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Old 10-23-2013, 08:16 AM
 
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Hello everyone,

Long time lurker here and first time poster. After years of vacationing and visiting Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, my wife and I are looking to purchase a second home in Montana, after falling in love with the state throughout our multiple visits over the years. We are hoping that the collective wisdom of this forum can help us out with our purchase. We are looking for:

- A house in the most densely populated wildlife region (we'd like the possibility to see grizzly bears, black bears, moose, etc. on/around the property)
- A minimum of 20 acres, preferably heavily wooded
- Somewhat close to a decently sized town (but not TOO close). We'd really like privacy, with the option of driving a few hours into town for groceries, meals, etc.
- A home with at least 1,500 square feet and a basement
- Mountain views
- Areas to hike
- Home in the price range of $250,000 - $750,000

The cold and extreme weather is no concern of ours, as we both truly enjoy the cold and snow and this will only be a second home (for now). We love Missoula, but, we are finding it difficult to find a home within our price range that meets our requests. Bozeman is also very nice, but, we are having the same problem as Missoula.

Any and all help would be GREATLY appreciated.

Thanks a lot,

John

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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Try along the North Fork Road out of Columbia Falls, all the way to Polebridge; or in the vicinity of Martin City, Coram, Essex, etc. (U.S. Highway 2 from Badrock Canyon to Marias Pass) Yes, I deliberately left Hungry Horse out. I grew up there. Can't stand the place now!
good luck in your search.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:37 AM
 
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Try along the North Fork Road out of Columbia Falls, all the way to Polebridge; or in the vicinity of Martin City, Coram, Essex, etc. (U.S. Highway 2 from Badrock Canyon to Marias Pass) Yes, I deliberately left Hungry Horse out. I grew up there. Can't stand the place now!
good luck in your search.
Thank you so much for the quick reply! I will definitely check out these areas.
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Brew City
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This sounds like Lincoln, MT to me. Anywhere between Ovando, Helmville, Lincoln, Avon and Seeley Lake. It's all beautiful, remote country with lots of wildlife. Lincoln and Avon are closer to Helena, Helmville and Ovando are close to the same distance to Helena and Missoula and Seeley is closer to Missoula.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:57 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Try Paradise Valley. Close to Yellowstone and not too far from Bozeman.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:43 PM
 
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It doesn't get much more remote than "Up the Yaak," along the Yaak River in the NW corner. Grizzly territory, heavily wooded, lots of wildlife including wolves. All depending on the location you'll have 30-60 minutes to Troy and Libby for supplies, or Bonner's Ferry in Idaho. For more extensive shopping and airport access you have Spokane, WA, about 2 hours away.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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Maybe you would like the Hebgen Lake area.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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I suggest Babb. Or around that area.
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Old 10-25-2013, 12:38 PM
 
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Thanks a lot everyone. This gives me plenty of information to work off of. I was under the impression that the only opportunity to see grizzly bears would be closer to YNP. Is this inaccurate?
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Old 10-25-2013, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Thanks a lot everyone. This gives me plenty of information to work off of. I was under the impression that the only opportunity to see grizzly bears would be closer to YNP. Is this inaccurate?
Very inaccurate.

You can run into them just about anywhere along the main Rocky Mountain front from Yellowstone to Glacier, and quite a ways out from there both east and west.
You can also run into them just about anywhere along the southern border in the Absaroka - Beartooth ranges as well.

Lots of them out there.
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