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Western Montana Living

What is Western Montana living like?

Here, you’ll find Cindi’s unique insights and tips on buying or selling your Montana luxury home, log cabin and more. Plus, you’ll learn about the great Bitterroot Valley real estate, amenities and activities available for your enjoyment…

Discover the Perfect Real Estate, Bitterroot Valley MT

Real Estate in Bitterroot Valley, MT is waiting for you!

As the summer winds down, do you dream of moving to Big Sky Country and enjoying the great outdoors all year long? If so, I can help you find budget-friendly homes, luxury amenities and your dream real estate. Bitterroot Valley, MT has a lot to offer!

Where Is The Bitterroot Valley?

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Montana First Time Home Buyer Checklist

Tips to Find Bitterroot Valley Homes for Sale that Meet your Needs.

If you are a Montana first time home buyer, there are many areas to choose from, and there can be a lot of competition for the best Bitterroot Valley homes and real estate. To find your dream process and make the entire process easier, here is my…

Montana First Time Home Buyer Checklist

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Evironmentally-Friendly Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer in Montana

Sandhill Ridge Room - First time homebuyer MontanaSave money and avoid illness with the right building processes in the Bitterroot Valley and beyond

If you are a first-time homebuyer in Montana looking for the best deal for your budget, be sure to look at environmentally-friendly features, too. With the latest technology, materials and more, you can save a lot of money and help the environment at the same time with your new home purchase.

For example, check out these… 3 Environmentally-Friendly Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer in Montana

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Help for First Time Homebuyer in Montana

Enjoy Western Montana living at Sandhill Ridge.The Bitterroot Valley Has Something For Everyone!

Are you a first time homebuyer in Montana looking for the perfect house in the Bitterroot Valley? Do you want to live in a great area to enjoy all that “Big Sky Country” has to offer but have a limited budget?

If so, you are probably a little anxious and need some help.

Well, here are a few things to think about to start your search and have the best home-buying experience possible.

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10 Tips To Find Bitterroot Valley Homes for Sale That Meet Your Budget

Discover Affordable Montana Homes

Find affordable Montana homes for your budget with Cindi HayneIf you want to find Bitterroot Valley homes for sale, you may have a difficult time. After all, everyone wants to live in this beautiful part of the country filled with the best of nature, outdoor activities, unique events, excellent school systems, and much more. However, the truth is that you can find your dream home within your budget. You just need these… 10 Tips to Find Bitterroot Valley Homes For Sale That Meet Your Budget

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How to Find the Best Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Agent

Local Montana Realtor Provides Insights For All Budgets

Find the best Montana real estate agent here.If you want to find the best Bitterroot Valley real estate agent for your specific needs, you need a local, Montana realtor who knows much more than what is for sale and how much it is!

Not only am I an experienced real-estate agent in the area, but I’m also a local, long-time resident who is raising her family in the area. With this in mind, I want to share a few tips to help you save time, money and hassle by finding the right realtor for you!

Check out the … 3 Keys Questions to Find the Best Local Montana Realtor or Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Expert for You.

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Discover Montana Luxury Homes For Sale

Relax with friends in your West Fork Retreat kitchen!The Secret to Find Luxury Homes for Sale in Western Montana and The Bitterroot Valley

If you want to find Montana luxury homes for sale that are unique and offer the best materials, workmanship and location possible, you need to work with an experienced, local professional.

This way, you can save time, money and hassle while they find the perfect home for you. But, the biggest benefit is that they know of special, Montana luxury homes for sale you won’t find anywhere else. For instance…

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Do You Know About These Western Montana Homes for Sale?

Enjoy Western Montana living!There are luxury homes and ranches for sale in Montana and Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale, too!

Many people are flocking to find Western Montana homes for sale and Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale, too. Do you know where to find the luxury homes and ranches for sale in Montana that meet your specific criteria before the competition snaps up the best properties?

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Looking for Western Montana Luxury Homes for Sale?

This Bitterroot Valley log cabin just went on the market at the coveted, West Fork area!

Western Montana Luxury Homes for Sale in West Fork

If you have been searching for the perfect, Western Montana luxury homes for sale, you’re in for a treat. This Swedish-coved log home, West Fork Retreat just went on the market.

Right next to the West Fork Bitterroot River, you’ll have clear-running water all year long and some of the best rainbow and brown trout in the state, right outside your door.

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Time for the Skwala Hatch in the Bitterroot Valley

Enjoy This Anticipated Event in Western Montana

Skwalla fly fishing in Montana - Western Montana sports and recreationIt’s time for the most anticipated event in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana… the Skwala Hatch!

This is when spring arrives and the Skwala come out near the Bitterroot River. And when the Skwala come out, so do the trout… in record numbers.

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How to Find the Perfect, Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes

5 Things to Look for to Enjoy Western Montana Living NowStart a new business in Montana

Spring is almost here. The snow is melting. The birds are singing, and the perfect, Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes are waiting for you! If you are thinking of moving the Big Sky Country to enjoy Western Montana living, now is your chance!

There are many opportunities available to purchase your dream home in this beautiful area. However, there are a few things to watch out for before you begin the search process.

With this in mind, here are…

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Green Living in Western Montana Luxury Homes

It May Be Time to Move to Help the Environment and Your Health!The Covey - Sandhill Ridge

If you are considering Western Montana luxury homes right now, be sure to look at all the benefits of “green living.” Building a home to meet environmentally friendly standards was something many people did in the past out of necessity. But, things have changed. Today, home buyers are looking for green features to save money and enjoy more benefits while helping to reduce their imprint on natural resources.

For example, did you know that you can:

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Find Montana Luxury Property And The Lost Trail

Find Montana Luxury Property and the Lost Trail. There is Bitterroot Valley Real Estate For Sale in this area.There is Bitterroot Valley Real Estate For Sale in this Hidden Gem!

If you are looking for a Montana luxury property and Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale, you’ll want to check out this video. A professional skier from Lake Tahoe, Amy Inga Brunson gives you an upfront view of Lost Trail. If you love to ski, you may not know about this hidden gem that focuses on the beauty of the area and the actual enjoyment of skiing.

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Meet THE Luxury Realtor in Montana Selling Missoula MT Real Estate

The local resident expert is here to help you!

Montana real estate expert, Cindi Hayne, is here to help you!If you are looking for a luxury realtor in Montana selling Missoula MT real estate, do you want to deal with a local expert who has extensive experience in the area and actually lives here, or a big company outside of the U.S. who just wants to sell you something?

Hi! I’m Cindi Hayne, and since it’s a new year, I wanted to tell you a little bit about myself and why I love selling Missoula MT real estate!

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You Can Afford Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes at Sandhill Ridge Now!

The Bitterroot River Retreat of your dreamsEscape the Winter Blues in a Beautiful, New Montana Home

The holidays are over, and the snow, ice and cold weather of the season are here. Instead of dreading this time of year and counting the days down until summer, why not make the most of it?

Now, you can actually look forward to winter in the new, Bitterroot Valley luxury homes in Montana at Sandhill Ridge.

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Western Montana Living – Make Resolutions a Reality!

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Come True Easily in The Bitterroot Valley, Montana

Skwalla Montana fly fishing - Western Montana LivingVery few people achieve their New Year’s resolutions (some stats are as low as 8%), but it doesn’t have to be this way… especially if you enjoy Western Montana living in the Bitterroot Valley!

You see, research indicates that you need to make a mindset shift in your brain to increase your chances of accomplishing your resolutions. According to the recent article in Fast Company, “How can you keep your New Year’s resolutions” by Kathleen Davis, you need to: “Find your motivation,” “make failure more painful,” and “create a plan for dealing with setbacks,” among other things. With all of this in mind, here are some…

Tips to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions a Reality – Bitterroot Valley Style!

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Top 5 Reasons to Enjoy Western Montana Living in 2019

Now is the time to move to the Bitterroot ValleyOwn your own Bitterroot River Retreat and Bitterroot Valley luxury homes in Montana!

You see television shows like YellowstoneLog Cabin Kings, and more, and the great outdoors calls to you. Your small home or apartment in the city is getting old, and Western Montana living looks really good.

But, it’s too expensive and difficult to move to Big Sky Country right now… or is it? Now is the perfect time to make a life change. The New Year is right around the corner, but there are also…

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Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes For You!

The Ultimate Gift of Western Montana Living is Here!

Enjoy Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes of your dreams!If your holiday dream is to own one of the beautiful, Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes in Western Montana, it can now become a reality!

You may have seen the luxurious log cabins and big mansions on television and envied the people who live in Big Sky Country.

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Have You Seen Sandhill Ridge In Montana?

Enjoy a piece of Western Montana for your very own!

Enjoy Montana living at Sandhill Ridge!Several months ago, I told you about the brand new community in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana known as Sandhill Ridge.

They are in the process of building thirty-five homes on premier lots ranging from 1 to 2.29 acres, and these are beauties.

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Forest Hills, Montana is Waiting for You!

New Real Estate Available for All the Best of Big Sky Country

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a horse property, now is your chance.Forest Hills Montana is Big Sky Country!

Lots are now available in Forest Hills, Montana part of the Bitterroot Valley just south of Missoula.

Here, you’ll find 185 acres packed with American West adventures like riding horses, fly-fishing, camping, hiking, and so much more.

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Top 10 Reasons to Move to the Bitterroot Valley Now

It’s Time to Enjoy Western Montana Living

Be a Montana local! Western Montana living and The Bitterroot ValleyNow is your chance to enjoy Western Montana Living and moving to the Bitterroot Valley.

If you dream of getting away from the noise and stress of the city and giving your children a chance to enjoy the great outdoors (away from their electronics), it’s the perfect time to move to Big Sky Country.


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Western Montana Living and Great Schools

Experience your dream in Big Sky Country and give your kids a great education, too

Florence Montana in the Bitterroot ValleyIf you’ve ever dreamed of Western Montana Living, now is the perfect time to move and make your dream a reality.

Not only is there a brand new subdivision opening in Florence, Montana, but U.S. News and World Report just ranked Florence-Carlton High School as the 7th best high school in the state.

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Enjoy Western Montana Living in Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes

Buy your dream log cabin or check out the new, Stevensville CommunityOwn your own Bitterroot River Retreat in Montana!

With world-class fly fishing and outdoor activities, many people dream of Western Montana living in one of the many, Bitterroot Valley Luxury homes. And with the new subdivision in Florence and Stevensville, there are more opportunities available.

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Live in Montana Luxury at a Fraction of the Cost

Check out the new, Florence and Stevensville CommunitiesEnjoy Montana

Did you know that you can live in Montana luxury and enjoy all the beautiful surroundings, outdoor activities, entertainment, food, and more this area has to offer… at a fraction of the cost?

Introducing, the new subdivision in the Florence and Stevensville areas.

Currently, these communities are in development, and it’s your chance to have “first pick” of the location you want. Not only will you enjoy a brand new home that meets your needs, but you’ll also be able to take advantage of many, unique benefits.

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This Bitterroot River Retreat Is an Exclusive Listing

Enjoy this beautiful, Montana home not listed on the MLSA Bitterroot Valley Retreat Kitchen of Your Dreams

Want a Bitterroot River Retreat in Hamilton, Montana that includes all the amenities you could ever ask for?

Well, you can stop looking at the MLS because this beautiful property is not listed there. It is part of our exclusive listings that we show to truly, interested buyers.

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You Can Live in Montana Like they Do on “Yellowstone!”

Have you been watching the new television show, with Kevin Costner?

Be a Montana local!It’s official. The television show, “Yellowstone,” is a big hit, and we think it’s because of the beautiful area and people the show highlights.

In fact, did you know that they filmed a lot of this series right here in the Bitterroot Valley to show how people live in Montana and the local area?

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Introducing Sandhill Ridge in The Bitterroot Valley of Montana

Enjoy a new home near Missoula in Big Sky CountryEnjoy living in The Bitterroot Valley of Montana in Sandhill Ridge

If you want to live in Big Sky Country in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana, now is the perfect time to move! Why? Sandhill Ridge is now accepting applications.

Located in Ravalli County, this brand new community includes thirty-five homes on premier lots ranging from 1 to 2.29 acres.

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Hamilton, Montana Named Most Charming Town in State

MSN Gives Bitterroot Valley Destination Top Ranking

Start a business in MontanaWell, it’s official. Hamilton, Montana has just been named the most charming town in the state per MSN. Of course, we knew this all along, but it proves our point that this is a great place to live, work and play!

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This Bitterroot River Retreat Can Be Yours

Are you ready for fly fishing in Montana?

Enjoy your Bitterroot River Retreat in Montana!

If you’ve ever dreamed of fly fishing in Montana and escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, this Bitterroot River Retreat can be yours!

It’s summer, and a great time to be outdoors.

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The Top 10 Reasons To Check Out The Missoula Marathon

Want to be a Montana Local this Summer?Skwalla fly fishing in Montana - Western Montana sports and recreation - Be a Montana local!

The Missoula Marathon is coming up in less than a month, and this is my first year taking part in the race and festivities. And it’s a chance for you to be a Montana local!

It’s a great event for all ages and offers a unique way to spend time with family and friends and enjoy some of the wonderful things Montana has to offer. For example…

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The Tin Cup Creek Hideaway and Perfect Montana Home Awaits!

Relax in a beautiful residence surrounded by the wonders of natureTin Cup Creek Log Cabin Luxury

If you’ve ever dreamed of living in Montana and enjoying the beautiful surroundings, the perfect home is now available. Located in the exclusive, Chief Joseph Estates, this one-of-a-kind custom-designed luxury log home has everything you’ve always wanted… and more.

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The Missoula Marathon is Coming Soon!

Full Training in Progress


Join us for The Missoula Marathon

Warmer weather is here, and now I can get outside to train for he Missoula Marathon. As many of you know, it’s the first time I’m taking part in this great, community event as a Half-Marathon runner.

While it’s a popular event in the local region, it’s also a fantastic way for outsiders to get a taste of true Montana, see the countryside and get to know the locals. And, it’s not too late to register.

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The Missoula Marathon – Preparation Continues!

Entering a Fun Race to Get Ready for The Missoula Marathon!

Preparation for The Missoula Marathon begins!

As many of you know, I’m entering the Missoula Marathon for the first time as a Half-Marathon runner. This great race has been around for a long time, and as a local, Montana resident, it will be so nice to actually be a participant.

But now, the weather is getting warmer, and it’s great to run outside… and increase my training level.

Enter the encouragement of my Montana friends…

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Why Start a Business in Montana? It’s a Startup Hub!

Western Montana business in Montana Living in Montana - Start a business in MontanaStartups Grow in Missoula, Bozeman and the Bitterroot Valley

Montana provides a great business environment and lifestyle

If you want to start a business in Montana, you are not alone. Recently, the Montana High Tech Business Alliance announced a list of business startups in the technology and manufacturing industries to watch in 2018.

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An Update to My First Run in The Missoula Marathon

Join Me for a Fun, Local Montana Experience!

WThe Missoula Marathon and My Broken Wrist!ell, at this point, most of you know I’ve entered The Missoula Marathon for the first time and will be running the Half-Marathon. As someone who is not a runner, I thought it was about time to get involved and actually be part of this great, local tradition!

So far, my training is progressing slowly, especially with a broken wrist.

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Visit Montana or Find a Home in the Bitterroot Valley with New Flights

Discover All That Big Sky Country Has To Offer!

Find a home in the Bitterroot Valley.

If you ever wanted to visit Montana or find a home in the Bitterroot Valley, now it’s easier than ever before!

The Missoula International Airport just announced new direct flights.

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The Famous, Missoula Marathon is Not Just for Adults!

Did you know that The Missoula Marathon offers an entire race for kids?

The Missoula Marathon for Kids and Teens

As I prepare for running in The Missoula Marathon for the first time, I’m realizing what a great event this is for the entire family.

I’m a local resident who has watched this race several times. But this year, I’ve decided to get more involved and actually be part of the Half Marathon (I’m not a runner and am training to participate right now!).

And while this is an official race and named “One of the Best Marathons in the U.S.,” there is plenty of entertainment, food, drinks, and other activities for bystanders and participants alike.

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The Missoula Marathon Offers a Great Vacation Experience

Have fun with the entire family as a Montana localThe Missoula Marathon happens in Montana!

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting “Big Sky Country” and the place where they filmed “A River Runs Through It,” it’s the perfect time to schedule a vacation to Montana this summer.


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Do You Know About The Missoula Marathon?

A First-Time Participant to Share Her Experience!

Getting ready to run in the Missoula MarathonThe Missoula Marathon is coming up the weekend of July 13ththrough the 15th, and I’m participating for the first time.

Gulp! As someone who is not a runner, new to the marathon experience – and is recovering from a broken wrist – this is going to be quite the experience!

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Buy A Home In The Bitterroot Valley And Experience The True “Yellowstone”

Bears, Wolves and Costner film in the local area

If you want to buy a home in the Bitterroot Valley, you’ll be able to see the area on your screens at home, soon.Buy a home in the Bitterroot Valley now.

Kevin Costner stars in the new, television series, “Yellowstone.” Filmed in Darby, Montana, among other places, the show is said to be a “postcard for Montana,” per the article in the Ravalli Republic entitled, “Costner hosts Bullock on the set of ‘Yellowstone.’”

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Western Montana LivingBitterroot Valley Real Estate Available at 732 Pallo Trail, Hamilton, MT 59840

Enjoy Western Montana living at its finest!

If you’ve every wanted to enjoy Western Montana living in a luxury log home and own a piece of Bitterroot Valley real estate, there is a huge opportunity now available. The property at 732 Pallo Trail in Hamilton, Montana is now active at $1,895,000.

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 Western Montana Living for the Holidays

Western Montana LivingIt’s the perfect time to look for Bitterroot Valley real estate.

While people rush around shopping, wrapping gifts, attending parties, and more, it’s a great time to view Bitterroot Valley real estate and find some fantastic deals. You’ll save time, money and hassle.

Want to know more?

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Western Montana Luxury Home Available at 3673 Toma Trail

Western Montana Luxury Home - Toma Trail

This Beautiful, Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Offers Custom Design and Great Views

If you are looking for a Western Montana luxury home with Bitterroot Valley real estate, look no further than 3673 Toma Trail in Darby, MT. Located in the exclusive, Chief Joseph Estates, this custom-built log home has a rustic, but elegant, feel.

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Skwalla Montana fly fishingCalifornia, Texas, New York, and Other Residents… Is It Time to Move to Montana?

As the year comes to an end, maybe it’s time to think about a big change to save money and enjoy a more relaxing lifestyle?

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See the Stats on Starting a Business in Montana

Why Start a Business in Montana? See the Stats!

University of Montana Missoula Start a business in MontanaCheck out these statistics and see if you want to move to Big Sky


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Want to Start a Business in Montana?

Missoula, Hamilton and other Bitterroot Valley Cities Offer Many Benefits for Entrepreneurs

Start a business in MontanaAre you an entrepreneur who wants to start a business in Montana? 

Did you know that “Montana Ranks #1 in The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship” with Missoula ranking 9th and Bozeman ranking 12th in their startup rate per an article in the Montana Associated Technology Roundtables?

Montana is a great place to start and grow a business.


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Living in Montana Checklist

Living in MontanaA Simple Guide for your Move to the Bitterroot Valley and Big Sky Country

You are sick of smog, traffic, noise, stress, and more and are looking forward to living in Montana. You’ve bought your dream home in Hamilton, Montana and the Bitterroot Valley and are getting ready for your big move.

But what should you expect?

Here is a simple list to help you prepare for a new life in Big Sky Country!

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Luxury Real Estate and Homes for Sale in Hamilton Montana

Western MontanaDiscover small town charm and exclusive amenities

I’ve spent many years researching luxury real estate and homes for sale in Hamilton Montana… and for good reason. I’m a resident who lives, works and plays here.

While you may hear about Bozeman, Helena and other, top tourist destinations, most people do not mention Hamilton. It’s funny, because our geographic region was beautifully depecited in the movie, “A River Runs Through It,” starring Brad Pitt.

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Discover Homes for Sale in Western Montana

Discover homes for sale in Western MontanaA quick quiz to see if you are ready to move to Big Sky country

If you are thinking about a new life away from the big city, it may be time for you to discover homes for sale in Western Montana. As you sit in traffic or rush to work on crowded streets, people here are spending time in the great outdoors and truly enjoying life.

With this in mind, are you ready for a change? 

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It is Skwalla time!! Are you ready for fly fishing in Montana?

Fly fishing in Montana

Any fly fisherman knows that the beginning of the season is very exciting.

The Skwalla hatch is about to begin signaling the official opening of fly fishing season in Western Montana.

This tradition usually starts in March and lasts through April.

The Bitterroot River Skwalla Hatch is on!

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What’s It Really Like to Live in Big Sky Country, Western Montana?

“Turn Me Loose – Set Me Free Somewhere in the Middle of Montana Big City Turn Me loose and set me Free…..” Merle Haggard

If you ask why we left the “Big City” in California, here is our story…

What’s It Really Like to Live in Western Montana?

Big Sky Montana, Western Montana

My husband and I decided that it was time to move due to the rapid changes that were taking place in California. We agreed that we would look west of the Mississippi with a vision of acreage for our horses, robust recreational choices, quality of life, cultural activities, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Our search took us to seven different states…

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Discover 6 Communities of Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes

Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes – Find which of these hidden gems in Big Sky Montana is right for you!

Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes are availableIf you want to enjoy the best of Montana living, Bitterroot Valley luxury homes are a secret gem.

We mentioned this previously and want to share some more details about this fantastic area.

Here, you can experience fly fishing, outdoor activities, restaurants, entertainment, beautiful scenery, and all Montana has to offer… quietly and peacefully without all of the tourism. And you have a lot to choose from.

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Luxury Homes in Montana Await in the Bitterroot Valley

A Market Update on Bitterroot Valley in the Banana Belt of Montana

Luxury homes in Montana

If you are looking for luxury homes in Montana, let me introduce you to a special area. Just south of Missoula, Montana.

The Bitterroot Valley offers life in the “Banana Belt” of the Northwest. The Valley, which receives 16 hours of sunshine a day during the summer, shares ultimate, four-season enjoyment.

The Bitterroot Valley offers something for everyone.

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Find Montana Luxury Homes Perfect for your Lifestyle

Enjoy relaxation and the beauty of Bitterroot ValleyFind Montana Luxury Homes for Sale

If you are looking for Montana luxury homes for sale, you know what you want. You envision wide open spaces, beautiful scenery, horses, fishing, and much more. The problem is, many others have the same dream.

And with so many people flocking to Bozeman, Whitefish and other, popular areas, these communities are becoming more like ski resort towns rather than “Big Sky” country. But, don’t worry. There are fantastic homes available where you can truly experience the beauty of this area and enjoy the best amenities too.

Do You Know About the Bitterroot Valley?

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