Where are the best areas to live in Bozeman? Every part of Bozeman is a good place to live in our opinion. However, depending on your lifestyle some could be a better fit than others.
This is one of the fastest growing parts of town! There are several new developments on the west side of Bozeman and it will soon be home to the second high school, Gallatin High. In West Bozeman you will find new subdivisions along with more established neighborhoods. Because of the proximity to several schools and great parks, this area lends itself well to families. Emily Dickinson, Meadowlark and Hyalite Elementary are all tucked into neighborhoods in this part of town and Chief Joseph Middle School is at the edge of Baxter Meadows. In the heart of West Bozeman is the 100-Acre Regional Park with the Dinosaur playground, ponds 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 Farms is a huge commercial development that sits off of Cottonwood Road. Ferguson Farms is home to several restaurants and businesses with more to come, including residential plans. Ferguson Farms is becoming the community hot-spot for the west side.
The south side has always been one of the most coveted areas in Bozeman to live. Rightfully so! It puts you 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, areas suited for college rentals.
This part of Bozeman has changed more than any other over the years. This area used to be the industrial side of town, mixed with small homes in quiet neighborhoods. Many of the small houses are being remodeled into larger, modern homes creating an eclectic mix. Within the mix, businesses have been popping up creating a strong community with the neighbors. There is definitely a funky vibe to the northeast side 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 plan to have an outdoor public area and turn the grain warehouse into a restaurant. There is a great mix of businesses in the northeast neighborhood. Wild Crumb, Finks Deli, Bozeman Brewing and Live from the Divide are a few of our favorites. Because the people in this community strive to keep this area unique, they’ve developed their own neighborhood association, NENA, to preserve the qualities everyone is drawn there in the first place.
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 community events. (Bonus-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 the growth should be going. Right now it's going up with many high-rise residential 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. The locally owned stores and restaurants, walking the historic neighborhoods and the charm. The downtown area is where you’ll find several of the best city parks, like Bogert, Cooper and Beall. Peets Hill and other trails are nearby and it's home to the smaller Bozeman elementary schools- Hawthorn, Irving and Longfellow.
3 Reason 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 more elbow room, 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 Bridgers and the valley are pretty spectacular on this end of town. If you head out east of town 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 Hyalite 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 to name a few.