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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

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


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New Report Sheds Light on Kalispell Bypass’s $1 Billion Economic Impact – Flathead Beacon

A new economic analysis, conducted by a transportation authority and an economist, of the massive project is further illustrating the extent of its benefits and punctuating the impact of infrastructure investment.

According to the report, the total economic impact of the U.S. Highway 93 Alternate Route exceeded $1 billion over the life of the project’s construction, which spanned 16 years from 2001 to last fall.

The new highway reshaped the landscape in many ways, particularly on the north end of Kalispell, and the report shows that three major job sectors benefited most from its creation: retail trade (1,477 new jobs), dining (489) and services (490).

(Featured image & video courtesy of Birds Eye of Big sky LLC)

From 2001 to 2016, roughly 2 million square feet of new building space surfaced along the bypass route, worth roughly $140 million in project costs, according to city of Kalispell data cited in the report. That new construction investment does not include Glacier High School or expansion projects at Flathead Valley Community College and Kalispell Regional Healthcare.

Ed Toavs, a Columbia Falls native and regional administrator for the Montana Department of Transportation who helped spearhead the bypass construction, conducted the economic analysis with Steve Peterson, an economics professor at the University of Idaho who specializes in economic impact studies.

As part of his Master of Business Administration program at the University of Idaho, Toavs decided to study the ripple effects of the bypass to better understand how it played a role in the Flathead Valley’s economy.

To grasp the breadth of the impact, Toavs gathered data for three factors: the $135 million in state and federal funds that built the bypass; the investment from new business and residential projects along the bypass corridor; and business wages, expenditures and earnings for those new developments.

Toavs said he used a conservative approach when calculating the direct financial benefits. For new construction investments, he included 65 percent of the overall figures in his economic impact report. For the amount of jobs, wages and earnings that likely resulted from new development along the bypass, Toavs included 33 percent of the total figures.

Click here to read the economic impact report.

Read complete Flathead Beacon article by Dillon Tabish.

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.”

(Video credit GravityShots)

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.

(Video credit Birds Eye of Big Sky)

“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.”

Swift Eagle

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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NHL Investor Lists Montana Ranch for $26.7 Million

Featured Today In The Mansion Section of The Wall Street Journal

” Bill Foley, the longtime deal maker and an investor in the NHL’s newest franchise, has listed his 21-acre Montana ranch for $26.7 million, said listing agent Ross Pickert with Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty.

In Whitefish, a northwestern ski town near the Canadian border, the forested property includes an 11,500-square-foot lodge-style home, three roughly 1,200-square-foot guest cabins and a day cabin with more than 1,260 feet of lake frontage”

Read complete Wall Street Journal article here.

(Video & photo credit Birds Eye of Big Sky)

This is a rare opportunity to own one of Whitefish Lake’s premier estates. Majestic home with elegance and beauty in every aspect. Hand hewn timbers, native stone and the finest finishes provide a warm and inviting home.

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(365 Delrey Rd Whitefish, MT)

Significant entertainment options with billiards room, home theatre, fitness room and wine room. Privacy abounds on 21 forested acres with nearly 1/4 mile of lakeshore. A creek and pond lie near the 3 guest cabins. Lakeside day cabin enhances the extensive outdoor living areas .


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Contact Ross Pickert for more details406.253.2148 or rpickert@glaciersir.com

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