BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The owners of Bozeman's historic Lehrkind Mansion are selling the property, and say the decision is bittersweet.

The 117-year-old building is located on nearly an acre of land at the corner of North Wallace and East Aspen, in the center of the city's Brewery District.

The owners decided to sell the mansion to be closer to family in the South. They've owned it for nearly two decades. The listing price is $1.7 million.

The owners said there are many possibilities for the historic building, but they hope the new owners will keep it as a bed-and-breakfast.

"It has so many possibilities," owner Chris Nixon said. "I think the sky is the limit for this place, because of its unusual designation in the historic district and the historic mixed-use district. It opens up a lot more opportunities for this property than most properties in Bozeman."

The Lehrkind Mansion owners have been long-time advocates for the preservation of historic buildings in Bozeman, specifically the Brewery Wall. The Lehrkinds owned the brewery originally.

Nixon said his decision is not related to the wall's demolition.