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Winter Challenge: Plowing Bozeman Roads

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

 

Snow plowing crews work long hours through the winter season. When a snow storm hits, road crews hit the streets at 3 a.m. to clear the roads in a hurry before the 8 a.m. rush hour. With over 3,500 miles of roads to cover, Bozeman, Montana’s road crew has an annual challenge to keep the roads clear and safe to drive on throughout the winter season.

With so much ground to cover in a busy mountain town like Bozeman, have you ever wondered how they get it done? Small towns may be able to manage it by just mere instinct, but Bozeman’s a bit more complicated. 

There are large number of small residential streets in Bozeman that are easy to miss, so our road crew utilizes tracking technology with GPS units on each plow. The GPS transmits location data to the “command center” where plowed roads are displayed on their TV screen. 

The logistic strategy for city plows is to first focus on the high traffic roads while the snow is still falling, and then double back when necessary. After the storm passes, the crews then moves on to clear residential streets. 

While it may be frustrating for some people that their neighborhoods are not plowed immediately, they take for granted how nice it is to have this service. A lot of other mountain towns have fairly poor snow plowing services compared to Bozeman’s.

Another challenge that road crews have to deal with, particularly on residential streets, is all the parked cars, trailers, and campers in their way. It’s a big headache for crews when they have to dart in, out, and around obstacles on the street, which also leaves those cars blocked in after a heavy snow fall. Because of this hassle, the city recommends people to either avoid parking on the street after a storm, or move their cars every other day to allow the road crews to come back and clear spots that they missed on the first time around.

So the next time a big snow storm rolls through and you’re stuck behind a snowplow on the highway, be thankful that your tax-dollars are at work.

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Plowing out: How crews clear Bozeman roads after winter storms

10 Best Trails Around Bozeman

by Hart Real Estate Solutions


Nestled in the middle of Montana’s great mountain ranges, Bozeman offers adventure seekers almost limitless trails to explore. Here’s 10 of our favorite trails around Bozeman, Montana.

Sourdough

Located within close proximity to town, Sourdough Trail, also known as Bozeman Creek Trial, is popular among Bozemanites. Following the Bozeman Creek, it has an easy grade, and the distance you hike, bike, or cross-country-ski on this 10 mile trail is up to you. The trail ends at Mystic Lake, with interconnected logging trails and roads to continue your adventure.

Lava Lake Trail

Following the Cascade Creek under a thick evergreen forest canopy and through open green meadows, this trail will take you past waterfalls and a lake settled in the middle of granite walls, with clear views of the Spanish Peaks in the distance.

Drinking Horse Trail

This is a short, yet steep, 2.2 mile looped trail gives you a great vantage point for views over Bozeman, Bridger Canyon, and the Gallatin Valley. This is a relatively easy trail to take the family. 

Palisade Falls

This paved, one mile trail is easy for taking the kids on a stroll through beautiful scenery with towering rock walls and a tall waterfalls at the finish line. 

“M” Trail

Taking you up to the signature “M” embedded on the mountain North of Bozeman, this trail is popular among the locals. There are two ways to the top—one with a short steep climb and the other with an easier, moderate climb. This trail offers gorgeous views over Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley.

Baldy Peak Summit

Going above the "M" trail, this hike takes you through forested areas to an exposed ridge with panoramic views high above the surrounding areas. With 4,000 feet of elevation gain over 7 miles, this is a difficult trail for the ambitious hikers.

Sypes Canyon

This trail takes you 6.2 miles up 1,656 feet on the North side of Bozeman. It follows a river through the canyon and opens up to another beautiful view of Bozeman and the Gallatin Valley.

Hyalite Creek Trail

In route to Hyalite Lake, this 5.5 mile moderate grade trail takes you past beautiful waterfalls, high mountain walls, fast flowing creeks, meadows, and wildflowers before rewarding you with the crystal clear lake at the finish line.

Pine Creek Lake Trail

Meandering 5.5 miles through forest trees up 3,400 vertical feet to Pine Creek Lake, this trail in the Absaroka mountain range offers stunning views of the valley below, colorful trees, a series of waterfalls and streams, and a beautiful clear lake at the top.

Storm Castle Peak

This beautiful hike is located south of Bozeman in the Gallatin Range. This trail is a great one for a calf workout, taking you 2.5 miles up to 7,170 feet elevation. Surrounded by interesting geology with swirling patterns of dark and light rock along cliffs, the spectacular views are worth the punishment.

 

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Bozeman's Best Restaurants

by Hart Real Estate Solutions
 

One of many benefits of living in Bozeman, Montana is our wide selection of great restaurants. It may seem hard to imagine for a little town of roughly 43,405 people, but there are about 123 restaurants in Bozeman, 44 of which are downtown. It sure is a great feeling to be able to eat at a different restaurant for each date-night without even having to leave town. With so many places to choose from, lets highlight some of the best restaurants for you start with.

Wasabi

Wasabi-sushi-bar is certainly the first restaurant you should try if you’re new to town. At this Hibachi grill, chefs put on a talent show as they cook your food in front of you. Who knows where these chefs come from, but they are the most talented group of individuals I have ever seen. What they can do with a knives, spatulas, and fire is amazing. My personal favorite thing about Wasabi is how its chefs will occasionally squirt a fountain of saki into your mouth while your waiting for your food, really keeping the party going.

14 North

This gastropub combines the best of both worlds of fine-dining and bars. A bar sits in the core of the restaurant, with formal dining space around it, and an overflow and meeting space upstairs. 14 North takes great pride in its menu, spending anywhere from hours to days to prepare and season its steaks, lamb shanks, and filet’s sauce. As Zeglan says, “It takes time to build the flavors we’re trying to create.” With delicious food and a festive atmosphere, you wouldn’t regret having dinner at 14 North.

The Roost

This fried chicken joint really makes you feel at home if you’re from the south. It offers prime buttermilk chicken and biscuits made from scratch, and fired okra and mac and cheese “like mom used to make.” If you’re health conscious, you should feel comfortable knowing that The Roost only uses whole foods. Mike Buck, the co-owner, says he takes pride in the family aspect of his business, the freshness of his ingredients, and the story behind it. The Roost uses natural hormone-free chicken raised on a family farm, and it goes as far as paying extra shipping costs for stone ground grits from a water-powered mill in Tennessee.

Open Range

This is a restaurant for impressing your date. Open Range is a formal, fine dining restaurant with great food and service. While Open Range is known for steak, its duck is also fantastic, and certainly recommended. Along with our personal experience, reviewers really loved how the duck was “perfectly cooked and full of flavor.” Open Range also offers a great selection of wine, beer, and cocktails.  

Red Chair

This is our personal favorite, but not just because it’s across the street from our office, although that is a plus. Red Chair is a neighborhood café & bar located on the quiet, west side of Bozeman. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. No matter what meal of the day you’re looking for, Red Chair has a menu for it. Its bar also makes killer mimosas and bloody marys to go with your weekend breakfast. What’s special about this place is its view of the Bridgers from the second floor. With windows wrapped around the dining area and a balcony to eat on outside, you can see across across Bozeman’s rooftops with unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains while you’re eating.

Southwest Montana: Best Skiing In America

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

One of the greatest benefits of living in Montana, specifically in Southwest Montana, is that we are gifted with some of the best skiing in America. The Gallatin County sits in the middle of two world class resorts, Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. These resorts are scheduled to open soon this season, with Big Sky Resort opening on November 24th and Bridger Bowl opening on December 9th. With ski season just around the corner, lets revisit some of the top reasons why living in Southwest Montana couldn’t get any better for winter enthusiasts.

                                                                                                                       

Big Sky Resort is one of the biggest resorts in North 

America, providing 5,800 acres with 300​ named runs 

across 4 connected mountains. The size of 

this place is hard to wrap your mind around. I’ve personally skied here for several years, venturing through as many runs as I could, and I still end up finding runs I haven’t seen before. One secret about this resort, which some locals may not want you to know about, is that there are a number of hidden shacks and huts throughout the mountain. I found a few, but can never manage to remember where they were when trying to find my way back. 

 

You don’t even have to ride the terrain to appreciate these resorts. The communities built at the base of the mountains are worth visiting even if you don’t ride down their slopes. Beyond skiing, Big Sky Resort offers a plethora of activities for its visitors, including zip-line tours, snowshoe tours, snowmobile tours, dog sledding, sleigh rides, nordic skiing, a giant swing, and a high rope course. The village at the base of the mountain is also something worth experiencing as well. Big Sky Resort offers a shopping center with a number of restaurants and breweries with great tasting food and drinks. Big Sky also has set plans on really improving this village community, claiming that it will rival “the best of Europe” by 2025. If you want to find your own ski pad, click here.

 

​​Bridger Bowl is another one Montana’s cherished trophies. This ski resort is like the little brother its neighbor, Big Sky Resort, but with all the same qualities of great terrain. Being closer to Bozeman, Bridger Bowl is more popular among the locals and college students. This resort offers wide open terrain with a number of glades, chutes, and my personal favorite, gullies. With its steep chutes, snow fields, and abrupt cliffs, Bridger’s Ridge terrain offers some of the most challenging skiing in North America. 

 

Outside of the resort there is also opportunities to ski with the local community ski club, Bridger Ski Foundation. Based in Bozeman, this nonprofit organization offers an extensive network of Nordic ski trails around town. Bridger Ski Foundation is making progress in growing the club and expanding its trail system, while practicing its values in providing both an educational and charitable experience to its members. The club was just recognized in 2015 by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association, awarding it as a Gold Certified Club. This club welcomes anyone who wants to participate and volunteer to join. The Bridger Ski Foundation is another example for why we are fortunate to be a part of such a proactive community that has been making a positive impact.

 

Our winter sports is just one of them many reasons to appreciate living in our area. If you enjoy the sight and feel of crisp white snow covered mountains, you wont regret buying a house here. So if you don’t live here already, we can surely help make that happen.  The mountains are not going anywhere, and neither will our beloved snow!

Bozeman Market Report - Condos and Townhome Sales Through June 2016

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

This month, we will highlight condo and townhome sales through June 1 2016 and compare them to 2015 totals in the greater Bozeman area and Belgrade. Here are a few stats:

  • Condos and Townhomes sales have increased by 7.35% in 2016 (204 sold in 2015, 219 sold in 2016)
  • Dollar volume has increased by 14.73% in 2016 ($44,716,616 in 2015, $51,305,072 in 2016)
  • Condos and Townhomes have spent 26.98% longer on the market than they did in 2015 (46 Days on the Market in 2015, 63 Days on the Market in 2016.

Summary: Condo and Townhome values continue to climb steadily in the greater Bozeman, Belgrade area. As values have risen, these homes have spent more time for sale but as of yet, total sales continue to go up. Having total sales increase suggests that the buyer pool still has an appetite for well-priced multi-family properties. Bozeman and Belgrade’s multi-family market continues to grow and remain healthy.

The US Navy has turned to Montana State University and Bozeman’s S2 corporation to help design new technology for diagnosing and detecting potential threats across the world.

The Navy has given MSU’s Spectrum Lab and S2 Corporation a $4.5 million contract to develop new sensors to improve the Navy’s intelligence and awareness. The university and corporation were chosen based on their marked improvement over current technology. According to the CEO of S2 corporation, current sensors see only about 1 percent of a possible spectrum whereas technology they have developed in Bozeman sees more than 100 times that.

The Navy has given S2 and Montana State a 3-year contract, which will provide additional stability for Bozeman’s burgeoning high tech industry. Bozeman, Montana's e-city according to Google, has seen a major expansion by Oracle and NASA funded tech programs in 2016 alone. This news, continues to add to Bozeman's recent stockpile of tech news.

These groups have the opportunity to invent new technology in Bozeman that will be deployed into real world practice. This contract will only improve Bozeman’s reputation as a center for technology in Montana. The contract will also provide additional capital for MSU and S2 to hire additional high income employees.

Bozeman continues to attract more specialized, high salary jobs. Bozeman’s economy continues its forward momentum as more high tech professionals continue to make their home in Bozeman.

 

 

Source: http://www.kbzk.com/story/31588503/msu-bozeman-corporation-land-45m-contract 

Bozeman Montana Will Have Second High School

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

Make some room Bozeman High School—it looks like you will have some company soon in Bozeman, Montana. The phrase now feels much more real, thanks to a 6-1 vote by the Bozeman School Board to build an entirely new, 9 -12 high school in Bozeman Montana. Bozeman has been one of the fastest growing small towns in Western United States.

Bozeman High School currently has 2,000 students but has been expanding year over year. By 2020, the date a new high school should be opened, that enrollment will reach 2,400, hence the split.

The Bozeman School Board, as well as its high school expansion advisory committee, worked hard in the past six months to determine the best method of expanding its educational services to a growing city.

The Bozeman School District had grappled with several ideas, including a Freshman only school, expanding the current high school, or even changing which age children would attend what school. However, after much deliberation, the board went ahead with the most expensive, but also most forward thinking proposal (in terms of potential future costs): an entirely new high school, a distinct entity from Bozeman High School with its own teachers, athletics, mascot etc.

The high school will be built on Bozeman’s west side of town, on Oak and Flander’s Mill Road. It will be just North of Meadowlark Elementary school.

The recommendations for the new Bozeman high school were researched and made by the 31-member advisory committee which consisted of parents, teachers and community members. The committee had to tackle concerns that expansion might bring. The variety and number of classes offered may be thinned due to the costs of new faculty, administration and operating costs.

Bozeman High School’s reputation has been nothing short of stellar of late. Its students always perform extremely high on standardized tests, they take a wide variety of AP classes, the school has received education based grants, and the overall happiness of Bozeman high schoolers is very high in comparison to other places in Montana and in the US. Many are concerned a second school could potentially dilute the excellence and momentum Bozeman High School has built.

Despite concerns of the price and drawbacks of a second high school, the advisory committee reported that letters for and against a new high school were nearly 2-1, giving them the confidence that they have made the best decision for the community. Voters will still need to pass the bond that funds the school. That very important vote will take place in May, 2017.

 

 

Source: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/education/milestone-vote-supports-bozeman-s-second-high-school/article_a436820e-7804-58d6-bb04-8619b632e863.html

This month, we will compare single family home sales in the Gallatin Valley through April 2016 to last year’s home sales and help reveal trends in the market. Here are a few stats:

  • 2016 sales are currently projected to drop by 21.62% (1,485 in 2015, 388 through April, projected to 1,164 sales in 2016)
  • Dollar volume is projected to drop by 24.05% ($663,572,593 in 2015, $167,993,026 through April, projected to 503,979,078 in 2016)
  • Currently, homes are moving slightly faster than last year, staying on the market 2.06% shorter than 2015 (97 days on the market in 2015, 95 days on the market in 2016)

Summary: The 2016 housing market has moved slower than in 2015, at least through the first 4 months. Home buyers and sellers alike should keep in mind that the most active time periods, those over the summer and fall, tend to see the highest activity. So although simple projections suggest the market might be slowing, a fast summer could easily reverse this trend. The market remains very healthy—growth continues—and small home inventory has kept the market fast paced. 

New Phone Application Will Map Bozeman Montana Trails

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

As the outdoors continue to bring more and more people to Bozeman, Montana, the city has put a bit of organization back into nature. One of Bozeman’s biggest attractions is its 80 mile, in and around town trail system. Bozeman continually updates and improves its trails, knowing they are one of the main attractors to local residents. The trail is used by adults, children, runners, walkers and bikers. Whether for exercise or for travel, the trails have become a part of Bozeman’s outdoor culture.

Starting sometime this year, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and the City of Bozeman will create a new phone application that maps out every mile of Bozeman’s trails. The application will help residents organize runs or discover new trails. The app will also be constantly updated, so residents will know when a trail is  closed or under maintenance. Amenities like bathrooms will also be marked on the application, helping Bozemanites plan their hikes and breaks accordingly.

The application was approved in January. Once the application is up and running, it will help locals utilize Bozeman trails even more effectively.

 

Source: http://www.kbzk.com/story/30944764/80-miles-and-growing-app-to-feature-bozemans-trail-system

New Pathway Planned For Bridger Canyon Hikers and Bikers

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

The “M” Trail and the Drinking Horse Trail attract a host of daily hikers, trail runners, bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Bridger Canyon Road is also one of the more beautiful and fun biking roads in the area. As the area’s popularity has increased, Bridger Canyon road has seen a lot of pedestrian and recreational traffic.

Currently, only a small shoulder exists for people who want to get to the trail heads without having to drive. Using a previously passed bond, the city will construct a new pathway from Bozeman that will go to both the "M" and Drinking Horse Trails. The pathway will be fully separated from Bridger Canyon Road and is expected to cost $4 million.

The path will be asphalt to allow bikers to also use the path with ease. It will connect into city trails at Story Mill Road and then extend out to both the “M” and Drinking Horse. The city will also look into creating an under path  to connect the two trails (on opposite sides of the road) without having to cross Bridger Canyon Road.

The city will need to get 5 homeowners on board to allow room for the pathway.

Bozeman continues to focus on its resident’s safety, while also finding ways to provide access to the outdoors, without the need for a car. Bozeman becomes more convenient to its residents everyday. Its no wonder that more and more people continue to move to the greater Bozeman area.

 

Source: http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/safer-pathway-planned-for-bozeman-hikers-bikers/39578514

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