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.
Ever since he was a kid, Jake Liudahl has dreamed of living in Montana. Now that he's opening a second uniform (clothing) shop there, he's finally moving his family from his hometown of Williston, North Dakota to the state capitol of Helena. The family can't wait to ski, kayak, fish and bike in the Rocky Mountains. Their budget of up to $1 million has them looking at converted barns, custom rustic lodges and a few surprising properties in and around Helena. While Jake wants more land and less house, Shawna wants more house and less land. Find out if they can find the perfect compromise.
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.
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.
Newlyweds Ned and Hailey Kurfess are starting this new chapter of their lives in their dream destination of Montana. Forget about the tropics - their honeymoon's a road trip from Southern California to Bozeman, where Ned will learn to become a horseshoer. They saved all their money to buy their first house, that will hopefully include a fireplace, acreage and lots of room for horses, but can they everything on their wish list? Find out if these newlyweds will have a happy ending to their new beginning in Big Sky Country.
Pro Baseball Scout Trey Magnuson grew up in Missoula, and after 15 years in Los Angeles, his family is leaving the beach for Trey's hometown. For his wife, Julie - a native LA city girl - Big Sky Country will be a lifestyle adjustment. To ease the change, she's wants a modern kitchen to show off her chef skills, but Trey wants a rustic cabin with land for the new puppy they promised the kids. As they explore everything from an off-the-grid cabin to a log house on 20 acres, will they strike out or hit a home run?
Steve and Annie Ricci are leaving the hustle bustle of Seattle, Washington's city life for the great outdoors of Bigfork, Montana. Packed and loaded in an RV, this family's house hunting experience proves just as adventurous as one of their camping trips. With a budget up to $500,000 and the help of realtor Denise Lang, they tour cozy log cabins, sprawling farm land, even lake front property before finally staking their claim.
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?
Bigfork, Montana's always been the vacation getaway for the Murray family, but now they're ready to leave California's concrete jungle to make Montana their permanent home. Joe and Lisa and their daughters love horseback riding, hiking and fishing especially in and around Flathead Lake. They'll explore log cabins, converted barns and modern rustic houses that are either on the water or at least near it. But soon they discover their budget of $300,000 doesn't go as far as they hope in this resort town. Find out what if they stretch the budget or settle on a smaller place.
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?
Justin and Megan Murray are trading in the ocean view of Dover, New Hampshire, for their own slice of paradise in Big Sky Country. Megan, a native of Missoula, traded in her cowboy boots and moved out east with Justin. Four years and two children later, Megan and Justin are craving the simplicity and wilderness of Montana. So they're taking their kids, Hazel and Warren, out west to get back to Megan's roots and find the perfect adventure-lover's paradise! With a budget of $700,000, the Murrays are looking for a fixer-upper big enough for the whole family, close to skiing and hiking and on a property with a gorgeous scenic view. In Big Sky Country, there's no shortage of beautiful views.
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?
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