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Old 06-11-2017, 08:31 AM
 
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Thanks so much for the info "brb going fishing"! I also just talked with someone who lives in Bigfork year round (from Prescott) and relieved my apprehension about Bigfork having too much snow. Still would like to find a caretaker/security position for Hubs and I and have received a few leads on that so we can try out the area.
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Old 06-11-2017, 10:08 AM
 
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For 2 years, we lived in Happy Valley (just south of Whitefish) and also in Big Arm, (near Polson) on the lake. Last year, we moved to the mountains of SW Colorado and bought our long term home. Couldn't deal with the gray of the winter, and the massive population explosion/development of the valley in general (not to mention, getting housing on acreage that we could afford). Luckily, we rented for the last several years living in WA, WY and MT "trying it out"... so we weren't committed to a place. With a few exceptions, snow/extreme cold is really not a big issue in the valley... but, don't underestimate the relentless gray winters (especially coming from AZ)... and the traffic/wildfire smoke in summer.

As far as property that you're looking for... I will also echo what others are saying. Affordable acreage/housing are really becoming limited. Much of the old farming areas are being sold out to development, and open space is becoming scarce. Sure, you can still get a house on a few acres, but you will have neighbors.

While we loved a lot about the valley, the things I mentioned were deal breakers. Let me know if you have other questions.

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Old 06-11-2017, 10:29 AM
 
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Thanks for your thoughts Snowave. Grey winters are not a deal breaker for us. We lived near Yosemite and experienced a lot of that. We actually considered Durango CO at one point but for many reasons decided on Prescott instead which I love but it has gotten so big (too many articles saying it's the place to retire) and too many Californians trying to change it. We're actually from CA too. :-). However, we hear that when we sell, we will make a very handsome profit. As far as property is concerned in Bigfork, I am still seeing many properties that would suit us but I guess that could change. Our friend who is moving to Helena keeps trying to get us to move there but that city is way too big.
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Old 06-11-2017, 03:08 PM
 
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Oddly enough I've heard Kalispell people say Big Fork people are snobs. It's not been my impression on the brief visits I've made there but the fact is "snob" is definitely differently in many places.
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Old 06-11-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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Oddly enough I've heard Kalispell people say Big Fork people are snobs. It's not been my impression on the brief visits I've made there but the fact is "snob" is definitely differently in many places.

We have decided against Bigfork anyway. After consideration, it's not for us. Would you know if it's possible to delete a thread on this site?
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:07 PM
 
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We have decided against Bigfork anyway. After consideration, it's not for us. Would you know if it's possible to delete a thread on this site?
You can ask the moderator to delete it, but even if you have changed your mind, the general information may be useful to others doing a search in the future. BTW, since your friends are moving to Helena, but it is too big for you, take a look at the smaller towns just north of Helena on the Missouri such as Craig. Beautiful scenery, great fishing.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:48 PM
 
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If you want to be somewhat near Helena but not in it, maybe consider places like White Sulphur Springs or Chocteau.
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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If you want to be somewhat near Helena but not in it, maybe consider places like White Sulphur Springs or Chocteau.
Thanks, I will check those out.
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:44 PM
 
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You can ask the moderator to delete it, but even if you have changed your mind, the general information may be useful to others doing a search in the future. BTW, since your friends are moving to Helena, but it is too big for you, take a look at the smaller towns just north of Helena on the Missouri such as Craig. Beautiful scenery, great fishing.
Craig is beautiful!
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Old 06-13-2017, 01:45 PM
 
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I think if you want to be close(r) to your friends, you may check out some of the areas closer to Helena like Lincoln, Deer Lodge, Townsend, etc. Lots of nice places between Helena and Missoula that are smaller and an easy drive to Helena.


If you do choose the Flathead area, it's a nice place, some of the most scenic areas in the country are there.
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