Here's a look at why living outside Bozeman City Limits isn't such a bad thing.

I recently bought a house in Manhattan. At first, I thought I wouldn't like living outside of Bozeman. The commute to work is longer. There's less to do. There's not as many restaurants, and I don't even have a mailbox.

These things are all a part of the trade off when deciding to live in a smaller town. The things I thought I wouldn't like turned out to be the things I like the most. This Friday marks one month since I got the keys to my house, and my perspective has changed quite a bit. I now enjoy the longer commute to work. I enjoy seeing deer and turkeys in the fields along my route into Bozeman.

I truly enjoy the slower pace of living in Manhattan. The worst traffic is when drivers have to wait for a train to go by. There aren't any stoplights. The busiest intersection is a 4-way stop. There may not be as many restaurants on Main Street, but the ones that exist are great. The Garden Cafe for breakfast, Pizza on Broadway for lunch, and Sir Scott's Oasis for dinner. That's all you really need, right?

One of the downsides, however, is not having all of the conveniences of Bozeman. I have to run all of my errands before I head home to Manhattan. Other than that, I am really happy with my decision to buy a house in Manhattan. There's always peace and quiet, and the town pretty much goes to sleep at 10:00 p.m. No loud exhaust screaming down residential streets. Just the sound of the neighborhood owl singing his song into the night.