New York natives James Savas and his dance instructor wife, Beth, and their family are trading their hectic, big city life for a slower, simpler lifestyle in Whitefish, Montana. After living through several disasters including Hurricane Sandy, they're ready for a more self-sustaining life in Montana's wide open spaces. With a budget of $400,000 to $500,000, they're trading their city mace for bear mace and take tours of log cabins, refurbished barns and lakefront houses to find the perfect mountain retreat for their family.
Montana's rugged beauty and raw nature immediately cast a spell over Mike and Debbie Johnson. After years of dreaming, they are finally making the permanent move from Utah to Western Montana's Bitterroot Valley, hoping for a rustic lodge to call home. Their Agent April Hawkes is a pilot who's taking to the skies to show them the valley, and show them everything from an estate made from Montana stone and a lodge that backs to a national forest to a cabin on its own private pond. Find out if they decide on a place full of hunting opportunities or one with unlimited fishing.
East Coasters Chelsea and Chris are displaced cowboys living in New York City. They're ready to give up the rat race for the wide open spaces of Missoula, Montana -- and Chelsea's horse, Raven, is a big part of the deal. In fact their house search is all about that horse, and finding the perfect barn for Raven. They explore a variety of historic farmhouses, converted barns and fixer uppers but will the barn search take over the house search? Will the horse find a house? Or will they all find the perfect house for everyone, including Raven?
The young Sluis family's giving up Colorado suburbia to live on a ranch and raise animals in Montana's Northern Bitterroot Valley. After Josh landed a job in the oil business there, Mariel's ready to be a stay-at-home mom with their son, Holden, and to raise horses and other animals. Josh comes from a family of builders, so he wants a fixer upper or to build from scratch, but Mariel wants move-in ready. The one thing they do agree on is lots of land, but will they agree on the perfect house?
Best friends Melanie Knobel and Trecie Wheat Hughes went their separate ways after high school in Texas: Melanie to New York City and Trecie to gorgeous Livingston, Montana. After the Knobel family spent a dream vacation with Trecie in her new home town, they're pulling up the stakes in Staten Island and putting down roots in Big Sky Country. The Knobel family of five is psyched to get away from the big city crowds to enjoy horseback riding, fishing and other adventures in Montana's wide open spaces. Retired firefighter Tommy Knobel wants lots of space for his East Coast family to visit, while Melanie wants to step out the back door to fish and play. With a budget of $750,000 and since Trecie's also a real estate agent, they'll tour everything from a custom home on a creek and a fixer upper on the Yellowstone River to a piece of land with an amazing view where they can build their dream home. But which one will they choose?
One ski trip is all it took to get Kevin Chartier hooked on the Montana lifestyle. His wife Jennifer soon joined in his enthusiasm for Big Sky Country, and they knew it would be the perfect place to raise their 2-year-old son, Santiago. Kevin is ditching his suit, and the corporate life in downtown Pittsburg, for his dream job as a ski patroller for the Yellowstone Club. So, Kevin and his family are looking for a new home in nearby Gallatin Gateway, Montana. With a budget between $700,000 and $750,000, the Chartiers are hoping to find a home with easy access to nearby trails, with enough space for a home office for Jennifer, and a big garage for the snowy Montana winters. Finding a house to fit their needs may not be a problem, but will the wildlife right outside their front door be too close for comfort?
Newlyweds, Ashley Knight and Kent Evans, are throwing in the towel, packing up their North Dakota digs, and crossing the Montana state border! Wanting to start a family, this outdoorsy couple have their sights set on the quaint little town of Red Lodge. Ashley and Kent are looking for a log cabin on a gorgeous piece of property. They'd love to find a home with a rustic stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, a 2-car garage, and a decent-sized wraparound porch. Having experienced their first snowy winter in North Dakota, Ashley and Kent also want a home with a proper mud-room. With a budget of $600,000, will they find their Montana dream home, or will they have to sacrifice a few things from their wish list?
Kelsey Conrow, a native Californian, is roping in her long-time beau, Kodi Groves, and heading for 'The Treasure State,' aka Big Sky Country. Having recently accepted a position as a registered dietician in Montana, Kelsey is excited to bring Kodi, a native of Wyoming, back to his country roots. Kelsey and Kodi are looking for a house that hits up both of their wish lists; a feat for sure! While Kelsey wants to looks at more luxurious, updated cabins, Kodi wants a remote cabin with tons of land, which also means a long commute for Kelsey. Will they find some middle ground in the hunt for their Montana dream home?
James and Kim are leaving the city life for Montana's great outdoors. While James grew up in Montana, small town living might be a bit of an adjustment for his wife, Kim, a city girl born and bred. James just started a banking job near Missoula, so they're honing in on a home in the Bitter Root Valley, where James can take advantage of the world-class trout streams nearby. James and Kim have a budget of $950,000 to $1.5 million to find their dream, move-in ready home. But while city girl Kim is all about the modern aesthetic, James feels more at home in a rustic Montana cabin. Can they find a home with the right mix of old and new, or will Kim warm up to the rustic charm of a Montana cabin?
Chris and Christy Wiese, along with their kids Gabriel, Skylar, and Madeline, are looking for a change of pace from their lives in southern California, to enjoy the wide-open space of Montana. With the help of their tumbleweed wrangling real estate agent, Annelise Hedahl, they're hoping to find the perfect family home to set down some roots in Big Sky Country. They're targeting towns on the outskirts of Missoula, near Chris' new job working with the U.S. Forest Service. And with a budget of $400,000 to $600,000 they're looking for a home with enough bedrooms for all of their kids, without skimping on the beautiful Montana views. They visit a house with spectacular views all around, but not move in ready for a family of five, a house with lots of land and a stable for horses, but not enough bedrooms, and a house right on the river, but needing some major updates. Which house will they choose?
Ted Jackson and his daughters, Lesley and Sarah, are finally moving from their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to the Glacier National Park area of Montana. Since Ted's company, Ted's Cigars, can operate anywhere in the country, he's ready to move it permanently to his favorite vacation spot. With the help of his business partner, Dennis, and a $3 million budget, the crew tours a custom timber frame house on a lake, a log cabin with killer views and a place with an artist's studio that could be perfect for the artist in the family Lesley or will it? Tune in to find out.
After Corey Hickman got a job in remote Eureka, Montana, his wife Jessica is reluctant to leave her suburban life in Utah with their three children. With a population of 1,000, Eureka is not Jessica's dream town but for Corey it represents endless outdoor adventures for their family. While they look at rustic log cabins and houses with lots of land to raise animals which they both want - Corey's real challenge is to convince Jessica that living in Eureka will be an incredible Montana experience. Will Jessica finally buy into the move? Tune in to find out.
City folks Neal and Valarie Andrews are saying bye-bye to Brooklyn, and hello to Bozeman. After visiting Neal's sister in Bozeman, they knew it was the perfect place to raise their two sons, Dax and Emmett, away from the hustle and bustle of New York. So the Andrews are packing up their pint-sized apartment and moving across the country. While Neal, an outdoor enthusiast, is excited to ice climb, hike, and experience everything Montana, Val is a little more apprehensive about the wildlife that surrounds these activities. What they can agree on is their excitement over all of the extra space they'll have in their new Montana home, including finally being able to have a backyard.
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