The vision of wide-open spaces and independent living – the Wild West – has been attracting people to the Bozeman, Montana area for some time.  Now, with a health crisis upon us, the number of people interested in relocating here has really taken off.

Why? People are considering major lifestyle shifts due to the pandemic. The widespread phenomenon of working from home has inspired workers to explore their options. Boomers and younger professionals are moving up their timetables for relocation or retirement, while some families are looking for a second/vacation home, away from densely packed cities.

“Interest in ranch living here is definitely on the uptick, especially among buyers from big cities like New York, San Francisco, Dallas and Los Angeles,” according to real estate broker Dawn Myrvik of PureWest-Christie’s International Real Estate in Ennis, Montana. “We’ve been showing properties here non-stop all summer and the ‘shared ranch’ lifestyle is capturing  interest.”

The shared-ranch concept offers prospective buyers the rare chance to experience authentic private-ranch ownership in Montana, without the day-to-day chores associated with operating a ranch. Unlike the private residential “club lifestyle” found at the Yellowstone Club and other luxury housing opportunities at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Sun West Ranch in Cameron is a high-end residential ranch community maintained by a management team. It is also the only shared-ranch community in this region.

Here, only 55 home sites, limited to just 3 to 11 acres each, are located within 2,000 acres of pristine mountainous property bordered by three miles of the famed Madison River as a part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Of the 2,000 acres, homeowners share in the ownership of 1,600 acres of common ranch area and wilderness.  A year-round staff oversees and manages the ranch, stables, trails, roads and amenities.

“Buyers looking for natural beauty, privacy without being alone, and western vibrancy are finding this shared-ranch concept a viable option to owning a ranch,” added Myrvik.  “You can get away from it all without losing a sense of community.”


Sun West Ranch At-a-Glance:

  •  Gated and private, only shared-ranch community in Madison Valley
  •  Ownership extends to a membership in the SWR property owners’ association and right to use approx 1,600 acres of common area wilderness
  •  Home sites selected to optimize views and maintain privacy
  •  Several miles of blue-ribbon Madison River offer private access to fly-fishing
  •  Hiking and equestrian trails surrounded by 1,600 acres of preserved, open space
  •  Strong covenants and conservation easement ensure preservation of native plants and wildlife habitats
  •  On-site, full-time ranch management team oversees day-to-day operations of the ranch
  •  Fiber optic service for remote workers


30 miles to Ennis, a 1 1/2 hour drive to Bozeman, 40 miles to Yellowstone National Park

Bozeman is a technology hub ranked among the fast-growing cities of its size in the U.S.

State’s fastest growing county, Gallatin.