Deer Run: The Best of Both Worlds

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For many, the allure of Big Sky, Montana lies in the authentic beauty of the natural surroundings: views of Lone Peak and other mountains, wildflowers, wildlife, and, of course, the big far reaching skies. But part of the allure also lies in the sense of community: the neighborhoods, the eateries, the friendly faces, and the authentic outdoorsy Western spirit that runs throughout.

Capturing both is what Skip Radick, managing partner of DR Partners, had in mind when he conceived of Deer Run. Perched on a hill overlooking the Big Sky Town Center, these condominiums strike the perfect balance of privacy and community. And now in their final phase of development, they also have time on their side, as the developers have refined the layouts and finishing touches based on feedback from previous design stages.

The new and final phase includes 3-bedroom duplex units, which offer more space and privacy than the typical fourplexes. Each unit also features outdoor living spaces with front and rear decks for all around views.

Dear Run units are in walking distance to a variety of dining options, nightlife, shopping, movies, and summer farmers’ markets and outdoor concerts. From the front doors there’s access to trails for cross-country skiing and hiking. And with The Biggest Skiing in America, after the combined acreage of Moonlight and Big Sky, these types of Big Sky units are more desirable than ever.

Here, Skip Radick explains the ins and outs of Deer Run’s final phase:

Why is this Big Sky location key?
Town Center has turned into the place to be in Big Sky. But rather than be within that hustle and bustle—even though you can still walk there—you can be right on the outskirts. It has views that Town Center doesn’t, and it has privacy.

What’s involved in the final phase?
We have refined the combination of finishes and floor plans from earlier units to be in tune with today’s styles and needs. Although people love the units as they are, one of the nice features is that if they get in during the pre-construction phase, we can customize anything they want, such as flooring finishes, plumbing, electrical fixtures, we can even tweak the floor plan. We’ve also gone to duplex units instead of four-plexes because people like the extra space and the feeling of privacy.

Why do you think this is a good time for the final phase?
Right now, the timing is just right. We felt that this is the right point in the evolution of Big Sky to finish up.

Why did you turn to Sotheby’s for your exclusive Deer Run listings?
I have a long-standing relationship with Jeff Helms and Anne Staudt from Big Sky Sotheby’s. Also, we’ve found that the Sotheby’s brand is one that people like because of the quality of the service and the professionalism of the people.

For more information about Deer Run units, contact Jeff Helms, Broker (406) 539.0121.

Fall Hiking in Yellowstone

Fall Hiking in YellowstoneThere’s nothing like Yellowstone National Park in the fall: cooler temperatures, evolving colors, fewer crowds, and the rare opportunity to spot young wildlife of all types. Read on for details about three not-too-challenging day hikes that will satisfy your urge to explore the Yellowstone backcountry, but still allow you to be back in Big Sky by dinner.

Mystic Falls
A trip to Yellowstone wouldn’t feel right without a visit to Old Faithful, no matter how many times you’ve seen it. Extend your visit to the area, and escape the other visitors, with a hike to Mystic Falls, one of the most beautiful and accessible waterfalls in the park that is located approximately two miles north of Old Faithful. At the fork in the main trail, take a left for an easygoing route past the Sapphire Pool and along the Firehole River, culminating in a majestic view of the falls. For a slightly longer, more strenuous hike, continue on and up through the switchbacks until you reach the overlook. Here you will get a stunning view of the geyser basins, an area known for having the highest concentration of geysers in the world.

Lone Star Geyser
Head south from Old Faithful for a slightly longer, more strenuous hike to the Lone Star Geyser, which erupts approximately every three hours for about 30 minutes. Before you leave Old Faithful, check with the visitor center to see if they have a record of the last eruption so you can try to time your visit just right. From the trailhead off of West Thumb Road, hike about 2.5 miles along the river (bikes are allowed on this trail too) and make a right at the junction with the Spring Creek Trail until you reach your destination. If you’re headed back through Old Faithful, stop back by the visitor center and let them know the time of the eruption you may have witnesses so the next visitor will get in on the excitement as well!

Artists’ Paint Pots
To visit one of Yellowstone’s more unusual and colorful geothermal attractions, take this super quick and easy hike located approximately 10 miles north of Madison Junction off of Madison-Norris Road. Watch for bison, elk, and red-winged blackbirds as you cross the meadow and into the forest. The trail then loops up and around Paintpot Hill, offering views of the bubbling mud pots from all angles before connecting back to the main trail.

Be sure to follow these hiking guidelines in order to stay safe and minimize your impact in Yellowstone National Park:

• Check weather and park alerts before getting on the trail
• Carry water and snacks
• Wear appropriate shoes and layered clothing
• Pack bug spray and bear spray
• Hike at a comfortable pace and stay on designated trails

Visit these links for more hiking safety tips and details about day hiking in Yellowstone:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hikingsafety.htm
http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hiking.htm