Joyce L. Mitchell
My husband, Dan, and I live right here at Eagle Bend. Dan’s an avid golfer and boater and loves living on the Eagle Bend golf course and being minutes to the marina. My passion is our mini Aussiedoodle named “Taz”, boating on Flathead Lake or River, golf (of course!) and enjoying endless summer sunsets. We both love the fact that everything we enjoy is so close by, even the athletic club is within walking distance.
Having moved to Montana from Hawaii, people wondered how we could leave “paradise”, but we found another “paradise” in the quaint little artist village of Bigfork, the majestic Swan Mountains, Flathead Lake and the friendliest people in the West!
I imagine you’ve been searching the many internet avenues for someone who will make your search for Montana properties an easy and pleasant experience. Finding a Realtor you can trust, who will do a thorough search for the property to suit your lifestyle can be challenging, especially from out of state.
You will need to find someone with integrity, education, experience, local knowledge and professionalism. It is perfectly natural to expect to find a full-time professional broker who, after listening carefully to your particular interest and needs, can sift through the hundreds of listings to find that perfect property for you.
As a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR), and a Resort and Recreational Specialist (RRS) my professional training is teamed with my personal commitment to YOU to work diligently to accomplish YOUR goals in a timely and effective manner. I offer my loyalty to you and humbly ask for yours in return.
As a member of the Multiple Listing Service, I have access to thousands of listings throughout the Flathead Valley and Northwest Montana. As your broker, I will search all of the available listings, not just those from our office.
The Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana offers many things to many people. Please contact me to help me understand your interests, lifestyle and purchasing goals.
Why We Love It Here . . .
Of course, what’s not to love here in Bigfork and the Flathead Valley of Montana. I guess most people discover Bigfork either on a trip to see Glacier National Park, or as an invited guest. The local joke around here is that we have two seasons: winter and guests. Most of my clients come in from other states, fall in love with Montana and Bigfork, and decide to take root either starting with a second home or taking the plunge to make this their full time home.
Setting aside the obvious intense beauty of this area, we can boast the following as driving factors in “buying Montana” decision-making:
There is no sales tax.
This is a big time savings when buying your car, that Subzero refrigerator, or a great boat for fishing the lakes.
We have a low crime rate.
Comforting thought, especially if you come from the large metropolitan cities where you have road rage and a sundry of other ugly crimes. Of course, maybe the fact that we are the “Wild West” where lots and lots of households have stocked gun safes in preparation for hunting season, could deter criminals….
We have great medical services.
I am talking about state-of-the-art medical facilities in Kalispell, the commercial hub of the Flathead Valley. Kalispell Regional Medical Center has been listed in US News and World Report as one of the top 100 hospitals in the US and boasts acquisition of the national’s first rural air ambulance and a 118,000sf top notch health and fitness center called The Summit. HealthCenter Northwest provides a super-surgical center and a leading-edge diagnostic hub. North Valley Hospital’s newly built facility incorporates a holistic approach to health care.
We are close to Airports and other accesses.
Glacier International Airport is centrally located in the Flathead Valley offering service to Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Chicago and Atlanta through Delta, United/Northwest, Sky West, Horzon/Alaska Air and Allegiant airlines. Major rental car companies offer on-site service and cars. The airline code is FCA.
We are a mecca of recreational opportunities.
Can you say “canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, lake fishing, fly fishing, ice fishing, hiking, rock climbing, caving, hunting, down hill skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, horseback riding, river rafting, camping, mountain biking, cycling, bird watching, golfing, and tennis” three times in a row? I am tongue-twisted just typing it!
If you love golf as much as we do, then you will appreciate that Golf Digest selected the Flathead Valley as a “Top 50 Golf Destination”. There are 10 championship golf courses within a 45-minute drive, offering outstanding quality at an affordable price!
And now the really big one….Community!
Small town living is especially meaningful these days. Moving from the anonymity of big city living to the charm of a small town (where everyone knows your name) brings a certain amount of comfort and quality to your life. It’s the little oddities, the characters you meet, group involvement and the sense of belonging that you gain. When I first came here from Hawaii, I was half expecting to find Bigfork, Montana to be a backwards, dusty redneck town with everyone driving pickup trucks loaded with gun racks… and the men would spit on the sidewalks. Pretty ugly visual, eh? What a surprise I was in for when I arrived in January 1989 to see the entire village of Bigfork dressed for the holidays with lights and trees and bows. I saw the Bigfork Playhouse, the art galleries and shops, the fine dining, the golf course, the incredible scenery and the greatest people and soon-to-be-neighbors I could ask for… Oh sure, we have our challenges, but as an unincorporated village, you find the level of volunteerism at all time highs and with that comes a sense of ownership. (Ask me about the Bigfork Elves!) It is YOUR town now. It is all about scale. If we see ten cars on the highway, that’s a traffic jam!