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Billings, Montana, is a city of 162,848 in the Yellowstone Valley and South Hills areas. Large cliffs called the Rimrocks run north and east of the downtown and have 500 foot cliffs. The Yellowstone River runs through the southeast portion of the city. Residents of Billings also have an amazing view of six surrounding mountain ranges including the Bighorn Mountains, The Pryor Mountains, the Beartooth Mountains, the Crazy Mountains and the Big Snowy Mountains. The city, is surrounded by hundreds of parks and natural wild life preserves as well as the famous Bearttooth Highway that is called “the most beautiful drive in America.” There are over 200 lakes in the Bighorn region alone and Granite Peak, the highest point in the State of Montana at 12,807 feet, is in the Beartooth Mountains.
The city sits in a downtown canyon carved out by the Yellowstone River and had humble beginnings as railroad town. Today it is a bustling metropolis with many historic areas huge TransTech Center, a beautiful Shiloh parkway and many shopping centers. The south side of the city is the oldest residential area and the most culturally diverse and the site of South Park where many food fairs and festivals are held. The Bottom Westend Historic District has many large old mansions. The most densely populated area of the city is Mid-town that has many older condominiums. To find the best area for you to live in it is best to consult with a Billings gay realtor.
If you love to cycle then you will love the vast trail system running throughout the metro area. Bicycling magazine named Billings to be among the nation’s 50 most bike-friendly communities in the United States. Cycling, hiking and horseback riding is very popular here and the buses on the transit system are outfitted with bike racks. Billings is situated where the plains meet the mountains , where there is also camping, fishing, mountain-biking, sking, golfing, rafting and much more.
It is also a center for microbreweries and Montana has many located right downtown including the Carters Brewery, Angry Hank’s, The Montana Brewing Company and the Himmelberger Brewing Company.
Billings is also a fun and lively place to live with any festivals including a Wine & Food Festival, Strawberry Festival, Battle of the Little Big Horn Re-Enactment, the Great American Championship Motorcycle Hill Climb, the Magic City Blues Festival and scores more. It also holds a huge Gay Pride Weekend some years.
The average listing price for a home in Billings was $285,014 for the week ending October 16, 2013. There are some opportunities for short sales with 21 homes going through some part of the foreclosure process.
Many residents love Billings because it is a prosperous business center but it still has that small town feel. It also has a low crime rate, good hospitals and the airport is only ten minutes out of town. It offers the most advanced healthcare services in the four-state area of Wyoming and the Dakotas. For more information about Billings go to the city website at www.billingschamber.com.