The Platinum Team at PureWest | Christie’s in Bozeman has a fairly standard list of questions we ask potential buyers when they first contact us in order to help determine the available properties most likely to fulfill their needs, requirements, and dreams. Price? Number of bedrooms? Acreage? Style of the home? Square footage? What are the most important features and attributes you want in your home? Nearly everyone contemplating buying a quality, luxury property here, in Bozeman, Montana, respond by saying they want views, and live water or a water feature. Then, third or fourth on the wish list is “privacy.”
What, in today’s world, is privacy? When a client requests privacy, we begin qualifying their definition of what that entails. If your point of reference is that you currently live in a 2,000 square foot apartment in a large building in a major metropolitan city, your concept of privacy is probably different from a person living on a 2,000 acre farm in South Dakota. This past month, Sally worked with two sets of buyers who both sought views and privacy. One couple told her, as they stood in the yard of magnificent home located on a knoll overlooking the entire Gallatin Valley, that they loved knowing that, at night, they’d see the lights of Bozeman twinkling in the distance. The other couple commented, standing a few days later in the exact same spot, “Oh, God, no! We don’t want to see Bozeman over there.” They pointed south, to the town 5 or so miles away. “It would ruin our whole sense of privacy,” they continued. “We don’t want to know there are people out there.”
Privacy is defined as the quality or state of being apart from others. Privacy includes the concept of belonging to or being intended for a particular individual or group, and being restricted to the individual. Each individual has their own sense of boundaries, both physical, mental, and emotional. There are those who are content by having their own room within a house or company, with a door they can close, knowing no one will enter without knocking. Others want to live at the end of a gravel road with the closest neighbors so far in the distance they never know they exist.
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