Bitterroot Valley, MT

Life in the Bitterroot Valley, MT

Southwestern Montana is home to the Bitterroot Valley. This northernmost state has retained its pristine natural beauty - a rarity in today’s fast-paced urbanization. People often come to the Bitterroot Valley to find a slightly slower pace of life. People are friendly and helpful as a rule. They still come to the aid of a neighbor in need and it's not unusual to stop and chat with half a dozen friends and neighbors on a quick trip to the grocery store. There are lots of outdoor activities both summer and winter and there always seems to be some community event going on.

Communities in the Bitterroot Valley

The area is about 100 miles long with Highway 93 running through the middle of the valley from Lolo, just south of Missoula, to the Montana-Idaho border. West of the Valley is the Bitterroot Mountain Range and Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. On the eastern side are the Sapphire Mountains and another wilderness area known as Anaconda-Pintler. The valley starts out quite large and open but once it gets below Hamilton it starts to narrow. By the time you get to Darby, it is only about five miles wide between the two mountain ranges. South of Darby the Bitterroot River splits into the East Fork and the West Fork. Both are beautiful routes but they are distinctly different. The East Fork follows the winding Bitterroot River through varying types and sizes of trees and mountains towards Lost Trail Pass known for skiing, snowmobile trails, cross country skiing, snowboarding, hot springs and more. The West Fork again twists and curves along the the other section of the Bitterroot River but it is very different with the river sometimes opening up quite large and then narrowing, passing by incredible rock outcroppings, and eventually coming to Painted Rocks Lake.

The Bitterroot Valley has many communities within its boundaries including Florence, Stevensville, Corvallis, Hamilton, Victor, Darby, Conner, and Sula. Hamilton is the largest city in the Valley and doubles as the county seat of Ravalli County.

Homes in the Bitterroot Valley Area

The Bitterroot Valley is known for its views. Much of the western side is higher and looks over vast panoramas of the valley towards the Anacondas. The eastern side of the valley looks out past the valley framed with snow-capped mountains. As you go further south, the Valley narrows and you have mountains on either side and you're nearly always following the river. The location within the Valley will be one of your first and largest choices. Next you will find that there are many home choices. You won't find large subdivisions with similar sized houses and floor plans. Sizes and amenities vary greatly. You may find an 8,000 square foot high-end log home right next to a modest vacation cabin. You may pass a large farm complete with barns and arenas to find a cedar chalet nestled in the trees with a few rock outcroppings just beyond. Many people today do not care for the mix and variety; some love it, but this, too, is Montana.

Potential home buyers can begin their search now by contacting the Bitterroot Team. They are experts on all the communities in this beautiful region and they will tell you the way it is. They feel there is more to the field of real estate than just making a sale. They love the Bitterroot Valley but know that it is not for everyone. Call them today to discover whether this may be your dream. Their phone number is (406)777-0710 or email them at vinda@exitrealtybv.com.

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