Once the center of a homestead farm, this story and a half home is beautifully and solidly built. The rich farm ground in the valley produces wheat and barley, potatoes, orchards of cherries, apples and more. A watchful eye at dusk and dawn will often see whitetail deer passing through our property seeking either daytime shelter in the nearby timber or night time grazing out in the open fields. Bald eagles ply the skies overhead. The area has abundant wildlife, including Rocky Mountain Elk, mule deer, black bear and grizzly, antelope and much more. The National Bison Range nearby provides spectacular opportunities to view this awesome creature. Come see for yourself!
Our farm house was built in the early 1900's on a 160 acre homestead created in 1895 under the direction of U.S. president, Grover Cleveland (a framed copy of the document is displayed in the home). Though most of the acreage was sold off over the years, it has been our home for 29 years, having raised our three children here (our son Brook was born in this house). Today, we are back and forth from Mexico where we do construction work as volunteers, staying in a 5th wheel trailer on our property while here in Montana.
In the heart of 'Big Sky Country', from our farmhouse take in the vista of the Whitefish Mountains and Glacier National Park to the north, the Salish Mountains to the west. South you will see the Mission Range in the land the Flathead Indian Reservation, home to the Bitterroot Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreilles tribes. Southeast, the Swan Valley, nestled between the Mission and Swan mountain ranges, the latter continuing west and north of your new home away. Jewel Basin Hiking Wilderness Hiking area, sprinkled with high peak and alpine lakes, is your view looking due east from your living room window.
Teri and I moved into this house in 1983 and purchased it a year later. Our two oldest kids, Laramie, our daughter, was just a toddler, and our oldest boy, Cheyenne was just a newborn. Six years later, our third and last child, our son Brook, was born in this house.
We have operated our mobile family business from this location, traveling to area car dealerships installing pinstripes, graphics and lite accessories, as well as making and installing signs. For the last six years, we have been working as volunteers in construction in Mexico.
Why did we buy this home? We rented it for the first year and loved the location so much we bought it the following year. Our shopping area is primarily in Kalispell, which is easily accessible, yet we could enjoy raising our family in the rural countryside outside the village of Bigfork.