Category Archives: Extraordinary Living

Local Values And Global Experiences

A world traveler, fly fisherman, golfer, explorer and successful Real Estate Professional, we are proud to introduce Patrick Hanes.  Patrick began his real estate career nearly 30 years ago in Hawaii representing “properties in paradise” much as he is doing today in NW Montana. Since that time has had the privilege of working with developers and clients from all over the world.   I have worked in several countries including Dubai, South Africa, Thailand and Mexico.  The most memorable was the time I spent in Dubai working for the largest real estate developer on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.  I witnessed the early construction of this fantastic island development and ultimately found myself living in one of the “Palm” residences.  Truly amazing.” Patrick and his wife Cheryl have now been residents of Bigfork for over 17 years and are avid supporters of the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center with Cheryl serving as the Executive Director. When you meet Patrick you immediately see the appreciation he has for Montana and we wanted to know among all the places he has seen and lived in why he ended up in Montana? “The world is becoming increasingly crowded, complex and environmentally compromised. However, Montana still offers clean air, clean water, wide open spaces and a simple and fulfilling quality of life. Sharing the beauty of Montana and offering clients the opportunity to enjoy this quality of life makes my job a pleasure.” In the summer of 2017 Patrick had the privilege of representing Sentinel Pine, a sprawling Montana estate. This 30 acre, waterfront property was shared with a worldwide and affluent audience as Mansion Globals “Listing Of The Day”.   “Representing the sellers of the Sentinel Pine property on Swan Lake has been very special. The estate has been in the same family for over 73 years and is truly a one of a kind property in our area. Although we successfully closed on a portion of the property I am looking forward to working with the spectacular remaining parcel.” Many of us know that right now it is a seller’s market, and the Flathead Valley saw historic residential sales in 2017. So, we asked Patrick what advice he would give to someone who is considering putting their Montana property up for sale? “Simple. Ask yourself, should I list with a local/regional brokerage or a brokerage with a massive global marketing outreach with over 20,000 agents worldwide? Go with the group that offers you the best chance of selling your property and telling its unique story across the globe.” To learn more about Patrick Hanes and his current listings please visit or click here.

Featured Listing

”Last Best” opportunity at Eagle Bend? See for yourself. Nearly 18 acres of the most beautiful and desirable land in the Valley, ideally located adjacent to the Eagle Bend Championship Golf Course and with direct access. Improvements include impressive custom-gated entry, extensive water features with large streams and waterfalls, paved roads, storm drainage, underground utilities, high-end community lighting and more. The uses are endless. Create a one-of-a-kind stunning private estate. Create an estate with additional development. Build a vineyard with ideal orientation and terrain. Build a 17-lot subdivision. There is nothing else like this available. It is truly amazing! See more…

Economic Growth & Montana’s Endless Potential

One of the most spectacular things about living in Montana is the way people gather and celebrate the seasons. Winter is no exception; with world class skiing, ice fishing, dog sledding and skijoring there is always an adventure to be had.


This month Whitefish Mountain Resort was the third-deepest among all ski areas in the nation, and boasted the deepest snow in the Rockies! With more than 18 feet of powder falling on the slopes since November 1st.


Coupled with the limitless activities available to us our economy is also flourishing. Missoula saw wage growth accelerate in 2017, largely due to the abundance of commercial projects, public school additions and multifamily housing. Key industries such as health care, tourism and technology also saw especially high growth.


The Flathead Valley has also seen unprecedented economic growth with a booming health-care industry which has the fastest health-care expansion occurring in the State. The county’s economic drivers continue to be tourism, manufacturing, wood products, health care, trade center services, and the federal government.


There has never been a better time to put down roots in Montana, and likewise if you are considering selling your property, maximizing on your investment is promising. It is our pleasure to help you navigate these exciting opportunities and bring you that much closer to living your dreams. If you are considering buying or selling this year we encourage you to take a look at our 2018 Guides.

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A Special Piece Of Rattlesnake History (Video)

Part of the original homestead in the coveted Upper Rattlesnake and carries with it so many stories.  Originally named, Sun Ray Place, “for the dip in the mountains that brought the first rays of morning sun”, this property has a rich and powerful heritage.

Since the 1800’s the land was used for cattle, to grow fruit tree’s & wheat, with a 2-story root cellar completed in the 1890’s that is still present on the property today. Now this authentic and detailed property is on the market waiting for the next visionary.

In 1921 Sun Ray’s Dairy was born and “up to 40 cows were milked twice a day” until 1945. This unique property now sits on 5+ acres and includes a mixture pasture for your horses and woods for privacy and exploration. This extraordinary mountain home is not only quiet – its also beautiful and minutes away from the heart of Missoula.

The main home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and is nearly 4000 square feet. The house has amazing light throughout with beautiful hardwood flooring as well as artisan stone floors and detailing. The history of the home is seen in the details.

There are four fireplaces throughout the house, one in the living room, kitchen, office and the master bedroom. This is in addition to the forced gas heating system. The property also includes a 3-stall barn and a stone cottage that was originally used for canning and storing moonshine. Now it would make a perfect guesthouse, office or studio.

(Sun Ray Place History by Cramer Productions)

This property has endless potential & value! Please call Megan Twohig at (406)370-2895 or your real estate professional.

Learn more about 1920 Altura, Missoula, MT

Offered at $675,000

When Montana Is In Your Blood

Since the 1800’s Amy-Bain Wilson’s family has lived and loved Montana.  A 6th generation Montanan and daughter of a builder and contractor Amy understands the real estate profession from the ground up recognizing both its challenges and rewards. In her early 20s, she built a home with her brothers that involved creating a market feasibility study, interpreting demographics, estimating and ordering supplies and building a property from foundation to finish. Today, as a real estate professional, Amy brings those skills and talents to a broad spectrum of discriminating buyers and sellers.

We sat down with Amy to learn more about her history as a Montanan, expertise in the Real Estate market and why now is a good time to invest in property.

“Now is a great time to invest in Commercial and Residential property as our economy is thriving, interest rates are low and there is population growth in our area creating and maintaining a healthy demographic.”

Amy’s family homesteaded in Lower Valley and Proctor, Montana and the original homestead still resides in the family today. With ancestors who have witnessed Montana transform over the last century we wanted to know what Amy’s favorite thing about living in Montana is.

“The lifestyle is second to none.  Our access to open space is remarkable!  We can be working in our home or office one minute and then enjoying the great outdoors the next minute.  It is quick to get anywhere and truly get away from it all.”

A focused listener, able advisor and fair advocate, Amy’s mantra is “if there’s a will there’s a way.” She is recognized by her peers and clients for careful diligence and genuine concern, thus creating a positive experience and honest transactions for both sides in her real estate business.

If you are considering selling in NW Montana Amy’s advice is, “Work with a Realtor that knows how to expose your property exceptionally well in the marketplace and has superior negotiating skills to get you the highest and best offer within an efficient amount of time. Contact me today for further details “


This turn-key Glacier Park Lodge inspired estate graces us with its presence at 435′ of frontage on the West Shore of Flathead Lake. Thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted, the quality and style is undeniable and it creates an unrivaled gated retreat on over 3.5 acres. The home is 9,000 square feet and includes 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half baths, detached garage and boat storage. Begin every morning and end every night with the sights and sounds of Flathead Lake and unparalleled views of the Swan Mountain Range and Glacier National Park. See more…

Contact Amy Bain-Wilson today for your complimentary market analysis and to start living the Montana lifestyle today!

Amy Bain-Wilson



From contemporary designs, to elegant finishes and farm style kitchens that welcome you home. We feature homes with inspiring designs, incredible views, vibrant colors & unique features.

EXQUISITE VIEWS AND IMPECCABLE QUALITY This open floor plan offers plenty of room to entertain with incredible views. This is the perfect getaway in a prime location just minutes to downtown Whitefish. See more…

PERFECT SETTING ON THE E SHORE OF FLATHEAD LAKE This gorgeous main residence exudes natural beauty with a kitchen meant for gathering. Extensive use of rock and timber accentuate the detail and quality throughout the space. Fine local woodwork! See more… RUSTIC ELEGANCE AT ITS FINEST Take every advantage of your views that blend seamlessly with the interior broad beam exposed finishes. This stunning home is an outdoorsman’s dream. Hunting and hiking right out your door, while blue ribbon trout fishing in the world class Rock Creek is less than a mile away. See more… A CRAFTMAN’S DELIGHT ON THE MARKET FOR THE 1ST TIME! This one-of-a-kind home in Lakeside, MT is an entertainers dream equipped with African Mahogany cabinets & a chef’s kitchen to accommodate large dinner parties and plenty of room to gather and treat your guests.  See more… BEAUTIFUL GRANITE KITCHEN & ECHO LAKE WATERFRONT An exquisite waterfront home with 1.83 miles of Echo Lake shoreline on 46+ acres, ideally capturing the natural surroundings. Stunning kitchen with beautiful solid granite, Dacor range, custom glazed cabinetry, walk-in pantry and easy access to a ‘mud room’ from the garage to set your groceries. See More… Want to view more of our inspiring kitchens or magnificent master bedrooms? Follow us on Pinterest!

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.

Looking for an expert to help you navigate the purchase or sale of your home in NW Montana? Contact us today to be matched with an experienced Realtor.


(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


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.

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


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,

Click here for more information about this property.