James Esperti

James Esperti

Partner | Ranch Sales
Licensed in: MT, WY, ID

James Esperti grew up in Jackson, Wyoming, enjoying and appreciating the area’s abundant outdoor activities with friends and family.

While attending Montana State University in Bozeman, James fell in love with Montana and all its natural resources. Graduating in 1995, James met Greg Fay and soon began working with Fay Ranches, with the mission of preserving and enhancing the west’s premier ranches. In 1998, Greg and James started Fay Management to help facilitate their clients’ ranch purchases, and to assist with habitat preservation, as well as with the construction of capital improvements.

James has enjoyed extensive travel in search of game fish (fresh and salt water), and upland birds. In addition to being an ardent angler and wing shooter, James enjoys big game hunting, skiing, and mountain biking throughout Montana and the intermountain west.

James is happily married and lives with his wife and their twin sons in Belgrade, Montana, along with their black Labrador, Hoss. Montana ranch broker James Esperti can be contacted through the Fay Ranches headquarters in Bozeman, Montana.

Fay Ranches Inc. Headquarters
395 Gallatin Park Drive
Bozeman, Montana 59715

6 Active Properties Listed by James Esperti

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Corbly Mountain Ranch

Belgrade, Montana

The Corbly Mountain Ranch offers a wide variety of recreational pursuits from hunting, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and whatever your heart desires. With private and direct access to the forest service, the possibilities are endless. Only 25 minutes from downtown Bozeman and 15 minutes from the airport the location is convenient while being at the end of the road and very private. Along with great views and many building sites, the Ranch is a must-see.

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Aspen Canyon Ranch

Bozeman, Montana

This beautiful Montana property consists of five parcels totaling 934± acres and is located in the Trail Creek area, placing it between Bozeman and the Paradise Valley. Amazing views of the Absarokee/Beartooth Mountains to the east and Chimney Rock and the Gallatin Mountains to the south, serenity and privacy radiate throughout the property. Rolling grass hills and pastures give way to aspen and willow-lined draws which lead up to timber-covered mountains. Plentiful wildlife: elk, moose, whitetail and mule deer, turkey, bear, and more!

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Rocking S7 Ranch, Lots 2 & 3

Belgrade, Montana

Located on a private hillside overlooking Bozeman and the entire Gallatin Valley, Lot’s 2 and 3 encompass 69± acres and feature live water frontage on Dry Creek, a year-round tributary of the East Gallatin and fabled Missouri River wild trout fisheries.

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Sternad West Fork Ranch

Nye, Montana

The acreage encompasses various terrain, including pasture ground, lush and thickly wooded creek bottom, and hillsides with many choice locations to build a secluded Montana getaway. The West Fork of the Stillwater River passes through the property on its way to confluence with the main stem of the Stillwater before it joins the Yellowstone River. The property provides private access to the West Fork, which is full of rainbow and brown trout.

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Bozeman Pass Ranch, Tract 3

Livingston, Montana

Welcome to Bozeman Pass Ranch, where your new dream home awaits. This unique property sits on 160± acres of pristine Montana land conveniently located near Bozeman, Livingston, the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, and Big Sky. Surrounded by the Absaroka, Bridger, and Crazy Mountains, this property boasts magnificent views in every direction. Tract 3 is improved and ready for building with a newly constructed private lane and electric.

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Bozeman Pass Ranch, Tract 2

Livingston, Montana

This 160± acre property is located off I-90 between Bozeman and Livingston, Montana, two of the most desirable Rocky Mountain towns to be in proximity to. The ranch offers varied topography and diverse vegetation, making it the ultimate wildlife haven. It is common to see elk and deer move through the property. Higher elevations provide views of the Absaroka Range and Crazy Mountains. Multiple build sites offer a new owner privacy and seclusion.

35 Listings Sold by James Esperti

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Bitterroot River Valley Ranch

Hamilton, Montana

On a rare occasion a ranch becomes available with so many amenities that it may excite even those individuals with an exacting list of requirements who yearn for the Montana experience yet provides all the conveniences a nearby town can offer. The Bitterroot River Valley Ranch, an amazing ranch, is an exciting discovery.

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High Alpine Ranch

Big Timber, Montana

This is one of those rare Montana properties that combines fine architecture, wildlife, agriculture, and aquatic features creating a setting like none other. An amazing 3,800± square foot modern masterpiece is surrounded by four spring fed ponds and Big Timber Creek. The property also enjoys stunning views of the snow-capped peaks of the Crazy Mountains to the west and the Absarokee Mountains to the south.

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Elkhorn Ranch

Belgrade, Montana

Positioned at the base of the Bridger Mountains, the property sprawls from the forest covered hills and contiguous forest service lands down to lush, productive meadows with mountain streams laden with aspen groves. Numerous building pockets are perfectly positioned to take in the mountains above or the valley below. Wildlife abounds with an elk herd that frequents this ranch along with whitetail, mule deer, pheasant, turkey as well as a variety of other alpine inhabitants.

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Absaroka Moon Retreat

Livingston, Montana

An extraordinary property located in one of the most spectacular settings in North America. Nestled at the foot of the Absaroka Mountain Range near Deep Creek in the northeastern corner of Montana’s famed Paradise Valley, all five structures feature breathtaking views of 9,000 to 11,000-foot peaks – many rising dramatically just 2,000 yards from the main house and others winding 30 miles downrange to the south.

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South Cottonwood Farm

Bozeman, Montana

Tucked away at the mouth of Cottonwood Canyon and within close proximity to Bozeman, Montana, the property intertwines the amenities of city life with the privacy of lush meadows, secluded fishery, agricultural, and multiple recreational amenities. In addition to having premiere building sites, the property also provides top-level improvements. Truly a wonderful property that has been managed and developed with no expense or detail overlooked.

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Yellowstone River Ranch

Emigrant, Montana

Along one of Montana’s greatest fly fishing rivers and one of the last large ranches left in the Paradise Valley. It is highly prized for its dramatic beauty, extraordinary outdoor recreation and close proximity to southwest Montana’s cultural and transportation hub of Bozeman.

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Pishkun Crazy Mountain Ranch

Clyde Park, Montana

Situated in the midst of Montana’s rolling ranch country, and offering vast acres of private, peaceful and unspoiled natural beauty this ranch consists of three beautiful Ranch homes and incredible views in all directions. Surrounded by large ranches and in close proximity to Forest Service access the ranches location provides endless year around recreation. The ranch is comprised of a mixture of topography including timbered creek bottoms, grass ridges, rolling hills, along with pastures for horses.

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Yellowstone Basin Ranch

West Yellowstone, Montana

It is not often that a ranch of this quality comes on the market. The Yellowstone basin has, for many years, been the most sought after location for recreational ranches in Montana because of the abundant wildlife and fishery resources as well as some of the most dramatic scenery in the Northern Rockies.

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Roaring Creek Ranch

Lima, Montana

Located in the Centennial Valley, this ranch boasts unparalleled mountain and valley views. Mountains loom over the ranch, with two springs, numerous wooded areas and improvements including a horse corral and off-grid compound.

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Bangtail Mountain Highlands

Bozeman, Montana

Bangtail Mountain Highlands is tucked in the trees at the base of Grassy Mountain in the Bangtail Mountains. A total of 547± acres make this property a rare find in the heavily developed area of Bridger Canyon. To add to the vastness of the property, it is bordered by Forest Service on three sides.

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McLeod Highlands Ranch

McLeod, Montana

Within some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery lies the McLeod Highlands Ranch. This is a rare opportunity to own one of the West’s most beautiful and naturally wild experiences. The property provides a window to the very best of the Northern Rockies and a privileged place in nature alongside one of America’s great wildernesses.

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Yellowstone Preserve Ranch

Livingston, Montana

Rarely a ranch with as many recreational attributes in such a premier location comes on the market. The Yellowstone Valley has been the most sought after location because of its abundant wildlife and fishery resources.

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Fintail Ranch

Twin Bridges, Montana

It’s rare to find a ranch this compact with approximately 4 miles of live trout water as well as incredible hunting opportunities. The over 120± acres of irrigated lands provide the ranch with an agriculturally productive component that doubles as attractive wildlife habitat.

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Bridger Foothills Ranch

Belgrade, Montana

Bridger Foothills Ranch is nestled in the northern part of the Gallatin Valley near the historic community of Reese Creek. The property sprawls from the forest-covered draws and contiguous forest service lands down to productive meadows with aspen groves and small springs.

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Mussard Ranch on the Beaverhead River

Dillon, Montana

The Mussard Ranch on the Beaverhead River provides all the ingredients our customers look for in a recreational property. It has frontage on one of the finest trophy trout streams in the world, good water rights with irrigated ground, spring-fed wetland, mountain views, and proximity to a nice town.

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Visions West Ranch

Livingston, Montana

The ranch offers commanding views of 4 surrounding mountain ranges while providing diverse topography and native vegetation making for the perfect wildlife haven. Within the property are dramatic changes in elevation, ranging 650 feet from the lowest to highest point, rising and falling again and again through stands of trees, wide open wildflower meadows, natural springs and rolling grassy hills. Ideal for a hunting retreat, conservation easement, family compound or development.

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Springhill Mountain Ranch Corbly Vistas Parcel 6

Bozeman, Montana

The Springhill Mountain Ranch offerings are one-of-a-kind mountain properties teaming with beauty and wildlife, and located in close proximity to the University town of Bozeman. The most renowned peaks in the Bridger Range, Ross Peak & Sacajawea, provide a breathtaking backdrop.

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Springhill Mountain Ranch  – Twin Creeks Parcel 4

Bozeman, Montana

The Springhill Mountain Ranch offerings are one-of-a-kind mountain properties teaming with beauty and wildlife, and located in close proximity to the University town of Bozeman just 25 minutes away. The most renowned peaks in the Bridger Range – Ross Peak & Sacajawea, provide a breathtaking backdrop.

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Springhill Mountain Ranch – Elk Ridge Parcel 5

Bozeman, Montana

The Springhill Mountain Ranch offerings are one-of-a-kind mountain properties teaming with beauty and wildlife, and located in close proximity to the University town of Bozeman just 25 minutes away. The most renowned peaks in the Bridger Range – Ross Peak & Sacajawea, provide a breathtaking backdrop.

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Trail Creek 160-East

Bozeman, Montana

Mature aspen groves and pine covered hills make up the landscape before giving way to lush meadows. The perfect building site offers amazing views of the Absarokee/Beartooth Mountains to the east and Chimney Rock and the Gallatin Mountains to the south – the serenity and privacy radiates throughout the property.

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Old Bolinger Place

Belgrade, Montana

The Old Bolinger Place offers 235± acres providing incredible hunting for pheasant, waterfowl and whitetail deer. Strategically located in close proximity to downtown Bozeman and 10± minutes to a commercial airport, this property puts you out in the country but keeps you close to town.

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Billman Creek Ranch

Livingston, MT

It is not often that a ranch this diverse comes on the market. The abundant wildlife and fishery resources, as well as some of the most dramatic scenery in the Northern Rockies make this a prime recreational ranch in Montana.

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Big Hole Vistas Ranch

Glen, Montana

This river ranch is located at the hub for amazing fly fishing, big game hunting, and waterfowl hunting. With 1± mile of river frontage, lush river bottom acres, rolling hills, privacy and room to roam, you won’t tire of the endless recreational amenities this ranch has to offer.

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Springhill 115

Bozeman, Montana

The property represents an excellent real estate investment in the Gallatin Valley. This is some of the most stunningly beautiful land in the valley. The combination of close proximity to vibrant Bozeman and the tranquility of the Springhill Community, the prolific wildlife populations and tremendous recreational opportunities in the area makes this a wonderful spot to put down some roots and enjoy life.

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Otter Creek Ranch

Big Timber, Montana

Minutes from Big Timber and the Yellowstone River this ranch provides 2.3± miles of Otter Creek, 140± acres of irrigated ground, and multiple draws leading into rolling hills. The multiple coulées and drainages are lined with juniper, sage brush, and willow trees which serve as excellent wildlife corridors. As the ranch drops in elevation the rolling grasslands and meadows splinter into productive flood irrigated fields, then onward to the riparian zone along the creek teaming with a multitude of birds, deer, and antelope.

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Six Mile Creek Ranch

Pray, Montana

The property consists of 175± deeded acres, including 36± acres of hayfield, approximately .3 miles of Six Mile Creek lined with mature cottonwood trees, and fantastic mountain views. The property’s varied topography and location provides the largest of ‘big sky’ views with the Gallatin Mountains to the West, the Absaroka Beartooth’s to the East looking directly up at Emigrant Peak, and glimpses of the Crazy Mountain range to the North.

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Red Rock River Fishing Retreat

Dell, Montana

Located down river from Dell and encompassing 31± acres with the river acting as the western boundary for approximately 1 mile and an additional .5± mile of a side channel flowing through the ranch. A beautiful home, bunk house and oversize garage create the perfect compound.

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Lingshire Ranch

White Sulphur Springs, Montana

This private ranch offers an end of the road setting with rolling grass meadows, sparsely to heavily timbered slopes borders National Forest Service land which provides access to one of the prettiest and most productive stretches of the Smith River.

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West Boulder Getaway

McLeod, Montana

This property provides a window to the very best of the Northern Rockies: a privileged place in nature alongside one of America’s great wildernesses all within reach of the most illustrious of Montana’s rivers. Property along the West Boulder River rarely comes available and this is an opportunity to enjoy a property with an array of wildlife located close to Big Timber.

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Highland Mountain Ranch

Whitehall, Montana

The topography and vegetation that the ranch provides are old growth coniferous trees as well as mature stands of aspen trees and willows lining the Dry Creek drainage that runs through the property for approximately .65 miles. The hunting for elk and deer on this property is excellent

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Three Rivers Rod and Gun Club Lodge Parcel

Three Forks, MT

Roughly 5 miles to the west of the quaint town of Three Forks, MT and consisting of 557± acres of beautiful rolling grass fields, varied topography, and great views of all the surrounding mountains the property is well positioned to town and recreational amenities. The lodge was built to comfortably entertain family and friends and the natural habitat of the land caters to a variety of hunting and recreational pursuits.

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Wilsman Ranch

Bozeman, Montana

The Wilsman Property is an extraordinary property located at the end of the road on top of the world. The land offers outstanding views of the Bridger, Crazy, Bangtail, and Absarokee mountain ranges and is only 25 minutes to Bozeman and about the same to Livingston.

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Davis Ranch on Hauser Lake

Helena, Montana

This property is a highly coveted lakefront property in the scenic Helena Valley which has long been known for its deep-rooted agricultural roots, recreational pursuits, and abundance of water. The unique property has over 2,200 feet of Hauser Lake frontage and a private boat launch, shop, picnic area, and associated outbuildings, the Davis Ranch is the ultimate turnkey recreational property.

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Bar 20 Cabins at the West Boulder Reserve

Livingston, Montana

Set in the stunning West Boulder Reserve this offering is comprised of two charming 1920’s fishing cabins known as the “Bar 20 Bunk and Tack Houses” which originated as outbuildings on the historic Bar 20 Guest Ranch.

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Wilson Creek 40

Bozeman, Montana

An exceptionally rare offering in such close proximity to so many wonderful amenities, located just south of Gallatin Gateway and minutes off highway 191. There is a beautiful building site and the rest of the property is mainly hay ground with the north boundary taking in the lush creek bottom of Wilson Creek.

Articles Authored by James Esperti

Rocky Mountain Runoff, What You Should Know

Provided by the team at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures As springtime arrives in the Western United States, trout come to life in search of food. Some of the season’s best fishing conditions can be in late spring and early summer, but with high water and runoff, anglers are faced with a unique set of challenges. […]

Hunting With Kids | Camaradery and Life Lessons

By James Esperti, Branif Scott, and Vinny Delgado, Fay Ranches  As much as you can love hunting, there is nothing quite like hunting with your kids.  The excitement that oozes out of their every pore reminds you of some of your first hunts, a time when it just meant a little bit more to you. Whether following the […]

Sporting Classics Magazine Feature Summer 2019

An article by Alex Lovett-Woodsum “Sportsmen and women are connected by a desire to experience nature in all of its raw beauty: the cold rush of a babbling stream as trout sip fluttering mayflies, deer peacefully grazing in a green pasture, the sun reddening the sky as it rises up from the mountains at dawn.” […]

Landowners Work Together To Protect Montana’s Yellowstone River

A blog by James Esperti, Partner, Sales Associate, Fay Ranches We just received exciting news for the 5,556± acre Engwis Ranch and surrounding landowners: the threat of a neighboring wind farm has been mitigated! Local landowners worked together and were successful in getting a preliminary injunction placed on Pattern Energy and their plans to install […]

Investing In Ranches

By James Esperti, Partner/Ranch Sales, Fay Ranches People pursue ranch real estate in the Intermountain West for many reasons. Some are looking for that perfect hunting and fishing property with big mountain views, live water, and a variety of wildlife. Others may want a large, productive cattle ranch with abundant water rights and agricultural components. […]

National Geographic Films “Yellowstone Live” on the Yellowstone Basin Ranch

The owners of Yellowstone Basin Ranch were honored National Geographic chose the ranch as part of their base of operations while filming the much anticipated 4-day television event, “Yellowstone Live”. The Yellowstone Basin Ranch is located under ten minutes from West Yellowstone, Montana – home to the famed west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. The […]

Investing in Ranches: Engwis Ranch

By James Esperti, Partner/Sales Associate People pursue ranch real estate in the Intermountain West for many reasons. Some are looking for that perfect hunting and fishing ranch with big mountain views, live water with a variety of wildlife species. Others may want a large productive cattle ranch with abundant water rights and agricultural components. Some […]