Our home is centrally located in beautiful Whitefish, Montana - a still small, but growing resort community with many wonderful restaurants, shops and galleries. We're close to skiing at Big Mountain (http://www.bigmtn.com/), 30 minutes to the unparalled Glacier National Park (http://www.nps.gov/glac/) and minutes to fishing, rafting, hiking, mountain biking and anything else you can think to do in the mountains. Our private pool helps you cool off on our long summer days.
Three bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths on the main level with an additional bedroom in the finished basement. The home has an open floor plan with extra large picture windows looking onto the garden in the front and private pool in back. Our main living area enjoys bountiful natural light during the day without suffering the heat of the southern sun. A spiral staircase leads to a loft above the main living area that offers additional space for sleeping, reading or just enjoying. The patially finished basement has an extra bedroom and plenty of room for kids to romp. We use the area for primarily play and movie watching. We spurn cable but continue to work on a wonderful classics collection; "The Lion in Winter" is my top pick, but "Casablanca" and "North by Northwest" are close behind.
The kitchen is a wonderful place to gather with room enough for two people to cook and friends or children to help.
Along with the traditional amenities of TV and DVD, we have broadband internet with wifi access and internet radio on the stereo featuring hundreds of stations worldwide.
Our home is in a quiet neighborhood centrally located in town. Close to the Amtrak station and within walking distance to the restaurants and shops of downtown, and city beach on Whitefish Lake. The house is on the end of a dead end street off another dead end street. There is no traffic, so don't worry about the little ones.
Walk down the hill and take a right and you'll be at City Beach on Whitefish Lake in seven minutes, or if you know the "super secret" trail, five.
Befriend the professional nature photographer (http://www.chuckhaney.com) next door and he may take your picture in our canoe. Ask the professional fishing guides on the other side of us to show you where the best fishing is. Our neighborhood is not fancy, just a down-to-earth, street where you can hang your hat with some regular Whitefish locals. You'll find people in Whitefish to be openly friendly with few pretensions.
My wife is a "stay at home mom" by day and a licensed clinical social worker by night. One day a week she works with adopted children, and the families, that are having trouble making the transition into their new relationship. I am a professional web application programmer enjoying the benefits of working for a large corporation based across the country. My office mates and I are still trying to convince Big Brother to let us tele-commute from home, but's it's not working so far.
We have two wonderful children age 2 1/2 and almost 4. We're often told how well-behaved they are, but sometimes I don't see it. The smallest one, Bebe, is the risk-taker. Rocket (nicknames, of course), lives up to his name sometimes, but usually likes to watch me while I work around the house. Actually, he's is a pretty hard worker and I'm thankful for having two children that are so very cooperative, smart and fun to have around.
When my wife was pregnant with our first child, we momentarily entertained the idea of moving back to our childhood homes. The idea was quickly put to rest after considering what we'd lose in the move. We couldn't imagine what we'd do without the millions of acres of forests, mountains, rivers and lakes available to us. Montana offers a lifetime of outdoor adventure.