“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?
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 (Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, and Arizona) in a period of five years. The only place that felt like home was Western Montana and the Bitterroot Valley.
We did a tremendous amount of due diligence regarding the weather, culture, health care, city conveniences, equine support, real estate values, and recreation. We did not know a soul when we moved, but that changed quickly!!
Western Montana is a rare find in that the people are warm, friendly, inclusive, and helpful.
In the 20 years we have lived here full-time, we have encountered the most wonderful experiences. People genuinely care, will help you out regardless of the need and you will be warmly welcomed.
The medical community offers the full range of professional specialties. The facilities are first rate and have the latest diagnostic equipment available. The International Heart Institute is world renown for their research and cutting edge surgical procedures.
Weather in Western Montana does offer the four seasons but in a very mild way. We have not been inconvenienced with extreme temperature changes and find that each season offers its own charm.
People who come to Montana do so for various reasons – job transfers, retirement, second home, new start, quality of life, a focus on family, clean environment, recreation, quality of education etc. The opportunities are endless.
If you have any questions about looking in Western Montana – give me a call at 406.240.6497.
I will give you an honest response and help make your move to the Bitterroot Valley stress free and easy. That is what “Montana friendly” is all about!
For more information about living in Montana, please see some additional blogs here.