Fall 2022

Believe in Better:

400 & Counting

It’s often said there is no housing available in Helena. Take a look at Mountain View Meadows and you might think differently. Not only are new homes under construction throughout the year, but Mountain View Meadows is the only master-planned community in the city. That means when you purchase a new home at Mountain View Meadows you are not only getting the reliability and convenience of Helena city services, police and fire protection but also complete streets with infrastructure built to city engineering standards. In a master-planned community, city infrastructure is paired with careful and conscientious professional land planning. A recent review shows that 402 single-family homes and condos at Mountain View Meadows have been completed and are now occupied. Over the next 5-8 years that number is intended to double. To keep a sense of scale, the overall community is broken into smaller neighborhoods each with its own unique architectural details and design standards with pedestrian and bike connectivity between neighborhoods. Building continues in Craftsman Village, Aspen Park, and The Uplands neighborhoods. Infrastructure for a new neighborhood, The Peaks, will get underway next year. Each single-family neighborhood includes associated single-level condos to meet the needs of those who want little or no exterior maintenance or landscaping responsibilities. “It’s an exciting time at Mountain View Meadows,” says developer Mark Runkle. “My wife, Rebecca, and I have put our lives into making our community a better choice for buyers. Business opportunities, parks, trails and other amenities in our mixed-use master-planned community provide a lifestyle unique to Helena. But don’t take our word for it. Come by and we’ll take you on a tour!”

Building a Better Community:

Just for the Helena of It

“Just for the Helena of It” is a new event in Helena, MT put on by the Treasure State Runners, a local non-profit organization spear-headed by four local women and their running partners. Treasure State Runners is dedicated to supporting the Helena community and sharing the love of running in the Treasure State. The October 16th event features a half marathon and 5k routes intended to highlight the beautiful town of Helena and the surrounding area. Starting at 9 AM, The Half-Marathon will showcase the Queen City in an out-and-back race through Helena’s historic and scenic areas. Starting at 10 AM, the 5K race winds through the Prickly Pear Land Trust’s Ten-Mile Creek Park. Only 10 slots remain available for each race. Race fees run $85 for the half-marathon and $55 for the 5K. “All profits from “Just for the Helena of It” will be donated directly to the Friendship Center,” said organizers. “The mission of The Friendship Center is to be a safe-haven for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The Center seeks to empower our community to flourish in relationships free from violence. All services are free and confidential, and they serve all victims and survivors -- including men, women, and children of all ages.” The fall weather in Montana can be unpredictable so organizers ask that participants please come prepared to join the festivities in rain, shine, or snow including the post-race activities at the finish line. For additional event information visit https://runhelena.com. To register, go to runsignup.com.

On Topic:

Natural Disasters and The Housing Market

Natural disasters, like hurricanes, floods and fires, can have a huge impact on the housing market. Natural disasters often impact supply chains. Materials become in high demand as supplies are diverted for repairs and replacements of homes severely affected. Prices typically rise and construction may come to a standstill until supply chains come back to normal. This is true for new home construction whether you live in a disaster area or not. 

 

A recent blog post by Hyde Homes in Alabama warns that house prices in areas hit hard by a hurricane or a fire can plummet by 40-50%. However, in neighboring cities house prices often rise by a considerable amount. The blog points out that this effect was observed in Paradise, California after the 2018 Camp Fire.

 

With manufacturing and supply chains already stressed by the COVID pandemic, a natural disaster that sends high demand for construction materials to affected areas has the potential to reduce the availability of construction materials in other parts of the country. Coupled with demands for skilled labor, these factors have the potential to affect the price of a new home.

 

Since new home construction has yet to fully rebound following the 2009-2012 housing crisis, a reduction in supplies and skilled labor is sure to slow new home construction even more. Low inventories increase the value of existing homes but a slow-down of building could exacerbate an already tight housing market. Finding a new home to purchase may become even more difficult in the months to come considering the devastating affects of Hurricane Ian and the longer than normal fire season in the American northwest.

Benefits and Updates:
MOUNTAIN VIEW MEADOWS

1. HALLOWEEN DECORATING CONTEST! Halloween is right around the corner so now’s the time to take advantage of the milder weather to carry-out your plans for this year’s annual Halloween/Fall Decorating contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for the Best in all Neighborhoods/Overall Decorations along with honorable mention gift certificates courtesy of Stockman Bank. It’s one of our favorite times of year at Mountain View Meadows so get ready now to decorate! 

 

2. TRICK R’ TREAT & THE HAUNTED PARK. After 2 successful years, your HOA will once again co-sponsor the now annual “Haunted Park” in the Pergola Park at the corner of Stacia and S. Alice St. You won’t want to miss the 12’ skeleton overlooking the festivities! Donations of candy along with volunteers to fill candy bags are needed along with costumed volunteers to pass out bags to the boils and ghouls from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Halloween night. Please drop off unopened, bagged candy to the office at 431 S. Alice St. or email April at April.mvm@hotmail.com to volunteer. It’s a lot of fun, and for those who prefer not to open their doors on Halloween, it’s a great way to still participate in the holiday.


3. TIME TO BLOW OUT YOUR WATER PIPES. Every year one or two of you forget this important step in protecting your home and under ground watering system. Unless you blow out your pipes, they will freeze and most likely burst resulting in a costly mess. Call your landscaper or reach out to the office and we’ll give you the numbers of a couple of landscapers who will provide this service for a modest fee. It will save you a lot of heartache!


4. PUT AWAY YOUR REC VEHICLES. Boats, campers, trailers and the like become a hazard for street snow removal. By covenants, they may not be stored in driveways or streets after October when not in use. So, unless you have an extended parking pad approved for storing your big toys, find proper off-season storage now to avoid a notice from your HOA. And just for the record, the City of Helena also requires recreational vehicles to be removed from city streets by the end of October.  


5. SIDEWALK AND DRIVEWAY SNOW REMOVAL. Argh! Snow? We’ve already received requests for persons willing to shovel/blow snow off sidewalks and driveways this winter. If you want your services put on a list, let us know your phone number and your rate and we’ll share your info with interested parties. 

New Homes For Sale:
Plans to Build and Build to Suit
Due to the current building environment, pricing for most new single-family homes and condos at Mountain View Meadows will be available 60-90 days before completion. The homes and condos included here are only a sampling of over 30 currently under construction ranging in size from 1016 SF to 2500 SF. Now is the time for you to add your name to the list of interested buyers who will be contacted when pricing is available. If a price is shown or available, ask how you can submit an offer today. Stop by our office anytime during regular business hours or make an appointment to learn more about your favorite home or what other home plans are in the works. And remember, realtors are always welcome!
Homes at Mountain View Meadows

2816 Alyson Rain: “The Getaway”. With nearly 2500 SF, this 4BD/3.5 Bath home with unobstructed mountain views will be ready for you in November! The Getaway comes with upscale finishes throughout and special features from a covered balcony off the main floor and a patio off the fully-finished walk-out basement to vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the great room. In the kitchen you’ll find a raised breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances and walk-in pantry. You’ll love all the closet and storage space and find plenty of room for your tools in the oversized 2-car garage. With this much square footage, amazing views and upscale finishes, The Getaway will win you over on your first tour. Call Rebecca at 406-431-7680 for more details. $599,900.


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2806 Jeannette Rankin: "The Miner". One of the most beautiful house plans in the Craftsman Village neighborhood could be yours! Featuring a wrap around porch and architectural dormers, this 1800 SF 3BD/2BA home located directly across the street from Mountain View Park will wow you with its upscale details and finishes. The 300 SF bonus room above the spacious 2-car garage provides a special private area for your office, home hobby, or TV room for the kids. Pricing is available by calling Dawn Purvis at 406-439-6380.  


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2824 Alyson Rain: "The Banker". Surround yourself with comfort, class and style! With 1939 SF, this beautiful open floorplan provides all the room you need to spread your wings. But you won’t want to spend all your time inside when you could be sitting on your covered rear patio gazing at the unobstructed mountain views. With so many upgrades, from a fireplace to a tiled walk-in shower, to trey ceilings and an office flex room, you’ll want first in line for this new Sierra Custom Home priced in the mid 550’s. For more details call Dawn Purvis at 406-439-6380.


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2812 Jeannette Rankin: "The Merchant". At 1801 SF, this 3BD/2BA home may be the perfect size for you! Expect the best when you purchase a Sierra Custom Home from their upscale finishes to their detailed craftsmanship. With the Merchant just underway, it’s not quite ready to tour, but if you’re thinking about buying, checking out the location of this new plan being built across from Mountain View Park will be well worth your time. Schedule your private tour of the neighborhood by calling Rebecca at 406-431-7680 or Danielle at 406-461-9748.


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2834 Jeannette Rankin: "The Marshall". Come see the site of this brand-new 1858 SF home plan underway across from Mountain View Park. Choose this for your new home and you’ll find yourself relaxing on your front porch, grilling on your rear patio or hanging out next to your fireplace in the gathering room just off the front entry. Pricing is not yet available but now is the time to explore the possibilities so you can get your name at the top of the list of interested buyers for this 3BD/2BA home complete with all the bells and whistles that come with a Sierra Custom Home. For additional information contact Dawn at 406-439-6380.


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395 Elouise Cobell: "The Bannock XL". What could be better than the beloved Bannock floorplan? How about a supersized Bannock with a dedicated office space on the main level and a 3rd bay garage? That’s right! This popular 3 BD/2.5BA home just got bigger! Although not quite ready for pricing, you can take an afternoon tour to get a feel for this exciting plan then visit the sales office to check out its colors and finishes. With its big bedrooms, great upstairs views, awesome corner location and 1873 SF of comfort and convenience, you’ll fall in love, too. Text Rebecca for at tour at 406-431-7680.


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2887 Alpine View Loop: Custom at its best in upscale Aspen Park. Every home built by Sierra Custom Homes is built for quality and comfort. Aspen Park homes take it one step further with their concrete tile roofs, natural timber features and stone accents. Need a dedicated office? This home has it. Want a bigger garage? Will a tandem 3-bay garage work for you? What about a covered rear porch in back with a huge patio? I bet a fireplace in the great room would be awesome, too. Talk to Dawn today and she will tell you how you can capture this nearly 2200 SF custom home for yourself. 406-439-6380.

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2836 Travis Ave: "The Outlaw". This 1445 SF 3BD/2BA home feels just right! Spacious without wasting space, efficient while maximizing comfort, don’t be surprised if you fall in love at first sight. This new Weatherall floorplan features an inviting front porch, large kitchen island, a walk-in tiled shower, sliding glass doors that open onto a covered rear deck and an attached 2-car garage. It’s early so pricing will have to wait, but not you! Call 406-431-7680 now for more information or to add your name to a growing list of interested buyers.

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2868 Jeannette Rankin: "The Aster". Don’t let its size fool you. This 2BD/2BA home lives large! The 1016 SF Aster features an inviting front porch, attractive archways, tall ceilings, an owner’s ensuite, a side patio and an attached 2-car garage. You’ll enjoy granite countertops, tiled baths and soft-close cabinets. Call Dawn now for additional information. 406-439-6380.


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2811 Travis Ave: "The Sierra Settler". Will 1646 SF fill the bill? Looking for a home with a fireplace? Then wait no longer to check out this nearly competed Sierra Custom Home at 2811 Travis Ave. The Settler features Sierra’s signature archway between the great room living space and the kitchen with a café that opens onto a rear porch. You’ll love the granite countertops, soft-close cabinets and tiled baths. Located in the newest phase of the Craftsman Village neighborhood just north of Mountain View Park.


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Condos at Mountain View Meadows

2940 Aspen View Loop: 1334 SF Single-level Condo. $399,900. New plan and only two available this year…and one is under contract! Guess that makes now the right time to buy. Available unit is designed in grays and quartz countertops with an inviting front porch and a rear deck with unobstructed mountain views. Stop by the office at 431 S. Alice St. for a private tour of this charming condo across the street from the upscale Aspen Park neighborhood.


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2975 Aspen View Loop: 1464 SF Single-level Condo. Priced at $415,000, this 3BD/2BA condo will wow you with volume! The owner’s bath features a double vanity, walk-in tiled shower, and private water closet while the roomy 2nd bath boasts linen shelves and a wall perfect for a vanity or full-length mirror. The 3rd bedroom/office/flex space opens onto a covered outdoor living patio with a short concrete walkway to the driveway. You’ll love the convenience of the 2-car attached garage off the private street and the front courtyard with sidewalk connectivity to neighboring condos and additional off-street parking. Interested in a tour? Call Anna Havranek at 406-438-1141. 


2925 & 2927 Aspen View Loop: Another building with our exceptionally popular 1464 SF Condo plan is well underway across the street from an open space lot. This 3BD/2BA or 2BD/2BA with office/flex room fits the needs of many buyers and it just might be right for you, too. Check out the upscale finishes and choose the condo with a color scheme that best fits your style. Color and material finishes available in the Mountain View Meadows Sales & Information center. Call Danielle at 406-461-9748 for more details. Each unit priced at $415,000.


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2922 Aspen View Loop: 1687 SF Single-level Condo Priced at $469,900. This beautifully designed 3BD/2BA floorplan offers the feel of a single-family home with the convenience of a condo lifestyle. But don’t take our word for it -- Call Anna Havranek at 406-438-1141 for a tour today! Along with all the fine finishes you expect from a Weatherall built condo, this home comes with stunning mountain views easily enjoyed from inside the home or from the covered rear deck. 


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2932 Aspen View Loop: 1845 SF Single-level Condo. Yeah, it’s that big and so are the views! This luxury 3BD/2BA condo features vaulted ceilings, granite countertops, beautiful laminate flooring, tiled baths and laundry, walk-in tiled shower, walk-in pantry, soft-close cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a dedicated dining space and an attached 2-car garage -- Everything you need to enjoy a comfortable, convenient lifestyle! Stop by the office at 431 S. Alice Street for a private tour or call Danielle at 406-461-9748.


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Aspen Park at Mountain View Meadows
ASPEN PARK: Now is the time to take a drive through beautiful Aspen Park at Mountain View Meadows to see for yourself if this upscale neighborhood is right for you. Homes in Aspen Park typically range from 2,000 SF to 5,000 SF with custom details inside and out. Stop by the office at 431 S. Alice Street to discuss the lots and your ideas. We're here to assist you in whatever way possible to ensure a smooth and rewarding experience. Contact Mark at 406-449-0800 or email info@mvmeadows.com for additional information.

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The Best in Our

Neighborhood:

A Brand New Welcoming Committee!

For the last six years, at every annual meeting, your HOA has reached out to members inviting volunteers to form a Welcoming Committee for buyers of “pre-owned” homes. New home buyers are treated to a welcome basket prepared by the MVM staff but no one has ever stepped forward to take on welcoming the buyers of existing homes and condos. That is, until now! The new Welcoming Committee consists of Susan Kirley, Phyllis Michelson Naegele & Christie Aldrich. “We volunteered to put the face on "welcome to our community" with homemade friendship bread, a sweet candle & a personal note,” said Susan on behalf of the creative and enthusiastic women. The gift bags also include useful information about the HOA covenants & design standards. “We are excited to meet & welcome our new neighbors!” added Susan. The committee works with HOA president Wendy Nicolai and the staff at Mountain View Meadows to find our newest neighbors. But it’s easy to miss someone. So be a great neighbor yourself, and let the MVM office or Wendy know if you see someone new moving in. Susan, Phyllis and Christie will take it from there!

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Clint & Sandy Crosby

Are thrilled with their new construction Craftsman home across from Mountain View Park.


Mikaela & Logan Monday

Have settled in to their beautifully designed 2-story Sierra Custom Home.


Donald & Georgiana Reimer

Are delighted with their lovely single-story home in Craftsman Village.


St. Peter's Health

Has closed on their wonderfully laid-out sales center in preparation for the future of their much-desired assisted living facilities 


William & Shannon Scanlan

Are loving their brand new home in Craftsman North where they get to appreciate the amazing mountain views.


Connor Morrison &

Emily Schumacher

Are thrilled to make their

First home their Own.


Holly Galen

Has recently closed on her gorgeous condo in Aspen Park with great mountain views.


Jeannette Frost

Is excited with her brand

new single-level condo by Weatherall Builders.


Mary Ellen & Scott Smith

Absolutely love their spacious condo with excellent views

of both the Big Belts and Elkhorn mountains.


Jada Cunningham

Is getting settled in to her beautiful modern and elegant home.

Congratulations! And Welcome
to the Neighborhood!

Fun & Fitness

The Art of the Pick-Up Game

What fun to catch a local group of friends at play on the basketball court last week at Mountain View Park. Though not technically a “pick-up game” since this group of guys meets every Tuesday at 6 PM, it does reflect the spirit of the game.

 

Officially, pickup basketball is any game that begins spontaneously between a group of players. That’s about it. Typical elements of organization--referees, a scoreboard, and team uniforms--are rarely involved. No coaches, either. 

 

“Pickup basketball is a blast,” says Brendan Heffernan on the website Dunk or Three. “It can be played essentially anywhere, as long as you have a ball, hoop, and a couple of able-bodied players. There’s no stress about winning, losing, or making the team. Playing time doesn’t matter: you’re out there the entire game, and you are guaranteed a workout.”

 

Even though pickup is less organized, Heffernan lays out some general bylaws of the game for anyone who joins in on the fun. In general, he explains, the rules of the game are followed closely during pickup games with some caveats based on the type and size of court. Heffernan lists those rules like this:

 

1. Players will respect the dimensions of the court. They will stay in bounds during the game. Sometimes you will find yourself playing pickup without court lines. If they’re there, though, they are followed.

2. Players don’t run around the court without dribbling and expect someone not to call traveling. This is still basketball; dribbling is a foundational and necessary skill.

3. Violations--fouls, traveling, double dribble, etc.--will still be called, but with less frequency. Remember--without referees, you are your own refs.


“Most rules are loosely held for interpretation,” says Heffernan. “For example, a three-second violation isn’t a call that people stress over during games. The essence of pickup is to enjoy the purity of basketball without “rules” getting in the way. If the ball goes out of bounds and opposing teams argue over who it went out on, the usual tie-breaker is a shootout from the top of the key or a jump ball call. There’s no instant replay in pickup!”

From

Mark & Rebecca

All Things New

So, in this issue we’ve already covered a couple of new things happening in our community including the new Welcoming Committee and a brand-new running group in Helena. Now, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a new builder in Mountain View Meadows, McCall Homes. McCall Homes, which has been building residential communities in Billings for well over a decade, will help us keep up with the demand for new housing, joining our premier builders Sierra Custom Homes and Weatherall Builders. McCall Homes offers new home plans and a differing building style to add to our existing new home products. Danielle in our office is happy to give you a tour of McCall’s first 3 homes but all sales will be handled via their sales center in Billings. In addition, we’d like to tease you a little about something really big on the horizon of which we’ll start engineering as soon as we complete the infrastructure for the new “The Peaks” neighborhood and the Crossroads Parkway extension that makes it possible for the new St. Peter’s Health/Emanual Lutheran Senior Living Community to get underway. But you’ll have to wait for an upcoming issue to hear about that.   I’m sure we missed a thing or two, but in the photos below, please check out highlights of this summer’s changes at Mountain View Meadows along with preparations for new things to come. We’re pretty excited about the progress and hope you find all things new exciting too!

First McCall Home finished!

And 2 more under construction

 Shaping and leveling Crossroads Extension

After laying pipes

New bench at

Books & Letters Park

And a new glider by the Upland Condos to view the birds

One of 2 new doggy stations

New bus route through

The Uplands

New sidewalk for the coming Peace Park

New homes with

awesome views

And more view lots available!

40 more new building lots in Craftsman Phase 7

opening soon

New bike path started along Alpine View

Completing infrastructure for new condo area

Including underground utilities

Aspen View I condos

near build out

And all the while the not-so-new crushing plant continues to support it all!

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