A Successful Evening - 2016 Big Sky Auction for the Arts

Posted on April 5, 2016 by bigskysir

Once again the Auction for the Arts at Lone Mountain Ranch was a huge success! Artists raised over $110,000 for the arts in Big Sky, Montana. Sponsored by Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty, this event is an amazing display of artist's talents. The Auction for the Arts was a “dynamic, multisensory artistic experience,” giving guests and local artists opportunities to interact, especially during the ‘quick-finish’ session during the live auction. The artists literally painted the final brush strokes or drew the last lines minutes before the auction began. The live auction included a sculptor as well as floral artist. Big Sky Local Artists included: Jackie Rainford Corcoran, Ari O., Jill Zeidler, Ryan Turner, Greg Darden, Shelly Bermont, Kira Fercho, Julio Freitas, Lori Elliot, Lorri Lagerbloom, and Heather Rapp. The Arts Council of Big Sky wishes for the community to “remain a beautiful place where the expression, enjoyment, and education of the Arts will inspire and sustain a healthy and vibrant community.” Programming provided by the Arts Council include the well-loved summer outdoor concert series, a local film festival, public art projects, and a new program to bring Lone Peak (Big Sky) high school students to Seattle to expose them to careers in the arts.

Read more about the Fourth Annual Auction for the Arts.

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Student Scholarship Awarded

Posted on April 5, 2016 by bigskysir

Scholarship2016 Cathy Gorman and Tim Cyr, broker/owners of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, targeted their scholarship toward a highly motivated student with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Cathy and Tim have lived and worked in Big Sky since the 1980s and have supported the school district for over 35 years. Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is donating a scholarship for the second year. Soby Rain Haarman, of Lone Peak High School, earned an A- average overall throughout high school. Soby has worn the mantle of leadership in student government and National Honor Society. She has performed with many school groups: the Concert Band, the Jazz Ensemble, as well as school and community drama groups. Soby was inducted into the International Thespian Society, and she organized the student docents for the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. Recognized as a Rotary Youth Leader, Soby also attended the National Student Leadership Conference on Forensic Sciences at American University and the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists in Boston. Soby will study psychology at Seattle Pacific University and after that wants to continue study in forensics. Congratulations, Soby Rain Haarman.

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Spec Homes: Benefits for Buyers and Builders

Posted on March 29, 2016 by bigskysir

With the booming housing market in Montana, options abound for buyers and building investors. Spec homes – short for “speculative homes” – are homes that are designed and built with the best housing characteristics of the market. Tim Cyr, a realtor with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, who is also in the process of building his own spec home outside of Bozeman, says spec homes “usually have all the bells and whistles to entice a buyer to buy.” Whether you are considering buying a spec home, or investing in building one, there are many benefits. 

Benefits of buying a spec home

• Brand new home with the latest and greatest features available • Move-in ready, no time waiting for construction

• Oftentimes, some customization is available such as colors, cabinets, and flooring

Benefits of building a spec home

• An investment, being able to build a cost-effective, high-quality home for profit

• Ability to get creative – design the home that best fits the market, from your point of view

• Quick sales – minimal customization, limited contact with the buyer

Not sure which avenue is best for you? Ask yourself a few questions: are you looking for a home to live in? Are you wanting to flip a property quickly, as an investment? Do you know the market well? Tim admits there is a lot to consider, but diving into the world of spec homes is fun and beneficial to both buyers and builders. Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty has realtors, like Tim, with years of experience selling spec homes in Montana. Visit Tim’s website, or call his office, to learn more about his experience with spec homes – including building his own spec home – and get his expert advice. See if a spec home is right for you!

Contact Tim Cyr at: Website: http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/associate/180-a-646-4000598/timothy-cyr Phone: +1 406.580.6316­ Phone: +1 406.995.2211­  

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Building your Dream Home with Big Sky Build

Posted on March 1, 2016 by bigskysir

Big Sky, Montana is a growing destination for adventure-seeking vacationers, as well as full time residents looking to enjoy the outdoors and all that a resort town can offer. As fast as it’s growing, locating a property that can both meet your budget and satisfy your needs can sometimes be a challenge. The prospect of building a house from the ground up is exciting to some, yet daunting to others. Some want to be very involved, influencing every architectural angle, interior color and light fixture. Others would prefer to have options presented to them from which they can choose, putting more responsibility on the architect, builder and interior designer. Those who haven’t been through the process before often don’t know where to begin. In order to educate Buyers about the building process and dispel some of the myths, I sat down with John Seelye, owner of Big Sky Build, to learn about what it takes to build a dream home with his company.

Callie (CP): John, thanks for taking the time to share with our Buyers that the home building process can be fun and exciting, and doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it may seem. Let’s start with some details about you. Tell me a little about your company, Big Sky Build.

John (JS): I am originally an East Coaster, and I always loved to ski. After college, I moved to Colorado, but in the mid 90s, as soon as I heard they were building the tram at Big Sky, I knew I had to make the move. I moved here for the skiing, and nothing else. In 1997, a year after moving here, I started my company, Big Sky Build.  

CP: Your offices are located in Big Sky Town Center. Do you do all of your building in the Big Sky Area?

JS: Almost all of the building we do is in Big Sky. And we do not only new home construction, but also any size remodel – from a bathroom update or addition to a complete overhaul of an existing home.  

CP: For the Buyer that is looking for a home and hasn’t been able to find what they want, what can you tell them about where to start their custom building process?

JS: In order to make sure they end up being totally satisfied with their finished product, I recommend doing some research first with regards to the size of the home they want, the location, size of the lot, etc. When the client is working with a real estate broker, like you, they will help the Buyer narrow down where they might want to be based on their preferences. With different architectural guidelines and requirements in various subdivisions, that is a good place to start.  

CP: Do you recommend they work with their broker to find a piece of land first, then find a builder, or do you think it’s better when they involve you in the process from the beginning?

JS: Once they have narrowed it down to a few lots they like, I do think it’s in their best interest to have the builder involved from the beginning. There are a lot of factors with the lot itself that can affect their overall budget, not just the price of the land. They need to take into consideration the site work, the slope of the land, whether or not public utilities are provided, landscaping needs, etc. When I’m involved early in the process, I can help with any due diligence – soil and geotech studies, lot line determinations, design guidelines, and make recommendations based on my experience in various locations around the area. There are many pieces of the final puzzle.  

CP: Presumably, before you get too far along in the planning and budgeting process, these are all things that would need to be determined anyway before you can quote a price.

JS: Yes, those are all factors in pricing. And going through the pre-planning process with the client also lets us build a relationship and get to know each other. I can then give recommendations about things like an architect or an interior designer based on their “likes”. And having the architect involved early in the process, even before the lot is purchased, can also help with meeting a budget, no matter the size.  

CP: Are all of the homes you build designed by an architect?

JS: Yes. At a minimum, I require a full set of builder plans, designed by a Montana-licensed architect. I’ve had people purchase plans online and want them to be modified or customized to their liking, but because of differences in structural requirements for this area, often times the end result is nothing like what they started with because so many adjustments have to be made, so the plans can even end up costing more. Some clients will fill in the “blanks” with the interior details, but most will use an interior designer on some level or another.  

CP: Do you offer building packages, like a pre-designed “to be built” home, or are all of your projects custom?

JS: All of our projects are custom.  

CP: You brought up a good point about structural differences. Many Big Sky clients come from other parts of the country, and even the world. Obviously, different regions have varying architectural styles, but you say that this region also requires different structural requirements in a home. Can you tell me some of the components you suggest every client should consider when building in Big Sky?

JS: Most of what we need differently in a well-designed home is related to seismic events, high winds and high snow load. We aren’t known for having large earthquakes, but even with small tremors, when building on the sides of a mountain like many homes are, we don’t want to take any chances. Another component is soil quality. We need to make sure the platform the home will sit upon is stable under any circumstance. Porous or clay-like soil can need reinforcing, which we sometimes need to do when we dig the foundation, and that adds to the cost. We always have a structural engineer inspect and certify the building site. Montana is a cold weather climate, so when a roof is designed, we want to make sure to minimize the risk of areas where an ice dam can occur. They need to be well designed and highly insulated. Lastly, how the house and home site interact with forest fire danger is a big consideration. We live in the west where fires can be prevalent, so many homes have Class A fire-rated roof systems (and some developments require it) to minimize a fire loss.  

CP: What type and size homes do you build? Do you have a specialty?

JS: We have no specialties; it’s all based on what the client wants. We have done timber frames, log homes, contemporary and modern, large and small - you name it. We have a fully staffed office, employee-based job site supervisors and carpenters, plus highly skilled sub-contractors, all with a great depth of experience. My feeling is that a good general contractor will have a quiver of talent from which to choose, therefore being able to please any client.  

CP: Let’s talk about timing. How long does it take you to give a client an estimate on building the home?

JS: Once a lot is identified and the plans are provided, it takes about 4-6 weeks to price out a house. The more info I have about the interior details, the more accurate the budget will be. If there are unknowns, I will include an allowance that the client can work within when making decisions.  

CP: Once you have a signed building contract with a client, how long does the entire construction process take?

JS: The length of time will depend on the size of the home, but it varies from six to twenty months from the time we break ground.  

CP: As we said earlier, many clients do not live in Big Sky. How easy or difficult is it for a client who doesn’t live here to keep tabs on their home construction as its progressing?

JS: It’s very easy with today’s technology. We regularly use e-mail, video conferencing and take regular photos of the home’s progress. Every Monday we send a builder report to the client. It includes a weather report, what work was completed the previous week, what contractors were on site, projected business for the upcoming week, and it includes progress photos. It helps them keep tabs on the progression, but it’s also fun and can be shared with parents, kids and friends. I will tailor the communication needs to the client. Some want to talk every week; some don’t want to be involved at all for months.  

CP: What are some common myths about building a custom home that might make someone shy away from the process if they don’t know the truth?

JS: I’d say the most common myth is that the construction industry is shady and crooked. I’m sure in some areas it can be, but we have a highly sophisticated and experienced industry here in Big Sky. The client is the one who will ultimately be picking their team, so after talking with the real estate broker, and any friends or locals you know, go with your gut. The team is important, you have to trust them, and word of mouth and local reputation is going to tell you everything you need to know. Another myth is that building is stressful. If you let it, it can be stressful, but it should be fun and rewarding. If you take the time to pick the right team of people, including architect and designer, combine that with the right communication, it can be a great process and you’ll end up with the product you want. The last myth is that building is prohibitively expensive. It definitely doesn’t have to be. In fact, there are many places in the country where it is more expensive to build than here - Jackson Hole; Newport Beach; Greenwich, CT. We do have factors that affect the cost, like logistics, Mother Nature, and where many of our workers come from. However, we have been building here for 20 years so we know what to expect and it’s calculated into our costs.  

CP: When a Buyer buys an existing home, there are protections in place to prevent uncovering latent physical defects within the home. What kind of warranty do your clients get when you build them a home?

JS: Montana Law requires a one year Builder’s warranty on any new home. However, we stand behind our work in all of our houses. We take care of our clients long after the house is complete because we treasure our long-term relationships. We recognize that having happy clients is a win-win for everyone. All homes require maintenance, so we want them to come to us to line up a painter, a roofer, etc. to take care of client. And most of the time they want do because they know they can trust our recommendations.  

CP: After almost 20 years building in Big Sky, do you have favorite house that you have built?

JS: That is always a tough question, and I always determine that I don’t really have a favorite. Each new house I build I am always filled with excitement, I love seeing new designs. I truly appreciate all the houses we’ve built because each one is unique and is perfect for the owner. What is most important to us is that our clients are thrilled with the end product.

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Western to Contemporary Art in Big Sky, Montana

Posted on February 8, 2016 by bigskysir

Luxury and Art in Big Sky Montana

Big Sky-based art collectors need look no further than the Big Sky Town Center, where Creighton Block Gallery is home to some of the best known artists in Montana and the American West. Co-owner Colin Mathews has carefully curated a selection of artists to represent, covering a wide spectrum of style, color and mediums to align with the varied tastes of his clients, mostly Big Sky homeowners, decorators and art consultants.

“I select artists with an established reputation,” Colin explains. “I look for those who have sold their works at one or more of the great Western art auctions so their pricing is market based and their work has been juried.” The main gallery showcases paintings, sculpture, textiles and jewelry, mostly focusing on traditional Western historical landscape and wildlife. But within that theme, each artist has a different style and use of color and light that can make a world of difference.

The Native American painter Kevin Red Star—whose work is part of a Smithsonian Institution collection—is represented, along with Tom Gilleon whose contemporary Western paintings have sold at auction for the highest price ever by a living Montana artist. He also represents Todd Connor, Frank Hagel, Harry Koyama, up-and-coming Western artists Virginie Baude and Kelly Dangerfield, and a number of well-known bronze sculptors, including Greg Woodard, Ott Jones, Burl Jones and Simon Gudgeon. Artwork at Creighton Block Gallery ranges in price from $1,000 to $100,000 and up, Colin explains.

If Western art just isn’t your thing, Creighton Block also showcases a contemporary collection in a gallery just up the street on Ousel Falls Road. Here you’ll find a selection of modern art with Western inflections to compliment the boom in contemporary architecture that Big Sky has experienced over the last few years.“The demand for contemporary art is exploding in Big Sky, and in the West in general,” Colin explains. “It goes along with the boom in contemporary architecture and interior design in Moonlight Basin, the Yellowstone Club and other private developments here, so the art I have at the other gallery fits well in those environments.”

Located at 33 Lone Peak Drive, Suite #104, www.creightonblockgallery.com.

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Big Sky Sotheby's Welcomes Bonnie DeFrancesco to the Team

Posted on February 4, 2016 by bigskysir

FEATURED AGENT: Bonnie DeFrancesco

Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty welcomes Bonnie DeFrancesco to the Bozeman team. Bonnie has over 23 years of experience as a successful realtor specializing in residential, luxury, and second homes, as well as investment properties.

"I'm honored to work with Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty," says Bonnie, "because of their impeccable reputation." As a long time resident of Montana, Bonnie knows first hand what her clients are looking for when buying or selling property in the region. In addition to her passion for Montana real estate, Bonnie loves to ski, golf, fly fish, and camp with her family. Combined with the reputation of Big Sky Sotheby's International Realty, Bonnie says that her "expertise in the real estate business for over twenty years will bring integrity, professional, personal attention and proven results" to all clients. Welcome to the team, Bonnie! Buying or selling property in southwest Montana? Contact Bonnie at 406-581-9881 or email bonnie@bigskysir.com. Read more about our NEW Big Sky Sotheby's office located in Bozeman, Montana

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New Bozeman Office Opening April 2016

Bringing Bozeman Real Estate “The Essence of Extraordinary”

In April 2016 Bozeman will welcome Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty to the Gallatin Valley. Owners, Cathy Gorman and her husband Tim Cyr will open an office in the heart of Bozeman with ten full-time professional, dedicated agents. The new location will specialize in listing the finest ranches and luxury homes in southwest Montana. “We have requests from buyers and sellers all over the state,” says Gorman, the broker and owner of Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty. Gorman and Cyr established the Big Sky franchise in 2002 after having lived in the area for twenty years, and are excited to open another office in Bozeman. “We have seen both communities grow so much over the years,” says Gorman, “and we feel we can better serve the Bozeman and Southwest Montana residents with local professional agents who specialize in the Bozeman area.” Through 25+ years of experience as an agent and broker, as well as 30+ as a resident, Gorman recognizes the need for agents who specialize in ranches and luxury homes outside of Big Sky.

The Bozeman office staff will have, at their disposal, all of the tools Sotheby’s International Realty provides to take their listings to the most affluent buyers in the world. In ranching communities such as Paradise Valley, the Madison Valley, Big Timber and Red Lodge, Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty will be able to offer the most specialized support to clients. Cathy and Tim are thrilled to have Broker, Michael Morgner, manage the Bozeman office. He is a local resident of Bozeman and brings with him years of successful experience as a broker and agent with Sotheby’s International Realty. He is looking forward to opening the Bozeman branch. Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty has listed some of the most prestigious homes in the region – from ranches to luxury homes – but everyone deserves the finest care when buying and selling home, says Gorman. “Everyone who approaches us will be given the utmost care and attention to detail for which Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is known, no matter what their property is worth.” Stop by the office in April (location announced shortly!) or reach out to Cathy or Michael with questions. Let Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty represent you and your home and discover the place “Where the essence of extraordinary is defined.”

Cathy Gorman: (406) 580-2318 cathy@bigskysir.com

Michael Morgner: (406) 551-0713 michael@bigskysir.com

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Ski Gear Trends in Big Sky, Montana

Posted on January 25, 2016 by bigskysir

Ski Gear Trends in Big Sky, Montana

Ski gear is constantly evolving. What was once a novelty, such as fat skis, is now mainstream, and according to Ken Lancey co-owner of Grizzly Outfitters in the Big Sky Town Center, the trend now is leaning towards more limited production, high quality gear.

Those interested in more exclusive ski brands may want to look to the smaller companies that have adopted a more hands-on approach to the design and output. Instead of a big factory production, smaller ski companies are creating innovative lines that are laminated and crafted by hand. They happen to be quite a bit more expensive, but as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Ken recommends Kästle skis, a company that lives by the motto “quality over quantity,” and the Salt Lake City-based DPS skis. “Both of these brands have limited production; they’re not pumping out 20,000 pairs like the more well known brands, so there’s more attention to the process of making them,” Ken says. “It’s like small batch bourbon; can you taste the difference between that and Jack Daniels? Yes, you can.”

In addition to the quality of the construction, skiers will enjoy a smoother ride. The skis are stable at high speed with lower vibration. They are also favored by those who want to ride on something more unique than the brands most often seen in the lift lines.

Those looking for high-end, high performing ski gear, may also want to consider clothing, goggles and ski boots. Ken recommends the heated Hester gloves ($400+) and Kjus clothing, which is technical and performance oriented, while also being stylish, with a classic and refined look. For high-end goggles, look for those with a built in GPS and displays that interface with your phone or iPod so you can see what track you’re on. Grizzly OUtfitters also specializes in ski boots, and they completely customize a factory boot in house with custom footbeds, liners and heaters for the ultimate ski boot comfort. Located at 11 Lone Peak Dr #101, www.grizzlyoutfitters.com.

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The Perfect Wines to Pair with Big Sky

Posted on January 25, 2016 by bigskysir

Wine: Vino per Tutti, Bozeman Vino per Tutti means “Wine for Everyone,” and owner Colleen Helm takes that to heart. With an extensive wine background—she’s a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Wine Specialist—her passion is to educate interested wine novices and make suggestions to connoisseurs. “We try to educate people in a fun, non threatening way,” she explains. And she and her staff are always furthering their own educations; they taste more than 4,000 wines per year, many from smaller vineyards, and pride themselves on finding a home for the tastiest, hand selected labels. Located in a modern storefront on Main Street in Downtown Bozeman, the walls are lined with unexpected wine finds, not the labels you’d see on the supermarket shelves. The back wall features wines under $14 with 100 bottles under $20 throughout the store, and other wines are organized like a progressive wine list, by style and weight. Downstairs is the real treat, a 1,300-bottle cellar where the high end wines are stored. “Down there we have a lot of famous, hard to come by selections, and even some that only total wine geeks or connoisseurs might know about,” Colleen says. Looking for a special wine to get you through the upcoming Big Sky winter? Colleen suggests the Gaja Barbaresco for a small batch wine that’s truly unique. “It’s one of the most famous, yet most difficult to get wines in the world,” she explains. “It’s allocated, so all of Montana only gets a few bottles, and we will have some it stock.” Another one to have one hand? She recommends going Italian with a Dal Forno or Quintarelli. “These are wines that you may want to have in a collection, they are so revered,” she says. The deep purple floral notes mixed with a little tar give you a warming feeling in the winter time. Colleen and her staff can help customers choose wines to pair with a meal or an event, and offer private consultations for those building or adding to a cellar. Located at 315 E. Main in Bozeman, www.vinopertutti.com.

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Nature Inspired Jewelry in Big Sky

Posted on January 18, 2016 by bigskysir

Natured Inspired Designs

Nature inspired, Big Sky influenced modern designs. It’s not easy to describe the eclectic selection of jewelry you will find at Ari O’s in the Big Sky Town Center. In an open studio connected to the store, Big Sky artist Ariane Coleman designs the jewelry and she and her talented staff handcrafts each piece using a variety of metals, gemstones, and beads to create one-of-a-kind works. Most of her materials are sourced from the U.S., and all of the design ideas come from her head, to her sketchbook, and then to life. “I’m designing in my head all the time,” she says. “Because I’m a 3-D artists, I’m constantly taking shapes and spinning them around in my head,” she explains. “Hopefully, I get it to my sketchbook in time, and then refine it from there.” Ari O’s Signature Series is a Big Sky must-have for collectors of fine jewelry. “This is the highest end line that we create with shapes based off positive and negative space,” Ariane says. “These are wearable art pieces that integrate gemstones and semiprecious and precious mixed metals.” These unique and artfully crafted contemporary pieces also blend textures, and have a hint of Western flair while still leaning more towards modern shapes. The Long Turquoise Pod Necklace ($1,400) is a standout piece that features 14 long strands of turquoise beadwork that comes together with a three dimensional handcrafted pod that’s been dipped in rhodium (a cousin of platinum). The Triple Ring Lucky Wishbone Necklace ($300), in rose gold or grey, is a blend of sterling silver and 14 karat gold, with a unique wishbone pendant circled by three rings. Other three dimensional pod carved necklace pendants and earrings are showcased in the store, along with a variety of hand woven wrap bracelets ($205) that are made from Czech beads and fine-grain leather, inspired by Native American beadwork. Ariane’s work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of the Rockies and the Yellowstone Art Museum. With the ideas constantly flowing, the inventory at Ari O is ever changing, and Ariane is often on hand or available by appointment to explain her inspirations for the different designs. Located at 50 Ousel Spur Road, Unit 2, www.ariojewelry.com.

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8 Reasons Why Your Home Deserves The Sotheby's Trusted Brand

Posted on January 4, 2016 by bigskysir

Your home is your special place, whether you have owned for two years or twenty. So when it comes time to listing your property, your home deserves the utmost respect, appreciation, and attention.

Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty is devoted to highlighting each individual home in the international spotlight, with marketing tactics unique to each homeowner. Rest assured that listing your home with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty places it, “Where the essence of extraordinary is defined.” When you list your home or property with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, you will not only receive the absolutely most professional care possible, but you also receive an internationally trusted brand for luxury real estate. The Sotheby’s brand includes: Heritage Embracing the tradition, character, and equity of the Sotheby’s brand name. Collaboration The collaboration between auction and realty utilizes a combination of unique and exclusive marketing efforts that provide targeted exposure to a coveted and influential audience. Global Reach Sotheby’s has more than 15,000 independent sales associates in approximately 720 offices and 52 countries and territories. Powerful Media partnerships whose innovation, experience, and international impact help drive awareness for the extraordinary properties our networks represent drive over 800 million media impressions for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, such as: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Financial Times, dwell, and Google. Marketing Clients receive distinctive marketing, custom-tailored for each unique client, including a combination of powerful interactive and direct mail efforts to generate additional customer interest, both locally and globally. SIR.COM In an ever-increasing global marketplace, sir.com attracts more consumers to search, view, and inquire than any other luxury real estate website. Properties may also be found on our network of interconnected, locally focused, and globally aware members’ sites. Property Distribution Our online exposure includes the most significant media companies and real estate focused websites in the world, in addition to our global marketing and world-class innovation including our eGallery and Global Distribution Programs. Mobile Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) Mobile is the only luxury real estate mobile app that works anywhere and searches globally. Get FREE access to luxury homes for sale and rent around the world. Your home is unique. Marketing a listing such as this takes an exclusive set of skills, as well as an integrated marketing plan. Our exclusive global marketing partnerships are designed to create maximum exposure for your property. All the resources that are available to our firm are utilized to present your home in an extraordinary and targeted manner. To view and share our listing publication, please visit: http://issuu.com/bssir/docs/listingpresentation_us_2015. For more questions, call one of our very experienced agents, at Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, at (406) 995-2211.

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Fourth Annual Auction for the Arts

Posted on December 30, 2015 by bigskysir

Auction for the Arts, Big Sky, Montana

On Thursday, March 24th enjoy an evening of live music and refreshments while bidding on outstanding local art at the fourth annual Auction for the Arts in Big Sky, Montana. Presented by Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, with support from Lone Mountain Ranch, Creighton Block Gallery, and Gallatin River Gallery, this much-anticipated evening raises money and enthusiasm for the arts through the Arts Council of Big Sky. Tickets to the event are $50 and include 2 drink tickets, heavy appetizers, live music performed by the Adam Greenberg Jazz Trio, and a silent and live art auctions. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on outstanding art by Big Sky locals: Jackie Rainford Corcoran, Ari O., Jill Zeidler, Ryan Turner, Greg Darden, Shelly Bermont, Kira Fercho, Julio Freitas, Lori Elliot, Lorri Lagerbloom, Heather Rapp, as well as custom dining creations from Lone Mountain Ranch, and the Moonlight Tavern. Tallie Lancey, a broker with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, and former president of the Arts Council of Big Sky, has been aiding in the planning of the event since its inception four years ago. “There is such a complementary relationship between real estate and art work,” especially through the well-respected Sotheby’s brand, whose mission is fulfilled by “artfully uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary properties.” In addition to the natural relationship, Lancey says the Arts Council adds so much value to the Big Sky community through the artistic events it provides for local residents and visitors. Lancey describes the Auction for the Arts as a “dynamic, multisensory artistic experience,” giving guests and local artists opportunities to interact, especially during the ‘quick-finish’ session during the live auction. A ‘quick-finish’ means the artist will literally be painting the final brush strokes or drawing the last lines minutes before the auction begins. This year’s live auction will also include a sculptor as well as floral artist, completing their work right before your eyes. The Arts Council of Big Sky wishes for the community to “remain a beautiful place where the expression, enjoyment, and education of the Arts will inspire and sustain a healthy and vibrant community.” Programming provided by the Arts Council include the well-loved summer outdoor concert series, a local film festival, public art projects, and a new program to bring Big Sky high school students to Seattle to expose them to careers in the arts. This year’s Auction for the Arts is sure to impress sophisticated art collectors, local artists, and anyone looking to be inspired by an interactive evening of art – all while supporting the extraordinary local community of Big Sky, Montana. Call the Arts Council of Big Sky for tickets at (406) 995-2742. Tickets are only available in advance, and are expected to sell out.

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Roundup: Slope Side Homes

Posted on December 29, 2015 by bigskysir

Slope Side Homes in Big Sky Montana  

There’s nothing like skiing right from your front or back door and onto the slopes. Big Sky, Montana is the ideal place for slope side ski homes, with a variety of options, ranging from custom homes and cabins to condo units. Here are some great ski-in-ski-out Big Sky homes that are on the market right now. 90 Diamond Hitch, Moonlight Basin, Montana (click to view YouTube video) The quintessential Big Sky Cabin. This majestic log home is perched on a wooded promontory with panoramic views to the Spanish Peaks. Locati designed and masterfully created by an engineer/owner, this home exudes Old World warmth and charm while offering the highest standard of finish and impeccable attention to detail. The home is being sold completely furnished including artwork. Ski access is great to both ski resorts. 11 Saddle Ridge Rd., Big Sky, Montana Saddle Ridge Townhomes are a delightful place to spend your leisure time while enjoying the amenities at Moonlight in Big Sky. This is a beautifully furnished 3BR/2.5BA townhome with incredible mountain views. There is a spacious master suite and the master bath area has been redesigned by McPhie Cabinetry Bath Design out of Bozeman. You have 2 decks on which to relax, a hot tub and you are within close proximity to the Moonlight Basin Lodge, with ski access Big Sky Resort. 39 Renegade Rd., Big Sky, Montana Sophistication and warmth personify this Cowboy Heaven home. This is where rustic meets luxury. Five bedrooms and seven and half bathrooms makes this home an ideal basecamp for your winter and summer activities. Perfect ski-in, ski-out access on the Natawista ski run, straight to the Six Shooter lift. The 6,300 sq.ft. home is a pleasing combination of reclaimed wood and chiseled stone with custom, craftsman finishes and abundant views of the Spanish Peaks.

For more information about these and other ski-in-ski-out properties, contact Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty today at 406.995.2211.

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Apple-Partnership  

Sotheby’s International Realty has announced an exclusive partnership with Apple News. The international real estate company is One of 20 exclusive advertising partners on the Apple News app and will be the only real estate company to advertise with Apple News now through the end of December.

Apple News is a brand new application baked into every Apple device running iOS 9 or newer, allowing Sotheby’s International Realty to potentially reach over 800 million iPhones and iPads. Sotheby’s International Realty is the only Real Estate company that has been selected, and the company has a 5% Share-of-Voice on the For You section of the app + a 25% SOV in the app’s Business Channel. The Sotheby’s International Realty channel can also be added within Apple News, which has content automatically fed via the Sotheby’s International Realty’s Extraordinary Living blog. It can be found by searching for Sotheby’s International Realty within the News app, or clicking here on your iOS device. Sotheby’s International Realty is also supplementing this placement with an investment in iAd In-App Advertising, giving the brand an international reach while targeting real estate intenders across thousands of mobile apps. Proven Results: Since going live on 10/16, Apple has been the #3 overall traffic driving source to SIR.com behind Search and Facebook. 98% of those users are new to sir.com.
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Preserving Montana with Conservation Easements

Posted on November 16, 2015 by bigskysir

Conservation Easements

To Montanan’s, earning the reputation of  “the last best place” comes with plenty of preservation and conservation work. It means allowing for growth, but also working proactively to protect the wide-open landscape, the rugged mountains, and the wildlife habitats.

When people are looking to buy or sell parcels of land in Montana, conservation easements are the perfect way to purchase a slice of paradise, while maintaining the beautiful landscape.

A conservation easement is a voluntary, legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows landowners to continue to own and use their land, while protecting the property’s scenic, wildlife, agricultural, or recreational values. (http://www.bridahamcollection.com/conservation-ranches/) Vivian Bridaham, a long-time luxury realtor with Big Sky Sotheby’s International Realty, says conservation easements benefit everyone. “Preserving the land and open spaces in the west, especially in Montana, is very important to me,” she says. Bridaham has served on the Charter Board for Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and has worked with many buyers and sellers interested in conservation easements for several decades, and she says that these easements benefit everyone. For buyers, easements permanently protect the majestic views of Montana and access to recreation, and offer land at a fraction of regular price. For owners and sellers, it allows them to offer their legacy of preservation to future generations, as well as provide many tax benefits. For the public, easements protect the views from over-development, and create protected homes for wildlife. Conservation easements are unique to the landowner creating the agreement. He or she can decide how much land is included, what sort of access is allowed, and they still maintain complete ownership of the land. Interested in protecting the “big skies” of Montana, the wildlife habitats, or the priceless recreational opportunities? Chat with Vivian Bridaham on how you can make a difference and enjoy your very own piece of the west.

Contact Vivian at www.bridahamcollection.com/contact-us, or (406)586-4408

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