east gallatin river preserve

belgrade, MT
86± acres
$24,500,000

This beautiful and serene river front property is situated in the Gallatin Valley, just a short drive from Bozeman. Elegant improvements are complimented by excellent recreation opportunities, set amongst the natural landscaping and bountiful East Gallatin River.

EAST GALLATIN RIVER PRESERVE

ABOUT EAST GALLATIN RIVER PRESERVE

The riverfront East Gallatin River Preserve is a beautiful and serene property situated in the Gallatin Valley. With over one-half mile of the best stretch of the East Gallatin River forming its western property line, the property enjoys excellent fly fishing for trout, in addition to a pond stocked with rainbow trout. The property is conveniently located just north of Bozeman, Montana, offering easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment, while simultaneously providing an oasis of privacy and seclusion.

The 86 acre property features a natural setting along the riparian area of the river, as well as crop fields and food plots creating an ideal habitat for wildlife. On any given day, one might see pheasants, partridge, turkey, ducks, geese, white-tailed deer, and even the occasional moose, all with the Bridger Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop. During the respective seasons, one can hunt waterfowl, pheasants, and white-tailed deer on the property.

Watching the seasons change on the East Gallatin River Preserve is mesmerizing—from the first green of spring, to runoff in May, to the lush haying season in mid-summer, then into autumn with the deep yellow and orange leaves of the aspens and cottonwoods on full display as pheasants, geese and ducks fly, and the vegetation matures as the winter season settles in. Montana winters are also beautiful on this property. As the sun sets to the west, it highlights the Bridger Mountains with classic Montana alpenglow. Cozy up in front of the large, picturesque windows and fireplace in the home, enveloped in the natural landscape that surrounds you.

The one-acre pond was built by Pond and Stream Consulting out of Bozeman and appears as if it’s been there for a hundred years. Cattails, a dock, and well-placed casting areas allow for an evening of fly fishing for the hungry rainbow trout that live there.

The entire property has been highly curated with hay and grain fields, food plots for wildlife, with naturally landscaped lawns and trails connecting all the buildings. There are two recirculating streams passing through the property, as well as a seasonal extension of Middle Cottonwood Creek. Many large trees have been situated around the property in addition to the 250+ mature blue spruce trees that create a visual barrier along the three fence lines surrounding the property.

LOCATION & ACCESS

Only a 12 mile drive to the heart of downtown Bozeman, this property sits north of Interstate 90 in an area primarily comprised of high-end rural residential homes, along with Riverside Country Club. The weather north of Bozeman along the Bridger Mountains tends to be milder than in Bozeman, with more sun and less snow than Bridger Canyon or the south side of the valley. There is quick access to the airport (less than a 10 minute drive), with the airport having minimal impact on the property. The property also sits within the East Gallatin Zoning District, limiting further development and subdivisions.

IMPROVEMENTS

The original dwelling on the property is a charming 1,200 square foot unique, artistic, highly-functional, rustic cabin built custom by local home builders, Yellowstone Traditions. It has one bedroom, one bathroom, sleeping loft, kitchen, and fireplace, with a porch looking over a great lawn, the trout pond, and to the river beyond

In addition, there is a two-story, one bedroom, two-bathroom manager’s home, which includes an oversized two-car garage, dog wash station, kennels, and more. This functional yet stylish structure sits in a location that overlooks the property—perfectly framing the commanding views of the Bridger Mountains and the East Gallatin River. Adjacent is the greenhouse and garden spot as well as a log shop/shed that was brought down from Trail Creek, restacked and improved, and repurposed to hold farm equipment and supplies.

Finally, the new expansive main home was completed in 2023, again by Yellowstone Traditions. The home is over 5,500 square feet of living space with over 9,000 square feet under roof, featuring three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a stone great room and chef’s kitchen, a butler pantry, master wing, two separate offices, an exercise room and mudroom, covered patios with an attached greatly oversized four car garage. The home is spacious and elegant, with vaulted ceilings to capture the views east and west, and that Big Sky feel. The home is tucked in nicely against the banks of the East Gallatin River; the building site having been grandfathered in to provide irreplaceable proximity to the river.

Coming into the circular drive on the east side of the house, you’re welcomed by the dramatic main entrance and an outdoor patio, BBQ and firepit that captures the views of the Bridgers to the east. The exterior finishes showcase unique high-quality materials, including stone and mortar, wood, steel, and glass exteriors to give the house a modern and natural feel. Entering the home through the foyer, you walk into the great room and are greeted by the impressive stone fireplace, living room, dining area, and the open design chef’s kitchen with a dining island and top of the line Viking and SubZero appliances. The kitchen window over one of the farmer’s sinks looks out over the East Gallatin River, as well as the back porch, and is perfect for enjoying western sunsets.

Behind the fireplace is the large master wing with bedroom views directly of the river. The bathroom has two walk-in closets, along with double vanities and water closets, and indoor and outdoor showers. From the closet area, you can easily access the exercise area, and then onto a second private office overlooking the pond.

Above the four-car garage is a beautiful, vaulted office and game room with its own half bath and excellent views to both the north across the pond and south to the Spanish Peaks. From the garage, you pass through a mudroom/gear room with a dog wash, into the utility space that includes a large laundry room, with plenty of storage for household items, guns, wine, and outdoor gear.

The architect for the cabin was Swaback Partners. The custom home was designed in conjunction with the owner and Annex Architects. All structures on the property were built by renowned contactor Yellowstone Traditions of Bozeman, Montana. There is a conservation easement on the property with Gallatin Valley Land Trust which allows up to 30,000 square feet of building coverage (over twice what exists today) within the two building envelopes.

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