Homesteading in Montana

Homesteading in Montana- here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in montana

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $860

 

Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!


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17 thoughts on “Homesteading in Montana

  • February 20, 2016 at 11:49 am
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    Cons – Super short growing season, long winters and extremely expensive land. That figure from 2013 is about $3k off of current prices. We also have the highest property tax in the nation, and pretty strict building codes in most places. It truly is the Land of the Yuppies. Who knows? Maybe you’ll homestead next to John Mayer or Meg Ryan!?

    Pros – beautiful!

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    • January 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm
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      Totally depends on the value of the home, I have a home in California, and one in Montana ,I pay 6700.00 in taxes in 2400, sq ft home 6th og an acre in California, and 2200.00 in montana with a 2800 Sq ft home and 263 acres, so you get so much more for your money in montana, and I checked the senses by state on the sences and montana ranks #31 in the union, and California’s will shoot up drastically once the prop 13 homes are done.. . Js

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  • February 21, 2016 at 2:15 am
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    New Jersy and Illinios are two of the states with highest property taxes. On the list of the nine highest in the country Montana is not on it. The site shows the price of property to. Be average of
    860 an acre and my home state of Calif is over 7,000 dollars an acre so you are way off on your state.

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    • February 23, 2016 at 9:15 am
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      Seems that Mountain Smiles wants to diminish the chance of anyone else moving there! haha

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      • January 28, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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        Lmbo, that’s exactly what we said..

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    • January 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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      He doesn’t want people moving there.

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    • January 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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      Totally depends on the value of the home, I have a home in California, and one in Montana ,I pay 6700.00 in taxes in 2400, sq ft home on a 6th of an acre in California, and 2200.00 in montana with a 2800 Sq ft home and 263 acres, so you get so much more for your money in montana, and I checked the senses by state on the sences and montana ranks #31 in the union, and California’s will shoot up drastically once the prop 13 homes are done.. . Js

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  • June 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    I have two acres for sale with a two bedroom home and two shops and out buildings for sale for that same $165,000 dollars. Land is very expensive here. My property is the lowest priced with acreage in the valley. And property taxes are somewhat high. The short growing season is a killer and the up to -30 below in winter sure doesn’t help. But you cannot beat the views from my place. I’m in the Rocky Mountains Bitterroot Valley (south end south of Darby). Just beautiful here. Lots to do as we have a very active town with rodeo’s, farmers markets, school outings, skiing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, hot springs, horse trails, fishing, and hunting all within minutes of my home. Motorcycle riding season is from early May to around the 1st week of November. Growing season is mid May thru late September. Many people have green houses to help jump start the growing season. Lots of off grid properties are available here, but even off grid land is mildly expensive (unless you are from California) then we seem like a bargain.

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    • January 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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      Growing season is the same in California basically, and on a 6th of an acre with a 4 bedroom home , I paid $456000. And i can trow an egg at my niebor threw my kitchen window were so close together ,So tell me again it’s expensive there? I work 15 miles from home and it takes me 45-an hour to get home, and no I don’t live in LA either..it’s just crowded .traffic sucks.

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    • January 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm
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      Sounds like you have a,slice of heaven, is it on zillow or what , I’d love to see it

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  • June 8, 2016 at 7:23 pm
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    We’re in the big belt mountains as well as own land north east of Billings. Bought our land for a little over $1000 an ac. Wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. We’re off grid, we home school, we love it. It’s beautiful and amazing and WAY cheaper than NC. We pay less than $25 a month on property tax…. We grow all of our own food, no problem. Winters are wintery. Views are amazing. Worth it, if you ask me.

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    • July 23, 2016 at 11:32 am
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      Daisy Rain – do you have any tips or resources you would recommend (books, etc) for learning how to grow food in the mountains? I found a good deal on some land in the far northwest of Montana near Flathead national forest but my biggest concern was whether I’d be able to grow enough food up there. Also, do you have chickens or goats or any other kinds of animals you raise? Thanks so much in advance!

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      • November 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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        Hi James- I would recommend an Aquaponic system and walapini’s. That is what I am going to do when I find my own land. 🙂

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      • May 9, 2017 at 11:18 am
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        James -were you successful at finding acreage in NW MT? Hubby & I just bought 20 off-grid acres in Trego and are setting up our homestead. I’m a Master Gardener and can tell you there are challenges but it can be done. Think cold-hardy and short days to maturity fruits and vegetables.

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        • October 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm
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          20-acre wood – How is your homesteading going?

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      • October 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm
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        We live in the NW corner of Montana, in the mountains, and we are able to grow a good portion of our own food. Root crops are the easiest, squash can be a challenge.

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  • July 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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    In oklahoma, you may pay between 2k and 10k an acre but it depends on how much you want. My wife and i paid 6k an acre, now were looking towards Montana. It is a dream at the moment, but really looking to the future and believe that we would be happy homesteading in nw montana. The winters are bad, but humans handle the cold better than the heat.

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