana?

Many buyers came flooding into Montana in summer 2020 spurred by the pandemic. They left the chaos and uncertainty of big cities in search of safe, wide-open spaces and relative affordability. It didn’t hurt that shows like “Yellowstone” portrayed Montana as a badass, beautiful and majestic place. (The Bozeman Daily Chronicle recently ran this story on booming ranch sales in Montana.)

According to the Gallatin Association of Realtors Market Watch, buyer demand was so high this year that the median home price jumped to almost $600,000 and multiple offers were still a common occurrence in October 2020. What I heard from many buyers who came to Montana was they wanted land, mountain views, wildlife and not many people surrounding them. Those things are definitely easy to come by here, but there is so much more to Montana that makes it such a great place to live.

 

So, what’s it really like to live in Montana?

  1. It has very friendly people Montana is a place where some businesses still close for lunch, people visit at the post office, and everybody knows your name if you’ve been here long enough.
  2. It’s not just filled with farmers, cowboys and ranchers Montana has nationally recognized universities, a solid tech presence and an eclectic food, music and art scene. Check out Bozeman, Missoula, Livingston, Butte and Helena.
  3. It takes a while to get across the state Don’t be surprised if it takes you more than 7 hours to go from Bozeman Hot Springs in Bozeman, Montana to Sleeping Buffalo Hot Springs in Saco, Montana.
  4. It’s full of small, quaint little towns  You will feel like you stepped back in time visiting places like Virginia City (pop. 198) or Phillipsburg (pop. 965).
  5. It’s a place where you really can slow down and enjoy the view And yes, sometimes you might get lucky and see a herd of elk nearby.

 

If you’re curious about Montana and want to come visit, check out my previous posts on where to stay or contact me at liz@windermere.com.

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1484 Stewart Loop, Bozeman, Montana 59718

1484 Stewart Loop, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
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2.26Acre
3,181Sqft
Welcome to Sunrise Homes in Gallatin Heights subdivision, located in beautiful Bozeman, Montana! This 3,181 sqft home is absolutely stunning! With 4 bedrooms, a flex room that can be used as an office or study with double glass doors just off the entrance, 3.
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39 Border Lane, Bozeman, Montana 59718

39 Border Lane, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
1.24Acre
1,632Sqft
The perfect piece of Montana. Corner lot, horse property with panoramic Bridger mountain views within minutes from downtown Bozeman! This rare gem features over 1.2 acres in the highly popular Baxter Creek subdivision. The home boasts thoughtful finishes throughout and a large bonus room in basement.
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1995 Buckrake Avenue, Bozeman, Montana 59718

1995 Buckrake Avenue, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.12Acre
1,757Sqft
This townhouse is a rare find, with a fully fenced back and side yard, large wraparound deck, and bordering park space on two sides. Surprisingly good Bridger mountain views from the deck, living room and master suite. Main living areas are on the first floor, with all bedrooms and laundry area on the second floor.
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34 Riverside Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715

34 Riverside Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59715

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
0.32Acre
3,334Sqft
This Locati designed home on the #1 hole of Riverside Country Club has a wonderful backyard setting for you and your guests to enjoy. Take in the mature landscaping and south facing views while relaxing on the patio during those long summer evenings. Inside you will find cherry flooring and cabinets with classic brick styling on the centerpiece fireplace for the cold winter nights.
$869,000

150 Coulee Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

150 Coulee Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
3Bathroom(s)
0.75Acre
2,728Sqft
Beautiful single family home on 3/4 acre lot! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath home built by Ken LeClair has been tastefully updated and feels bright and spacious! Features a 3 car attached garage, ample storage space throughout and a wrap around deck with views of the Bridger Mountains. Appliances, water heater, carpet and garage doors have all been replaced in the past three years.
$585,000

476 Enterprise Boulevard 220, Bozeman, Montana 59718

476 Enterprise Boulevard 220, Bozeman, Montana 59718

1Bedroom(s)
1Bathroom(s)
648Sqft
Exceptional contemporary one bedroom condo on the beautiful south side of Bozeman, close to the University. Featuring hardwood floors, quartz countertop, built in bluetooth bathroom mirror, and a covered balcony.
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426 Cedar Wood Circle, Bozeman, Montana 59718

426 Cedar Wood Circle, Bozeman, Montana 59718

3Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.19Acre
3,048Sqft
Don’t miss this beautifully designed, Pro Builders custom-built home in desirable North Star Subdivision.
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1297 Thomas Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

1297 Thomas Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

2Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
1,075Sqft
Newly constructed condominiums offering a combination of 1 BD/1.5 BA units along with 2BD/2BA units and 2BD/2.5BA properties. GE appliance package with including electric range, dishwasher, disposal, microwave, exhaust hood, washer/dryer, refrigerator. Quartz countertops, natural gas forced air and AC. Walk-in closets with storage, some condos have decks with additional storage.
$349,000

5756 Westmorland Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

5756 Westmorland Drive, Bozeman, Montana 59718

4Bedroom(s)
2Bathroom(s)
0.10Acre
1,986Sqft
Oh yes, the Lakes of Valley West; a highly sought after community located in Bozeman, MT! This lovely home features 4BR/2.BA & will knock your socks off with its contemporary look and feel w/ large southern exposure windows, located at the end of a cul-de-sac and adjoins the community walking trail.
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