The seller of this land has owned it for many years; he and his family had a large chunk of acreage here on the west side of Paradise Valley, but it's mostly been split up now into smaller sections. He wrestled with the idea of selling. We talked about the prospect of relinquishing the land to someone else and I could hear not only his ambivalence about doing that, but also the respect and esteem that he felt for these acres. He does not discuss them as an assett; he talks of this land anecdotally: nights when he sat in the pasture and looked at the stars with his wife. Days when he cleared boulders, thinking he might build. He talked of winter mornings when the snow was so bright on the circle of mountains around this land that it was hard to think there was any other place than this. He wants to be sure that anyone considering buying his land knows of the extraordinary recreational possibilities in this area: nearby are Yellowstone National Park and the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, and he stressed that "he considers this land to be in the heart of some of the best hunting & fishing in the lower 48." Livingston is 17 miles south, and the airport town of Bozeman a forty minute drive.So why buy these twenty acres, when there are at least half a dozen others for sale close by? Because I believe that land whose every nuance is known (mind how you go there, there's a hole behind those two rocks right there..) land that is cherished and seen not as a possession but as a privelige, well, it becomes altered. Imbued with something hard to define. It feels different. So if you're looking just for something to hang on to for a while till the market turns, this probably wont be for you. But if you are wanting a place to build a home, if you want more than many other things to live in extraordinary beauty that doesn't feel as though it has been deconstructed, you should take a look at this land. Because at the end of the day, if you're buying anything -- a car, a dog, guitar or a piece of land, well, I think it's better to buy from a decent man who has cared deeply for what he is letting go of.