Victorian Home in Bozeman
I just spent a vacation in Bozeman, Montana, and Yellowstone. This is the perfect time of the year to do this. The Summer crowds are gone, the temperatures are cool for hiking (their Fall seems only to last for 2 weeks-my timing was perfect), the elk and antelope come down from the mountains, the leaves are turning. Its’s also too early for skiing, so that crowd is not around.
What’s cool about the town though is it’s age. It seems to be about the age of the Heights (late 1800’s early 1920’s era downtown and close-in homes). The photo of downtown Bozeman looks similar to some of the old Heights commercial buildings. (You do have to ignore the mountain back-drop, the smell of conifers, the clean crisp air at 20% humidity to compare it to Houston Heights though.)
Just off Main St is a historic district. Since I had recently written about HDT’s Victorian home being remodeled/expanded in the Heights, this Victorian home caught my attention. It is 1284 SF 1st floor, 1067 SF 2nd floor, 400 SF basement, on a 12,000 SF lot $485,000.
Victorian Home from 1905
It’s a wonderful house, even though my front-on photo doesn’t capture the wrap-around porch and side columns. This Victorian home is a FSBO (for sale by owner), but I give him credit for wonderfu description and photos, and best of all he knows where the original floorplan ocame from: “1905 Hodgson’s Design #1906”. Googling this shows the architect of these $5.00 plans thought the home could be built for $1200-$1500.
I guess there are worse obsessions to have than a love for old homes.
One more unique thing…the taxes are only $3500. Montana also has no sales tax…where do they get their money?
That’s it. I’ll show the Old Faithful Inn next. An Arts and Crafts building gone berserk