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What has always been a rich agricultural area, Bozeman, Montana, is now the country's fastest-growing micropolitan city. It's easy to understand why. For the adventure-minded, the opportunities are endless. Montana State University brings a vibrant energy to the town, and the area's growing technology sector is creating new job opportunities. Many a visitor comes for vacation and returns to call Bozeman home.

Managing this pace of growth while protecting the lands that make Bozeman so special is a tricky endeavor. Recently, Gallatin County began developing a growth plan with recommendations and guidelines for land use between Gallatin Gateway, Four Corners, Bozeman, and Belgrade. The plan, meant to be used as public outreach to coordinate land…

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Buying your first home is both an exciting and scary life milestone. On one hand, this is your space and you can make it whatever you want it to be. On the other hand, you’re taking on a whole new set of responsibilities and must be ready for anything. You’re also about to embark on a process that can be long and complicated with no prior experience to depend on.

With some research though, you can make your first experience as a home buyer a smoother journey. This starts at the very beginning, from the moment you decide that you’re ready to buy your first home. Before you even begin looking at homes, there are a couple of important topics you must first learn about. This begins with researching and looking at an overview of the entire home buying…

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For a small town, Livingston packs a big punch. This former railroad town is full of amazing restaurants, like Campione, or the Rib and Chop House. Boutiques such as Boheme Apotheca and High Trash Boutique, galleries like Parks Reece Gallery, and three bookstores. With a population of 7,784, that’s saying something! Almost everything is within walking distance of downtown Livingston. Plus, they have two breweries and Sacajawea City Park, which runs along the Yellowstone River.

Livingston is a bit more laid back than Bozeman. People still linger over coffee and spend time chatting with friends they see on the street. Travel time is nothing, morning commutes average less than 20 minutes, and overall, it’s more affordable than Bozeman. The median…

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It’s not often an airport is described as remarkable, but there isn’t a more fitting term for this beautiful international airport tucked up in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. In 2019, the airport handled 1,573,860 passengers, a 17.3% increase over 2018, and the 10th consecutive year of record-breaking traffic.

Even more remarkable is even amidst a pandemic, the airport has added five new flights. According to Brian Sprenger, Airport Director, Bozeman Yellowstone International is recovering quicker than the national average. October numbers are projected to be down just 25% compared to last year, whereas nationally, air traffic is down between 55% and 60%.

This winter, the airport expects to offer nonstop service to 19 markets on seven…

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Finding the right-sized home is an evolution; it changes from first home to the family home, then forever home. It's also reasonable to expect to buy and sell multiple times during various stages in life. These transitions can feel confusing. A young couple used to living in a small space downtown may be unsure of buying a bigger home as their family grows, while empty-nesters moving to condominiums or townhouses are excited to free up time spent on maintenance.

You'll know when it's time to assess the size of your living space; you will feel it in how you utilize the area, how you move through it and how it feels to be there. There are several factors to consider when weighing your options. Condominiums and townhouses generally have a lower cost…

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Missouri Headwaters State Park

Just over 30 miles down the road from Bozeman, the little town of Three Forks has a quiet following and for a good reason. Just out of reach of the busy pace of Bozeman, Three Forks maintains its small-town charm and pleasant warmth. The views are spectacular, the vibe, relaxed. Families, retirees, and young couples all love the space to roam, and the plethora of activities suitable for all ages.

Headwaters Trail System

This paved network of trails running along the former Milwaukee Railroad bed takes you through the town to Missouri Headwaters State Park. Plans call for the path to eventually continue to Manhattan, Montana. The project initially cost $1,000,000, made possible by donations and grant funding. That effort alone says a lot about…

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There's something to be said for an understated high quality of life. While Bozeman is growing by leaps, bounds, and a new apartment complex every other day, Belgrade is quietly becoming a sought-after place to buy. There's a good reason for that.

For one, first-time home-buyers can get a lot more house for their investment. Year-to-date in 2020, the average home price in Belgrade is $378,152, compared to $549,267 in Bozeman. These aren't just older homes priced to sell; new subdivisions are popping up with plenty of options. For example, the Henson Subdivision, located on the northern edge of town, offers single-family, townhouses, and four-unit residences. And, you can easily access it off of both I-90 and Jackrabbit Lane.

Speaking of access,…

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Big Sky Neighborhoods

Big Sky is truly breathtaking. Nestled into the middle of the Madison Range and surrounded by majestic peaks in every direction, life feels amplified. Driving along the Gallatin River to get to Big Sky seems like an unveiling, the view around each corner even more stunning than the last. People live here for the vast outdoor playground, the tight-knit community, and the love of a quieter lifestyle. From the thriving Warren Miller Performing Arts Center to community events like the Big Sky Farmer's Market, to the ever-growing Big Sky School District, residents care about the quality of life.

Interestingly, Big Sky is not a town, but an unincorporated community straddling both Gallatin and Madison counties. They have no government, but rather an army…

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The name itself seems to be an oxymoron; the rolling farmlands of this piece of paradise far removed from the bustle of the crowded city so notably associated with the name. Just 20 miles from Bozeman, the pace of life slows; people stop to chat at the post office and grocery store, catching up on one another’s news. The community is small and tight-knit; just over 1800 residents who genuinely take care of one another. It’s the kind of town where your word matters, really matters.

Initially set up for the malting industry in the 1890s, a significant number of Dutch people had settled in the area to provide labor. Generations later, these area farmers now grow potatoes and wheat and raise cattle for beef and dairy products. Each August, the town…

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There’s a certain magic about Livingston, Montana. Something that captures the love of writers, artists, musicians, and mountaineers who make this quaint mountain town their home, (think; Thomas McGuane and the latest Jim Harrison and Russell Chatham.) Perhaps it’s the mountain ranges; Crazy, Absarokee, and Bridger, to be exact. Or the magnificent Yellowstone River, which is full of fat trout and is a fisher person’s dream. There’s certainly a vibe, a laid-back yet get-down-to-business kind of attitude that keeps this town full of entrepreneurs and restaurateurs busy year-round. Livingston knows how to work hard, and play hard, creating an environment endearing to both residents and visitors alike.

The population is just over 7,500, a tight-knit…

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