February 2020
Believe in Better:
Single-story homes continue to lead the industry in new home construction in Helena. But the demand is not necessarily driven by an interest in ranch-style homes that reflect a relaxed western lifestyle or the charm of the traditional craftsman bungalow reminiscent of old downtown Helena. Both traditional and contemporary homes designed for single-level living appeal to retirees looking for the right home to age in place. Retirees look to the future, anticipating a slowdown in mobility or seeking assurance that they need not leave their homes if they suffer a short-term setback following surgery or a fall. Along with single-story ranch and craftsman homes, single-level condos have proven exceptionally popular at Mountain View Meadows. Recognizing the demand, plans for three-unit two-story condo buildings were replaced with single-story duplex condo buildings. Since making the transition to single-story condos, popularity has grown and units typically sell before completion. Whenever possible, condos offer zero-barrier entry from the attached two-car garage and all units include either a private deck or covered outdoor living space. Currently 2Bed/2Bath 1219 S.F. units and 3Bed/2Bath 1635 S.F. units are continually under construction. A new floorplan has been introduced for buildings along draws or open spaces and the construction of brand-new sizes and floorplans will get underway this spring in The Uplands neighborhood just south of Blue Cross Blue Shield. However, not everyone choosing to buy a single-story home or condo at Mountain View Meadows is a retiree. "Condo living is popular with people who prefer to spend their time outside of work doing something fun instead of mowing the grass," points out developer Mark Runkle. "Our job is to keep up with the demand and to continue to develop plans that make life better for anyone in the market for single-level living."
Building a Better Community:
Several years ago when the Craftsman Village Pocket Park was first under development, Mountain View Meadows resident Mary Lee Van Voast asked about placing a "Little Free Library" book-sharing box in the park. With the park taking two years to complete, Mary Lee decided to set up her own "My Little Library" box along the carriage lane at the rear of her home at 2812 Stacia Ave. "I have seen them around in Helena and just felt we needed one in Mountain View Meadows," said Mary Lee. "My surrounding neighbors all donated books initially and I would guess there were about 15 to start. I check it periodically and see if it needs refreshed, however books seem to cycle through quite regularly." Mary Lee researched designs online and built the box herself with the help of a friend who had a table saw. She collected all the materials from the [Habitat] Restore. Her friend cut the big pieces and Mary Lee used a router to cut the window and set the plexiglass. She used cedar shims for the shingles. The library post is attached to a bench glued to 12" pavers so that it is entirely movable. "Last summer I'd see kids come by to check it out," said Mary Lee. "I'm so happy to see it being used, sometimes if I'm in my yard I'll be able to visit with whoever is stopping by, and have also gotten words of appreciation for putting it up." The "Little Free Library" was a concept developed by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin who launched a global public bookcase movement in 2009. According to a 2018 article, there are now more than 75,000 Little Free Libraries in 88 countries. The movement has made an impact all over the world, giving rise to a culture of "yard sharing" that now includes little free pantries and blessing boxes stocked with food and personal care items. Inspired by Mary Lee's "My Little Library", Mountain View Meadows will install a community book-sharing box in the new "Letters & Books" pocket park under development between Stacia and Twilight Avenue. Mary Lee was delighted to hear that there will be another book sharing box at the park. "Who doesn't love reading," she added, "especially if you can find a free book that you might not typically read."
On Topic
An October, 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal by Peter Grant looked at the affect of Aging-in-place technology on Senior Housing. Investors have placed their bets on trends set by people born during the Depression or World War II era, that is to move into senior housing about the age of 80. However, the rise of technologies that help the elderly remain independent appeal to baby boomers who wish to stay in their neighborhoods close to family and friends.
Roughly 72 million people make up the massive baby-boomer generation, or about one in five Americans. Real estate investors have been busy building facilities that are meant to meet their needs. Senior-housing developers added 21,332 new units in 2018--more than double the number added in 2014, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care. That has made senior housing one of the fastest-growing commercial real-estate sectors, ahead of office, retail, hotels and apartments, according to Green Street Advisors, a real-estate research firm. Conversely, according to the article, venture capitalist and other companies are expected to invest about $1 billion this year in "aging-in-place" technologies that enable seniors to enjoy similar living standards and access to care in their own homes.
New products and services include sensors that respond to a range of medical conditions, facial recognition for identifying visitors and houses with malleable fixtures that can be adjusted as residents age. One startup, LifePod Solutions Inc., is launching a new voice-recognition service that initiates conversations with seniors about their health or their plans for the day and then sends caregivers alerts. Design firm Gensler seeks to create homes with height-adjustable bathroom sinks and living rooms that can easily convert into bedrooms. Driving these efforts is the belief that seniors would prefer to remain at home. "People don't want to go to a place where there's only a bunch of other old people," said James Crispino, head of health and wellness at Gensler.
Of course, senior housing isn't about to go away. It remains a compelling option for people with medical problems, loneliness and the need for assistance in eating, shopping and other daily activities. But the new aging-in-place movement could significantly cut demand as Boomers opt to stay home.
Benefits and Updates:
1.  CABIN FEVER: After some brutally cold weather, it's great to see the sun shining and the temperature rising this past week. However, winter is still here so take advantage of the warm temperatures and take a walk around the block, relax in the pergola swing, or play with your kids at the park. Winter can be stressful and spending time outdoors is particularly beneficial for staying healthy, both mentally and physically.
2. ANIMALS AT LARGE: To keep you and your pets safe, when walking your pets, please carry your cell phone if at all possible. Should you encounter an aggressive animal off leash, report it immediately to the Helena Police Department. Animals at large is against city ordinance. Helena's Animal Control Officer is Mike Maynard.  As an employee of the Helena Police Department, the Animal Control Officer handles animal calls within the city limits.  The dispatch center phone number for animal problems or concerns is 406-447-8461. Please take note of the following information listed on the City of Helena website: "Animal Problems or Concerns: Citizens are encouraged to speak with their neighbors if they have concerns about the neighbor's animals, such as barking.  If the problem continues, you can call the Helena Police Department for assistance.  Vicious animals, animal bites and dogs at large should be reported immediately to the Helena Police Department."
New Homes F or Sale: 
A choice of new homes to meet your lifestyle and budget are ready for move-in at Mountain View Meadows with more under construction. MVM now has a number of home sites that are eligible for 0% down loans. Visit our Information & Sales Office at 431 S. Alice Street to tour our right-now homes, view plans to build and check out lot maps. Realtors are always welcome . Have your own plan? Give us a call at 406-449-0800 to arrange a meeting. The availability of new homes and lots is subject to change so check back often. Below is a listing of some of the new homes ready for move-in or currently under construction. 
Craftsman Village at Mountain View Meadows
2870, 2872 & 2874 Runkle Parkway:  Another popular 3-unit condo building on Runkle Parkway, all with outstanding views of the Elkhorn Mountains. Two single-story 1635 S.F. 3BD/2BA units flank a 1932 S.F. 2-story with 3 upstairs bedrooms and an additional TV/entertainment room. All three homes have attached 2-car garages and front covered porches plus the single-story plans come with covered outdoor living spaces out back. Hurry in to tour these homes, talk pricing and stake your claim. For more information please call 406-449-0800. 

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2880 & 2882 Runkle Parkway:  New 1219 S.F. duplex condos with great views of the Elkhorns! Condos back up to  an open space park. Condo features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a pocket desk, an attached 2-car garage and a covered outdoor living space. Design amenities include granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, water-resistant laminate flooring, tiled laundry, baths and entry, and carpeted bedrooms. Electric range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and garbage disposal included! Monthly condo fee is $130 and pays for sidewalk snow removal, mowing and landscaping care as well as exterior building insurance and maintenance. Priced at $254,900. Call now! 406-449-0800.

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2851, 2853, 2857 & 2859 Twilight Avenue:  New 1219 S.F. duplex condos well underway -- Absolutely perfect for the "downsizer" or the "first time" home buyer! Condo features 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a pocket desk, an attached 2-car garage and a covered outdoor living space. Design amenities include granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, water-resistant laminate flooring, tiled laundry, baths and entry, and carpeted bedrooms. Electric range, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and garbage disposal included! Monthly condo fee is $130 and pays for sidewalk snow removal, mowing and landscaping care as well as exterior building insurance and maintenance. Priced at $249,900. Call now! 406-449-0800.

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2867, 2869, 2875 & 2877 Vista Avenue:  Brand new Condo floorplan! "Vista" Condos feature rear decks overlooking open space draw with unobstructed mountain views. Street entry into attached 2-car garage with an additional concrete parking pad for your guests. Interior details include open great room with stunning views, 10' tray ceilings, granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, raised breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, tiled wet areas, and master bath with double vanity and walk-in tiled shower. Contract pending on 2867 & 2875 but 2869 & 2877 are still available, but hurry! These absolutely will be gone before you know it! 1635 S.F. Condos $309,900. 1660 S.F. Condo $315,000. 

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235 Bella View: "THE TOWN HALL". A classic you'll love to live in right across from Mountain View Park! Over 1900 S.F., this 2-story craftsman 4-square offers 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths and an upstairs nursery or TV room. A fireplace, central air, side patio, full-front porch and an attached 2-car garage are only a few of the features that make this house the place to call home. Start off the new year right by calling 461-9748 for a tour today. Priced at $339,900.

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2850 Alexis Avenue: "THE FRONTIER". This 1800 S.F. single-level home was featured in the 2019 Parade of Homes! It has an exceptional open concept with clean lines and quality finishes. This 3BD/2BA with a 2 car attached garage maximizes space and function. Granite countertops from Silver City Stone, Mohawk flooring, walk in custom tile shower in master, 8 foot steel ceiling fan and other incredible features. For more information, contact Jared Engels at 406-461-4025. MLS# 21916648. Priced at $319,500.

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2874 Alexis Avenue: "THE RANCHER".  This new 1836 S.F. single-story, 3BD/2BA Sierra Custom Home is just the ticket if you love great views and access to parks and trails. The Rancher features a generous front porch, a covered side outdoor living space, an upscale master ensuite, granite countertops, laminate flooring, arched entryways, 9' ceilings, gas fireplace, and stainless-steel appliances. For additional information call Dawn Purvis at 439-6380. MLS #22001227. $349,900.

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255 Bella View: "THE PROSPECTOR". 2210 finished square feet with an attached 3-car garage makes this 3BD/2.5BA 2-story one of the most desirable floorplans available in Craftsman Village. Located directly across from Mountain View Park, your new home boasts a large open great room and half bath on the main floor with an interior covered patio off the kitchen and a huge loft on the upper floor flanked by two bedrooms to the rear and a spacious master suite with park views. Just finishing framing, this Sierra Custom Home will be completed in plenty of time to enjoy a summer by the park. For additional information call 449-0800. 

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2921 Stacia Avenue: "THE ASTER".  New 2BD/2BA single-story craftsman garden home featuring granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, kitchen appliances and an attached 2-car garage. Comes complete with U.G. water system, front and carriage-lane landscaping and side yard fencing. To tour this home today, please call 449-0800.  

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2920 Stacia Avenue: "THE YARROW". Brand new craftsman 2-story Garden Home with inviting front porch features a ½ bath downstairs for guests and 3 bedrooms and a bath upstairs. Built for comfort and economy, interior details on this Sierra Custom Home include granite, tile, laminate and stainless-steel appliances. Front yard landscaping, side-yard fencing and a raised bed with snow-crab ornamental tree all in the price. To tour this home priced at only $254,900 call 431-7680.  

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2908 Stacia: "THE PRIMROSE". A brand new 3BD/2BA Garden Home with main floor ensuite. This 1526 S.F. two-story home features granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, laminate flooring, kitchen appliances and an attached 2-car heated garage. Side yard fence included plus front yard and rear carriage lane landscaping! Easy walking distance to Mountain View Park. RD financing available. For additional information, please stop by the MVM Information & Sales Center at 431 S. Alice St. or call Dawn Purvis, Century 21,  at 406-439-6380. MLS# 21913419. $265,900.

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The Uplands at Mountain View Meadows
363 Elouise Cobell: This 3BD/2BA single-story Sierra Custom Home is well underway! With 1591 S.F. a few of the amenities in this home include a gas fireplace, coffered 9' ceilings, covered porches, granite countertops, soft close cabinets, tile floor in baths and laundry, stainless steel appliances, and an attached 2-car garage. For more information stop by the Sales Office at 431 S. Alice Street or call 406-449-0800. 

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371 Elouise Cobell:  Beautiful Sierra Custom Home under construction with all the upscale details you'll love from coffered ceilings, arched entryways and a gas fireplace to a tiled walk-in master shower, double vanity and water closet. This exceptional 3BD/2BA 1700 S.F. floorplan includes a tiled laundry/mud room directly off the attached 2-car garage, a large walk-in pantry, a Café off the kitchen and open great room, and a large kitchen island. Sit on your covered front porch or relax on your private covered rear deck or just enjoy upscale living in your new Sierra home, but hurry in! Call 406-449-0800 for an appointment.  

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Aspen Park at Mountain View Meadows
ASPEN PARK: This view could be yours, but hurry! There are only two walk-out lots facing the Elkhorns still available in Phase I. Stop by the office at 431 S. Alice Street to discuss your plan for a new home at Aspen Park. We'll help you choose the perfect lot and connect you with the best builder to make your dream home a reality. 

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In This Issue
The Best in Our
Several issues ago we announced a call for nominations for a new annual award for the "Best Neighbor in Our Neighborhood." We have received 2 nominations so far and we are hoping to hear from you about more great-neighbor stories. Since we know how busy it is during the holiday season, we want to extend the nomination deadline two weeks. Please email your nomination to  Rryland@mvmeadows.com  by February 15 or place in the drop-box outside the MVM office at 431 S. Alice St. To nominate your neighbor for the Neighbor of the Year award, submit a paragraph or two about something they did that caught your attention in the most positive way. It could be something done for you personally or for your neighborhood or for the greater Mountain View Meadows community. Since this is the first year for the award, we will accept nominations for any positive actions you have observed or benefited from since you have lived at Mountain View Meadows. The award will be presented at the annual HOA meeting in March.
Welcome to the
Luci Pearson
Is thrilled with her brand new single-level Craftsman Condo with magnificent mountain views.

Sarah Alling
Has moved in and is enjoying the comfort of her beautiful Sierra Custom Home. 

Curtis Buckley
Just closed on his lovely 2-story Garden Home in Craftsman Village. 

Congrat ulations! 
And Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Fun & Fitness
It's already February. How are you doing in reaching your fitness goals? 

Spring will be here before we know it.  Remember, goals should be regularly reviewed with the intention of developing and maintaining the cardio and strength fitness you have gained over the last few months. 
So here are some tips as you establish goals:
1) List three goals for fitness. Are you reaching them? If not, then ask yourself why and determine what steps need to change to reach them.  Maybe it's time to modify these goals. Start small but ensure they are challenging. Start by running 3/4 mile on the Mountain View Meadows paved Fun & Fitness Trail. Then over time and as that becomes easier, progress it to a half-mile, one mile, two miles, etc. 
2) Rate each of these goals on SMART ( Specific,  Measurable,  Achievable, 
Realistic, and Timely.) If they don't follow these criteria, then goals will be more difficult to reach. 
3) Based on the above goals, what are your potential goal-setting strengths and weaknesses? What is your plan to address them? 
4) Continue to measure your goals every four weeks. Are you progressing? If not, why? 
If you have any questions on goal setting and exercise program design, please feel free to reach out to me. 
To Mountain View Meadows and Good Health!
*Contributed by Mountain View Meadows resident Joe Hamilton, MS
NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
  Mark &  Rebecca
To refresh our bodies and stimulate new ideas, Mark and I try our best to get away for a few weeks in January each year. It's not always possible, but we have managed the past five years to explore someplace different where cultures and customs vary distinctly from our own or where we will experience something we can't see or do here at home. This year was among the most challenging, an adventure to Antarctica, providing a glimpse into what life must be like on other planets less hospitable to humans. Antarctica was on my bucket list, but definitely not on Mark's! I've often said if I don't make it to Antarctica before I die he will need to take my ashes there. Considering I hate the cold, I wasn't thrilled about the prospect of spending eternity in ice. I found the 7 th  Continent one of the most beautiful and fascinating places on earth. Although Mark would never have chosen to go to Antarctica on his own, he truly rose to the occasion, bundling up and donning his life jacket with the rest of us on our daily expeditions to shore that ranged from extensive hikes on the continent to a challenging landing on an ice sheet and a visit to the Ukrainian research station where the hole in the ozone layer was first discovered. Mark opted out of the polar plunge (inside the polar circle) but it really wasn't bad at all. Okay, I admit, I googled whether my heart might stop when I hit the icy water, but we had a doctor on board so I signed the waiver releasing the expedition company from responsibility if I died. While we were gone, the temperatures here at home were lower than those in Antarctica so we still made it to a warmer climate during our break. And now that we're back, we hope that our recent experiences will help us explore new housing products that meet the needs and lifestyles of home buyers here at Mountain View Meadows. It's a challenge we welcome!
January 5--Made it to the
Polar Circle!
Gentoo Penguins and babies
Spotting seals on way to shore
A single penguin amidst 
beautiful icebergs