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Old 08-18-2011, 07:39 PM
 
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Hi ya'll,
My husband just got word we are being transferred to Billings, MT from Indianapolis, IN. We have two small children (ages 1 and 3) and are looking to purchase a house. I know there are a bunch of posts on here about Billings and housing, but I don't know if anyone wants what I want.
I would love to live within walking distance to downtown and some parks with playgrounds for children. My husband will be traveling quite a bit and I will be home with the kids so I dont want to have to do a bunch of maintenance on a lawn or the house itself. Been there and done that...I would rather spend my time on finding the best beer in town . Speaking of that, it would also be great to live near some hometown pubs/family restaurants. Walking distance if we are able. I haven't spoken with a realtor yet (we dont have the final relocation package). Are there any neighborhoods like this? I have owned an old farmhouse in Ohio (circa 1880), lived in a 600 sq ft condo in Columbus, Oh and now own a 1960's house in an awesome old neighborhood in Indy. Would love to find someplace like we are living in now. [Mod cut]

Thanks so much

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:54 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Hello and welcome to the Montana board,
here is a thread to get you started, post #4 has much information to your questions.
Neighborhoods in Billings
good luck and let us know how it is going.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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There are places that are walking distance to parks and school, but Billings has become a city of fast moving traffic through strip malls, not very conducive to walking or biking. The downtown is large office buildings, a few restaurants, but not a place to walk to or stroll around from a family neighborhood. Billings isn't a town that generally has neighborhoods with small shops or pubs handy for walking.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:49 AM
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Location: Pagosa Springs, CO/North Port,FL
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The area around Pioneer Park is really nice with a great disk golf course and walking neighborhood. But like others have said Billings is not a very walk-able town for the most part. No real bike lanes, and hazardous for pedestrians, when we lived there it was pretty common for peds to get hit by cars downtown.

I think this is all changing however, and there were plans to connect the fragmented bike trails-people are hungry for this in Billings.

Compared to downtown Bozeman, downtown Billings has a long way to go, but there are a couple of pretty good restaurants (Jakes and Q were our favorite)
and there is a good farmers market during the summer.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:43 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. I know we won't get everything on our wish list for a new neighborhood and house, but it is nice to get some insider help! If anyone has any other suggestions, please feel free to keep them coming!
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:46 PM
 
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Good restaurants in downtown Billings: In addition to the above mentioned- Walker's Grill, Cafe Italia (my favorite), The Rex Hotel (it's not a hotel these days); Caio Mambo; Don Luis; Guadalajara; Bin 119; Juliano's (a little north of downtown). There are others.
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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If you are in the heights, a nice place for informal lunch is Blues BBQ.
Blue's BBQ in Billings Montana Home of the best Barbecue Food in Billings
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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I would love to visit Montana
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:11 AM
 
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Where I grew up in Ohio, the GM Powertrain plant could give off quite a stinky odor. Are there issues with the refinery smelling up certain neighborhoods? What about the air traffic from the airport? Any particular neighborhoods with noise issues from the airport?
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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If you are in the heights, a nice place for informal lunch is Blues BBQ.
Blue's BBQ in Billings Montana Home of the best Barbecue Food in Billings
Thanks for the info on restaurants! I can't wait to try the BBQ....we love BBQ and if you are ever in Asheville, NC you have to try 12 Bones! We compare every BBQ to 12 bones.
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