The McGinley Homestead is a 108± acre private haven nestled in the foothills between the Bridger Mountains and Horseshoe Hills north of Bozeman. It has provided a residence and recreational retreat for a lifelong Montana couple. Surrounded by sizeable historic ranch holdings, it offers a unique environment of attractive landscapes, superlative viewsheds, abundant wildlife, and total privacy. High-quality improvements consist of an appealing three-level 3,390± sq. ft. residence. A detached 2,500± sq. ft. garage/shop and a rustic cabin are the only other structures on the property. The grounds around the home are immaculately landscaped and include an orchard and garden. Big game and other wildlife are abundant on the property, which has been managed and improved to cater to them. The McGinley Homestead is easily accessible to the sought-after community of Bozeman, and the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is 35 minutes away on well-maintained gravel roads leading to a paved highway.
Just the Facts
- Acreage: 108± acre
- Improvements: 3,3900± sq. ft. residence with a detached 2,500± sq. ft. garage/shop and a rustic cabin
- Wildlife: Abundant big game and other wildlife
- Location: 30 miles north of Bozeman
- Airport: 23 miles north of Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
Bozeman is the centerpiece of the Gallatin Valley. Its diversified economy includes a strong agricultural trade center, the university, numerous high tech businesses, and tourism related to skiing, trout fishing, big game hunting, and the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Montana State University includes the world-renowned Museum of the Rockies. For people from other areas of the United States seeking refuge from ever-increasing urban pressures, Bozeman has become a magnet. The attraction is quite simply the unsurpassed quality of life; including countless outdoor recreational activities and the related lifestyle.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Initial construction was in 1974 with significant additions in 1993-95. This custom home has three levels and consists of 3,390± sq.ft. including 660± sq.ft. of basement. There are three bedrooms, two and a half baths (one with Jacuzzi), living room, dining room, kitchen, study, utility room, and entryway which is accented by a 22 ft. x 32 ft. fieldstone wall. There is a bi-level deck off the master bedroom which provides an unobstructed and private view toward Sixteen Mile Creek and the Big Belt Mountains. The custom-built kitchen has a recently installed new oven/range and hood. The utility room features a south-facing solar Trombe wall with clerestory windows and a 4-inch-thick concrete heat-sink floor providing passive solar. The hot water heating system features a Weissman boiler and a Glacier Bay wood/coal stove which provide plenty of heat to stay cozy on Montana winter days. The home is super-insulated 2x6 and 2x4 construction with Corbond insulation in walls and ceilings. Domestic water is treated by a water softener and a reverse-osmosis treatment system provides excellent drinking water. There is also high-speed satellite internet service which will keep even the techiest owners connected in their private hideaway. This home has had an outstanding maintenance program as well as major additions and upgrades over its 44-year life.
Garage/Shop/Equipment Bay/Storage Building
Southeast of the home is a 2,500± sq.ft. building which includes a two-car garage, a shop, an equipment bay, and an insulated storeroom once used as an office. The garage and shop have concrete floors, the storeroom is tiled, and the equipment bay is graveled.
A small one-room rustic reclaimed cabin is situated west of the home near a cottonwood grove and timbered ephemeral stream. It was built using wood from a historic Maudlow building and has a wood stove along with a front porch. Solar panels supply 120-volt power for all the creature comforts. A small storage building is adjacent to the cabin for storing one’s “toys” when not in use. This cabin is perfect for a hideout or a small gathering of friends. A long-range rifle course is set up that can be used in conjunction with the cabin.
All mineral rights will transfer in the sale.
The homestead is surrounded by tightly controlled private holdings and the big game populations are abundant. Some of the ranches allow hunting on a fee basis only and are commanding some of the highest prices in Montana for elk and deer trophy hunts. Ted Turner’s Bar None Ranch and the large Climbing Arrow Ranch just two miles northwest of the McGinley Homestead are among those offering trophy hunts. Elk are commonly seen on the homestead, along with deer, moose, and occasionally antelope. Bear, mountain lion, bobcat, turkeys, cranes and other waterfowl, and upland gamebirds are frequent visitors. Songbirds are abundant and the owners have documented over 150 resident and transient bird species on the property.
Sixteen Mile Creek is an excellent trout fishery. Access is by landowner permission although anglers may readily access the stream from bridges along the county road. A fly fishing shop in Bozeman has been granted the fee fishing rights on one of the Sixteen Mile Creek ranches. If a guided fishing trip is desired, one can be scheduled through this shop. The East and Main Gallatin Rivers are a short thirty-minute drive from the ranch, and the Yellowstone River along with the world-famous spring creeks, Nelson, Armstrong, and Depuy are within an hour and a half. All in all, one is within a reasonable driving distance of some of Montana’s best fishing waters.
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