Forget Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, or Great Falls. When you're looking for some of the most valuable properties in Montana, the smallest towns are now the hotbed for some seriously impressive real estate.
Let's say you had enough money that you didn't have to work a traditional job. At all. Income was just not an issue for you, so you were able to do what you wanted and buy what you wanted whenever you wanted. I despise the term 'lady of leisure' but unfortunately there are few other phrases that depict the lifestyle we're trying to describe.
When you think about "rich zip codes" in Montana, the smaller foo-foo ski towns or lake towns might spring to mind first. Depending on what measure of wealth we use, you might actually be right. But in this instance, the question was specific and didn't have to deal with accumulated wealth or real estate holdings.
You have to pay to play in Montana. Play outdoors, that is. The toys, the gear, the vehicles, the activities, the permits, and everything else you might need to pursue Montana's outdoor adventures can get VERY expensive.
There might be a new king of the (ski) hill in Montana luxury real estate. Big Sky has been home to the most expensive homes and condos in the state for so long, but it appears that another Montana town is stepping up it's game with $15 million condos.
When you have more money than you know what to do with, you may want to buy the most expensive 'whatever' you can find. We scoured Montana for the most expensive stuff you can buy, from gear and toys to RVs and cheese. No kidding.
If you found yourself with an extra $40 million bucks in your back pocket, and you wanted to spend it on real estate...would you pick the insanely huge home with 23+ acres or would you pick the 418+ acres of prime farmland?
We're in trouble. This isn't a "shake your head" broken record thing anymore. Montana towns are in deep, serious, fast-moving financial transformation. I've sugar-coated my personal concerns about Bozeman's change up until now. I can't do that anymore.