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Thursday, August 28, 2014

For Sale: America's Largest Ranch

It's the largest single ranch under one fence in the country -- some 510,000 acres. And for the first time since 1849, the property is going up for sale with a price tag of $725 million. The Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, Texas covers 6 west Texas counties.

For more information this property or for information on beautiful Montana Ranch Property, contact one of our experience MT Ranch Brokers today. 

~Leah Olson, Broker, ALC, Prudential Montana Real Estate, Ranch & Recreational Group 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Room to Roam and Never be Fenced in

“Where the heart, soul and spirit are as one”.

Investment opportunity offered at $3,950,000
520± acre ranch conveniently located between Bozeman & Livingston,
Montana divided into 12 individually surveyed 10± acre home sites priced from $399,000 to $525,000.



  • Over seven miles of interior roads with solar operated security gates at both entrances
  • Resident wildlife including Elk, Deer & Upland Birds 
  • Views of four mountain ranges
  • 400± acres common area 
  • Partially fenced to provide protective habitat for wildlife 
  • Shovel ready for residential construction
  • Home Owners Association with bylaws established and recorded
  • Architectural specifications and covenants established and recorded
  • Visions West logo, website & branding material available
  • Test wells for water completed and verified
  • Protective zoning in place to ensure future values

Monday, August 4, 2014

Mountain Goats in Montana

It is with pleasure that I bring you news that Bruce Smith, renown wildlife biologist and author, has just released his new book, Life on the Rocks.  Bruce and his wife Diana hail from the Ruby Valley and I like to call them friends as well as real estate clients. 
Following is a brief overview of this fascinating new book that is offered through his publisher, University Press of Colorado.

The American mountain goat is one of the most elusive and least familiar species of hoofed mammals in North America. Confined to the remote and rugged mountains of the western United States and Canada, these extraordinary mountaineers are seldom seen or encountered, even by those who patiently study them. Life on the Rocks offers an intimate portrayal of this remarkable animal through the eyes and lens of field biologist and photographer Bruce Smith.
Color photographs and accounts of Smith's personal experiences living in Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area accompany descriptions of the American mountain goat's natural history. Smith explores their treacherous habitat, which spans the perilous cliffs and crags of the Rocky, Cascade, and Coast mountain ranges. 
The physical and behavioral adaptations of these alpine athletes enable them to survive a host of dangers, including six-month-long winters, scarce food sources, thunderous avalanches, social strife, and predators like wolves, bears, lions, wolverines, and eagles. Smith also details the challenges these animals face as their territory is threatened by expanding motorized access, industrial activities, and a warming climate. 
Life on the Rocks showcases the elegance and charm of this little-known creature, thriving in some of North America's harshest wilderness. Smith's volume will appeal to wildlife enthusiasts, wildland travelers, and conservationists interested in the future of the American mountain goat.

Bruce Smith writes from his home in Sheridan, Montana and is inspired by the sounds of Mill Creek out his back door and the many wildlife and bird species seen from his porch.

Visit his website at



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recent Montana Land Sales

View the recent Land Sales Statistics from the Southwest Montana Multiple Listing Service.

The sales data is listed by county/area and divided into two categories, Building Lots Under 1 Acre and Vacant Land 1 Acre and Larger.
Click on the links to view the Land Sales Market Statistics from January 1 thru September 15, 2014:

Contact on of Ranch & Recreational Group Brokers for more details.

~Leah Olson, Broker, ALC, Prudential Montana Real Estate, Ranch & Recreational Group

Monday, June 2, 2014

Gallatin County History of Reese Creek

Reese Creek

John Reese and family were among some of the first people to permanently settle in the area now known as Reese Creek.  Originally from Wales, the family migrated to the Untied states in 1840, starting in Pennsylvania and then heading toward Utah following their congregation as part of the Mormon church.  Differences developed between the church creed and the Reese family, they decided to leave the area.  General Conner of Fort Douglas near what is now Salt Lake City offered to escort the family to the Montana territory.  It was an offer the family couldn’t refuse. 

The family followed the gold rush and temporarily set up in Virginia City where Mrs. Reese set up a successful washing business, they continued on to the Gallatin Valley and settled near what is now known as Resse Creek.   The men of the family set up a homestead and Mrs. Resse used the money she made in Virginia City to purchase cows.  They built a church and established a community called Courts. 

Throughout his life, John Reese was a staunch member of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints Church, where he served as a leader.  They became prominent pioneer citizens of Gallatin County.  John died in 1900 (just sixteen months after his wife) and they are both buried in the Reese Creek Cemetery.   Many of the decedents of John and Mary Reese still call Gallatin County home.


Make your own history in Reese Creek and enjoy country living from this exquisite 40 acres in Springhill area. Large and private building site enjoys top of the hill views with the Bridger Mtns to the east, Gallatin Range to the south, Spanish Peaks to the southwest, and the Tobacco Root Mtns. to the west. Private access along Elk Springs Rd from paved Springhill Road. Land is within the Reese Creek Zoning District. See additional information here.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Flooding in Montana

‘Tis the Season for Flooding

waterfront home in Montana
Crystal Lake above Sheridan, MT
I think every realtor gets a call once a week from someone who wants to purchase properties on a stream or river. Even though this may seem like the dream property, you need be aware that flood insurance and flood prone areas may cause your client a significant expense or heart acre if they are not prepared.  Insuring your home in a flood plain can double or triple your insurance premiums. With the new technology of google maps and mapping programs related to water ways, lenders will immediately question the need for flood insurance if they see streams or even ditches close to a property.   

 Do your homework with the county sanitarian and make sure that a home you are listing or selling is not in a flood prone area. If a client is planning on building in a subdivision, be aware of the subdivision regulations for streamside setbacks and if it is not in a subdivision it is governed by the Department of Environmental Quality and the county sanitary regulations. Your best source is your County Sanitarian if in question.

Twin Bridges Montana photos
The Jefferson River, Silver Star, MT
If you are shopping for a home near water, ask if the current homeowner has ever required flood insurance, what is the history of flooding in the area, and talk with neighbors who have lived in the area for generations.

Reservoirs in Montana
The Ruby Reservoir, Alder MT
Snowpack in Montana in general is high and with the prediction of warmer temperatures, plan for the worst but hope for the best. For a more comprehensive report from the NWS on snowpack and flood risk click here.

Interested in property on the water in Montana? Here is a list of them. 


photo of the boulder river
The Boulder River, Mammoth, MT