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04/09/2013
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Swan Land Company

Swan Land Company was featured in The Land Report for the 2012 Deal of the Year with its listing and sale of the Broken O Ranch.   The Land Report stated that there are three elements that stood out in 2012:   “1) Legacy properties continue to command a premium… 2) The market continues to crave income-producing properties, especially productive farmland… 3) America’s leading landowners view stewardship as a critical element of their trust…  One transaction encompassed all three of these elements:  the sale of Montana’s historic Broken O Ranch.” 

The Land Report also noted in their article regarding America’s Best Brokerages that: “Bozeman-based Michael Swan secured the listing and closed the sale of Montana’s historic 124,000-acre Broken O Ranch, which was offered at $132,500,000, planting him permanently in the top echelon of land brokers in the U.S.”

04/02/2013
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Michael S. Swan

The Lazy J Ranch is the largest remaining privately-held contiguous block of land in Bridger Canyon.  This Montana ranch is being offered for sale for the first time in over fifty years.  The 5,665-acre mountain ranch is represented by Swan Land Company in Bozeman and is being offered for sale at $40 million.

“The Lazy J has a regional historical prominence,” stated Mike Swan, Swan Land Company’s Managing Broker.  “With the Ranch bordering Bridger Bowl and the Gallatin National Forest for three and a half miles, its influence on Bridger Canyon is monumental.  If you have driven up the Canyon on your way to Bridger Bowl and enjoyed the stunning views of the Bridgers and the Bangtails – that’s the Lazy J.” 

03/01/2013
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Swan Land Company

We are excited to welcome Tim Anderson as the newest member of Swan Land Company.  Tim brings extensive experience in resort and recreation real estate to the team.  As a lifefime Montana resident, he has explored every corner of the Big Sky country - its beautiful land and unique people.

Prior to joining Swan Land Company, Tim spent 12 years with Montana Real Estate Co. With his wife, Leesa, they guided the successful real estate sales effort for Moonlight Basin Ranch and has worked in every aspect of the real estate spectrum from development and product design to financing, marketing and sales.

"I am thrilled to have someone of Tim's integrity and professionalism join our team.  He is a welcome addition and brings a proven tract record and extensive skill set to Swan Land Company."  states Mike Swan, Managing Broker and Owner.

02/06/2013
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Michael S. Swan

After 12 years in the Montana ranch real estate market, Mike Swan is launching Swan Land Company. His office is well established in the Rocky Mountain West and will continue to represent premier western properties from their office in Bozeman, Montana.

A Big Sky country native and Montana State University alum, Swan is intimately familiar with the Montana land market. For the last eight years, he has been Managing Broker of the Bozeman office of Bates Sanders Swan Land Company and has established a solid foundation in the ranch brokerage arena. “We are in an ideal position to grow Swan Land Company’s already-extensive Montana real estate and ranch brokerage presence,” Swan stated.

11/30/2012
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Michael S. Swan

This week we closed the chapter on one of the most significant ranch transactions in the history of the Rocky Mountain West. The sale of the Broken O Ranch to Stan Kroenke is a signal transaction in our western real estate market as well as the Sun River Valley of Montana.

With the Broken O employing almost thirty people, the economic impact of such a massive operation on a small community like Augusta is enormous. From school enrollment to the local grocery store, these large ranches are an important part of the local landscape and their respective community’s long term economic stability. Growing up on our family ranch near the small Montana town of Twin Bridges, I can relate to this first hand. When I’m involved in a transaction where the Buyer understands this relationship and embraces their role in the community and as a steward of the land I find tremendous satisfaction in my role as a real estate broker.

11/29/2012
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Michael S. Swan

Great Falls, Mont. – Located along the Sun River near Augusta, Montana, the 124,000-acre Broken O Ranch, one of the most expansive and versatile agricultural operations in The Rocky Mountain West, has been purchased by American business entrepreneur Stan Kroenke. The Moore family has spent nearly 25 years assembling this massive land holding. Spread across Lewis & Clark, Cascade and Teton Counties, the Broken O was carefully shaped and improved to create one of the most grand and significant agricultural enterprises in the United States. 

“Bill Moore obviously had the vision, expertise and wherewithal to assemble one of the finest cattle and farming operations in the United States. Mr. Kroenke looks forward to building on that incredible legacy.” Sam Connolly – General Manager, Kroenke Ranches

11/27/2012
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Michael S. Swan

With the close of the big game hunting season, now is the time to grab your dogs and take to the field. Upland game bird hunting season is in full swing. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department provides a wealth of pertinent and interesting information to broaden your knowledge base before you head out into the field. FWP is a great resource for locating current hunting regulations, important dates to know, historical harvest and predictions, as well as biology. Both public lands and private ranches throughout Montana are renowned for their exceptional hunting assets. Click on the links above to view information regarding the wealth of Montana’s bird hunting opportunities.

11/09/2012
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Michael S. Swan

The Shortridge Ranch on Smith Creek, historically known as the Shoco Ranch, is located four miles from beautiful and historic Augusta, Montana. In the shadows of one of the most magnificent mountain features in the West – the Rocky Mountain Front and Haystack Butte, the Ranch straddles about one and a half miles of Smith Creek, one of the finest personal-sized trout streams in the area.

The Ranch consists of about 678 acres of deeded land which includes approximately 260 acres of lush creek bottom, sub-irrigated pastures and irrigated hay meadows. The hay meadows have been leveled and are predominately flood irrigated with gated pipe. Approximately five acres are under buildings and corrals with the balance in native range land. A small 47-acre State of Montana Lease parcel located on the northeast corner of the Ranch will also convey with the sale.

10/17/2012
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Annie B. Leibinger

Private trout water, close proximity to National Forests and big-game hunting, combined with an attractive 6,100 square-foot custom cedar home on a well located 120-acre parcel of land afford this exclusive property a nice sense of place. A very private willow-lined stretch of South Willow Creek meandering through the Estate for about one-half of a mile will provide the next owner of this Montana ranch for sale a true sense of privacy and seclusion. A pleasant 45-minute drive from Bozeman, this exclusive Montana property for sale can be purchased for a fraction of similar properties located in the Gallatin Valley.

Breathtaking views of the Tobacco Root Range and Hollow Top Mountain further enhance the ambiance of this gentleman’s ranch or recreational retreat. Located in one of the last real ranching areas left in Big Sky Country, the South Willow Creek Estate provides a feeling of solitude and safety in beautiful Southwest Montana.

10/15/2012
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Annie B. Leibinger

Garrity Mountain Meadows is an alpine sanctuary with live water, ponds, privacy and endless views of mountain grandeur located only minutes from one of Southwestern Montana’s most noted and historical mining towns – Anaconda. This exceptional 640-deeded acre offering is comprised of irrigated pasture, open grassy slopes, creek bottom meadows and dense forest adjacent to the Garrity Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

There are approximately 115 irrigated acres along the valley floor with excellent senior water rights. It appears as though the meadows have been intermittently flood irrigated over the years. Open grassy slopes lead towards creek bottom meadows which are surrounded by a dense forest canopy. There are several natural ponds within this small private eco-system all encircled by the beauty of the surrounding mountains.

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