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Old 09-17-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Missoula!
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Hi all,

I'll be moving to the Missoula area next spring for school and am looking at buying a few acres up to 30 miles from town and building a cabin. Which areas are the cheapest/most expensive? Which areas should I avoid (densely populated, long commute)? I've also heard that there are a bunch of microclimates in the area - how much do they differ?

Thanks a lot for your advice! And don't worry - I'm not coming into town with the intention of setting up any subdivisions. Just want to live out in the woods in a sustainably built shack and learn about anthropology.
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Old 09-17-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Lolo, Frenchtown, Evaro, Potomic or Clinton come to mind, even Arlee if you don't mind living on the rez.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Hi all,

I'll be moving to the Missoula area next spring for school and am looking at buying a few acres up to 30 miles from town and building a cabin. Which areas are the cheapest/most expensive? Which areas should I avoid (densely populated, long commute)? I've also heard that there are a bunch of microclimates in the area - how much do they differ?

Thanks a lot for your advice! And don't worry - I'm not coming into town with the intention of setting up any subdivisions. Just want to live out in the woods in a sustainably built shack and learn about anthropology.
one question
Have you ever lived through a Montana winter?
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Missoula!
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one question
Have you ever lived through a Montana winter?
Nope. I've lived through 22 northern Minnesota ones, though. I grew up east of Fargo
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Missoula!
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Lolo, Frenchtown, Evaro, Potomic or Clinton come to mind, even Arlee if you don't mind living on the rez.
Thanks, rickers! I've heard that the Lolo area's pretty built-up. what's your take on that?
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:29 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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All the areas close to Missoula and Kalispell are being developed too fast for many although the economic slowdown has had an effect of slowing the growth down a bit. I don't care much for Missoula except for the shopping. I'm in the Golden Triangle now so I go to Great Falls when we need box store shopping or ethnic food eateries.
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Old 09-19-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Missoula!
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Clinton looks awesome. I like the idea of living somewhere a little out of the valley, away from the smog that some people are going on about. BTW, how does that smog really compare to other cities around the country?
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