by Emily Coombs
on Thursday, June 11th, 2020 at 6:38pm.
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 pulls together for the annual Potato Festival with a traditional Fireman’s Breakfast, parade, live music, car show, arts and crafts, kid’s activities, and of course, baked potatoes! The area is also home to several woodcarvers, artisans, and antique dealers.
It may be a small town, but it’s rich with educational opportunities. In addition to the public school system, a private school, Manhattan Christian, has been in existence for over 105 years. Both schools support robust sports teams.
Steak lovers from around the region make Manhattan a destination for special occasions. Sir Scott’s Oasis and Land of Magic are both classic steakhouses featuring relish trays and fat baked potatoes alongside juicy cuts of beef. (Fun fact: Manhattan was featured on the advertising campaign “Real Food for Real People” sponsored by the Beef Industry in the mid-1990s.)
Manhattan has a variety of single-family and dual occupancy listings in all price ranges. The average sales price of a single-family home (in the last 12 months) on one acre or less is $381,000.
Personally, our favorite part of Manhattan is to drive Churchill Road in the spring. Winding over the rolling hills turned vibrant green with new crops and set against the big blue Montana sky, with a backdrop of snow-covered peaks, the views are nothing short of inspiring.