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Hollie Hallwyler’s Whitefish Real Estate September Newsletter

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As a native Oregonian who also spent many years in Nashville, Tennessee before returning to the Pacific Northwest to be close to family, Hollie was ready to trade in the big city lifestyle for a better quality of life for her family and her love of the great outdoors. She and her husband found paradise when they discovered Whitefish, Montana.

With a passion for interior design and helping people find their perfect home, Hollie decided to start her real estate career in Montana. She loves guiding her clients on their quest to find and live their Montana dream. Call Hollie today at 406.607.0848!

 

On the Roads

By Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

From the end of May until the kids go back to school, the roadways in the Flathead Valley are full of automobiles of all makes and models, many of which are touting out-of-state or Canadian license plates.

Summer is heavy tourism season in the valley, and while airport statistics show more people are flying into the Flathead than ever, the roads and highways are clogged with cars, trucks, RVs, bicycles, motorcycles, and other modes of wheeled travel.

With the understanding that this traffic volume isn’t likely going to decrease in the summers anytime soon, city, county, and state officials are discussing plans for the future of these roadways and how to keep them drivable.

In Whitefish, city officials and other stakeholders in the tourism industry, including businesses, have started the process of drafting a Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, which would help the city map out how it wants to manage increased tourism.

“It’s not about growing tourism,” said Whitefish Public Works Director Craig Workman. “We’re trying to manage it in a responsible manner.”

Workman is part of the group discussing the plan, which will have public meetings again starting in September, and works on the subcommittee on traffic, congestion, and transportation.

Already, the Montana Department of Transportation has plans to continue working on the Whitefish U.S. 93 Urban Corridor Study, which looks to address the downtown environment, as well as local and through-traffic needs. The plan will explore improvement options for Highway 93 through the city, along with other streets with high traffic.

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312 Elk Trail, Whitefish, MT 59937

MLS #21810876 Offered at $274,400

Nice older rancher on .49 acres in Happy Valley. This 4 bedroom 2 bath home has a large fenced yard and attached 2 car garage. Nice front porch to enjoy the sunsets. Across from School Trust lands for hiking and biking right out your door. Check out the new photos! Basement bedrooms windows do not meet legal ingress/egress standards.

RACING WITH TRADITION

EPISODE TWENTY-EIGHT: OPEN ROAD

Native Americans continue their traditional relay horse racing.

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest

First Weekend:

Thursday, September 27:  5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, September 28: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 29: 12 noon to 11 pm

Second Weekend:

Wednesday, October 3:  6 pm. to 8 p.m. (at the Firebrand Hotel)
Thursday, October 4: 5 pm to 11 pm
Friday, October 5: 5 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, October 6: 12 noon to 11 pm

The Great Northwest Oktoberfest takes place under the “Oktoberfest Bigtop” in Depot Park, located in the heart of downtown Whitefish, Montana. Depot Park is located on the corner of Spokane Ave. and Railroad St., in front of the historic Whitefish Train Depot. Click here for more info…

Great Fish 5k Color Run and Community Fair

NEARLY $4M IN RESORT TAX COLLECTED IN FY 2018

August 28, 2018 at 3:48 pm | By Heidi Desch | Whitefish PIlot

Whitefish collected nearly $4 million in resort tax during fiscal year 2018.

In FY18 the city collected $3.98 million, which is an increase in resort tax collections over the previous two fiscal year periods, according to the city. FY18 runs from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

In FY17 the city collected about $3.6 million in resort tax, while in FY16 it collected about $3.2 million.

The resort tax is collected on lodging, bar and restaurant food and drinks and “luxury” retail items.

Assistant City Manager and Finance Director Dana Smith said the resort tax collections for FY18 were 9 percent higher than in FY17.

While most of the increase in collections is in lodging at 14 percent, retail and bars/restaurants are seeing an increase as well in the 6 to 8 percent range, Smith noted.

“This trend has allowed for additional property tax relief in the FY19 budget because any amount collected over the budgeted amount must be returned to taxpayers as additional property tax relief,” Smith said.

Thank you for attending Gone Fishin’!

RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Real Estate hosted Gone Fishin’ in January.

Lakestream Fly Fishing half-day float fishing trip and goodiesKerrie Cardon, Realtor at RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Real Estate visits with guestsBrian Nicodemus and Lisa Holle at Gone Fishin'

PHOTOS BY COURTNEY HOFVERBERG

RE/MAX Rocky Mountain Real Estate would like to thank all of the people who helped plan our event, and all those who attended! We had a large crowd, and everyone enjoyed the food, drink, and conversation.

Special thanks to our co-hosts, Sterling Title Services,  Frazier Appraisal, and Whitefish Appraisal.

Thank you to the Whitefish Chamber for organizing these monthly networking events.

Whitefish Trail Users Spend $6.1M Locally

BY TRISTAN SCOTT // DEC 12, 2017, FLATHEAD BEACON. PHOTO BY STEVE GNAM.

A yearlong study to quantify outdoor recreation reveals that playing outside is a major boon to the local economy, with Whitefish Trail users contributing $6.1 million annually.

Relying on intercept surveys, infrared counters, manual verification, Strava accounts, and statewide tourism data, Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with Headwaters Economics to better understand the economic ripple effects of outdoor recreation.

According to the report, “Local Benefits from Outdoor Recreation and the Whitefish Trail,” by Megan Lawson, outdoor recreation is the number one reason why locals stay and visitors visit Whitefish. Based on 1,794 interviews, the report found that 65 percent of visitors come to Whitefish with recreation as their primary purpose.

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Greg Carter Whitefish Real Estate September Newsletter

Greg Carter

 

I chose Montana’s Flathead Valley as an ideal place for my family. It’s proven to be on one of the country’s most dynamic areas with great growth potential over the next 10 years. Call me today at 406.250.9000.

Measuring Montana’s Outdoor Economy

New report says outdoor recreation pumps $7.1 billion into state economy and supports 71,000 jobs

BY JUSTIN FRANZ // AUG 29, 2017 // FLATHEAD BEACON Photo by Greg Lindstrom

COLUMBIA FALLS — For more than a century, the mountains that surround the Flathead Valley have inspired legions, from artists trying to capture the beauty on canvas to teenagers sharing the scenery through the perfect Instagram filter. But a new report suggests Montana’s scenic wonders are worth a lot more than a pretty picture.

“Montana’s public lands aren’t just for creating memories or snapping pictures for Facebook,” Sen. Jon Tester declared last week at an outdoors round table at the Cedar Creek Lodge, which was followed by a rally for public lands. “These lands bring $7.1 billion to the state’s economy every year, support 71,000 jobs and bring numerous new businesses and entrepreneurs here.”

Tester was referencing data published in a report by Headwaters Economics for the nonprofit Business for Montana’s Outdoors. The report noted that some of Montana’s fastest-growing counties are also close to federally managed public lands. Between 2000 and 2015, five counties — Gallatin, Yellowstone, Missoula, Flathead and Lewis and Clark — were responsible for 75 percent of the state’s job growth.

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Featured property –

275 Lodgepole Road, Whitefish, MT 59937
MLS #21710429

Remarkable acreage along the Stillwater River and within a quick gorgeous commute to Whitefish or Kalispell. Currently has Canola and Alfalfa crops with pivot irrigation and water rights. Beautiful meadow area near river with pond potential. Continue as a crop income or build your dream home with amazing views and easy access to acres of State land. Call Brian Murphy at 406.890.1681 or your real estate professional.

REELS AND RAINBOWS EPISODE SEVENTEEN: OPEN ROAD See how Tom Jenni is casting a line into autumn in Montana.

 Housing Plan

Update set for Wednesday night, Sept. 13 at City Hall

Whitefish Chamber members and the public are invited to take part in an Open House & Workshop on Wednesday, September 13th at City Hall, to get a progress report on – and offer input to – the Whitefish Strategic Housing Plan.

Set for 5-7 p.m. next Wednesday evening at Whitefish City Hall, Open House attendees will hear about the goals and objectives established by the Housing Plan Task Force, and the programs, projects and tools that have been identified to help tackle the housing shortage.

They’ll also get an update on the work done to-date by the Task Force and its six subcommittees, and provide valuable input to the Task Force and consultants as they work to fine-tune the Plan prior to submitting it to the City Council in November.

For more information, call the Chamber 406.862.3505  or visit www.whitefishhousing.com.

 

Kelley’s Market Trends: Western Montana Home Prices

Over the last 12 years, Flathead County’s median home price has been on average the highest of six western Montana counties.

BY JIM KELLEY // SEP 6, 2017 // FLATHEAD BEACON

This week let’s take another look at how Flathead County’s home price trend relates to other counties in Western Montana. At the peak of the market in 2007, Flathead County had the highest median home price of any of the surrounding counties. Flathead’s median was 13 percent higher than Missoula County, 4 percent higher than Lake County, 13 percent higher than Ravalli County, 35 percent higher than Lincoln County and 45 percent higher than Sanders County.

Over the last 12 years, Flathead County’s median home price has averaged 4.4 percent higher than Lake County, 44.8 percent higher than Lincoln County, 43.2 percent higher than Sanders County, 4.8 percent higher than Ravalli County and 1.6 percent higher than Missoula County.

In the first eight months of 2017, Flathead County’s median was the 14.6 percent higher than Lake County, 73.8 percent higher than Lincoln County, 50.9 percent higher than Sanders County, 3.8 percent higher than Ravalli County and 1.9 percent higher than Missoula County.

Of these six counties, Flathead County had a 7.8 percent increase in the median home price in 2017, which is higher than any of the surrounding counties. Lake County has had a 5.9 percent decline, Lincoln County has had a 12.3 percent decline, Sanders County had a 2.1 percent increase, Ravalli County has had a 6.6 percent increase, and Missoula County has had a 5.2 percent increase.

More on Stunning Timber Ridge Subdivision

There has been lots of excitement and activity taking place in the new development of Timber Ridge!  With one spec home built by Pickering Family Homes almost complete and sold, and another almost underway~ you will not want to miss out on this opportunity.  This gorgeous new subdivision, located conveniently off Highway 40 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls features mountain views, larger lots, community water and a forested building site. This neighborhood offers walking trails giving a country feel and a homeowners RV/Storage area to be built to allow home owners a place to park the toys. Perched on a bench overlooking the Swan Mountain Range and Badrock Canyon, what more could you want for a prime location to build your dream home!

See for yourself with this aerial video on location and contact our office today to learn more… 406.862.9000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzsCP-yKlhk?rel=0

 

Check out Pickering Family Homes on their Facebook link~  https://www.facebook.com/pickeringfamilyhomes/

Whitefish~ From the Lake to the Greens….

Whether camping in the wilderness is your passion; Or boating on one of the many lakes in the area-  Montana has what you are looking for. There are so many recreation opportunities in this sportsman’s paradise we call the Flathead Valley. We would like to start by spotlighting the amenities and attractions right here in our little mountain town of Whitefish.

THE LAKE

As for the Summer season, you can find visitors and locals alike enjoying kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding or yoga all on one of the public beaches at Whitefish Lake. The most visited beach on Whitefish Lake is City Beach, a quick walk from downtown. This beach host the town’s spectacular fireworks display on the 4th of July, but arrive early if you want to find a spot for the whole family!

City Beach in Whitefish, MT

The next popular lake side spot is Whitefish Lake State Park on the SouthWestern shore.  You can launch boats, camp overnight and rent kayaking or paddle board equipment from a local concessionaire.
http://stateparks.mt.gov/whitefish-lake/default.html  Guided fishing trips may be booked through the local fly shop right in town, Lakestream Fly Shop.   http://www.lakestream.com  Or take the opportunity to explore the lake on your own and rent a motorboat and enjoy waterskiing, or just relaxing on a pontoon boat.   http://www.whitefishmarine.com The Whitefish Lake Lodge has everything you need to make your day on the lake or your stay complete! After a day on the lake, enjoy cocktails on the dock,  entertainment, dining, a spa and a marina.  http://lodgeatwhitefishlake.com

AROUND TOWN

Whitefish has more to offer than just water sports!  Downtown shops include antiques, clothing, locally made gift items, souvenirs, locally roasted coffee and locally made ice cream. Stock up on organic produce at the Farmer’s Market every Tuesday night from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., running May 30 through September 26. https://whitefishfarmersmarket.org

If nightlife is what you are looking for, you may want to stay right in town at the Firebrand Hotel.  It is just a block from Central Avenue, where you will find restaurants and bars with live entertainment throughout the Summer. http://firebrandhotel.com

GOLFING

Enjoy a day on the greens at the public Whitefish Lake Golf Club, offering a North and South course~ Both with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. https://golfwhitefish.com  Find lodging near the course at Grouse Mountain Lodge just minutes from downtown. https://www.glacierparkinc.com/lodging/grouse-mountain-lodge/

THE ARTS

Our office supports the local arts!   Stay tuned for shows by the Alpine Theater Project and the Whitefish Theater Company. Stop in the O’Shaughnessy Center on Central Avenue for a schedule and ticket info. https://www.whitefishtheatreco.org Check out the local artwork at the First Thursdays Gallery Night Art Walk hosted by local merchants in the downtown area, or make your own art at the Stumptown Art Studio.  This non-profit studio offers classes for all ages and abilities. http://www.stumptownartstudio.org

WHITEFISH MOUNTAIN RESORT

And last but not least, take a chair lift or hike up Big Mountain, pick huckleberries and take in the amazing views that Whitefish Mountain Resort has to offer. Mountain biking, zipline tours and an alpine slide are some of the Summertime activities the resort has to offer.  https://skiwhitefish.com

With all this small town has to offer for all ages, why not let one of our Northwest Montana real estate agents help make your dream of Montana living come true!  Follow us on Facebook to learn about upcoming events in the area as well.

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Live on the 14th fairway of Whitefish Lake Golf Course

Spectacular mountain and golf course views from this home built for entertaining situated on the 14th fairway of Whitefish Lake Golf Course. Great Room with cathedral ceiling provides expansive views of the Swan Mountain Range. Fireplace and wet bar in great room create warm entertaining atmosphere. Enjoy tranquil mornings drinking coffee on the deck while overlooking the south course. East facing deck provides welcome shade from the afternoon sun. Cross country ski on the golf course in the winter from your back door. Enjoy the master suite on main level while family and guests have their own living spaces and bedrooms on the lower level. For more information call Kerrie Cardon at 406.270.2614, or your real estate professional.

Flathead Valley golf courses are open!

Visit this website to find information on Flathead Valley golf courses.

Golfnorthwestmontana.com will help you choose from nine championship courses in the valley. Check out the facilities and book a tee time, all on-line.

The site also includes prices and contact phone numbers, if you’d like to call for a tee time or get more information on each course.

You can also find and book a hotel room close to your golf course. This all-inclusive website also gives you travel information on airlines, Amtrak, and driving routes.

If you’re interested in Whitefish real estate, and would like to get an overview of available property, give Brian Murphy a call at 406.890.1681 and he will arrange a tour for you.

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