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The Secret to Finding The Perfect Place in Big Sky Country

Living in Montana all my life has sort of jaded me to the beautiful scenery at times. I mean there’s mountains every direction you look. Then there’s lakes, streams and forest as far as the eye can see. So when we started looking for the perfect ranch home, I realized that I was going to need to break out of my normal mode of looking at big box stores, gas stations and such. Here’s a few things that I’ve learned along the way.

  • Don’t forget about river front property. I was looking around on a few real estate sites and wasn’t finding what I wanted. When I jumped off of those sites and started looking for property near the river, now that’s when things got fun.
  • I realized that there are quite a bit of places still left along the river, and they’re not that far from town. There’s even subdivisions being built about 20 minutes from Missoula with a few lots left open. If you’re reading this months from now, it’s probably gone and I’m probably done building!
  • My last tip is to make sure that you’re not going to be left out in the boonies. We drove to one place just East of Stevensville and we drove. And we drove. And finally we came to a forest and drove some more. Finally we came out in a clearing, probably a mile or so into the forest and we were sitting atop a mountain we had seen driving up initially. My wife looked at me and we agreed that this place would be a nightmare in the winter.


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