Pete Francisco Real Estate in Whitefish, August 2020

Pete Francisco

Pete​ ​has​ ​lived​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Flathead​ ​Valley​ ​for​ ​over​ ​17​ ​years.​ ​​ ​After​ ​living​ ​in​ ​Colorado​ ​and​ ​Utah,​ ​his​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​the​ ​outdoors finally​ ​drew​ ​him​ ​to​ ​Montana.​ ​It​ ​didn’t​ ​take​ ​him​ ​long​ ​to​ ​realize​ ​this​ ​was​ ​a​ ​special​ ​place,​ ​and​ ​he​ ​settled​ ​down​ ​to​ ​make​ ​this​ ​area his​ ​home.​ ​Years​ ​of​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​the​ ​service​ ​industry​ ​has​ ​given​ ​Pete​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​work​ ​well​ ​with​ ​clients​ ​and​ ​connect​ ​with people​ ​quickly.​ ​An​ ​avid​ ​skier,​ ​mountain​ ​biker,​ ​and​ ​fly​ ​fisherman,​ ​Pete’s​ ​enthusiasm​ ​for​ ​outdoor​ ​recreating​ ​has​ ​taken​ ​him​ ​all over​ ​the​ ​valley​ ​and​ ​has​ ​given​ ​him​ ​a​ ​unique​ ​and​ ​expert​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​the​ ​area.​ ​Whatever​ ​your​ ​passion​ ​is,​ ​Pete​ ​would​ ​love​ ​to show​ ​you​ ​what​ ​makes​ ​this​ ​area​ ​special​ ​and​ ​help​ ​you​ ​find​ ​your​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​it. To contact Pete call: 406.270.5908.

View Southeast towards Lost Trail Conservation Project

Building a Public Lands Legacy at Lost Trail

Fish and Wildlife Service proposes conservation easement on 100,000 acres of prime hunting and timberland owned largely by Southern Pine Plantations

If the sale of a prized swath of Northwest Montana forestland to an out-of-state investment firm was cause for consternation earlier this year, then a new proposal to conserve much of that land for public access, wildlife habitat and sustainable timber management ought to be cause for celebration.

That’s the consensus of federal and state land and wildlife resource managers leading the effort to place 100,000 acres of prime hunting and timberland into conservation easements, protecting parcels in Flathead and Lincoln counties from private development in perpetuity while also ensuring continued access for hunters, anglers, hikers, skiers, berry-pickers, and other recreational users, as well as allowing the property to be sustainably managed for timber production.

The proposed project lands form a sprawling checkerboard of ownership flanking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Lost Trail National Wildlife Refuge near Marion. The lion’s share of the project area was recently purchased by Georgia-based Southern Pine Plantations (SPP), a real estate and timberland investment firm that paid $145 million in cash to the previous owner, Weyerhaeuser Co., in exchange for 630,000 acres, touching off rampant speculation among public land users in the region about whether the new guard might chop up the parcels and sell them for private development, supplanting trophy bucks and bulls with gated trophy homes.

The newly proposed Lost Trail Conservation Area would authorize the federal FWS to work with willing sellers like SPP, as well as smaller private owners, to acquire conservation easements on up to 100,000 acres within the defined 116,000-acre conservation area boundary… read more

By Whitefish Pilot
| July 10, 2020 9:30 AM

Sun Road opens Monday to Rising Sun

The Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park will open to motorized vehicles from the west entrance to Logan Pass and as far as Rising Sun on Monday, July 13, pending any last-minute changes due to weather, the park said late Thursday in a press release.

The east entrance at St. Mary remains closed, due to the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council’s resolution restricting non-essential travel on the reservation because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors will need to enter and exit Going-to-the-Sun Road via the west entrance. Traffic will be allowed as far as Rising Sun on the east side.

This week, the park resumed collecting fees at the gate, and park officials encourage visitors to allow for extra time in case of long lines.

Park road crews have finished snow removal, assessed current snow conditions, removed rocks and other road debris, installed guard rails, prepared Logan Pass facilities and started the water system for visitor use.

There will be sporadic work zones on Going-to-the-Sun Road with traffic control and flaggers, the press release noted, including on-going spillway work along Lake McDonald, guard wall repair near Triple Arches, and seepage repair at Siyeh Bend.

Services at Logan Pass will include restroom facilities and potable water. Visitor information services will be provided outside of the Logan Pass Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily… read more

Looking for a beautiful Montana home, land or commercial property for sale near Whitefish? Call Pete Francisco, your Whitefish RE/MAX real estate agent.

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Mountain views

315 Gleneagles Trail, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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Capturing the highest points at Meadow Lake Resort, Mountain Watch offers spectacular views plus the emerald green of Meadow Lake's golf course. Mountain Watch provides you with both serenity and natural beauty of Montana plus resort style living at its finest. This lot features .48 acres with views of Badrock Canyon, and Swan Range and sits right along hole 4.
$109,000

Resort Style Living

248 Gleneagles Trail, Columbia Falls, Flathead, Montana, United States 59912

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Capturing the highest points at Meadow Lake Resort, Mountain Watch offers spectacular views plus the emerald green of Meadow Lake's golf course. Mountain Watch provides you with both serenity and natural beauty of Montana plus resort style living at its finest. This lot features .48 acres with views of Badrock Canyon, and Swan Range and sits right along hole 4.
$119,000

Waterfront home on Blanchard Lake

775 Leksand Trail, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

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No detail has been spared with this immaculate home with well thoughtout design and high end finishes on 207 feet of Blanchard Lake frontage. The large picture windows look onto the expansive deck with fireplace to enjoy the serenity the lake has to offer. The rooms are oriented to optimize these views. The master is on the main floor with separate his and her bathrooms & large walk-in closet.
$1,749,000

Zoned B4 in Whitefish

213 Flathead Avenue, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

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Large B4 zoned lot in the heart of Baker Commons business park. This .9 acre lot is next to Park Side Credit Union and across the street from the Wave fitness center. Some views of Whitefish Mountain Resort. Many uses with B4 zoning, call listing agent or check documents for a complete list of permitted uses. This is a unique opportunity for commercial land in Whitefish Montana.
$795,000

Over 100 acres with views

991 Haskill Mountain Road, Kila, Flathead, Montana, United States 59920

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You can't find anything sweeter than this! Over 100 acres in a gated community with views that remind you why you live in Montana. Gorgeous area for a pond fed by a natural spring has been marked out, dead fall and some thinning done to open up the land. Must be accompanied by listing agent.
$375,000

46 Acre Planned Ranch Community

1233 Spring Prairie Ranch Road, Whitefish, Flathead, Montana, United States 59937

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Planned small ranch community, views of Whitefish Mountain Resort and 360 degree views of surrounding mountains. Paved road through development. 15 minutes to downtown Whitefish and to North Kalispell retail shopping. Close proximity to Kuhns Wildlife Management Area with access to horse riding trails and abundant wildlife.
$399,995

334 Gleneagles Trail Columbia Falls, MT 59912

334 Gleneagles Trail, Columbia Falls, Montana, United States 59912

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Capturing the highest points at Meadow Lake Resort, Mountain Watch offers a spectacular views plus the emerald green of Meadow Lake golf course. Enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of Montana while living the resort style life. This lot features .28 acres with magnificent views. Ready to build your dream home.
$110,000
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Huckleberry Days Arts Festival

The 31st annual Huckleberry Days Arts Festival, will take place August 7-9, 2020 at Depot Park (Railway St. & Central Ave.) in Whitefish, MT. With over 100 vendors of fine arts and great food, the festival includes a mobile climbing wall for kids & adults. Admission is free but Huckleberry Days will be following all current social distancing guidelines.  Contact the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce for further information: (406) 862-3501 or visit www.whitefishchamber.org or follow Huckleberry Days Arts Festival on Facebook.  More info

Real Estate Market Trends

Kalispell home listing prices by listing month, past five years

Last week, we looked at median square foot list prices of Flathead County single-family residences (by listing month), over the past five years. This week, let’s drill into the data for Kalispell – reader request – to include activity through June 30 this year. This will include homes listed for prices between $200,000 and $599,999… learn more

Farmers Market

Tuesdays 5:00-7:30 PM Central Avenue