As the median price of a home in Bozeman, Montana continues to rise, many home buyers are finding that it is simply not an option to buy a home in Bozeman. So, what are the alternatives? Keep reading to learn more about the cost of a home in Belgrade, Livingston, Manhattan, Three Forks, and Big Sky. To explore all of these communities, click here.
If you love Bozeman’s breweries, art galleries, restaurants, and the outdoors, Livingston, Montana is a wonderful place to consider. Over the past few years, Livingston has started to transform from a dusty small town to a pretty happening place. Along with its growing cultural scene, Livingston has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Sitting on the banks of the Yellowstone River at the north end of Paradise Valley, you’ll find some of the best fishing, floating, hiking, and camping within a few miles of town. Click here for a guide to moving to Livingston, Montana.
Livingston is located 25 miles from Bozeman. Many people make the commute over the Bozeman pass daily, although the road can be difficult to travel and sometimes closed in the winter. Check out this list of 6 things you should know before moving to Livingston, Montana.
The Absaroka mountain range is the backdrop to this town with a population of approximately 8,000 people. There are three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.
The median sales price of a single-family home in Livingston is $481,900 - 43% less expensive than a single-family home in Bozeman.
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Belgrade, Montana is often the first place many people look to as an alternative to living in Bozeman. Located just 11 miles apart, many people wonder what could possibly be so different about these two towns. Homeowners in Belgrade enjoy lower housing costs than in Bozeman along with great schools, mountain views, and abundant parks and recreational areas. The character of the two towns is very different, read our post Bozeman vs Belgrade. Belgrade has a strong community with great neighborhoods and is set to make many improvements to its infrastructure in the next several years. Click here for a guide to moving to Belgrade, Montana.
With a population of approximately 9,500, Belgrade has 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. The Yellowstone International Airport is located just outside of town and is bringing significant growth to the area.
The median sales price of a single-family home in Belgrade is $562,500 - 33% less expensive than a single-family home in Bozeman.
Home to a talc processing mill that processes 3% of the world's talc supply, many Three Forks residents live there as mill employees or family members of employees. With the influx of people moving to Montana in the past couple of years, we are seeing a lot of growth in this area. Historically, Three Forks, Montana is an incredible place. Visited by Lewis and Clark in 1805, Three Forks is the point where the longest river in North America, the Missouri, begins. Residents enjoy one of the greatest rodeos in the area along with fantastic fishing, floating, hiking, and camping.
With approximately 2,000 residents, Three Forks has one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
The median sales price of a home in Three Forks is $392,600 - 53% less expensive than a single-family home in Bozeman.
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Manhattan is just 25 minutes from Bozeman and offers all the small-town charm! This is an agricultural community with a focus on seed potatoes, dairy, wheat farms, and commercial beef. Obviously, because of this, there are large properties on the outskirts of Manhattan, and closer to town you'll find everything from historic homes to urban condos.
Manhattan has plenty to offer when it comes to outdoor recreation. Nearby is the Gallatin River with some of the best fishing access in the state. The Headwaters Trail System runs along the old Milwaukee Railroad corridor between Three Forks and Manhattan.
The population of this small town is 1,950. The school district has one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school. They also have a private school, Manhattan Christian which has been around for more than 105 years! Click here for the guide to Moving to Manhattan.
The median sales price of a single-family home in Manhattan is $699,000 - 17% less expensive than a single-family home in Bozeman.
Big Sky, Montana is in a world of its own, both geographically and economically. As one of the most desirable ski destinations in the United States and home to three exclusive ski/golf communities, The Yellowstone Club, Spanish Peaks Mountain Club, and Moonlight Basin. the cost of a home in Big Sky far exceeds real estate prices in nearby areas.
Big Sky is a small community with an estimated population of 3,098 year-round residents. Big Sky Resort and the ski/golf communities bring in thousands of visitors each year, some who stay for a week and others who stay for months. There are also hundreds of workers that commute to Big Sky from Bozeman and other surrounding areas to work each day. There is one K-12 public school in Big Sky as well as a Montessori based Pre-K - 12th grade school called Discovery Academy and Learning Center. For more about living in Big Sky, read 5 things you should know before moving to Big Sky, Montana.
As for recreation, Big Sky is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. Big Sky is known for its skiing, but it also offers incredible mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and fishing. In the summer, Big Sky Resort offers lift service to over 20 miles of mountain biking trails and there are at least a dozen other nearby trails that are great for biking and hiking. Gallatin Canyon is a popular destination for rock climbing with routes for all levels. And the nearby Gallatin River offers world-class trout fishing along with a wide variety of whitewater for rafting or kayaking.
The median sales price of a single-family home in Big Sky is $2,750,000.
*median home prices as of February 2023. Statistics courtesy of the Gallatin Association of Realtors.
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