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Old 05-10-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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My wife and I are contemplating Missoula as our next/final place to live. We're early/mid-fifties, no kids, I'm retired and my wife would likely look for part-time work.

I'm curious to learm which neighborhoods people would suggest. Our passion is hiking, and we both enjoy walking as much as possible for exercise and getting chores done. We'd rent initially, looking to spend $750-1000/month, and we don't need more than about 800' sq. Preference is apartment/condo setup, but that's not carved in stone.

We lived happily in University Heights/Hillcrest in San Diego, CA previously, and like where we live in North Boulder, CO now. The North End in Boise is another neighborhood we find very appealing. While we appreciate the benefits a university brings to a city, we treasure quiet and prefer not to live in student-dense areas. How's that for a contradiction - we like quiet, but want to be close enough to walk to many things? I guess it's not the urban background noise we mind, it's the idea of having to put up with parties and loud music.

Just from looking at maps, Lower Rattlesnake looks appealing, but I understand how iognorant I am until we visit an look around.

Thanks for any guidance.
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Old 05-10-2014, 11:04 AM
 
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You sound smart about it all. From your description, I'd say avoid the University neighborhood (duh) because of the student density and parties, although there are many beautiful homes there. The Lower Rattlesnake is also close to UM and has a lot of students. The university is going to move the college (used to be called the Vo-Tech part) to East Broadway which will make the Lower Rattlesnake even more... student-y.

Maybe right downtown along the river? You could rent there, see how you like it, and check out all the neighborhoods at your leisure. The downtown area in summer has a ton of things to do. Not that I do that many because it's hard to pry me away from the local breweries and eateries. ;-)
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