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Old 03-03-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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Kalispell is definitelygrowing and the traffic can be hell at times.
I live in NoVa and there is no way that traffic in Kalispell is *anything* like we have in the Mixing Bowl!
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:20 AM
 
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I live in NoVa and there is no way that traffic in Kalispell is *anything* like we have in the Mixing Bowl!
It's not horrible, the thing is it's a lot for people who've been here for years or all their lives and are not used to it.
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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We are wanting a change in lifestyle too. Moving from Cincinnati to Kalispell area to just get off the wheel and out of the rat race. We are friendly folks, not pretentious and like people for who they are not what they have or think they do. Born and raised in the midwest bible belt, we are Christians that walk the talk. We are nervous about such a big move but looking at it as a big adventure to BIG SKY country and thinking that you usually regret more things you don't do than those that you do so we are Montana bound!
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:42 AM
 
Location: NW Washington
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That's a great attitude to have and, conveniently, you'll probably in in the majority -non MT natives. The prices there have brought in many affluent families and driven out many of the natives, so everybody's pretty much a stranger in a strange and wonderful land. Just bring your income with you or have it arranged already, because the economy isn't exactly booming outside of the building industry.
Someone earlier on in this thread, I think, was asking if Bigfork is its own "big city" or a suburb of Kalispell. The easy answer: neither. Bigfork is a small quaint village in the southeast edge of Flathead lake and is composed of wealthy land owners and artisans for the most part. There are quite a few eclectic artsy shops on the main drag (the entire downtown area could fit into the footprint of the Sears Tower in Chicago) along with several popular country and western themed taverns that have a number of live shows in the summer. There's also a nice little theater that produces several plays during the year.
It's an easy commute to Kalispell about 20 miles to the north-northwest with all of two turns. I don't recall the first turn that's a left turn (if you want to enter town from the south), but after that turn, you turn right on hwy. 93 and drive another 10 miles or so along a very wide new four lane 70mph highway and you're there. Speaking of which, people just moving there may not be prepared for the higher posted speed limits, but I'd encourage everyone to try and keep up. It's just a matter of acclimatisation and the locals are used to it and get annoyed with someone doing 55 in a 70 zone in clear dry conditions. If I were to select an appropriate car for this area, I'd select a European AWD vehicle or a Subaru. Personally, an Audi or VW with AWD and diesel would work great for mileage and usability in a very four season climate in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with lakes and world class skiing.
I suppose by now much of the farm land that was between Kalispell and Somers has been bought and converted into commercial properties or residential development and there's little left to seperate the two towns. There's a full sized Costco, Home Depot, Lowes, and Borders all within walking distance in the north end of Kalispell between there and Whitefish, three Super 1's and a Rosaurs(sp?) with Huckleberries natural food store contained therein are scattered throughout the tri-city area, so pretty much everything anyone could want or need is there. DSL is available even in rural unincorporated Bigfork and the airport is a hub for international destinations as well. Many hundreds of miles of paved asphalt walking trails have been constructed in recent years, so it's become much more pedestrian-friendly. As long as you have the means, there's really a lot to like about the Flathead...
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:43 AM
 
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Kalispell has virtually no jobs. I grew up there and just moved back to Helena because there's nothing in Kalispell that interests me.

Most of your traffic is up by Costco, Target and the new movie theater.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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We are wanting a change in lifestyle too. Moving from Cincinnati to Kalispell area to just get off the wheel and out of the rat race. We are friendly folks, not pretentious and like people for who they are not what they have or think they do. Born and raised in the midwest bible belt, we are Christians that walk the talk. We are nervous about such a big move but looking at it as a big adventure to BIG SKY country and thinking that you usually regret more things you don't do than those that you do so we are Montana bound!
It is a big move, but you'll do fine. There's plenty to see and do and even jobs are available - you just need to be able-bodied, willing to work hard for what you earn. But you'll find the benefits worthwhile...

And as for Rev. Baldwin, should that be part of your interest, please feel free to Direct Message me here at C-D forums for further info.

Good luck and God Bless,

mg
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