In Northwest Montana, where there was once a glacial lake of truly mind-boggling proportions, there is now an undulating, grass and wildflower-covered landscape that 73,400 people call home. Bitterroot Valley and Missoula property is perfect for anyone who loves a mix of creative city culture, as well as access to the great outdoors.
Missoula, named among the Best Towns in America by Outside Magazine, is the region’s biggest city. As Outside put it, Missoula is “a place where people who could live anywhere choose to live.” This means that the city is fresh with innovation, passion, and community-building zeal. Nowhere is the town’s personality better expressed than on the “Hip Strip,” a downtown district where unique and locally owned businesses thrive—think record stores, funky art galleries, breweries, and bike shops. Among outdoorspeople, the Clark Fork River, which bisects town, is a go-to for easy-access fly-fishing and kayaking. Numerous natural hot springs are close enough to visit on a Sunday afternoon whim. And Missoula’s home ski hill, the Montana Snowbowl, is cherished for its downhome character and challenging terrain.
For quieter living, follow the Bitterroot River to the south. The sage-carpeted Bitterroot Valley sits squarely between the Selway-Bitterroot and Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness areas. This means that all the small towns along scenic Route 93, which travels up the gut of the valley, are adjacent to wild country. In warmer months, recreationalists—especially rock climbers—flock to the region’s deep granite canyons.
An hour south of Missoula, Hamilton’s historic “Old Town” district feels like a living time capsule. But its well-preserved Western character belies the fact that this is one of Montana’s fastest growing towns. Once a quaint ranching and agricultural community, Hamilton’s economy is diversifying, and its close proximity to the city makes for an effortless commute.
In Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley, the past, present, and future of Montana flow together smoothly, framing a culture unlike anywhere else.
PHOTO: Missoula property, featuring 2225 Cales Court. For more information, contact listing agents Rebecca Donnelly at (406) 546-0067 or Cole Bergquist at (406) 544-9817.