All Blog Entries by Emily Coombs

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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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Three Forks, Montana, is perfect for those who enjoy living a bit on the fringe. Just far enough to be removed from the city bustle, but close enough to indulge the need for a city-fix when it comes along. The wide-open area is excellent for outdoor lovers and families who want a little slower pace of life. Locals joke that the stoplights are always green in Three Forks. Why? Because there are no stoplights! Are you wondering if this small town is right for you? Here are a few of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you get a feel for it.

What is there to do in Three Forks?

The short answer? Plenty. Three state parks surround the town, Missouri Headwaters State Park, Madison Buffalo Jump, and Lewis and Clark Caverns. Missouri Headwaters, seated at

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Tucked up into the towering Madison Mountain Range, and nestled near the Gallatin River, Big Sky is a lively community, built on a shared love of recreation and a genuine appreciation for the outdoors.

Just an hour drive from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, it's nestled among some of the most amazing terrain in the lower 48 states. From the top of Lone Peak, at Big Sky Resort, you can see two national parks and three states!

For those who love the outdoors, it doesn’t get any better than this. And, at the end of each adventure, you’ll find a cold beverage, delicious vittles, and great conversation. We’ve listed some of our favorite things to do in the summer, but this only scratches the surface, you’ll find fun around every corner.

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Bozeman boasts beautiful views from every area of town; there’s genuinely not a bad location throughout the Gallatin Valley. Finding your perfect spot is a matter of taking inventory of what you most enjoy; wide-open spaces or walking distance to amenities? Quiet neighborhoods outside of town or being close to schools? We’ve broken the valley down into seven sections to give you an overview of each area so you can dial in your search.

Downtown

The historic downtown is the heart of Bozeman, full of bungalows, Sears and Roebuck kit houses, and large, eclectic homes, which are a mix of Spanish, mid-century modern, and Victorian architecture. Locals break it down to “Northside” and “Southside.” Homes located on the Southside, near Montana State

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