With the endless outdoor recreation opportunities, friendly community, thriving cultural scene, and a growing international airport, it’s only natural that Bozeman has become one of the best places in the nation to retire. The question is, once you get here where do you live? First, you have to decide what type of home you want. Are you looking for a condominium where you don’t have to worry about lawn care and snow removal so you can live like a snowbird and fly south for the winters? Or do you imagine a single-family home where you can have some space, and perhaps some mountain views?
Next, you have to decide on the location. Anywhere in Bozeman is a good place to live in our opinion; however, there are some places that are a better fit for retirees. Once you have decided what type of home you are looking for you can begin the process of narrowing down the location. Keep in mind Bozeman is a college town so there are many areas with rentals that may not offer the peace and quiet you are seeking. Fortunately, there are plenty of other neighborhoods designed for retirees and more being developed as Bozeman grows.
The Village Downtown
These luxury homes sit in the historic downtown district with the convenience of an urban living community. Lindley Park, Peet’s Hill and the public library are basically across the street and Bozeman’s vibrant downtown just a few blocks away. The Village Downtown development began in 2002 and is now a well-established community. All common areas are taken care of as well as landscaping and garbage removal.
There are two options for living in The Villages - Village Homes and Village Lofts. The Village Homes have two different floor plans available, both with two-stories and over 3,000 sq.ft of space. Each of these homes has an attached garage and a private courtyard. The Village Lofts are the smaller option and offer carefree maintenance with 1, 2 or 3 bedroom options. Each loft has high ceilings, secure lower level parking garage with reserved parking and storage space, elevators, energy efficient double glazed windows and concierge services. If you are looking for a fantastic downtown location, established community and maintenance free living than this could be the perfect option for you. Click here to see homes currently for sale in The Village Downtown.
The Greenhouse Village is a 55 and older community comprised of ten individual condominiums. The homes feature stunning architecture, fabulous details and an open floor plan. The Greenhouse Village neighborhood is located right next to the popular Gallagator Trail and a just a short distance from Main Street.
South Meadow Condominiums
South of town in one of Bozeman’s more mature neighborhoods is the South Meadow Condominiums, one of Bozeman’s premier condominium developments. Located close to the Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University, Valley View Golf Course and the hospital, plus walking trails and open space nearby. The South Meadow Condominiums feature single level floor plans, high-end finishes and maintenance free living. Several of the units back to open space and trails. Click here to see all homes for sale in the South Meadow Condominiums community.
In the fast-growing west side of town are the Cottonwood Condos, built by Leclair Construction. Located between the Ridge Athletic Club and Ferguson Farms, you’ll find everything you need close by. They feature both single and two-story floor plans with nice patios and lovely finishes. There are walking trails in the neighborhood and mountain views. Click here to see homes currently for sale in this neighborhood.
The Willson Residences
This historic building was originally the Gallatin County High School and now is 17 upscale condominiums. The project was finished in 2017 and it is beautiful! The building is bordered by large trees and plenty of entertaining spaces. Inside are contemporary layouts and finishes, huge windows, gas fireplaces, high-end appliances and a modern yet warm feel. The units don’t come on the market often so we highly suggest speaking with a real estate agent who can alert you as soon as one does.
Located right in the very heart of downtown Bozeman is 5 West, a premiere mixed-use space of residential and commercial suites. The top three floors of the building are residences with studio, one and two bedroom options available. Units include on-site parking, storage, high ceilings, elevators, an outdoor courtyard and a location that can’t be beat! At 5 West you are only one block off of Main Street so you can walk to restaurants, shopping and downtown events; all the things you moved to Bozeman for!
If downtown is where you want to be, there are several developments in progress, click here to learn more.
The Knolls at Hillcrest
The Knolls at Hillcrest is a 55 and older community with contemporary homes that complement the beautiful Montana surroundings. The homes are professionally designed with a variety of floor plans and custom details. The Knolls were designed for easy living with retirement in mind. There are footpaths that lead to health care facilities nearby as well as to a corridor of hiking and biking trails and parks. Here you will find maintenance-free living, efficient one-level floor plans and the Knolls Hospitality house -a gathering place to socialize, reserve the conference room, use the business center or entertain in the fully equipped kitchen or outdoor grill. Click here to see homes currently for sale in the Knolls at Hillcrest.
If your reasons for relocating to Bozeman are to enjoy the wide open spaces and you have decided on a single family home, there are many subdivisions to choose from.
If you want the space of a single-family home but the hassle-free living of a condo, the Black Bull private golf community may be the ideal choice for you. This community has high end, rustic style homes with snow removal and lawn care included. The amenities for members include a fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pool, clubhouse, and the 19-hole golf course. The Black Bull community offers you peace of mind if you travel, or live someplace else part of the year knowing all maintenance is taken care of. Click here to see homes currently for sale in the Black Bull Community.
Triple Tree Ranch
One of the reasons many choose to retire in Bozeman is to get away from it all and enjoy some peace, quiet and the beauty around you. Triple Tree Ranch gives you all of this. There are approximately 100 one to three acre lots within the subdivision that borders forest service land on one side. There is an extensive trail system and plenty of open space to get outdoors. On-site is a full-time ranch manager who maintains the snow removal. Triple Tree boasts some of the most spectacular custom homes in the area. Click here to see homes for sale in Triple Tree Ranch.
Legends at Bridger Creek
If you’re retiring in Bozeman to get in as many ski days as possible, this is the subdivision to consider. Bridger Creek is located near the foothills at the mouth of Bridger Canyon. There are miles of pristine trails, an 11-acre park with fields and playgrounds, 30-acres of open space and a public golf course just up the road. The home designs and homesites are made to nurture community living, which is ideal for newcomers to the area. Click here to see homes currently for sale in the Legends at Bridger Creek.