New Years 2024

Believe in Better:

Helena; The Best Place to Live!

As we usher in a new year, we want to honor Helena’s service to the community during 2023. It takes hard work and commitment to serve a community; that makes this time of year the perfect time to recognize the services Helena provides to its residents. Throughout the year, residents enjoy a wide range of park amenities and facilities beautifully maintained by the Helena Parks Maintenance staff and Urban Forestry Division. The Helena Police Department dedicates itself to providing professional law enforcement services to protect and serve all members of the community. Continuing the tradition as Guardians of the Gulch, the Helena Fire Department vows to provide a quality, effective, skillful, safe and caring service to protect the community whenever and wherever needed. From snow removal to infrastructure maintenance to collecting garbage to operating a reliable water and sewer system, employees of the City of Helena work diligently to deliver trustworthy services to all Helena residents under the guidance of skilled city personnel and a responsive and caring mayor and city commission. When choosing the next best place to live in 2024, consider a home in Helena; and what better place to start your search than a new home at Mountain View Meadows. At Mountain View Meadows, the City of Helena provides water and sewer services, police and fire protection and maintains the 5.2-acre Mountain View Park with its tennis, pickleball, basketball, and volleyball courts, a log pavilion, dog park, open space and accessible playground facility. At Mountain View Meadows you will find infrastructure built to City of Helena standards designed to promote the health and wellbeing of all its residents along with events and activities that encourage community involvement. With 2023 in the rear-view mirror and 2024 in the sights ahead, now is the perfect time to come see just what makes Helena and Mountain View Meadows the very best place to live in Montana.

Building a Better Community:

Celebrate 2024 Around the Globe!

On December 31, ExplorationWorks, located at 995 Carousel Way, invites you to ring in the new year with hourly celebrations between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM complete with a New Year’s ball drop from its balcony. This kid-friendly New Year’s event features hands-on indoor activities and experiments including a special TinkerLab sure to challenge and entertain participants between the hourly celebrations. Throughout the day, complimentary coffee and hot chocolate will be served courtesy of the Dive Bakery. Bangladesh will be the first country visitors welcome into the new year at 11:00 AM followed by Turkmenistan, Armenia, Madagascar and Zimbabwe, finishing at 4:00 PM with Serbia. This is a great opportunity for children to learn how others celebrate throughout the world with plenty of time left to join family and friends at home to watch the ball drop in cities across the U.S. Admission is free to ExplorationWorks members and only $9 for non-members. For additional information, check out where you’ll find more opportunities to ring in the New Year including special activities at the Lewis and Clark County Library and a New Year’s Eve torchlight parade at Great Divide Ski area. 

On Topic:

As the Ball Drops, So Do Mortgage Rates

With patience and a steady hand on the helm, the Federal Reserve has helped steer the country through a difficult time of rising inflation and fears of recession. Although too early to tell the long-range outcome, the most recent economic and jobs reports show inflation coming under control, low unemployment, continued job growth, higher wages and interest rates holding steady. All this appears to be heading towards a welcomed drop in mortgage rates as we begin the countdown to 2024.

But does that mean the price of housing will fall as well? Perhaps not upfront but most definitely in the long term of your loan. With increased material and labor costs and low inventory, housing prices are not expected to decline but should remain steady. Higher wages will increase buying power so more people will find themselves this coming year able to qualify to purchase a new home. With even a modest decrease in mortgage rates, the cost of that new home over the course of a 30-year fixed mortgage rate  can translate into a savings of tens of thousands of dollars with more of the monthly payment going into building equity.

Discussing buying power and loan options are best left to professional lenders and financial advisors who will help you determine if purchasing a new home is right for you. Fannie Mae forecasts that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate that stood at 7.76% in November will average 7% in the first quarter of 2024 and slowly decline over the year.  Any way you look at it, that’s great news for home buyers.

Benefits and Updates:

1. THANKS FOR BRIGHTENING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS FOR THE HOLIDAYS! You brightened our streets and dazzled your neighbors. If you haven’t driven about yet, it’s not too late. Most of the lights still shine at night welcoming you to share in the joy of the season. 


2.  SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR “BEST NEIGHBOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD: Want to recognize a neighbor that has gone the extra mile to do something for you or the greater Mountain View Meadows community? Or maybe you noticed someone whose small gestures of kindness added up to something big this past year? Your HOA is seeking nominations in January for the Best Neighbor of the Year to be awarded at the annual HOA meeting later this winter or early spring. To nominate a neighbor, drop off a letter at the MVM office or send an email to [email protected] with their name and address with details to support your nomination. It’s an honor to win but even more to be nominated.

3. CONDO SNOW REMOVAL: The Condo HOA is responsible for removing snow from your sidewalks and private streets. City of Helena snow removal ordinances allow for 24 hours after the snow stops falling to clear the snow. However, the HOA strives to deliver snow removal services faster than required. Since snow melts quicker on sidewalks on the sunny side of homes, sidewalks on the north or shaded sides may need removed first. And just a reminder to call Mark at 406.431.7305 if you have any issues with snow or ice that need dealt with immediately.

4.  YES, I’LL SHOVEL YOUR SNOW: Danielle has compiled a list of people who have expressed an interest in shoveling snow this winter for those of you who can’t. If you are in need of help, email [email protected] and she’ll send you the list. Some people included a price per hour while others will negotiate based on the job. And if you haven’t added your name to the list but are willing to clear driveways or sidewalks for a small fee, let Danielle know and she will add your info.

New Homes For Sale:
Plans to Build and Build to Suit

Pricing for new single-family homes and condos at Mountain View Meadows if not shown may be available upon request. Not all available homes and condos are included below. To learn more about your favorite home or for a complete list of plans under construction call the Mountain View Meadows Sales and Information Center at 406-449-0800 for an appointment or stop by our office anytime during regular business hours. And remember, realtors are always welcome!

Homes at Mountain View Meadows

2877 Travis: “The Sierra Pioneer”. $419,900. What a great price on a 1476 SF, 3BD/2BA Sierra Custom Home! You’ll love it when you see it so waste no time calling for a tour. The home features champaign fixtures, a fireplace, walk-in tiled shower in the owners’ suite, an attached 2-car garage, AC and lots of upscale touches you’ve come to expect in a Sierra Custom Home. Stop by the MVM office at 431 S. Alice St. for a tour. For additional details on making this new home yours, call Dawn at 443-1432. MLS# 30016337.

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2884 Travis: “The Ranger.” $474,900. You will absolutely fall in love with this home! Expressions of style abound throughout. But don’t take our word for it. Call Rebecca at 431-7680 for a tour of this new home well under construction. Sierra homes sell quickly so you’ll want to get your foot in the door before it is listed on the MLS. The 3BD/2BA Ranger features a covered side patio, walk-in tiled shower, AC, an attached 2-car garage and at completion will wow you with all its upscale finishes. Ring in the new year with a brand-new home in the much sought after Craftsman Village neighborhood of Mountain View Meadows. 

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2878 Travis Ave: “The Side-kick”. A new 1255 SF home for only $384,900? Yes, you read that right! This 2BD/2BA home features a great owners’ suite with upscale finishes throughout including beautiful granite countertops, soft-close birch cabinets, stainless steel appliances, walk-in tiled shower, vaulted ceilings, AC and an attached 2-car garage. What a way to start the new year! Call 406-431-7680 for a tour or stop by the office at 431 S. Alice St. open weekdays 10-6. MLS# 30016664.

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2651 Upland Ave: “The Bannock XL”. Ready for Move-in Today! Every seller says their home is a “must see” but the Bannock XL is one you won’t want to miss. We took a popular 2-story plan and upsized it to create an awesome 2-story home featuring a main-floor office or guest bedroom, a spacious upstairs owners suite and a 3-car garage. And if you need a big laundry room, you can’t beat the Bannock XL! With 3 bedrooms 2.5 bathrooms and the main floor flex space, everyone in your house will find their own private place to slip away. Built by Weatherall Builders, the Bannock XL includes granite countertops and soft-close cabinets throughout, stainless-steel appliances, walk-in tiled shower, laminate flooring down, carpeting in 2nd floor bedrooms and tile in bathrooms and laundry. AC is included in this beautiful new 1900 SF home just waiting for you to select your exterior colors for painting in the spring. Call Rebecca for a tour at 406-431-7680. $509,900.

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2647 Upland Ave: Choose this brand-new 2555 S.F. Sierra Custom Home plan and you’ll have the only one in the Uplands neighborhood! Expect awesome mountain views from three of the four upstairs bedrooms. That’s right! Four bedrooms! But that’s not all. There is still an office space on the first floor that could act as a 5th bedroom! The Premium owners suite includes a double vanity, water closet, walk-in tiled shower and a huge walk-in closet. Along with the office, the downstairs boasts a spacious kitchen with a large central island, a café, a half bath and a gathering/living room for both relaxing and entertaining. The patio off the café offers tons of privacy as the lot backs onto a hill so there is no home directly behind. This home is ready for you to tour today so call for an appointment at 406-431-7680. You’ll be glad you did!

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2667 Upland Ave: Just shy of 2200 SF, this newly designed, upscale Sierra Custom Home with a tandem 3-car garage is one of only four new homes left in The Uplands neighborhood at Mountain View Meadows. You need to tour this home to experience its luxurious feel and sense of style both inside and out. With 3 bedrooms and an office, you won’t have to sacrifice space when working from home. Call 406.431.7680 for an appointment. Serious enquiries only.

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2844 Adam Run: “The Getaway”. Big and Beautiful with unobstructed mountain views! Just under 2500 SF, this 3-level walk-out was designed to provide a getaway space for every person in your family. The main floor features tall ceilings and high upper windows that light up the great room along with a fireplace, kitchen with a raised breakfast bar, a walk-in pantry, a powder room, laundry room and entry to a covered deck. A half level up you’ll find the owner’s suite with private bath, and two bedrooms with a shared bath and a half level down, a family room, 4th bedroom and full bath along with tons of storage and sliding glass doors leading onto a patio. Priced in the low $600K’s. For more info, call 406-431-7680. 

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2880 Adam Run: “The Chief”. Will 3652 SF fit your needs? If you want unobstructed mountain views on a walk-out lot with all City of Helena services, then don’t wait to call for an appointment to discuss details on making The Chief your next home. Currently under construction, The Chief offers main floor living featuring a premium owners suite, a dining room or home office, a great room with fireplace, two additional bedrooms, a second bath and a laundry room. The unfinished basement features plenty of storage space while providing an opportunity to add a game room, great room, and two more bedrooms and a bath. Call for info: 406-431-7680.

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Condos at Mountain View Meadows

2990 Aspen View Loop: 1285 SF Single-level 2BD/2BA Condo; $374,900.

Enjoy natural beauty across the street from your covered front porch! Stone birch cabinets in the kitchen provide a gentle contrast to the Reserved White walls and Fantasy White granite countertops. Flooring throughout include laminate in the great room, kitchen and hallways, tile in all wet areas and carpet in bedrooms. The owners suite features a vaulted ceiling in the bedroom, walk-in closet, double vanity and walk-in tiled shower. You’ll enjoy the convenience of laundry room cabinets and walk-in access to utilities. Add in AC, an attached 2-car garage, a covered outdoor patio and easy access to sidewalks and paved walking trails that lead to neighborhood parks, and you’ll find comfort and relaxation both inside and outside your brand-new condo. For additional information stop by the MVM office at 431 S. Alice St. for a tour. MLS# 30014889.

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2940 & 2942 Vista View: 1334 SF Single-level 2BD/2BA condo; $409,900.

See for yourself how pampered you feel when you step inside this spacious, single-level 2-bedroom condo with all the upscale features you’ve come to expect from a new condo at Mountain View Meadows. This 2-bed/2ba home boats vaulted ceilings, tiled baths, tiled walk-in shower, private water closet, double vanity, laundry room cabinets and sink, raised breakfast bar, soft-closed cabinets, pantry, AC, lots of natural light and gorgeous views. Add in a large covered rear deck, covered front porch, 2-car attached garage and easy access to parks and paved trails and you’ll be first to sign on the dotted line. Ready for move in as soon as you close!

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2927 Aspen View Loop: 1464 SF Single-level 2BD/2BA Condo with Flex Room; $399,900.

Fronting a courtyard instead of a street? Check out how nice it feels to take your morning walk around a landscaped courtyard just steps from your covered front porch. Warm colors set the tone for this welcoming, spacious condo. The kitchen features dark birch cabinets, brushed granite countertops, soft-close cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, pantry and garbage disposal. Vaulted ceilings in the great room and owners suite, a tiled walk-in shower, double vanity, private water closet, cabinets in the laundry room, AC and easy access to utilities are just a few of the special features that set this condo apart. The flex room provides just that extra space you want for a craft or exercise room, home office or spare bedroom for guests. Add in a covered outdoor living space and an attached 2-car garage and you’ll have all the space you need for relaxing and tinkering at home. Low $165/month condo dues cover street and sidewalk snow removal, exterior building maintenance and insurance, landscape maintenance, and contributions to common amenities. For a tour, contact Anna Havranek at 406-438-1141. Sorry, no rentals. MLS #30014775.

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2948 & 2950 Vista View: 1687 SF Single-level 3BD/2BA Condo; $479,900.

Beautiful single-level open floorplan with amazing views and lots of natural light. The spacious kitchen features granite countertops, soft close cabinets, pantry, raised breakfast bar, garbage disposal and stainless-steel appliances. You’ll love the tray ceilings in the great room and owners’ suite and the gorgeous walk-in tiled shower. Other standout features include a sink and cabinets in the laundry room and a large covered outdoor deck. The condo includes AC and an attached 2-car garage with easy access to utilities and the 2.5-mile paved Fun & Fitness Bike/Ped Trail that connects Highway 282 to Highway 12. With the feel of an upscale single-family home, these 3BD/2BA condos will wow you with spacious comfort. Low $165 a month condo fees cover exterior building insurance and upkeep, landscape maintenance, private street and sidewalk snow removal and contributions to common amenities. 

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2945 & 2947 Vista View: Raising the roof on a brand new 1845 SF condo building... and one side is already under contract! You won't want to miss your chance to own the other side. 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. Priced at $509,900.

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Building Lots at Mountain View Meadows

2804 Alyson Rain & 2868 Adam Run: Wouldn’t you love an amazing mountain view? But then, you also want the convenience of Helena city services. Hard to find? Not at Mountain View Meadows! This fall would be a great time to start planning on a new Sierra Custom Home to be built on a lot with unobstructed mountain views. Two view lots are available in the Craftsman North section of the Craftsman Village neighborhood, within easy walking distance of Mountain View Park. Planning a new build takes time so get the process going now to be ready to break ground this spring. Interested? Drop us a line at [email protected] or call Rebecca at 406-431-7680 to pick your perfect homesite.

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2851 Travis Ave: “The Trailblazer". Featuring an inviting front porch, fireplace, granite, walk-in pantry, walk-in closets, tray ceilings, and an attached 2-car garage, this 3BD/2BA, 1775 S.F. Sierra Custom Home will wow you with style. If you love living close to a 5.2 acre park with a dog park, tennis, basketball, playground and other great amenities, you’ll want to make your move now. Call Dawn Purvis for more details at 406-449-3301. MLS# 30014513. $483,900.

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2857 Travis Ave: "The Marshall". Want upscale living with minimal yard maintenance? Then check out this 1858 SF single-level Sierra Custom Home now. Under construction on a quiet street within easy walking distance to 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. Explore the possibilities for owning this 3BD/2BA home complete with all the bells and whistles that come with a Sierra Custom Home. To learn more, contact the MVM office at 406-431-7680. Pricing available soon.

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2845 Travis Ave: “The Sierra Settler”. 1646 SF gives you all the room you need at an awesome price! This beautiful 3BD/2BA home features upscale finishes with a covered front porch and attached 2-car garage. If you’re looking for a great home with reliable city services within easy walking distance to Mountain View Park, call Dawn Purvis now at 406-449-3301 or drop by the Mountain View Meadows Sales & Information office Monday through Friday for a tour of this brand-new Sierra Custom Home nearing completion. MLS# 30014708. Priced at $447,900. 

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2873 Adam Run: "The Arrow". This 3BD/2.5BA new home under construction is a whopping 2,116 SF on two floors giving you all the room you need to live large. By McCall Homes, The Arrow features quartz countertops in the kitchen, Whirlpool Stainless Steel appliances, a downstairs living room as well as a second floor family room, and an attached 2-car garage. The Arrow is expected to be completed in December. For information call 406-651-5354. MLS# 30014714.

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2875 Adam Run: "The Sundance". This single-level 1668 SF floorplan by McCall Homes features quartz countertops in the kitchen, a tankless hot water heater, stainless steel appliances and an attached 2-car garage. For more information on this 3BD/2BA home currently under construction, call Greg at 406-651-5354 or check out the listing at MLS# 30014716. $445,000. 

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The Best in Our


Holiday Decorating Contest

Grand Prize Winner!

How can we choose just one?! So many of you outdid yourselves decorating this year it was nearly impossible to name everyone who deserves recognition. Judges nominated their top three choices in each neighborhood in order of their favorites. And from those favorites a single home was selected as the $200 Grand Prize winner. If you haven’t recognized the home yet shown in the photos above, then take note now--This year’s Grand Prize goes to Jamie Palagi and her son, Quin! Congratulations to Jamie and Quin for creating such a gorgeous holiday display at their home at 366 Elouise Cobell in The Uplands neighborhood, which also just happened to be a featured stop on the Helena Holiday Cruise presented by the Helena Area Community Foundation. We do want to note, that although a home can be named the Best in the Neighborhood every year, no home can be awarded the Grand Prize two years in a row. But don’t expect Jamie and Quin to sit back on their laurels.  We anticipate great things again next year from these two holiday decorating masters but don’t wait for that! Be sure to check out this year’s Grand Prize winner while the lights are still up.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Boah King

Is enjoying her single-family home right next to open space.

Nelson Afanador

Has settled in to his beautiful 2-story home by Weatherall Builders.

Robert & Susan Perry

Are loving their single-story Craftsman Home.

David & Pamela Taliaferro

Have moved into their Condo with nice open views.

Wanda & Melvin White

Are enjoying their brand new Condo with amazing mountain views.

Ilene Robinson

Has found the perfect home which will soon make for a short commute to work.

Riley & Leah Burnham

Are excited they were able to move back to enjoy the great outdoors and find a home at Mountain View Meadows.

Donna Morris

Is delighted with her brand-new 2-story Sierra home.

Daniel Bolding

& Ashley Norberg

Just closed on their darling Aster in Craftsman North.

David Clarke

Is thrilled to be in a single-level condo by Weatherall Builders.

Alan & Christie Aldrich

Are extremely joyful with their brand new custom home in Aspen Park.

Congratulations! And Welcome
to the Neighborhood!

Fun & Fitness

Exercise: The Least You Can Do

A recent article by Selene Yeager on shed light on the benefits of a 10-minute workout. “Imagine if exercising 10 minutes a day were enough to improve your health, cheer you up, and help you maintain a steady weight,” said Yeager. “Well, it is,” she continued.

Yeager shared that earlier this year results from a watershed study made the point loud and clear. Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reported findings from a study involving 464 women who weren't exercisers. After six months, a group who walked an average of 72 minutes a week at two to three mph--that's about 10 minutes of mall-pace striding a day--had significantly improved heart strength and general fitness, nearly matching the efforts of women exercising almost twice as long.”

"Your body responds very positively, very quickly to even small amounts of exercise," said lead study author Tim Church, MD, PhD."

But what should you do and what can you expect from a 10-minute workout? What do you hope to achieve? Checkout below goals and statistics cited in Yeager’s article.


Build Muscle: A seven-week study of 22 couch potatoes found that those who did just one set of 10 repetitions of seven strength-training moves (about 10 minutes of lifting) three days a week gained as much strength as those who did a 30-minute, three-set routine.

Boost your mood: In a recent study of 48 men and women, spinning on a bike for 10 minutes led to a mood lift and drop in depression and fatigue--similar to what they'd get riding three times as long.

Protect your joints: After tracking nearly 4,000 women in their 70s for three years, researchers found that those who reported of having arthritis pain needed only 75 minutes a week of moderate exercise like brisk walking to reduce the frequency of symptoms by nearly 30 percent.


Manage your weight: Both Church's study and a larger study of 13,711 men and women reveal that just 70 to 75 minutes of brisk walking or about 40 minutes of jogging a week is enough to begin shrinking your waistline. And targeting the waist is important because belly fat is directly tied to heart disease, diabetes, and early death.

Quell stress: 70-75 minutes a week of exercise resulted in significant changes in the autonomic nervous system.

“But it’s cold outside,” you say, “and I would just as soon remain huddled on my couch.” Well, then why not create your own regimen of low-impact repetitive movements sitting down? You can move quite well in that position so start right where you are. Exercising on your couch is sure to take the stress out of sticking to your daily routine. Dr. Church said it best, “If you're sedentary, you'll see a lot of your greatest gains going from zero to 10 minutes a day."


Mark & Rebecca

Streets of Delight

Mark and I drove the streets of Mountain View Meadows on Christmas Eve taking in the delightful sights of the season. We know not everyone can or should decorate their homes but we can say that many of you did a beautiful job showing off your festive holiday spirit. Perhaps the annual holiday decorating contest encouraged some of you to put in the effort to brave the cold, to climb those ladders, to hang holiday lights or to pull those reindeer, snow men, and Santas out of storage to create winter wonderlands in your front yards. But then, it may just be you were truly filled with the spirit of the season. We saw so many enchanting and welcoming front porches adorned in lighted Christmas trees, wreaths and holly. We took delight in the little things that drew our attention like a miniature Santa climbing a ladder or a snowman waving at us from an upstairs window. We found two streets where literally every single home displayed some vestige of the season prompting Mark to suggest we add a new category to the annual decorating contest; the best decorated street in Mountain View Meadows! It might inspire everyone on the street to help one another decorate, particularly the homes of the elderly or homebound or those working long hours or caring for children or family members without assistance. Neighbors on the winning street could vote for their favorite local charity to receive a cash donation. We don’t want to encourage anyone to get into a decorating war but we would welcome Mountain View Meadows becoming the destination for people of all ages to enjoy the best holiday decorations in Helena. When our grandchildren were younger, we took them to see the decorations at Treasure Estates. Now they bring their friends to see the decorations at Mountain View Meadows! And it’s all due to you. Thank you to all who brightened our streets this holiday season. You delighted us all with your holiday spirit!

Winners and

All-time Favorites of this

Season's Holiday Decorating Contest

Best in the Neighborhood

Antelope Trace

2747 Favor Ave.

The Uplands

366 Elouise Cobell

Craftsman Village

2865 Jeannette Rankin

Aspen Park

2880 Big Timber Loop

1st Runner-ups

Antelope Trace

2754 Ryland Ave.

The Uplands

340 Elouise Cobe

Craftsman Village

2853 Jeannette Rank

Aspen Park

2929 Big Timber Loo

2nd, 3rd and 4th Overall Winners

2nd Place Overall

2853 Alexis Ave.

3rd Place Overall

2692 Summers Crossing

4th Place Overall

2908 Stacia Ave.

Best Condo and Best Runner-up


2691 Jeannette Rankin

Condo Building

2665/2667 Jeannette Rankin

Honorable Mentions

2910 Alpine View Loop

335 Rian Street

2946 Summit View Ave.

2884 Twilight Ave.

2812 Vista Ave. (Condo)

2847 Twilight Ave. (Condo)

2874 Runkle Pkwy (Condo)

All-time Favorites

2866 Twilight Ave.

2946 Big Timber Loop

2858 Twilight Ave.

2786 Stacia Ave.

2768 Favor Loop