Every part of Bozeman is a good place to live in our opinion. However, depending on your lifestyle, some areas of Bozeman might be a better fit for you. Keep reading for our list of the best areas in Bozeman, the best subdivisions in the area, and why we love them.
West Bozeman is one of the fastest-growing parts of Bozeman! In West Bozeman, you will find new subdivisions mixed with more established neighborhoods and many of Bozeman's schools. Because of the proximity to schools and great parks, West Bozeman lends itself well to families. Emily Dickinson, Meadowlark and Hyalite Elementary are all tucked into neighborhoods on Bozeman's west side and Chief Joseph Middle School and Gallatin High School are located here as well. In the heart of West Bozeman is the 100-Acre Regional Park with the kid-friendly Dinosaur playground, ponds, a dog park, and trails that connect with the Main Street to Mountains trail. It’s not just residential development in this area that's been booming, Ferguson Farm is a huge commercial development that sits off of Cottonwood Road on Bozeman's west side. It is home to restaurants, shops, a brewery and is quickly becoming a favorite among West side residents.
The south side has always been one of the most coveted areas to live in Bozeman. And rightfully so! Living on the south side of Bozeman means you are right between downtown and the mountains. Within 10 minutes, you can either be having dinner on Main Street or on your way to Hyalite Canyon for a hike. Some of Bozeman’s best older neighborhoods are on the south side along with several new subdivisions. The south side also puts you near MSU, the Museum of the Rockies and some of the best in-town trails like the Gallagator and Sourdough Trail. The south side has many wonderful family neighborhoods, nice condo areas that cater to retirees, and because of the proximity to MSU, several areas that are suited for college rentals.
This part of Bozeman has changed more than any other in recent years. This area used to be the industrial area of Bozeman, with modest homes in quiet neighborhoods. Many of these homes are being remodeled into larger, modern homes creating an eclectic mix of residences in this area. Businesses have also been popping up in Northwest Bozeman like Treeline Coffee, Wild Crumb, and Mountains Walking Brewery, creating a well rounded and strong community. There is definitely a funky vibe to the northeast side of Bozeman, drawing in young professionals and families alike. For most of this area, there aren’t specific subdivisions, however, there are some new developments. The Ida Avenue Townhomes is a big one with plans for 92 residential units along with artist studios and industrial space. They have big plans that you can read more about here. The people living and working in Northeast Bozeman are striving to preserve this unique area of Bozeman and have developed their own neighborhood association, NENA, to work to preserve Northeast Bozeman.
3 Reasons to love Northeast Bozeman
1. The unique vibe 2. Access to awesome businesses 3. The eclectic mix of homes
Everyone loves downtown Bozeman! Main Street couldn’t be cuter, and the historic homes that surround it are beautiful. Living downtown means you can walk to restaurants, shopping, and all the fun community events that happen here. (Bonus points - you don’t ever have to worry about parking downtown!) There have been big changes happening downtown, with more to come in the next few years. This has caused a lot of conversations about where Bozeman's urban growth should be going. Right now it's going up, with many high-rise developments happening within blocks of Main Street. Whether you love or hate the development, everyone really wants the same thing…to preserve what is so wonderful about our downtown. We love the locally-owned stores and restaurants, walking the historic neighborhoods, and the charm of downtown Bozeman. This is where you’ll find several of the best city parks, like Lindley Park, Bogert Park Cooper Park, and Beall Park. Peets Hill and other trails are nearby, and you will find the smaller Bozeman elementary schools- Hawthorn, Irving and Longfellow here.
3 Reasons to love downtown
1. Beautiful historic homes 2. Live in the action 3. Mature trees, parks & trails
Outskirts of Bozeman
If you are looking for a little more elbow room in Bozeman, you have to get out of town. Bozeman is surrounded by beautiful places to live in the foothills of our mountains. North of town in the Springhill and Sypes Canyon area, are several established and very desirable neighborhoods. They feature large homes on nice-sized lots. The views of the Bridger Mountains and the Gallatin Valley are pretty spectacular on the North edge of Bozeman. If you head east of Bozeman towards Bridger Bowl, you’ll find newer subdivisions like Legends and Creekwood. This is a nice area for the skiers because you’re already on the way to Bridger Bowl! South of town, you are right by the road to Hyalite Canyon, making after-work hikes in the mountains or a quick trip to the reservoir a possibility. There are so many trails in this part of town that are basically the backyard of homes in the area. Kirk Hill, Sourdough Canyon and Leverich Canyon are a few of our favorites. Click here to see all the subdivisions in this area.