Best Neighborhoods in Bozeman for First Time Homebuyers

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker RCI Realty

When you begin the process of buying your first home it's hard to know where to start! In a place like Bozeman where each part of town has its own unique personality, narrowing down the area you want to live in is a great place to begin in your home buying process.

 

Deciding what is important to you is the first step in choosing what Bozeman neighborhoods would be best to live in. We are lucky to live in a place where the average commute time is only 14 minutes and it is relatively easy to get across town, no matter which direction you are coming from. Schools, parks, trails, access to downtown and easy access to the mountains are all important factors when deciding where to buy a home in Bozeman.

 

We’ve broken down the popular Bozeman neighborhoods for you here:


NORTHWEST BOZEMAN

This is one of Bozeman's fastest growing areas.  There are so many new subdivisions popping up on Bozeman's Northwest side and for good reason - there is so much going on on this side of town! The 100-Acre Regional Park is located at the center  with trails, ponds, a sledding hill and the popular Dinosaur Playground. Right up the road is 19th Avenue with tons of shopping and restaurants and more opening each day.  For families, there are several schools on Bozeman's Northside including Emily Dickenson, Meadowlark and Hyalite as well as Chief Joseph Middle School, plus private schools Petra and Heritage Christian.  Here are a few subdivisions within this area that are great for first time homebuyers...

Harvest Creek
Harvest Creek is a desirable neighborhood with only single-family homes featuring a walking trail, two open space parks, a playground, basketball court and fantastic views of the Bridger mountain range.  There are a variety of home styles in this subdivision from smaller 1,500 SF ranch style homes to over 2,500 SF two level ones.  This featured property is a great example of the type of homes you'll find in Harvest Creek.

Valley West
This is one of the largest subdivisions on this side of Bozeman. The homes mimic the historic Bozeman neighborhoods with classic front porches, tree lined streets and alley entrances.  There is a mix of single family homes along with condominiums and townhomes.  You'll find lakes, streams, open acreage, walking and bike trails, plus a fantastic playground.  This is a very well developed subdivision. 

West Winds
One of the newest subdivisions in  Bozeman's northwest area is West Winds.  Lots of new construction is going on in here so if you are looking to build or want a brand new home, this is a great option.  The location is walking distance to the 100-Acre Regional Park and all that N. 19th has to offer.  This home was recently completed and is similar to several in this subdivision.  

Cattail Creek
This subdivision boasts a broad spectrum of living options from condos to single family residences.  A trail meanders through the neighborhood plus there are ponds, a basketball court and a playground.  It's located right behind Target and Costco and has easy access into the center of Bozeman.  This neighborhood is a great place for first time homebuyers with condos starting around  $170,000!

SOUTHSIDE

Move south of Bozeman and you get a whole different feel!  There are a lot of established neighborhoods on this end of town, high-end subdivisions and areas geared towards college students with MSU being the center of the area. This part of town is often in high-demand with it's easy access to Hyalite Canyon, Kirk Hill and Leverich Canyon, making it easy to get into the mountains to play!  Morning Star Elementary and Sacajawea Middle School are tucked up in the south side making the subdivisions near them very popular for families.  The corner of Kagy and S. 3rd has become the new hotspot for restaurants adding one more reason why so many love the south side!  Here are a couple of Bozeman's south side subdivisions that are best for first time home buyers...

 

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