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New Missoula City Park (Missoulian)

The new city park near Southgate Mall in Missoula will likely be open in the next year, thanks to an alternate construction bid strategy.

Monday night, the city council approved securing a construction contract by February before plans are finished, with construction planned to start in early summer and finish by September.

Ellen Buchanan, director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency, said this leads to a more collaborative final design process between the city and the contractor, as well as being cheaper.

“Being able to price things in the winter months is very advantageous,” Buchanan said.

The method has been used by the MRA before, Buchanan said, during bidding for the Park Place garage and Mary Avenue construction.

The bidding procedure passed with one no vote from Ward 4 representative Jesse Ramos, who wanted to see a more traditional construction bid.

The MRA helped finance the $2 million purchase of the entire 12-acre triangular lot bordered by Johnson Street and North Avenue, to the west of Russell Street on the edge of the Franklin to the Fort neighborhood.

The park went through a couple of rounds of community review and planning in Fall 2017, which resulted in a concept plan with an off-leash dog park, pavilion and large open fields.

Read complete article by the Missoulian here.

Featured Missoula Property

2462 Mcdonald Ave | Offered at $210,000

Great little investment property, first time buyer starter home or rental. 3 bed 2 bath with a cute little fenced yard and large 2 car detached garaged. Features a nice master with separate full bath and all new carpet throughout. Very centrally located and close to the bus, shopping and walking/biking corridors. Easy to show!

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Living & Representing The Montana Lifestyle

“With my mother being an architect, my father a contractor and my grandfather having designed and built several homes in Kalispell and Missoula, I was raised to appreciate everything that goes into a home from the ground up. I love using this knowledge and appreciation to help buyers find their perfect home and help sellers to move onto their next chapter.  “

Tiffany Sherman located in our Bigfork, Montana office, serves the community she grew up in. After attending the University of Montana she moved back to Bigfork and started a family and has pursued her Real Estate aspirations.

“I am very passionate about real estate and enjoy being part of helping people find the perfect fit. The easy access to year-round recreational activities and the people of these communities truly make the Flathead Valley a very special place.”

Tiffany is currently raising her two beautiful daughters to value and live the NW Montana lifestyle.

“It is truly a unique opportunity to live in such a visually stunning place with an abundance of family friendly activities, safe communities, great schools and wonderful people. I couldn’t possibly imagine a better place to raise a family. “

Tiffany is an expert on Flathead Valley living and the extraordinary homes available in the region.  She also regularly volunteers in her community and is a board member of the Chamber of Commerce. With passion for the Montana lifestyle, decades of experience and market expertise she has impressed buyers and sellers alike.

“Home ownership is an accessible and important investment strategy for families. Owning a home is valuable experience because as you are building equity in your investment, you are also building priceless memories.”

Contact Tiffany Sherman today for your complimentary consult.

Tiffany Sherman

406.212.7769

tsherman@glaciersir.com

Featured Listing

5129 Ashley Lake Rd, Kila, MT | Offered at $539,000

Private, custom home, approximately one mile from Ashley Lake. This beautiful home sits on over 14 acres without covenants and boasts a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, log accents, two living rooms, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and lots of storage. Beautiful views out every window of mountains and pastures. The private, parked out acreage is fenced for horses and has a spring fed stream. Learn more…

Commercial & Residential Growth In The Flathead Valley

It has been an incredible year in the Flathead Valley for Commercial and Residential growth with Kalispell spending $104 million on construction.

The Flathead Beacon announced in their “Outlook 2018: Development Forecast” article today that, “There are signs pointing to another solid year of commercial and residential development in the city in 2018. It might be hard to hit $100 million again, however, as the last two years were buoyed by large medical projects, including a $43 million multi-phase expansion at Immanuel Lutheran Communities and $65 million in construction at Kalispell Regional Healthcare, led by the 190,000-square-foot pediatric center, which is slated for completion in spring 2019.”

(190,000-square-foot pediatric center at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Courtesy Rendering via Flathead Beacon)

Whitefish is also seeing consistent construction in residential developments with lots for single-and multi-family housing.

According to the Beacon article, “the city (Whitefish) hopes to add hundreds of workforce housing units by 2020. The assessment identified the need for 980 total units to accommodate employee households through 2020.”

Read the complete Flathead Beacon article here to see more about the exciting developments in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls and around the Flathead Valley.

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(865 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT) Video credit Birds Eye of Bigsky

Pristine Montana captivated. Spectacular vistas! Grand living room with vaulted ceilings, stone fireplace and soaring windows. Elegant dining room with adjoining enclosed porch to relax and enjoy beside a second cozy fireplace. Main floor true master suite with fireplace and handsome separate den.Lower level gathering room with wet bar and fireplace surrounded by 3 guest suites. Guest house, separate garage and attached 3 car garage all on 30 gorgeous acres.

Featured blog image from active listing 215 MT-82, Kalispell, MT

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This investment and development opportunity offers 360 acres of farmland with a plan in place for mixed residential and commercial development. A Neighborhood Plan Overly provides for up to 700 units; which could include single-family residences, multi-family residences, an assisted living facility, or a golf course. Learn more…

Ring In The New Year With These NW Montana Events

There is a lot of exciting opportunities to ring in the New Year across NW Montana. Gather your friends & family and make this a weekend to remember!


Ski or snowboard at Snowbowl or Discovery Ski Area

Soak at Lolo Hot Springs.

Take a sleigh ride at The Resort at Paws Up, Double Arrow Lodge & The Ranch at Rock Creek!

Masquerade Party at Marina Cay in Bigfork!

Sophisticated & Timeless – Outstanding Bigfork, MT Residence On The Market

A timeless design created to capture the beauty of the alpine setting and the expansive views of the Swan Mountains, Flathead Lake, and the valley to the north. This outstanding residence is being offered fully decorated, complete with much of the furniture specifically designed for the home.

”Architecture is inhabited by sculpture.” Joe Sparno.

Upon entering, you are enamored by the stately entrance opening into the grand living room framed by generous windows, high ceilings and the Montana rock fireplace. Exquisite hardwood flooring leads you down the ample hallway past the luxurious dining room designed with elaborate rounded windows and space large enough to entertain a sizable number of family and guests. Into the massive epicurean kitchen, complete with every conceivable amenity and ready for the most discriminating culinary artist, including a butler’s pantry and chef’s office.

When it’s time to retire for the evening, stroll back down the elegant polished hallway past the intricate cherry wood framed office to the considerable master suite complete with cherry wood fireplace and reading niche. The impressive master bathroom awaits with separate vanities, make-up area, large jetted soaking tub, multiple closets, and spacious shower.

If you are in the mood for a movie, head down the stairs, or step into the conveniently located elevator, and purchase a ticket from “Tillie”. Amble down the hallway past the vintage movie posters. Stop for popcorn at the refreshment area and then prepare yourself for an unimaginable experience in an unparalleled residential theater complete with the latest operational technologies and sophisticated lighting.

(1022 Swan Hill Dr, Bigfork, MT)

This impeccable residence is being offered exclusively by Tom & Katie Brown of Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Click here to see more incredible photographs and details of this luxurious estate.

Montana’s Most Decorated Cross Country Coach (Flathead Beacon)

After 45 years at Flathead High School, Paul Jorgensen retires as the most decorated cross country coach in Montana history, beloved by generations of runners. With two national coach of the year awards, 25 state coach of the year honors, 24 state team titles, 22 individual state champions, a national No. 1 team, and, in Nelson, a national champ.

While Nelson is one of the bigger names to emerge from Jorgensen’s program, she is but one of hundreds to witness firsthand his unrelenting dedication, which neither darkness nor age nor knee injury could diminish. Jorgensen, 72, might be stepping away from the program that he built into a powerhouse, but it will forever be stamped with his unmistakable imprint.

“I just enjoyed working with the kids,” Jorgensen said in explaining his longevity. “They keep you young.”

The more his teams won, the harder Jorgensen worked, motivated by a desire to build a lasting culture of success. He developed an even-keeled coaching style, based on his personality, through which he reached kids with few words and no shouts. Soft-spoken by nature, he wanted to give his athletes enough skills and motivation to succeed, but he was careful not to push too hard, believing that runners should find their potential on their own, guided by the foundational tools he provided.

Read complete Flathead Beacon article by Myers Reece here.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas in Montana is magical. The snow covered mountains sparkle in the sun and Christmas lights twinkle at night with the stars.  From Whitefish to Missoula communities celebrate with parades, sleigh rides, tree lightings, live music and even fire jugglers!

Here are just a few of the events going on in NW Montana:

BIGFORK : HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS

Saturday, December 02

(Photo credit Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook)

The Bigfork Holiday Parade of lights is held annually in downtown Bigfork to honor the season, our community, and the coming New Year. Bring the kids and family out to visit our local businesses, then grab a hot drink and enjoy the show!

Kids can visit with Santa after the parade in downtown Bigfork.

Line-ups will start at 5:30 PM in the school bus parking area (Grand Street side). Learn more…

MISSOULA : PARADE OF LIGHTS

Saturday, December 2, 2017

(Photo credit Destination Missoula)

Get in the Holiday spirit a the 15th Annual Parade of Lights! Family friendly activities & the parade down Higgins Ave starts at 6:00 p.m. Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting to follow! Learn More…

WHITEFISH : DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS STROLL

Friday, December 8, 2017

Event highlights:

4pm-8pm………….. Holiday Photos with your Pet – Tailwaggers
5pm………………… North Valley Music School Christmas Recital – First Presbyterian Church
5:30-7pm……………North Valley Music School Students – Montana Coffee Traders
6:15pm………………… Alpine Bell Ringers Hand bell Choir Concert – First Presbyterian Church
6-7:30pm……………Christmas Carolers – Strolling
6pm………………… Fire Jugglers – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:20pm…………….. Tree Lighting Ceremony – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm…………….. Santa Arrives via Wagon – Outside O’Shaughnessy Center/Depot Park
6:30pm……………..Whitefish&Bigfork Dance recital-Main Stage/Carnival Float!
6:30-9pm………….. Photos w/Santa – Stumptown Marketplace!
7:45pm……………..”WhiteFire” Fire dancers – Main Stage/Carnival Float
8:30pm…………….. Shopper’s Drawing Learn More…

LAKESIDE : WAKE UP OLD MAN WINTER

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Come down and welcome Old Man Winter at Tamarack Brewing Co. Get your Blacktail Pass photo and they’ll buy you a pint! Get your gear waxed and listen to live music. Learn More…

COLUMBIA FALLS : NIGHT OF LIGHTS PARADE

Friday, December 1st, 2017

(Photo credit Flathead Beacon)

Columbia Falls’ Night of Lights Parade is a fun-filled annual community gathering in Columbia Falls. Individuals, local businesses, community groups, youth organizations and others get together to show off their Christmas spirit in the downtown area. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade and enjoy music and treats. There are also craft fairs at the Senior Citizens Center and Teakettle Community Room. Learn More…

A Memorable Kalispell Horse Property

“We have spent many summer days in the back yard pushing our daughter on her tire swing, riding horses and spending time in the barn. The shop is a perfect man cave & the house is light and bright. There’s a lot of space here. The outbuildings are great, super convenient location and awesome panoramic views.”

Over $50k in improvements to home and property since 2013: including a new roof, appliances, upgraded electrical, paint, flooring, and some windows. RV pad has 50-AMP electric and separate septic. Move-in ready!

(178 Pioneer Rd, Kalispell, MT)

“We started our family in this home & designed most of the features. We bought in 2013 and basically gutted it and redesigned the whole interior. We love all the wood accents and open floor plan.”

Great horse property with expansive mountain views! Three bedrooms, two baths on fully fenced 10.2 acres. Heated 1,200 square foot shop with room for all your toys! Barn with 5 stalls, (4 plus a foaling stall) and insulated tack room. Unfinished apartment over barn, hay shed, 2 additional horse stalls in separate fenced pasture, fruit trees, and garden shed.

“I’ll remember how gratifying it feels to see a finished home & hanging out watching the clouds float over the mountains from the wrap around porch.”

Click here for more information about this recently reduced horse property exclusively offered by Kristin Zuckerman 406.291.0778

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Record Sales in Flathead County

Through October there were 1,617 sales, which is up 14.8 percent from the 1,408 sales at this time last year. This is the highest number of residential sales that has ever occurred in the first 10 months. The previous high was  1,568 sales in the first 10 months of 2006.  At the current rate of sales, it is likely that 2017 will set a new high in Flathead County with year end sales of more than  1,900.

Mortgage interest rates continue to be about the same as they were last month. The current average 15-year rate at around 3.27 percent, compared to 2.8 percent at this time a year ago. The average 30-year rate at around 3.94 percent compared to 3.5 percent in November of 2016.

In the first nine months, 50.9 percent of residential sales were on small urban or suburban lots, 22.7 percent were on half-acre to three-acre lots and 14.9 percent were on three- to 20-acre tracts.   

See full Flathead Beacon article here.

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An Equestrian’s Dream? Wilderness Retreat? School? Endless Potential! (VIDEO)

Formerly a 120 acre dressage horse property, that has all the capabilities to be a school facility, wilderness retreat or equestrians dream. Boasting a 27,000+ sq ft full indoor equestrian center, outdoor equestrian arena , 7 stall horse barn, 15+ person cedar sauna, volleyball, basketball & more.

 

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26 Aspen Lane has served as a private boarding high school which hosted up to 85 students at any given time. The campus grounds offer a tremendous variety of activities ranging from theater, painting, drawing, organic gardening, horseback riding lessons, sewing, and animal husbandry. In order for the school to offer such extensive opportunities, there are numerous  facilities, including an indoor and outdoor riding arena and a beautifully appointed theatre with high tech lighting and sound boards. Still, the grounds have retained their natural beauty and remain relatively untouched, opening the potential for future development in any number of ways.

This incredible property offers multiple possibilities with endless potential. With over 40,000 sq ft of finished space including a main residence with 3 bed 2.5 baths, two 2 bed 1 bath duplexes , a 3 bed 2 bath home, 6 guest quarter residences easily accommodating 70+ people, an 8900+ ft main lodge with full commercial kitchen and dish room.

26 Aspen Ln , Heron, MT 59844

An incredible heated 2000 sq ft green house, 2000 sq ft wood shop, and multiple other buildings with untold potential. 6 ponds across these amazing parked out grounds with a private septic system and 3 wells.

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As the property’s multiple buildings are connected by pathways winding throughout 120 acres, walking to each facility is peaceful and calming. There are several ponds to relax beside and a lush Meditation Garden beyond stone pillars with cascading waters to soothe passersby. The one spot which I will always remember is standing outside the Main Lodge, looking out across the property’s expansive grounds with the bold Cabinet Mountains standing in the distance. At dusk, the mountains change colors from soft yellow to vivid shades of orange and violet as the sun’s glow bids the day farewell. It is truly a magical place – a piece of land which will forever hold a piece of my own heart.

 

Property marketed exclusively by Crystal Ault 406.529.6264, cault@glaciersir.com

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