It’s not often that we come across a historical shelter that is both a potential second home and a possible income generator, but The Centennial Inn property in Livingston, Montana is just such a two-fer.
The best part? It sits on 13 acres adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, with 1,000 feet of river frontage. Gorgeous, pristine, canyon property between the Gallatin and Absaroka mountains.
Currently, the showpiece is a turn-of-the-century train car that has been refurbished to its original Victorian style (with a few updates).
“This turn of the century Northern Pacific railcar has seen the country as a railway express, U.S. rolling post office and as an Old West attraction at the 1964 New York World’s Fair representing Montana during Montana’s territorial centennial,” said Visit Montana.
Full of period-specific features like pressed tin ceilings, chandeliers, and a marble tub, the two-bedroom, one-bath structure is currently being offered as a successful vacation rental.
And it could remain that way. You could also potentially build a cabin nearby for your own home, and then dot the 13 acres with yurts, tent camping sites, and RV parking, renting all that plus the train car out to guests. It could even be a great wedding venue (in fact, the area between the rail car and the Yellowstone River is already a popular wedding location).
See? The potential is practically limitless.
The entire property is minutes away from downtown Livingston, 30 minutes from Chico Hot Springs, and an hour to Yellowstone’s North Entrance and the Roosevelt Arch. It offers swimming, fishing, floating, and wildlife spotting (and we’re guessing some pretty tremendous hiking as well).
“Located in a natural wildlife corridor along the Yellowstone River, visitors may view wildlife, swim or fish in the blue ribbon waters, sit around the campfire, BBQ, picnic, hike and enjoy the magnificent scenery,” Visit Montana said.