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Old 12-23-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Just returned home from a two-week trip to WY/MT/ID. There was a specific purpose for this particular trip...to see how I would do in the winters. If I am seriously considering retiring in the northern Rockies, then I need to see if I can endure the winters.

Bozeman was on my list. The town has a lot going for it. I need not regurgitate those qualities again. We all know what they are. I found the weather to not be a problem for me. The cold was not so bad...unless the wind was blowing. Then, the cold went right through you. Otherwise, it didn't really feel all that cold.

However, I've decided based on this trip that Bozeman is not the place for me. The place is just too hectic. One particular incident disturbed me a little bit. Usually, when in MT, I have noticed that car/truck drivers are very, very considerate and patient. It was so refreshing to experience people being kind to each other. One night last week, as I was waiting outside the Costco entrance to meet up with a lady friend for a dinner out, I noticed more than a few cars roaring through the parking lot. Such a hurry, with no regard to those pushing carts are walking into the store. With the icy conditions, I knew that pedestrians were at risk. Cars can't stop that fast . . . or maybe these driver are really that good?

Bozeman is a great town. Just not for me. I'm looking for a bit of a slower pace in my retirement. Now Three Forks? Yeah, that's more to my liking. (And my lady friend lives on a ranch a few miles north of Three Forks. Hmmm?)

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I don't intend to offend anyone, but feel that those who have been following my research deserve feedback. Maybe those aggressive drivers were just immature students from the university. I can understand and accept that. We were all young once, and some, (or most), of us drove irresponsibly during those days. Guess I've just passed that phase and want something a little slower paced.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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You judge Bozeman from the drivers at Costco the week before Christmas? Okay.
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Old 12-24-2013, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Montana
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I would agree with that - not the best time of year to make an assessment of a town - of the best place. For example, there are no Costco stores in surrounding communities (e.g. Butte, Big Timber), so people from those places come to Bozeman to do their shopping. The people you noticed might not even be from this county!

On the other hand, Bozeman is a much busier place than many other towns in Montana, and it is only growing. So, if you want a slow, rural, relaxed pace, a place like Three Forks or Manhattan or Big Timber might be more to your liking.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Just returned home from a two-week trip to WY/MT/ID. There was a specific purpose for this particular trip...to see how I would do in the winters. If I am seriously considering retiring in the northern Rockies, then I need to see if I can endure the winters.

Bozeman was on my list. The town has a lot going for it. I need not regurgitate those qualities again. We all know what they are. I found the weather to not be a problem for me. The cold was not so bad...unless the wind was blowing. Then, the cold went right through you. Otherwise, it didn't really feel all that cold.

However, I've decided based on this trip that Bozeman is not the place for me. The place is just too hectic. One particular incident disturbed me a little bit. Usually, when in MT, I have noticed that car/truck drivers are very, very considerate and patient. It was so refreshing to experience people being kind to each other. One night last week, as I was waiting outside the Costco entrance to meet up with a lady friend for a dinner out, I noticed more than a few cars roaring through the parking lot. Such a hurry, with no regard to those pushing carts are walking into the store. With the icy conditions, I knew that pedestrians were at risk. Cars can't stop that fast . . . or maybe these driver are really that good?

Bozeman is a great town. Just not for me. I'm looking for a bit of a slower pace in my retirement. Now Three Forks? Yeah, that's more to my liking. (And my lady friend lives on a ranch a few miles north of Three Forks. Hmmm?)

- - - - -

I don't intend to offend anyone, but feel that those who have been following my research deserve feedback. Maybe those aggressive drivers were just immature students from the university. I can understand and accept that. We were all young once, and some, (or most), of us drove irresponsibly during those days. Guess I've just passed that phase and want something a little slower paced.
I used to dread visits to Costco. The city "planners" at the time decided not to widen north 19th for several years even though that area exploded. At least when you went the streets were wider to accommodate the traffic. I found Bozeman drivers to be the opposite of fast paced and hectic. At the time I was there people seemed to drive well under the speed limit. That being said, you might consider some of the surrounding towns. I haven't spent much time in Three Forks but it might be nice. Headwaters State Park is a neat place.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Don't feel bad Sheldon Cooper didn't like it either lol
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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I am in Bozeman right now holed up at the Royal 7 motel. The only one I could find cheap enough for an extended stay. I love it here but am afraid I'm going to have to seek housing elsewhere. There's just not much to be had that hasn't already been snatched up by college students. I'm speaking of rentals of course. The rents are inflated due to the recent growth and property management geeks have taken over nearly everything. It's a shame too.
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:32 PM
 
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I like Bozeman too, but agree, I can't justify living there, based on the cost. Consider Livngston, Reed Point, Laurel, Townsend, Whitehall...
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Old 02-10-2014, 01:57 PM
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Location: Pagosa Springs, CO/North Port,FL
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Default The myth of unaffordable Bozeman

bozeman apts/housing for rent classifieds - craigslist

a couple of dozen listings here between 600-1000 per month-many are outside of Bozeman, but many are within Bozeman
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Try bozeman houses with dog under $1300 and not elbow-to-elbow
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: sumter
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Have a friend that I was in the navy with, not sure if she was from Bozeman or Billings. she switched from navy to air force and was a comer but married a dail. she had a biracial son who played football. we were really good friends but lost contact over the years. would love to find her again.
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