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Bridger View Breaking Ground Adjacent to Story Mill Community Park

Posted on May 13, 2021 by ERA Landmark

ERA Landmark is excited to be a part of this new project! With 62 homes, the pocket neighborhood is pioneering new approaches to affordable ownership and sustainable living.

A new neighborhood and living option coming to Bozeman will provide help with two of the city’s major challenges—residents finding homes that they can afford and making efficient use of land, water and energy supplies under pressure in Montana’s fastest-growing city.  

“Bridger View” has officially broken ground after years of planning by experts in affordable housing, sustainable neighborhood design, and sustainable home construction.   

Featuring 62 homes on eight acres, with shared greenspaces and pathways connecting to Story Mill Community Park and Bozeman’s trail system, Bridger View will offer an alternative to Bozeman’s two major residential development trends— growth of “mid-rise” housing in the city’s core, and large-lot and large-home subdivisions pushing Bozeman outward, requiring longer automobile commutes. 

“We are very excited to be getting underway on 62 homes that Bozeman obviously needs,” said Michael Brown, director of the Headwaters Community Housing Trust, which is leading the project. Brown added: “We are humbled as we join others who are working to provide affordable housing solutions for our community’s residents. To have an opportunity to demonstrate additional solutions in a high-quality neighborhood next to a beloved community park is a big responsibility and we take it very seriously.” 

Bridger View seeks to make a meaningful contribution to this affordability crisis by pricing 31 of the neighborhood’s 62 homes at levels affordable to middle-income individuals and families. ERA Landmark is proud to represent Bridger View’s other 31 homes, which will be offered at market-rate prices and will feature exactly the same floorplans, finishes, and amenities. 

Bridger View offers:

  • Quality living space in smaller new homes (750-1,575 square feet).
  • Shared streets designed to keep vehicle speeds low.
  • Small private yards enlarged by common spaces.
  • Generous front and back porches.
  • Leading-edge efficiency, keeping monthly utility bills lower.

Designers of the neighborhood say Bridger View will demonstrate that more homebuyers, regardless of their income level, increasingly want cost- and time-efficiencies of owning smaller homes and yards than are typically being constructed, as well as leading-edge energy efficiency. Together, these features reduce construction costs while lowering long-term costs of operating and maintaining a home. 

“We believe Bridger View’s emphasis on these savings, and on pathways and connectivity that enhance livability while reducing costs of frequent vehicle trips, will experience strong demand,” said Christine Walker, an expert in housing affordability and key advisor to the project. 

Walker added: “Bozeman residents are challenged to find homes they can afford today. At the same time, many homebuyers are eager for more time and freedom and not necessarily a big home and large yard and dependence on a vehicle. Bridger View will deliver options and we believe will showcase demand for them.” 

Langlas & Associates is installing infrastructure throughout the spring. The 62 homes will be constructed in three phases with the first homes available for purchase early next year. 

For more information, visit or reach out to Mark Meissner or Tyler Garrison.

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