Montana Mansions “You have to see it to believe it.”

“Try explaining the towering mountain ranges, the wild forestlands or the sweeping ripples of Flathead Lake without infusing some level of hyperbole. You have to see it to believe it. The same goes for Shelter Island Estate.”

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Currently, featured in the 2017 Spring edition of Flathead Living Magazine, “Montana’s Most Expensive Mansion” is an account of the history of Montana’s Shelter Island, the challenges it has faced and the prospect of a new owner.

“Construction of the grand estate began in 2001 and materials started arriving by the barge load, from African mahogany to Carrara marble. Every aspect of the three-story, five-bedroom main house, from the copper observatory overlooking the lake to the great hall with its 45-foot ceilings, was custom designed with craftsman skill.”

“While Shelter Island awaits a new suitor, several other high-end properties that emerged in the Flathead’s boom years of the 90’s and 2000s are also for sale. Including Shelter, five of the seven most expensive listings in the state are in the valley. Four are tucked along Whitefish Lake.”

It is Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty’s great honor and pleasure to represent the majority of these exceptional properties.

“Bill Foley, the majority owner of Whitefish Mountain Resort, Glacier Restaurant Group and a new NHL franchise, the Vegas Knights, has listed his 21-acre ranch with 11,500 -square-foot lodge-style home along the northern end of Whitefish Lake.” See video below! Click here for more property details & photos.

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“Next to Foley’s estate the Swift Eagle Ranch is listed for $20 million and boasts more than 500 feet of lakeshore frontage. The 35 acre enclave includes 4,868 square feet of living space surrounded by a mountain spring that feeds into ponds on the property.”

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To view the digital copy of Spring 2017 Flathead Living Magazine and “Montana’s Most Expensive Mansion” article by Dillon Tabish click the image below.

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Contemporary Waterfront Living In Whitefish

Wake each morning to a serene setting surrounded by fresh water and stylish contemporary living. Enjoy unobstructed views to the east of the mountains in Glacier National Park, Badrock Canyon and the Swan Mountains. Views to the north of the Whitefish Range and the Whitefish Mountain Resort. Leave your kayak resting on the beach and go out on the waterways in “The Lakes” anytime you desire with 60 feet of your own waterfront beach. Kayak, stand up paddle board, ride your bike or walk to town on the Whitefish trail system for miles of adventure.



This Kevin Treece Custom Residential Design home built by Big Mountain Builders, features an open concept floor plan ideal for entertaining indoors and out. The covered screened porch has natural gas hookup to your BBQ for year-round outdoor cooking.

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This quality home offers 3 bedrooms plus an office, 3 baths and a vaulted ceiling with expansive windows to enjoy the beautiful views of the Flathead Valley. An oversized, finished 2 car garage, wine room, double sided see-through gas fireplace, central vacuum and security system complete this package. Master bedroom on the main floor with laundry facility in the master closet. No detail has been overlooked and no expense spared. The property includes membership at the Canoe Club to enjoy the swimming pool, hot tub, gym, media room and clubhouse.

Offered at $675,000

Exclusively by Cynthia Dearing 406-260-1201 & Hunter Homes at 406-314-1417 of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty. Click here for more photographs and property details.



Shop Talk With Sonja Burgard


Sonja recently sat down with the team over at Western Home Journal and shared her journey about becoming a real estate agent in NW Montana.


I grew up in Kalispell and left to earn degrees from MSU in Bozeman and BSU in Boise. It wasn’t a tough decision for me to move back to the Flathead Valley in 2004. My husband and I had lived in Bozeman, Boise, and Choteau, and we were ready to return to the Flathead Valley and raise our family. I can’t get enough of the Flathead Valley.
I knew returning to my roots meant being surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, family, and great communities. I love spending time
in Glacier National Park. Sharing this love with my 12-year-old daughter is now even more joyful.


I have a master’s degree in art education, and I have taught, owned
a photography business, and owned and operated two successful restaurants.

Real estate is a perfect fit for me because I love helping people and I have a natural habit of connecting people with things they are looking for. I am fascinated by the real estate market, and I started buying and selling properties early. Truly, real estate is the ideal combination of my work and life experiences.


Families are typically looking for move- in-ready properties. Bonus rooms, two- or more-car garages, and a location close to schools top their wish lists.

Second homebuyers seem to desire privacy and views. They look for newer construction and often a waterfront location or large acreage. There is also a healthy segment of buyers who are looking for vacation condos for personal retreats or as a business investment.


A spirit of adventure, the overall quality of life, and the ability to get away from it all and find a slower pace—all these qualities are desirable. There is no doubt that the nearby millions of acres of undisturbed wilderness and Glacier National Park add to the area’s distinctive appeal. We have all of that, plus phenomenal city-like opportunities such as theatre companies, art galleries, and fine dining.

It is also a great investment. There are plenty of choices for real estate investment for all lifestyles and price points.

Our communities have craft breweries and distilleries, and we have boutique shops and farmers markets. All of these characteristics keep entrepreneurs wanting to invest.


I see myself as a source of information, and a local guide. Because I am from the Flathead Valley, I know the area very well and can help clients understand the differences between the areas, as well as the current state of the market. Like my other preceding jobs, I am in the service industry and I want the buying and selling process to be exceptional. I want to help people make connections. It’s just how I am.


One trend in building is that we are seeing smaller building footprints. There are new subdivisions being offered with covenants allowing for smaller totals of square footage. Whitefish Hills Village is a good example of this new trend.


Our inventory is smaller, making for fewer homes
to choose from. Narrowing down properties and finding the perfect place is the ultimate scavenger hunt!

– Sonja Burgard, Real Estate Agent, Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty

See complete Western Home Journal Publication online.

Want to know more about Sonja Burgard and her listings? Tour her profile and contact her today at 406.871.0372

Snowmobile Hill Climb Returns To Lost Trail

For the first time since 2011, the fast and furious sport of snowmobile hill climbing will return to Lost Trail Powder Mountain March 11-12.

The event, sanctioned by the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hill Climb Association, is expected to draw racers from as far as Canada, Minnesota and Colorado.

“There will be a lot of local racers there, too,” said Heidi Peterson of Wisdom. “It should be really exciting.”

Peterson and her husband, MD, helped establish the first snowmobile hill-climbing event several years ago as a memorial to their friend David Shepherd, who died in an avalanche.

That event ended in 2011.

Poor snow conditions further south offered an opportunity for the Lost Trail ski area to consider hosting another hill climb this year. A race at Cherry Peak, Utah was cancelled due to a lack of snow for that March weekend.

Snow certainly isn’t an issue at Lost Trail. The ski hill’s summit currently has a 55-inch base and there is 47 inches at the lodge.

Those snow conditions should provide for a very steep, technical course with deep trenches by the finals on Sunday, Peterson said.

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There will also be an amateur race if locals want to compete. There is a temporary membership fee to participate.

Races are scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. both days. There is a $5 gate charge fee. Qualifying rounds are scheduled on Saturday with finals set for Sunday.

People can go online to for race information. Anyone with questions can call Peterson at 406-660-0641

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Photo cover credit Real Estate Professional Kelly Laabs.  Kelly is a native Montanan and lifelong outdoors man, Kelly satisfies both buyers and sellers with his tireless work ethic and attention to detail. After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration, he combines more than 15 years of proven sales and marketing experience to effectively engage with his clients. Kelly affably shares his passion for the Flathead Valley and all the joy it brings to each family living here.  Additionally, from growing up on the picturesque Swan Lake, to spending time in the great town of Whitefish where he currently resides, Kelly utilizes his intimate knowledge of the areas diverse real estate landscape to connect buyers with the property that best suits their particular needs.  Contact Kelly Laabs for a private consultation 406.890.5451

Jonathan Foote Mountain Dream Property (Video)

Natural light, reclaimed lumber, stonework and exquisite views throughout, make this house one with it”s surrounding environment.  Architect Jonathan Foote of Livingston, Montana has developed methods of design and construction which have reduced costs without reducing the quality of his unique design character, old world craftsmanship and environmental sensitivity.


The home located at 540 El Capitan Loop in Stevensville, Montana is 4 bed/4 bath, 3500+ SF on one level. The large entryway, kitchen, sitting room and formal living room are cozy and comfortable for everyday living, yet large enough to entertain easily. An unfinished lower level includes access to the outdoor lap pool, a pool changing room/half bath, a walk-in safe and endless storage.

Located on 23+ private conservation acres of mixed meadow and forest, positioned perfectly on the land for privacy and views of the entire stretch of the Bitterroot Mountains. Other outdoor amenities include a large deck, underground sprinklers, landscaping, raised garden beds and a two car garage. This property is easily accessible on a paved road and only a 20 minute drive from Missoula.

For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact your agent or Megan Twohig at (406)370-2895.

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Unique Restaurant Ownership Opportunity On Whitefish Mountain Resort

Operating today as the Cafe Kandahar with a proven profitable history and noteworthy reputation. Real estate being offered is structured in 3 condos to be sold together. Includes: furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E) with resort liquor license.Bar

Cafe Kandahar has distinguished itself as the premiere dining destination in Northwest Montana. Be prepared for an unparalleled dining experience, located inside Kandahar Lodge at Whitefish Mountain Resort.DiningMore Information“The cafe’s renowned chef, Andy Blanton, has been a four-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for best chef in the Northwest. He served us an opulent menu: steelhead sashimi with quail egg and yak tartare. Wine pairings with each dish, elegant service and impeccable cuisine transitioned seamlessly into a slumber in our room just feet from the cafe kitchen.”

Read Full Article: “This Montana Ski Town Offers Deep Snow, Authentic Western Vibe”

“A World Class Restaurant”
Seattle Post-Intelliger
“Exquisite Fine Dining”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“One of two best Restaurants in Montana”
Frommers Guidebook for Montana and Wyoming
Contact Real Estate Professional Stephanie Skinner at 406.261.8430 or 406.862.1750
More recent articles published about Cafe Kandahar.

Montana Sportsman Expo

The Montana Sportsmans Expo is February 24th, 25th & 26th at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. Featuring over 75 local and out of town vendors that cater to every Montana Outdoorsman.  Featuring the Predators of the Heart live animal show, bow shoot, fishing pond and more. Check out their website and like them on facebook to stay informed about this years show.

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be the exclusive Real Estate exhibitor at this years event! Zane Levengood one of our Real Estate Professionals has been part owner of The Montana Sportsman Expo since 2011.  Zane is a 4th generation Flathead Valley resident who is proud to call this place home. He is goal driven and prides himself in seeing a job through until the end. Zane is passionate about his business, supporting the community he resides in, as well as utilizing all that the area has to offer. He is involved in numerous community events ranging from fundraisers for local charities to educating the youth about shooting sports at his private shooting ranch. When time allows, you can find Zane boating on Flathead Lake, hiking in Glacier National Park, golfing on one of Flathead’s many courses, snow skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort, or fly fishing the headwaters of the Flathead River. If you are looking to make Montana part of your life, Zane is uniquely qualified to be your concierge to having your ultimate Montana experience.

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Distinguished Ranch For Sale – Superior, MT

Living the unforgettable dream of ranching in Montana has never been easier.  New on the market, and offered exclusively by Nikkiel Bjornson Fox of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty, this quintessential ranch offers 255 acres, a 9,516 Sq Ft newly built main residence, western saloon, guest house and more.
This is what the current owners had to say about their time spent on this exemplary property:
“We purchased Flying H Ranch 14 years ago from an outfitter who used it as his home base and accommodations for clients.  Upgrades began immediately and have been ongoing (not the original plan!).  We renovated the cabin and ranch house, totally gutted and finished out the bunkhouse, added garages, shops, barn and arena and built a saloon.  The entrance was created and the original railroad flatbed car bridge was replaced with a steel I-beam upgrade that looks like a log bridge over the creek.  We moved an old coach stop from Lozeau to use as a sauna and then finally built the main house up the hill from the rest of the ranch.  
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In the beginning of our ranch owning days we were living in California and then Texas.  The ranch was “home away from home” for our family.  We came the day after school got out for the summer and left the week before school began.  Christmas and usually Thanksgiving were also spent in Montana.  We have 2 daughters and all of their friends have also spent significant time growing up on the ranch.  There was usually a truck full of kids, luggage, and animals full of craziness and plans for the summer heading to Montana in June and the same but a little subdued, sunburned, sometimes bruised or bumped but always happy and full of stories heading back in August.  
Family from all over the country and many friends from abroad have called the ranch home for a few days or a few weeks whether we were with them or sometimes even when we weren’t!  
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Eventually Montana became full time home for us and we lived in Missoula and ranched part time and on weekends.  And of course continued with the building and improving.  
What began as a getaway and a place to host family in the West has turned into an integral part of who we are. We have had weddings, funerals, graduations, adventures too numerous to count (but always fun to remember with friends and without), reunions and corporate team building events here, just to name a few.
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The ranch is the stage for all of this drama and a leading lady in it’s own right.  Everyone that comes has their own favorite place to stay on the ranch.  We built the saloon as a gathering point so the people who want to visit and be social have a great place to do so and hang out, and those looking for a little peace and quiet can retire to their lodging and have their private space.  It has worked out just that way.  
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I love sitting on the porch of the saloon looking over the creek as the evening rolls in watching people peel off in ones and two and walk back to the cabin or bunkhouse, calling out goodnights and plans for breakfast.  The stars here are the brightest I have ever seen and we are often all standing around in the dark looking up at the sky.  
The airport is 50 minutes away, as is Missoula shopping and dining.  You are on a boat on Flathead in an hour and 1/2, the same for Lake Coeur D’Alene, and the Spokane airport is 2 hours door to door.  Our daughter now lives in Seattle and that’s a cool 6 with one stop for gas.  Yet the backcountry hiking and exploring right out our door is second to none.  High mountain lakes with fantastic fishing, the Clark Fork River public access 3 minutes away, rafting, whitewater, and wildlife everywhere.  There are days when I can’t let the dogs out in the morning until the turkeys/deer/elk/etc. have wandered away from the house.  I’ve sat in the bushes beside the pond taking pictures of 2 otters that showed up out of no where, listened to a herd of cow elk “talk” to their calves as they moved through our place, and watched a mountain lion come in for a drink from the pond by the light of the moon.  We sleep out on the screen porch from March to November, hear coyotes and wolves at night, elk mewing and deer snorting, and get woken up by birds in the morning, often a raven in a tree near the porch telling us to quit laying around and get on with our day.  We have had a yearling moose calf adopt us as a foster family after his mom kicked him off in favor of the new calf until he felt confident enough to go it on his own.  We haven’t seen a bear in a couple of years on our place, but a few years ago one came in thinking my grilled ham and cheese lunch smelled good enough for investigation.  
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The ranch is magic.  We built a pond and beaver showed up (from where?).  You water the soil and darn near anything grows.  My roses look fantastic, the berries and vegetable do well in the garden, and on a wet spring there are wildflowers in the woods.  We even dug a hole for a pump house and hit a vein of black sand with gold flakes (fun to see which visitors get totally into the panning).  We found out from the neighbors that there is an old prohibition era still site on the back of the property (we found an old stove door and some bottles).  We have numerous favorite places for evening cocktails at the end of a busy day; the walk bridge over the stream, the tent platform, the deck of the sauna, Elk Point where we use a tree stump for a table and keep folding chairs there in the woods all summer.  The number of hummingbirds in the summer are only limited (from what I can see) by how often you can fill the feeders.  The ranch can gracefully host 25 or more people and is just a blast when there is that much activity, but is also wonderful when you are the only one here and have the luxury of enjoying it one on one.
Thinking about selling is very bittersweet for us.  The ranch is our favorite place.  We are heartbroken to think about not having it be the headquarters for our family, and yet we have fully enjoyed it and embraced it for the past 14 years.  The dynamic of our extended family has changed and many of them are now Montana residents full time.  Some can no longer travel to see us and now it is our turn to go to them.  It may perhaps be time for a new lucky family to enjoy this fantastic place in the best place on earth and call it home (at least for part of the year) for their family. ” 

Mardi Gras Gala For Cancer Support Community

Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to sponsor the 2017 Mardi Gras Gala.

We invite you to celebrate Mardi Gras with us and give back to those touched by cancer. All proceeds go to the Cancer Support Community of Kalispell – a local non-profit providing opportunities for newly diagnosed, survivors, caregivers and family members to gain support, education and hope. On a weekly basis, thanks to our generous donors, CSC is able to provide support groups, cooking and nutrition classes, education, wig fitting, exercise opportunities, workshops, youth & family programs at no cost. Through knowledge, encouragement, and support YOU are a part of Cancer Support Community.


Your ticket includes dinner, live Zydeco music, dancing, festival games, live and silent auctions. All proceeds support our community and neighbors who have been touched by cancer.

Ticket prices are $75 individual, $125 couple, $650 table of 10. Tickets to this event are a great gift idea. Give to your family, friends and co-workers!



Renowned Architect Michaela Mahady Home Available In Whitefish, MT

Serenity and style in this beautiful, well designed and exceptionally built home. The owner”s ingenuity in design and the nationally renowned architect, Michaela Mahady, were combined to create a masterpiece! Details are evident in every room with thoughtful built-ins, true craftsmanship and creative finishes. Enjoy your morning coffee from the built-in coffee bar while you sit out on your patio overlooking the small lake and mountain views.



Five bedrooms and 5 baths with an additional quiet and private office upstairs. Bonus room above the garage could be an In-law suite, but is now the place to be for ping pong and watching TV. Additional theatre room on the main level off the Great Room. High-end appliances in the spacious, gourmet kitchen with pantry. Canoe Club Membership included. Too many details to list, so make plans to come preview this incredible home!

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Contact Patti Codiga Real Estate Professional for more details: or 406.250.4393

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About the architect:

Michaela Mahady is a Principal in the firm SALA Architects, Inc., formerly Mulfinger, Susanka, and Mahady Architects. Since joining the firm in 1987, she has designed a wide variety of projects throughout the United States, including homes and commercial and institutional spaces. She also designs art for public spaces with Pegasus Studio Inc.

Michaela’s recent book, Welcoming Home, focuses on the relationship between our homes, our bodies and our spirits. She explores the way human beings experience space, in an effort to assist readers in identifying the places and spatial relationships they find most satisfying and meaningful.

Her architecture and artwork have been featured on PBS and HGTV, widely published in books including The New Family Home, The Not So Big House series and New Arts and Crafts Houses, and in magazines such as Fine Homebuilding, Life Magazine, Cottage Living, Architecture Minnesota and American Craft. She has taught and lectured at the University of Minnesota, and at numerous gatherings from community groups and schools to AIA Conventions.
Michaela received a B.A. in studio art from Macalester College in 1973 and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 1986. She is a registered architect in Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Utah and Pennsylvania.