All Blog Entries by Emily Coombs

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Big Sky, Montana is bustling. There's a lot to look forward to in this mountain community, from infrastructure improvements like water and sewer to luxury hotels and expansions at Big Sky Resort.

The locals here are tight, and they band together to make projects happen. Take the community center, BASE, for example. Early in 2022, BASE will open with a gym, fitness facility, indoor climbing wall, art and culture wing, flex space, and behavioral health facilities. This summer, Len Hill Park, a part of the center, opened and is now the permanent home to Music in the Mountains, a free outdoor concert series. And this winter, a refrigerated ice hockey rink is slated to open. In addition, the project expands the trail system and provides a 43% increase…

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Buying or selling a home is an intimate transaction. One that requires a deep understanding of how your long-term goals can align with the state of the housing market. That’s a fine line in a growing market like the Gallatin Valley. At Heart of Montana Realty, we understand how important it is to earn your trust in making such an important investment.

We’re a smaller office that packs a big punch when it comes to experience. We’ve been around for over twenty years. We’ve watched Bozeman grow from a cowboy town to a college town to one of the nation’s fastest-growing micropolitan cities several years in a row. We have four brokers two of which have 40 years of real estate experience, and two brokers with no less than 10 years of real estate…

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Belgrade, Montana, has some of the most diverse and delicious restaurants in the state. For a town of approximately 8700 people, you'll find authentic Mexican, Asian, Indian, and some uniquely Montana food. It's impressive. Located just 9 miles from Bozeman, it's a quick jaunt down I-90, where you'll find the pace a little slower, the crowds fewer, and the food outstanding. We've rounded up a few of our favorites, but this list is by no means exhaustive. There's plenty of food to explore in this little neck of the woods.

Mint Café and Bar

An authentic Montana steakhouse, the atmosphere here draws you in from the start. Dark wood and dim lights set the stage for a relaxing evening. Steaks, soups, salads, and sides are all traditional items, but…

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Heart of Montana Realty is proud to recognize our top producing real estate agents in our office for the first quarter of 2021. Congratulations on a great quarter!

First Place, Dan Stone

During his time at Heart of Montana Realty, Dan has proven to be a confident advisor to both his clients and his colleagues. He is a natural leader with great initiative, strong attention to detail and he works diligently to provide his clients with exceptional service.


Second Place, Jennifer and Bart May

Jennifer and Bart love helping people meet their goals whether it be finding a new home or selling their existing home. Jennifer and Bart relish the process of helping others through their real estate transactions and they put all they have into meeting…

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It hasn’t taken long for Livingston to go from quietly flying under the radar, to becoming one of Montana’s sought-after places to live. The interest is understandable. The town itself is an eclectic mix of retail shops, bookstores, art galleries, western wear, and outdoor gear. In other words, there’s something for everyone.

The Yellowstone River flows right through town, and Paradise Valley is home to some spectacular hiking, camping, hot springs, and of course, the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

It’s a seller’s market right now, meaning, there are more people looking for homes than are available. There are currently 128 homes on the market, ranging from $65.9K to $25M. In March 2021, the median list price was $409K, trending…

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With vaccinations ramping up across the country, so are travel plans, and airlines are taking notice! Since COVID-19 hit last March, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has made twelve announcements of new service coming in. The most recent addition, Avelo Airlines, American’s first new airline in nearly 15 years, announced nonstop service to Bozeman from Burbank, CA. This brings the total to 30 nonstop flights to summer markets, in 20 states across 10 airline brands. That’s quite a schedule! Available seats for May-October, 2021 is expected to increase by 65% over the previous record set in 2019.

It’s not just airlines who are seeing the increased demand. Hotels, short-term rentals and guest ranches are all seeing higher than normal…

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There is no doubt that part of Bozeman’s charm comes from its historic architecture. It is quaint neighborhoods such as the Bon Ton District, with its high style, Art Deco architecture, or the Cooper District, with Bungalows, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival style homes.

Some areas, such as the Bozeman Brewery District, have seen a resurgence of business. The Lehrkind Brewery operated here, using the railroad spur to bring in raw materials and then ship kegs of beer around Montana. Today, a mix of breweries, eateries, and some galleries make this part of town bustle. There are several historic districts in Bozeman; you can read about them in more detail here.

In addition to the beautiful homes, buying in a historic district has several benefits.…

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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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