I am writing this in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis and answering what many people are searching on the Internet. Why should you buy land in Montana? I am going to outline some of the reasons that more and more people are looking to buy land in Montana.
The first reason is just how beautiful Montana is. Mountains, rivers, wildlife and just the thousands of things mother nature created for us to look at in this sparsely populated region of the US. Montana is varied in landscapes and has farmland in valleys surrounded by incredible mountain ranges with rivers running through the landscape. It also has rolling hills of farmland and pasture. If you go to Eastern Montana you have vast areas of coulees, farmland and ranch land. Large lakes surrounded by mountains fed by beautiful rivers and streams. Lots to see.
Montana has some catching up to do on the appreciation of land. While there certainly are parts of Montana that are highly valued if you compare apples to apples of pasture and farmland Montana still has some catching up to do. Pastureland can still be attained for $1000-2000/acre where many states pasture acreage can go for $5000-6000/acre and up. The exception of being undervalued is river frontage. I don’t really think there is a comparable on river frontage to Montana. The history, beauty, and quality of fishing in Montana’s rivers don’t have a comparison and so that is one area that you will have to pay to acquire.
Montana’s wildlife is second to none. Our big game includes buffalo, elk, moose, bighorn, mountain goats, both species of deer, black and grizzly bear, wolves and antelope. Our upland bird and waterfowl are spectacular due to the crops and abundance of water. Pheasants, grouse, turkeys, Hungarian partridges and all species of ducks along with tremendous goose populations. These were the citizens of Montana before humans and are still abundant in population. Our rivers are more abundant, pristine and filled with trout than any other state in the lower 48. From small streams to large rivers, Montana has a ton of water to enjoy. Montana has Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park which are some of the true wonders of the world.
If you are looking for a place to get away from the concrete jungle there is not a better place in the world. The 4th largest state in the US but we have only 1,000,000 in population. Cows outnumber people. If you are looking for social distancing Montana is the place. The lack of crime and abundant space makes this a nice lifestyle choice.
Montana has some of the nicest and inviting people you will ever meet. The place where neighbors help each other without even being asked. We look out for each other here and enjoy meeting people and learning their stories. Respect the heritage of Montana and you will find us to be lovely people. Remember you escaped from where you did not want to be so don’t bring the big city attitudes and stress.
Montana has some of the most abundant public lands for people to get out and enjoy. An overwhelming percent of Montana is government-owned and much of it is available for the general public to enjoy. This isn’t a place where private ownership keeps you from having an abundance of land and water that the general public can not access. Our state has done an excellent job of protecting open spaces for the general public.
These are some of the reasons that people are buying land in Montana. Now with the Coronavirus, it is very likely that Montana becomes even more of a desirable place to have land. If you are starting the journey feel free to reach out with questions. I love talking land and I love talking Montana!
Buzz Tatom is an Advisor/REALTOR® for Engel & Voelkers in Montana. He specializes in farms and ranches. A ranch owner himself he knows the complications that a buyer or seller will go through and is able to help navigate the complicated process. Give Buzz a call or fill out his contact form and put him to work finding you the right property so you can start building memories with friends and family!