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Michael Marcus

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french

Beautiful Home on 20 Acres - Spectacular Views. Straight drive to Yellowstone!

32 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sofa-Bed + Additional beds: Sleeps 8

'Whispering Acres' is a privately owned large, beautiful, comfortable 3 Bdr, 3 Bath home with a private duck pond, on a 20 acre open prairie with unobstructed mountain views. The home is not managed by an agency. I simply make it available myself.

Yellowstone Ntl Park and Chico Hot Springs are a straight 55 mn. drive on U.S. 89 and the Yellowstone River is a few miles away from the house, flowing down from gorgeous Paradise Valley.

Since a one-day visit to the Park is ample enough to see everything, you're better off in Livingston for the rest of your vacation.

The closest fly-fishing spot is 4 miles from the house on famed Yellowstone River. Just 2 miles away is an Albertson's supermarket. 4 miles away is historic, vibrant downtown Livingston with its timeless Western feel and look.

The most extraordinary features of 'Whispering Acres' are the magical silence of its surroundings, the millions of stars dotting Montana's Big Sky and the wonderful, happy, calm, patient and engaging local residents.

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'Whispering Acres' is an incredibly comfortable 3-bedroom (1 king, 2 queens, a queen sofa bed and additional twin beds in the house when needed) 3-bathroom home with 2 huge living rooms (upstairs and downstairs) in legendary Livingston, south central Montana (fly-fishing capital of the U.S.)

This home is extraordinary for being in a remote area, yet with urban conveniences. It sits on 20 acres, with its own private pond, and is only 1 mile from an Albertson's supermarket and 4 miles from historic downtown Livingston. It is also 4 miles from the closest fly-fishing point on the famed Yellowstone River.

Access is easy. Interstate I-90 is easily accessible and you are 28 miles from Bozeman Gallatin Field's (BZN) national airport, or a two hour drive from Billings (BIL) airport.

The home is privately owned and not managed by an agency!

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'Whispering Acres' amenities: Upstairs in the house, is a vast living room with huge double-pane windows allowing spectacular views from the 'Absaroka Mountains' to the 'Crazy Mountains'. There is opulent, comfortable western-style leather seating and a flat screen TV, a DVD player, wifi throughout the house and a vast collection of DVDs.

Off the living room is a bedroom with a king size bed and a full bathroom behind it.

On the opposite side is the dining area and kitchen. Access to and from the 2-car garage with remote-controlled electric doors is through a living room door.

A stairway by the front door leads downstairs where a queen size sofa bed sits in the den and 2 bedrooms, each with a queen size bed (one has a genuine Tempur-Pedic bed) allow for more sleeping. Each has its own bathroom. The master bath has a Jaccuzi tub. Additional bedding is available in the house if necessary to accommodate up to 8 people.

A laundry room with a brand new large capacity washer and dryer adds to the comfort of your vacation. A Wii game system is all setup and can keep the kids occupied. A game table, cards, books for all ages are all there. There are 2 flat screen TVs in the house. One upstairs and one downstairs, each has a DVD player. Hundreds of DVDs are supplied.

Cooking at 'Whispering Acres': The kitchen is open to the dining area and great room, and has a wonderful view out all windows. A door opens to the large deck. We have fully stocked the kitchen with place settings, flatware, glasses, mugs, stemware, all cooking utensils, pots and pans, baking dishes, and all kitchen 'tools.' Of course, there is also a dishwasher, refrigerator-freezer, island stove-top, double oven and broiler, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, blender, and waffle iron, and on and on...

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michael Marcus (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french

About Michael Marcus

68 Year-old Graphic Designer, living in a big city out west. In need of a rural setting to decompress. Montana is ideal for that and I look forward to retiring there one day.

Michael Marcus purchased this house in 1997

Why Michael Marcus chose Montana

Montana is truly Big Sky country. It has fresh air, is quiet, unhurried, spacious, with mountains that ground you, millions of stars that invite you to reflect. There are summer and winter outdoor activities if so inclined. A chance to catch up on reading. It also has challenging and engaging people. Always nice, kind-hearted and helpful. It's the way life was meant to be.

What makes this house unique

It's all that the city is not, and it's necessary for one's physical and spiritual wellbeing...

Guestbook comments from the owner


We had a great time at your place and would like to go again sometime. My daughter is going to go to college in Bozeman this fall so it was a great place to use as a home base.

To be honest with you, I could have sat in a chair on the deck and never have moved the whole time. The mountain views are breath taking. I love how you decorated the place as well.

Regards, Bob
Jul 2011
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based on 32 traveler reviews

Beautiful Home on 20 Acres - Spectacular Views. Straight drive to Yellowstone!
average rating of 4.875 based on 34 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Let me first state that this vacation included my wife, my parents, my sister, her husband and child. So to find a place that could accommodate us all wasn't necessarily difficult but wasn't easy either. Once we saw the pictures and read some of the reviews on this property the choice became clear and when we arrived well we weren't wrong. The drive to Yellowstone could be made in under an hour which was nice. Yellowstone river was not even shorter so if you are in to rafting or fly-fishing you are in luck. The town of Livingston was lovely. Great restaurants, good drinks and if you ask my father and brother-in-law, great casinos (hit a nice slot). Now back to the house. Was the perfect size for the amount of people we had. Very nice layout, including a nice deck with a great view of the surrounding mountains. Kitchen was well stocked in terms of dishes, utensils, coffee and tea, various spices, etc. The furniture was extremely comfortable everything was just so clean. I can't promise you will love your stay as this is subjective but for me and my family it was perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. We strive to make our guests comfortable and at ease and it seems as if we have achieved our goal. We are so glad that you and your family have enjoyed your stay at Whispering-Acres. Michael
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A bit pricey but it was home for a week

  • 4 of 5

Everything I read about this property was positive. I have a few complaints - The situation with the a. c. units was to be desired. The vents upstairs kept on coming out of the window causing the temp to rise when it was already 80. It was almost unbearable in the upstairs bedroom (which was the room I sweated in) it might have been better if I could have opened the window without it "falling out". And unless you like being awakened at the crack of dawn you might want to consider bringing your own blinds for the windows. The next item to be addressed is the broken tile next to the Jacuzzi tub which I cut my finger on. Those 2 were inside the house. The next ones are suggestions for the exterior, all the loose boards around the deck, missing siding, lattice (or lack of) below the deck close to kitchen window, broken light fixture out side garage door. All of the mentioned could be fixed or taken care of with what was charged to us for one week. For what my family was charged I would expect the place to be a lot better. Other than what was listed it was livable. I personally would not go back.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home and beautiful view!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this home. There are many thoughtful details, such as shower gel, lotion, and lip balm (all nice to have in the very dry climate that we are not used to!). The owner, Michael, is very thorough with the details and incredibly responsive. We had an advantage in coming during the off season in that he was also able to be very flexible. When our first flight was cancelled, he was willing to work with us so we were still able to get our full week. Thank you again, Michael, you made a very stressful situation much easier by having one less thing to reschedule! We had a couple of minor issues when we were there, and both the he and the local housekeeper were very helpful.

The view from the property is amazing, especially to these Florida residents. It started snowing the afternoon of our arrival and our 8 year old, who had seen snow, but never played in fresh snow, had the best time sledding down the hill (the owner truly does think of everything...sleds!). The snow also meant good skiing for us at Bridger Bowl.

The kitchen is very complete. They even have a large number of condiments available... certainly all the basics, but many others that are not typically offered in a vacation rental. Plenty of dishes. One thing I discovered sort of accidentally is that the oven is a little on the small side, so a standard size roasting pan didn't fit. Not a big deal, just something to keep in mind if you're planning on making something in a large pan...check first! (The pans they have there work, we had borrowed one from family).

Lots of DVDs and video games that we were too busy and/or tired to use, but certainly a selection to appeal to everyone. I can't imagine a better home to pick for our vacation. I highly recommend this vacation rental, you won't be disappointed.

We didn't eat out very much, but breakfast was great at Pinky's cafe in Livingston. And if you like hard cider, the Lockhorn Cider House in Bozeman was a great place to stop after skiing.

We wouldn't hesitate to rent again if we decide to go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Deborah for your very kind and thoughtful review of Whispering Acres... I am so glad that everything worked out and that you and your family had a great time. Also glad that you discovered Bridger Bowl, which is often referred to as the best ski resort for 'locals'!!! Hope to see you in Montana again but wherever your next vacation takes you, your hosts are the luckiest ones. Cheers, Michael
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Spacious, Comfortable Home with Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home for our Family Christmas. The large Living Area windows with stunning mountain views were the perfect backdrop for our large Christmas Tree. This house is well maintained - clean, QUIET, and comfortable. Even with the Livingston winds blowing and drifting the snow, and the temperatures in the single digits, the wind could not be heard inside the home and the home was always warm and inviting!

Loved the floor plan that allows plenty of room for lots of indoor activities. Games and entertainment abound downstairs, with something to satisfy anyone's interest. Upstairs has a wonderful living room suitable for many to sit, visit, or even enjoy a big family movie night together.

The kitchen has almost everything you could need for a multi course dinner. The double ovens were a huge plus for cooking Christmas dinner. Dishes, platters, serving bowls - you name it - it was there!

This home is truly a wonderful home.

Laurie is Amazing! She was extremely easy to communicate with and is very accommodating. Michael definitely has a gem in his pocket with Laurie helping him to keep this home ready for each guest.

Michael is very quick to respond to all communication, and easily makes accommodations and recommendations if needed.

We will definitely look at this home again!!!

THANK YOU for offering this beautiful home as a rental.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your 'glowing' review and I am so glad that you enjoyed the home with your family for the Holidays! Michael - Laurie
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Wonderful home near Livingston. Great kitchen.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for six days during Thanksgiving week. Great house with lots of room for our family of four. Terrific views of the mountains and could see the lights of Livingston at night. The approach to the house from the road doesn't do justice to how big the house is inside. Very large family room with floor to ceiling windows. Excellent kitchen that was well stocked with pots, pans, and everything we needed to fix Thanksgiving dinner (the only item we bought in town was a disposable aluminum roasting pan for the turkey, which many people buy anyway). Double ovens were a huge plus for making a large meal. Could use a few more real glasses and wine glasses--and it would be really nice to have real bar glasses (not a complaint, but a suggestion). Plenty of plates, bowls and coffee mugs. Two full sets of silverware in drawers. This was the best stocked kitchen in any rental home that we have visited.

Lots of nice small touches (even personalized shampoo, bath gel, etc. in the bathrooms) and helpful written guides to the house and how to work the TV remotes, etc. Plenty of books and DVDs downstairs. Weather was very cold for half of our stay (lows in the very low single digits and highs below 20 with some snow), but the house stayed very warm. Spoke with the housekeeper by phone (she lives in Bozeman) and she was very friendly and helpful.

The Albertson's grocery store is really close. Less than 10 minutes away, as is I-90 to Bozeman and Billings. Same with the highway to Yellowstone, which intersects I-90. Yellowstone's north entrance is about an hour away to the south.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review James. We strive to keep the house full of useful items and glasses in the kitchen break (!) but I'm not on site to replace them immediately! Otherwise I thank you for pointing out the details! Very much appreciated and I'm glad you all enjoyed your stay. Michael
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Lovely home, beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Michael, the home owner, responded quickly to my inquiries prior to booking as well as just before our stay when we were planning how to pack for our trip. This home and its property are very nice and welcoming. We even made friends with the neighbor's dog who came to visit us a lot. We saw a gorgeous rainbow our first evening there, a Coyote, Pied-billed Grebe (on the pond), American Kestrel (hunting most every day), ground squirrel (exciting to us), and Black-billed Magpies (again, exciting to us because we don't have those in Maryland). It was beautiful watching sunrises and sunsets from the deck. Big Sky Country, indeed!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review! I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay at Whispering-Acres! And I see that you know your birds and animals! Bravo... You are welcome back anytime... Michael
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Bozeman, Gallatin Field
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Livingston Downtown
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Livingston Downtown
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Bridger Bowl
Car: necessary

The home - 'Whispering Acres' - is located on its own 20 acres and has a duck pond. (The map is not quite accurate! The house is a bit further south at a dead end road.) It is very quiet and private, yet only a couple miles from an Albertson's supermarket, 4 miles from Downtown Livingston, and 25 miles from larger Bozeman. It's also 4 miles from the nearest fly-fishing spot, right on the Yellowstone River. So you get the best of both worlds!

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Other Activities: Wildlife watching, river rafting, canoeing, horseback riding, camping, dude ranching, fly fishing, hunting, bird watching, hiking, walking, biking and mountain biking, snow shoeing, skiing, stargazing, shopping! Your days can be jammed-packed full of activities yet some prefer staying at the house, reading and staring at the stunning views to recharge their soul...

Golf: There is a golf course in Livingston at the Livingston Golf & Country Club.

18 holes over 3,128 yards with a par of 36.

Ski: Bridger Bowl, Montana, is the gem of the Northern Rockies. Located only 45 minutes from the house, this outstanding ski area is well known for offering some of the most exciting ski, snowboard and telemark experiences that you will find, anywhere. This is not your typical Montana ski resort. Bridger Bowl is a nonprofit community ski area offering a great ski experience at an affordable price. Close-by Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a young active community located only 25 miles from house.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 17 2016 - Aug 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 7.0%

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This property is privately owned. There are no 'agency' fees or commissions.
A 7% Montana state lodging fee is added to the rental (Not to the cleaning fee!)
A $200 flat fee for cleaning this big house is added to the total. So this home is impeccable when you arrive.

Refundable Sec. Deposit is $300 returned 10 days after your departure if no damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Montana House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Heating
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Jacuzzi Spa Tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Downstairs
  • Bathrooms are well-equipped with full showers. The upstairs bathroom is full bathtub with a shower, the master bathroom downstairs has a jetted spa tub and a separate shower, and the second downstairs bathroom has a full shower. Each bathroom has its own sink and toilet as well. All bathrooms have complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Memory Foam Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , New Sofa-Bed
    Additional Bedding - 2 twin/ single , Also available
  • The upstairs bedroom has a luxury King Size bed and bedding, a sitting area, etc., the Master Bedroom downstairs has a Queen Size Tempur-Pedic® Memory Foam bed, a large armoire and a dresser, a sitting area; the other bedroom downstairs has Queen Size bed with a western pole bed frame, and a full bathroom. There is a brand new Queen Size sofa sleeper in the Den. Additionally, 2 twin beds are stored in the home and available for children.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
The house has a full set of deluxe linens and blankets, comforters, towels for each bedrooms and bathrooms. Complimentary shampoo, body lotion and shower gels are included for our guests. There is also a brand new large capacity washer and dryer in the home with laundry detergents, softeners and ironing equipment.

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