Nestled against the Absaroka Wilderness, Strawberry Creek Ranch consists of 1,061± deeded acres on Paradise Valley’s coveted and spectacularly beautiful east slope just 13 paved miles south of Livingston. This extremely private, all-deeded ranch borders a remote stretch of national forest and is a mecca for wildlife including elk, deer, bear and mountain lion. It lies between Strawberry Creek and MacDonald Creek, two scenic mountain streams that flow out of the wilderness area. The ranch is anchored by 126± acres of irrigated meadows and a building compound that includes a circa 1881 fully remodeled two-story home, and multiple well-maintained and useful historic outbuildings. Further embellishing this compound is a nearly new two-story 4,586± square foot 4-bedroom hand-hewn log home with over 1,200± square feet of porches which enjoy dramatic views of the Yellowstone River valley and its glorious sunsets. The property climbs from the East River Road through a series of benches, parks and timbered slopes to an alpine valley with a hunting cabin where the ranch offers unique private access to the nearby wilderness area. A hydroelectric plant generates around $20,000 per year and the ranch has supported a balanced 125 animal unit ranching operation currently leased out to a neighbor. It is a short mile walk from the Yellowstone River, offers hours of private hiking and is within a few minutes’ drive of world-class fly fishing in the valley’s famous spring creeks. Strawberry Creek Ranch represents a rare opportunity to own a very private but easily accessible all-deeded ranch in the most sought-after section of Montana’s aptly named Paradise Valley.
Just the Facts
- Location: 13 miles south of Livingston just off the paved East River Road
- Acreage: 1,061± deeded, blocked and contiguous acres
- Acreage breakdown: 126± acres irrigated with over 40 percent of the balance being timbered rangeland
- Water: miles of Strawberry Creek and MacDonald Creek plus domestic wells and good irrigation water rights
- Operational considerations: approximately $20K per year from hydroelectric plant lease and good income potential from 125 animal unit livestock operation
- Wildlife: excellent hunting for deer and elk as well as grouse; other wildlife abounds
- Improvements: tasteful 4,600± sq. ft. hand-hewn log home and 1,800± square foot remodeled circa 1881 two-story homestead house, plus multiple barns and outbuildings, and a high mountain hunting cabin
- Conservation easement: none, but terrific potential
- Key features: adjoins wilderness with good private access to dramatic mountain country behind; outstanding views and very private location but near town on paved roads
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