RIDGELY CREEK RANCH  
Manhattan, Montana  
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LOCATION
The parcel is located on a graveled county road, approximately 1.6 miles Northeast of Central Park, 5 miles East of Manhattan, 7 miles West of Belgrade and 16 miles West of Bozeman. The ranch is about 7 miles from the Confluence of the East & West Gallatin Rivers. Outstanding 360 views of the Gallatin Valley, as well as the mountain ranges surrounding it. All in Gallatin County.
 
AREA
Manhattan (pop. 1,568) is an area known for its close proximity to Blue Ribbon trout streams, its exceptional seed potatoes, and its temporal climate and mild winters. Bozeman, a city of approximately 40,000 is nestled in a beautiful mountain valley. The area offers a compelling mixture of qualities– breathtaking scenery, clean air, abundant wildlife, Blue Ribbon trout streams, a leading State University and a multitude of cultural activities.

Bozeman has always been bound to the land, its roots sunk firmly in agriculture. Despite a relatively short growing season, the area is known for seed potatoes, wheat, malting barley, hay and livestock production. Even though less than 4% of Gallatin County's population earns a living from agriculture, farming remains a major economic force.

The largest unit in the Montana University system, Montana State University remains one of the Valley's bastions of stability. MSU is well-respected for its Agriculture, Art, Engineering, Architecture and Math & Accounting degree programs. Approximately 15,400 students attend MSU.

Gallatin County guards the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park and is the headquarters for some of the finest fishing in the world. Miles of Blue Ribbon trout streams run throughout the area. The nationally recognized Madison, Jefferson, Yellowstone and Gallatin Rivers, as well as numerous lakes and streams offer a variety of fishing experiences. One may explore South Central Montana's great rivers, storied mountains, deep forests and remote wilderness areas.

It is approximately a 32 mile drive to the Bridger Bowl Ski Area, offering legendary powder runs, wide-open groomed runs, and sun & fun to suit everyone. Big Sky, 50± miles to the South of Bozeman, features year ‘round recreation including excellent skiing, fly-fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, and several18-hole golf courses. Some of the resort areas include Big Sky Ski & Summer Resort, Lone Mountain Guest Ranch, the Yellowstone Club, Moonlight Basin Ski Area and The Club at Spanish Peaks.
 
AIRPORT
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at Gallatin Field in Belgrade is approximately 10 miles away, and is currently served by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, and United Airlines. There are also 2 full service Fixed Base Operators: Arlin's Aircraft Service Inc. and Yellowstone Jet Center; as well as private charter services, including Summit Aviation, Sunbird Aviation Inc., Montana Aircraft Inc., Central Copters, and Rocky Mountain Rotors.

Visit AIR NAV for more information on Public or Private airports.
 
ACREAGE
The property consists of 115± deeded acres. 80± acres of crop ground are irrigated via a Valley Pivot and an additional 16± acres are sprinkler irrigated. The balance is irrigated or sub-irrigated pasture. It is both perimeter & cross-fenced.Watch the following video of Ridgely Creek Ranch:
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ELEVATION
Ranges between 4,270 feet to 4,300 feet above sea level.
 
TEMPERATURE
Mean Minimum Temperature (°F)**
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
10° 16° 19° 29° 38° 45° 49° 49° 39° 31° 21° 14°
 
 
Mean Maximum Temperature (°F)**
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
32° 39° 45° 55° 66° 75° 86° 83° 73° 62° 45° 36°
 
FREEZE-FREE PERIOD
Mean length of freeze-free season is 115-120 days; Average date of first freeze is September 12-17; Average date of last freeze is May 15-20.**
 
PRECIPITATION
Mean Annual Precipitation is 12"-14" **
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
.7" .5" .7" 1.2" 2.2" 2.2" 1.0" 1.1" 1.2" .9" .7" .6"
 
SNOWFALL
Mean Annual Snowfall is 25" - 50" (accumulative).**
 
IMPROVEMENTS
Home: A spectacular 3,484 sq. ft. custom ranch-style home was built in 2005, and contains 3 bedrooms and 2½ baths. It has an open, tiled kitchen with granite countertops, a formal dining room area, and a spacious family room with a stone fireplace. There is also a large, custom office with a re-claimed wood floor. The master bedroom has a coiffured ceiling and nice sitting area. The master bath has a tiled floor with a Jacuzzi tub and a large adjoining 6' tiled shower. The utility room is over-sized and includes two pantries–one regular size and the other is a separate, larger pantry. All cabinetry is custom made throughout the home, and the doors & windows are surrounded by custom fir trim. There is a 544 sq. ft. covered patio and a 224 sq. ft. front entryway porch. It is heated by a central, forced-air system (propane). There is an attached, 1,292 sq. ft. garage, with a 1,292 sq. ft. attic for storage. Dave Venema was the builder. The entire home is wheelchair accessible.

Pole Barn: The barn was built in 2005 and measures 74' X 75' (5,550 sq. ft.). It is metal-sided, with a metal roof and concrete floor. It is divided into two shops. The barn also has four divided lean-to areas: the first is 630 sq. ft. and is used as a saddle room; the second & third are 750 sq. ft. and 480 sq. ft. and are used for equipment and materials storage. The balance is open for equipment storage. The upstairs is a 40' x 40' (1,600 sq. ft.) finished apartment with 2 bedrooms, a full bath, and a walk-in closet. There is also a kitchen with pantry, living room and utility room. It was built by Terry Sinnema.
 
WATER
Ridgely Creek, a spring creek restored by Watershed Professionals, runs the length of the ranch. The 3/4 acre pond has a dock, is 21± feet deep, and supports a community of Steelhead Trout. A small gravel road leads from the house to the pond, with a bridge over the creek. This entire area is nicely landscaped & well-maintained.

If flooding is a concern, a Buyer should consult with the Gallatin County Flood Supervisor, who should be able to delineate the Flood Plain.
 
WATER RIGHTS
The following water rights will be transferred at closing. All water rights have been filed on as required by Montana law. The State of Montana is undergoing the adjudication of water rights at this time. The ranch has applied for water rights and they have been listed in the temporary preliminary decree. There is no guarantee which of these rights will be in the final decree.
  Water Right # Flow Rate Source Priority Date
Domestic 41H-30020170 50 GPM Well-60 ft dp Feb 13, 2006
  41H-30020169 30 GPM Well-76 ft dp Feb 13, 2006
  41H-115492-00 30 GPM Well July 15, 1868
Irrigation 1,100 GPM Well Aug 29, 2004
  41H-115491-00 336.6 GPM W Gallatin Rvr Oct 15, 1866
  41H-115490-00 3 CFS W Gallatin Rvr May 5, 1906
Stock 41H-115489-00 30 GPHPD W Gallatin Rvr Oct 15, 1866
Fish & Wildlife 41H-30027132 up to 35 GPM Groundwater Mar 16, 2007
 
MINERALS
All mineral rights owned by the sellers and appurtenant to the property will convey to buyer at closing. Mineral rights are not guaranteed, so it is suggested that, if mineral rights are an important issue, the buyer should conduct a mineral search with a Title Company.
 
SCHOOLS
Public School is in the Belgrade School System, District #44. During the 2014 school year, Belgrade had approximately 2,346 students in grades PK-8 and 857 students in high school. Home of the "Panthers."

Belgrade School System: www.bsd44.org/

Manhattan Christian School, a quality, private school is located in the community of Churchill. It has approximately 60 students in Pre-School & 256 students in Grades K-12. Home of the "Eagles."

Visit their website: www.manhattanchristian.org
 
LEASE
All cultivated ground is currently leased, and provides additional income to the owner. All crops belong to the Lessee.
 
TAXES
2016 ~ $5,569.71
 
PRICE
$2,700,000
 
TERMS
Cash. Sellers reserve the right to execute an IRC 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange of their choosing.

 
SHOWINGS
An appointment must be made with Don Vaniman, Ranch Broker before all showings and he must accompany all buyers on all showings.
 
CONTACT
Don Vaniman, Ranch Broker
214 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715

Office: 406-587-4250
Home: 406-586-6700
FAX: 406-587-3611
 
NOTE
All information is from sources deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed by Don Vaniman, Ranch Broker, Seller, or Agent. Offering is subject to error, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of the purchase by Owner. I urge independent verification of each and every item submitted, to the satisfaction of any prospective Purchaser.


** Information is collected from the MSU Extension Service, MAPS Atlas Program, 1994.
 

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The barn is metal-sided, with a metal roof and measures 74' x 75' (5,500 sq. ft.).
A Valley Pivot irrigates 80± acres of crop ground.
A ¾ acre pond that is 21± feet deep supports a community of Steelhead Trout.
Ridgely Creek, a spring creek restored by Watershed Professionals, runs the length of the ranch.
The Back Patio measures 544 sq. ft. and can be covered using an automated awning system.
Family Room area.
Stone Fireplace in Family Room area.
The Kitchen is open, with tiled floors, and a large counter/island complete with sink and dishwasher. All countertops are granite.
The Kitchen has beautiful, custom-made cabinets with under-cabinet lighting, and Stainless Steel appliances.
The Master Bedroom has a coiffured ceiling and a nice sitting area.
The Master Bathroom has a tiled floor, a large Jacuzzi tub, a 6' tiled shower, and 2 separate sink areas.
Large, bright custom office with re-claimed wood floor.
A bridge across Ridgely Creek leading to the pond.
Looking Northeast across pond, toward the home, with the Bridger Mountains in the distance.
Looking North with the Horseshoe Hills in the distance.
Driveway into the ranch.
The upstairs in the barn is a 1,600 sq. ft. furnished apartment with 2 bedrooms, a full bath, kitchen, living room, and utility room.

 
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