Sales of Flathead Lake waterfront real estate in 2018 broke all-time records for transactions and total volume.

According to a waterfront market report released by David Fetveit of PureWest Real Estate, 2018 saw 75 posted sales for just over $76 million in total volume.

The 2018 numbers include the December sale of Shelter Island estate on Flathead Lake, which featured a 22-acre island property, an 18,000-square-foot mansion and numerous outbuildings. It was listed for $78 million at one point. At the time of sale, the listing had dropped to $13.95 million but the final selling price was not disclosed.

The previous record year for waterfront sales around Flathead Lake was 2004, during which there were 71 transactions with just under $75 million in volume. That year there had been one $13.5 million sale.

Since 2004, the low mark in waterfront transactions was 2009, when total sales registered at around $20 million.

By area, Bigfork sales in dollar volume rose about two and a half times in one year, from $8.5 million in 2017 to more than $21 million in 2018. Property sales in the northwest area encompassing Lakeside, Somers and Rollings also more than doubled in dollar volume, from $14 million in 2017 to almost $31 million in 2018.

By HEIDI GAISER Daily Inter Lake


According to a recent CNN NewSource article Suburban McMansions are out. Ritzy, Remote Ranches Are In.

Last year saw more ranches coming onto the market, with a 7% increase in the number of properties over 2017, according to And prices are rising. Median asking prices for ranches of more than 1,000 acres reached $3.1 million in 2018, up 11% from 2017 — outpacing the rest of the market, which grew by 8%.

Some of these large properties are working ranches with livestock, but more than half of the listings last year mentioned the property’s main purpose was for recreation.

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