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Time for the Skwala Hatch in the Bitterroot Valley

Enjoy This Anticipated Event in Western Montana

It’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.

Basically, Skwala are stonefly bugs that hatch around March and April, and trout love them. These bugs provide a big meal that the trout haven’t had since winter began so they come out in droves to feast. The good news is that the fish haven’t been duped by fake “bug” lures for several months, and have completely forgotten about them. This means you might have a better chance of catching some big trout this time of year.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind, especially if you are just visiting the Bitterroot Valley and the Skwala Hatch for the first time.

  • Check with a seasoned pro.

While the news may make it sounds like catching trout during Skwala season is easy peasy, you have to be in just the right place at just the right time. Before you head out, talk to a local who has extensive experience catching fish during this time of year. They can give you tips on where to go, what to do and when, and more.

  • Go against the crowd.

The Skwala Hatch is a big deal in Western Montana and the population of fishing enthusiasts expands overnight. With this in mind, you can avoid the crowds and have better luck if you go to the “unpopular” locations. Talk to your local expert and find a place that is “off the beaten path.” Not only will you avoid the competition, your fishing spot will probably provide more peace and relaxation so you can actually enjoy your time on the river!

  • Listen, Watch and Learn.

Pay attention to others who plan to fish in the area. Many newbies will go before the sun rises because that’s when they usually fish in their hometown. However, the trout tend to like the warmer water that comes later in the day. If you wait to go out in the afternoon, you might have a better chance of catching more fish. Also, if you hear a lot of tourist chitchat about when and where they are going to fish, you’ll know it’s a good idea to avoid what they’re going to do!

As a local, these are some of the tips I’ve heard from the resident, fishing pros. For more information on the Skwala Hatch, you can read more here.

Have fun, and if you’d like to fish here all year long as a local, contact me at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]. I’ll help you find the perfect Western Montana home!

Enjoy all that Western Montana Living has to offer

Green Living in Western Montana Luxury Homes

It May Be Time to Move to Help the Environment and Your Health!

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:Enjoy Sandhill Ridge in Montana!

  • Save up to 10% on your annual energy bills and be more comfortable by sealing air leaks and adding the appropriate insulation per Energy Star.
  • Get more for your home as the U.S. Green Building Council indicates that, “green homes sell at higher prices and faster than comparable, conventional homes.”
  • Avoid illness from indoor air pollution with the appropriate insulation, filters, air units, and more. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that, “the individual presenting with environmentally associated symptoms is apt to have been exposed to airborne substances originating not outdoors, but indoors.”

What’s lurking in your home?

With this in mind, what pollutants are in your current home? Are they making you and your family sick?

What about your energy bills? Is your heated air going right through the walls due to poor insulation?

If your current home was not built with green features, you may be damaging more than just the environment! Maybe, it’s time for a move?

Green Living in Western Montana Luxury Homes at an Affordable Price

If you want to move to a healthier environment, save money and enjoy the great outdoors, there is a perfect opportunity available now in Sandhill Ridge. This is a brand new community in Ravalli County, Montana.The Covey - Sandhill Ridge

These are Western Montana luxury homes, but they are affordable. This is because you are not right in the dense, popular areas for skiing, hunting and other, outdoor adventures. However, you are just minutes away. This means you can enjoy all of the benefits of what Montana has to offer, without paying “city” prices or being surrounded by a big population of people. You can escape to your own “Big Sky Country” oasis!

Plus, this community of environmentally friendly homes in Montana is being built by Tamarack Construction. They have extensive experience building energy-efficient homes made with “green” construction methods. For example, your custom-made home will include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). This insulated system offers lower utility costs and a one-year builder warranty. You can work with their in-house team to custom design your home and personalize it with various upgrades such as floor-plans options, basement additions, location choices, and more.

“It is estimated that by 2018, the green, single-family housing market will represent about 40 percent of the market, and 84 percent of all residential construction will have sustainable features,” per the U.S. Green Building Council.

Green living is here to stay. Are you ready to move into your environmentally-friendly Montana home and enjoy better health, cost savings, and the great outdoors only Big Sky Country has to offer?

To learn more about living in Western Montana luxury homes, please contact Cindi Hayne for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

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

Find Montana Luxury Property And The Lost Trail

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 Powder Mountain. 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.

In the remote Bitterroot Mountains, you’ll discover Lost Trail Powder Mountain.

Here, you won’t find a lot of tourists…. Just an authentic experience enjoying all the area has to offer.

Check out the area as Amy skis through the state of Montana and ends up at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

She skis to the best spots on the mountain with local, ski school instructor, Chris Miller. Since he grew up skiing this mountain, he gives her a realistic taste of local culture.

“The terrain is really enticing and playful, and there are a lot of fun small nuggets to find,” states Amy. “There are also some gnarly and cool little lines that you can get to here!’

Lost Trail Powder Mountain has the “soul of skiing” at heart. Everyone you meet seems to be smiling and having a great time.

Amy also visits Hamilton, Montana where they have a “really cool brewery scene” with good music. Here, you’ll find a “classic Main Street, great coffee shops, good restaurants and bars, and a great place for just a walk around town.”

You’ll love the inside scoop Amy provides for my local area! She shows how you can still escape all of the tourism and enjoy the true beauty of Montana… whether you ski or not.

If you want to find a Montana luxury property (or see Bitterroot Valley real estate for sale) in this area, and have this wonderful experience right outside of your back door, please give me a call.

Contact Cindi Hayne for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

The Luxury Realtor in Montana Selling Missoula MT Real Estate The local resident expert is here to help you!

Meet THE Luxury Realtor in Montana Selling Missoula MT Real Estate

The local resident expert 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!

Montana real estate expert, Cindi Hayne, is here to help you!I’m a resident of the Bitterroot Valley and as a wife, daughter, triathlete, horse lover, outdoor enthusiast, and more, I’m very involved with my local community and feel it is important to give back whenever possible.

Since I’ve been here so long, I know the people, communities, laws, events, weather, gossip(!), and more better than anyone. For example, I’m a member of the exclusive, Stock Farm Golf and Sporting Club, past president of the Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding Program and the Montana Hunter/Jumper State Association, The Missoula Marathon sponsor, Bitterroot Valley Humane Association Auxiliary charter member, past board member of the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation, and more.

Most of all, I know what real estate is available, what will be available, the positives and benefits of each property, and the appropriate price points for each.

This is inside information I have and why I am known as THE luxury realtor in Montana.

It’s probably one of the reasons I have been blessed to be awarded designations that less than 1% of REALTORS® have actually achieved.

In fact, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m the number one real estate agent in my Berkshire Hathaway office, number two regionally and in the top 3% nationally out of 48,000 agents!

You can see more about my credentials here.

I love what I do, and this is something I take very seriously. My core values are to:

  • Provide the true meaning of “service.”
  • Have integrity and ethics — NO COMPROMISE.
  • Show compassionate understanding.
  • Include partnership with commitment on both sides.
  • Reach the goal to make you a “satisfied member” of my client appreciation club.
  • Set realistic expectations and then strive to exceed them.
  • Create a successful relationship with you where we work together as a team.

Whether you are buying or selling real estate, I will help you have an experienced professional on your side at all times who will identify your needs AND answer any building or area-related questions you may have.

Thank you for helping me to be the luxury realtor in Montana! If you need assistance buying or selling Missoula MT real estate and more in the Bitterroot Valley, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you!

Contact Cindi Hayne for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

Bitterroot Valley luxury homes at Sandhill Ridge

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

Escape 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.

Western Montana Living - Bitterroot Valley Luxury HomesYou’ve seen people enjoy the beautiful scenery, friendly people and extensive, outdoor activities available in Montana on television and in movies. It looks like a fantastic place to raise a family or just enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s just too expensive. Right? Wrong! The good news is…

Sandhill Ridge allows you to enjoy Montana’s Bitterroot Valley luxury homes at an affordable price!

Unlike the surrounding areas packed with people, here you’ll enjoy lower property taxes and energy bills while still having access to the mild winters, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more found in the Bitterroot Valley.

Plus, you won’t believe everything you get in this community! Amenities include:

The Neighborhood

  • 35 Homes on lots ranging from 1 – 2.29 acres
  • 65 acres with 25 acres of open space, common areas and future community garden
  • Developed by Premier Builder Tamarack Construction with over 20 years’ experience
  • Homes designed by architect David A. Schlechten, A.I.A. & Associates
  • Interior choices selected by award-winning designer Becky Broeder Designs
  • Paved roads and private walking trails
  • Value Added Covenants
  • Natural gas and underground power to every home
  • Well and septic system included

ConstructionEnjoy Western Montana living at Sandhill Ridge.

  • Structural Insulated Panel System providing Energy Efficient homes offering 40% – 60% less energy usage
  • Heat Recovery Ventilation System
  • Conditioned Crawl Space
  • Passive Radon Vent
  • Blower Door Test on every home
  • Built to or above current Uniform Building Codes

Home Exterior

  • Gutters and downspouts included
  • Deck, patio or hard surface landing area included at all exit doors
  • Asphalt Driveway
  • Garage apron
  • Allowance for back deck or patio, lot choice will dictate this option
  • Energy Efficient high-quality fiberglass windows
  • Insulated, steel backed garage doors
  • Insulated fiberglass exterior doors
  • 50-year product warranty on Diamond Kote LP siding
  • Irrigation stub-out for back yard
  • Front Yard Landscaping Package included which is a $2,500 value
  • Hose Bibs on front and back of home
  • Perimeter of each lot will be hydro-seeded and re-vegetated with natural grasses

Home InteriorEnjoy Bitterroot Valley Luxury Homes of your dreams!

  • Air conditioning and force air heating system with electronic temperature control
  • Solid Hemlock wood interior doors throughout
  • Entry door with leaded glass
  • High-quality shelving in all closets
  • 6” Hemlock clear base trim
  • 4” Hemlock window casing
  • Adobe style texture throughout
  • Custom cabinets throughout
  • Cabinet choice of Wood Type, Stains or Paint Grade included

KitchenBitterroot Valley Luxury Homes -Sandhill Ridge

  • Double-basin drop-in stainless-steel sink
  • Stainless steel General Electric Energy Star rated appliances
  • Gas Stove/Oven, Cabinet Depth Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal included
  • Laminate countertops and backsplash
  • LVT flooring
  • Under Cabinet lighting
  • Soft Close drawers
  • Ample Storage

Living AreaA Bitterroot Valley Retreat Kitchen of Your Dreams

  • Vaulted ceilings, timber accents
  • Cable lighting, monospots and ceiling fan
  • Gas fireplace with remote temperature control as additional heat source
  • Cultured stone on fireplace with solid reclaimed wood mantle
  • Sliding doors to patio or decks
  • Carpeted flooring

All BedroomsThe Bitterroot River Retreat of your dreams

  • Carpeted Flooring
  • Solid Wood Closet Doors
  • Bright and Cheery Rooms

Master Bathrooms

  • Full sized tile walk in showers. Glass door enclosure on some models
  • 36” high countertops with laminate tops
  • LVT flooring

Guest BathroomsSandhill Ridge Room Montana

  • 36” high counters with laminate tops
  • Fiberglass shower/tub
  • LVT Flooring


  • Stainless-steel sink
  • Folding area
  • Owner-provided washer and dryer

GarageBitterroot Valley Luxury Homes -Sandhill Ridge Laundry

  • Interior to be sheet-rocked, taped and primed
  • SIP panels in garage for added insulation
  • Full sized Garage Doors
  • Windows for Natural Lighting

Options and Upgrades

  • Extensive color and material upgrades offered
  • Floorplan flexibility offered for additional bedrooms, unfinished basements and additional garage bays

Sandhill Ridge offers Bitterroot Valley luxury homes for everyone!

I’ve been doing real estate for a long time here in Montana, and this is definitely a unique community worth reviewing… especially at the price point.

If you are ready to find out more, please give me a call. I’d love to tell you all about the properties and get your perfect new home reserved before someone else takes it first!

Contact Cindi Hayne for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]

Western Montana Living – Make Resolutions a Reality!

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

Very 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!

Find activities you love to do.

If you want to lose weight and get in better shape, it’s important to find activities you like to do. For example, instead of going to the gym, how about taking a hike outside and enjoying all of the beauty Western Montana has to offer?Skwalla Montana fly fishing - Western Montana Living

You can also ride a horse, snow mobile, fish, hunt, and more. And if it’s too cold outside, how about spending time playing games with your family indoors?You can also do workouts in front of a large window. This way, the time will fly by as you watch all of the animals and birds outside playing in the falling snow.

Move to a better location!

When you look at your life and surroundings, do you like what you see? If you are stressed out by a small apartment, noise neighbors, traffic jams, and more, maybe it’s time to look at moving.

Did you see my recent post on the Top 5 Reasons to Enjoy Western Montana Living in 2019?

Right now, there are affordable and beautiful homes available in Sandhill Ridge, Forest Hills, and more. I can help you find the perfect home for you and your family within your budget. If you are looking for a luxury log cabin, I can help you there, too!

Set goals.

To make your dreams a reality, it just takes some planning. If you want to lose weight and get in better shape, create small, daily goals that work for you.If you want to move to a better location for a happier, healthier life for you and your family, figure out how you can make that happen by finding a new job, getting a real estate expert to help you, and more.

Make 2019 the Year Your Dreams Come True!

Instead of listening to all of the hype about failed resolutions that don’t materialize, why not look at the positive side of things? By figuring out exactly what you want, setting small, daily tasks to accomplish your goals and getting help from the right people, you can change your life for the better.

I’m here if you need me as I’d love to help you make your Western Montana living dreams a reality in 2019!

Contact me for more information at 406.240.6497 or [email protected]