November 2019
Believe in Better:
Halloween brings out the community spirit. It's a time to revisit joyful childhood memories and witness the excitement on the faces of children and grandchildren as they dress as mermaids, unicorns, goblins, ghouls, pirates and super heroes just like you did as a kid. Neighbors greet strangers with open doors and fill up goody bags with candy--lots of candy! What could be better than that? At Mountain View Meadows the community comes alive on Halloween. Kids and grownups alike turn out in costumes to trick or treat. Nearly every home shows off at least a hint of the season while the annual Halloween decorating contest encourages friendly competition among neighbors to create festive yards and porches bursting with animated ghosts, creepy spiders and eerie pathways lined with tombstones and jack-o-lanterns. This Halloween saw exceptionally cold weather but freezing temperatures failed to dampen the fun. A stop by the home of Mikaela and Logan at 2880 Stacia Ave. kept the chills at bay by way of a hot cup of cinnamon cider drawn from a steamy cauldron set up on their inviting front porch. It's one of the best examples of bringing back the spirit of community. As Mountain View Meadows grows, so does that desirable sense of community. Neighbors sharing the spirit of the season on a frightfully cold October night brings out the best among people. And people are what community is all about.
Building a Better Community:
What do Opportunity Bank of Helena, NorthWestern Energy and Mountain View Meadows share in common? With great appreciation, the producers of the Last Chance New Play Fest are pleased to announce that, for the third straight year these three Montana businesses stepped up to co-sponsor this annual 10-day celebration of works by Montana Playwrights. Eleven plays written by playwrights from Havre, Butte, Clancy, Kalispell, Helena, and a former Bozeman writer now living in Seattle will be presented November 8th through 17th  at Free Ceramics Studio Art Center, 650 Logan Street in Helena. Among the works are two full-length plays, a one act play and the Montana Short Cuts, a collection of eight short plays all written on the common theme, "Genetically Modified." From a crossword puzzle-solving bear infatuated with Taylor Swift to a deaf couple that wants to have a child struggling with whether to edit its genome, the collection explores the theme with humor, satire, and serious reflection. "The Fest would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and the wonderful people and businesses who have donated money, time, resources and talent" said executive producer Rebecca Ryland. "In addition to our sponsors, we received generous donations from Stahly Engineering, Finstad's Carpet One, The Trimac Group, Stockman Insurance and Park Avenue Bakery." Supported in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council, the 6 th annual Last Chance New Play Fest kicks off this Friday with a free preview performance of a short one act, "Showdown at Lost Creek Ranch" by Steve Palmer at 7:00 PM to coincide with the Fall Art Walk. It is followed at 8:00 PM with "Becoming Number Six" a full-length play by Ross Peter Nelson. $25 Fest passes, which get the bearer into any performance any day or time, can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Fire Tower Coffee House. $10 tickets to individual performances are available at the door. Of special note, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:00 PM performance of Montana Shortcuts will be Interpreted for the Deaf. For a complete performance schedule and other information visit www.experimentaltheatrecoop.org or call 406-431-7680.
On Topic
When making the move from renting to home ownership, a question may come up on what you should buy. Is buying a condo a good idea or should you just buy a house instead?
An April 16, 2019 article by Kevin Mercadante on Moneyunder30.com explores that exact question. "Condos come with many perks, but they aren't for everyone," said Mercadante. "There's no one-size-fits-all here. What you're going to find is each housing situation is designed to meet the needs and preferences of the occupant. And that's a good thing."
An empty nest and other lifestyle changes propel many people over a certain age to consider condominiums as an alternative to owning a single-family home. But is a condo a reasonable choice for a first-time homebuyer? Quicken Loans reviewed some of the potential benefits of condo living for younger buyers and came up with the following.

Maintenance Managed: Owning a house comes with a host of responsibilities that can make condos an easier transition for people first dipping their toes into the housing market. "The reason why millennials like condos versus buying a single-family residence is the maintenance," says Charles Kniffen, director of mortgage operations at Quicken Loans. "The maintenance is just a ton less."

Pack Up and Go: For young people on the move, condos are an excellent home option. Millennials may lean toward a condo because they might travel for work. Being able to lock up your unit door and know everything else is being taken care of provides a sense of security. 
Lower Insurance: Insurance rates are lower for condos, as residents are only responsible for insuring the inside of their homes. The outside of condos, including roofing, are insured through the association and repairs and exterior maintenance, including landscaping and yard maintenance are covered through the homeowners monthly fees.
A big consideration from both Moneyunder30 and Quicken Loans is the social aspect of condo living. However, it is important to take demographics into consideration when choosing to live in a close-knit condo community where homes are typically connected. A condo community that primarily draws singles, young married couples, business men and women and retirees may not provide the best lifestyle choice for families with small children. The good thing is that when lifestyle changes happen, transitioning from a condo to a single-family home or vise versa is always an option.
Benefits and Updates:
1. THANKS TO RESIDENTS FOR REMOVING RV'S, BOATS & TRAILERS: Just a few calls to remind a handful of homeowners that the time had come to remove recreational vehicles and trailers from streets brought responsible action from residents. Thanks to all for your quick response!
2. WEEKEND SNOW REMOVAL FROM STREETS: Although city crews work nights and weekends throughout the snow season, they principally focus on clearing snow from collector streets. A portion of HOA dues helps supplement snow removal on side streets and alleys not cleared by city maintenance. However, the Mountain View Meadows snow truck is not always available on nights and weekends. An email will soon be sent to residents to provide contact information for reporting conditions that may require attention outside the regular work week. Although it may not be possible to respond to every request, help will be available as soon as possible.
3. STILL LOOKING FOR SNOW SHOVELERS: Fellow residents are looking for people willing to shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks. If you are willing and able to be put on a "call list", please email info@mvmeadows.com with your contact info, your availability and what you charge for this service.
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. After business hours and weekend tours available by appointment. Call 406-431-7680.

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2880 & 2882 Runkle Parkway:  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 currently $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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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. Well underway, expect The Town Hall to be completed in time for the holidays. Wrap it up early by calling 431-7680. Priced at $329,900.

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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 on 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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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. $271,500.

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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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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 9' ceilings, fireplace, and stainless-steel appliances. For additional information call 449-0800.

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2853 Jeannette Rankin: "THE SETTLER". Be the first on your street to own this home plan! The master suite on this nearly 1600 S.F. 3BD/2BA craftsman bungalow features a double vanity, separate shower and tub and a big walk-in closet. The walk-through kitchen allows easy access to both the dining room to the rear and the family room to the front with extra space perfect for a pocket office. Priced at $289,900, this Weatherall built home includes granite countertops, laminate floors, soft-close cabinets, kitchen appliances, front yard landscaping and an attached two-car garage. To tour this home call 431-7680.

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The Uplands at Mountain View Meadows
363 Elouise Cobell: This 3BD/2BA single-story Sierra Custom Home is just getting 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 our Sales Office at 431 S. Alice Street or call 406-449-0800. 

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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
With participation growing each year, it becomes harder and harder to whittle down the best from all the delightfully decorated yards and porches. But we do our best to seek them out, taking into consideration what's new and different from the year before. This year's winners of cash prizes sponsored by Mountain View Meadows are:
First Place ($100)
2878 Twilight Ave.
Second Place ($75)
2890 Big Timber Loop
Third Place ($50)
2746 Favor Ave.
Fourth Place ($25)
2871 Alexis Ave.
Fifth Place ($10)
2823 Alexis Ave.
The Five Stockman Bank Honorable Mention winners include 392 Elouise Cobell, 2866 Twilight Ave, 2835 Jeannette Rankin, 2892 Stacia Ave and 2774 Stacia Ave. Each Honorable Mention winner will receive a $5 Gift Card to Leilani's Lattes in East Helena donated by Stockman Bank. Photos of these homes can be seen on the Mountain View Meadows Facebook page.
Welcome to the
Sharon Gray
Is settling into her lovely single-level Craftsman Condo by Weatherall Builders.
Gary & Eulalie Ophus
Have moved in and are enjoying the comfort of their beautiful Sierra Custom Home.  
Tory & Kerstie Umsted
Just closed on their gorgeous modern home in The Uplands neighborhood.

Congrat ulations! 
And Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Fun & Fitness
It's not all that easy crawling out of bed on a cold morning. It's even less fun knowing you might have to face a foot of snow in your driveway just to get off to work. Snowy remnants of the wintery fall weather has everyone wondering just how bad it can get when it really is winter. Will the desire to stay warm inside slow down your metabolism and bring on dreaded extra pounds?
It is true that shoveling snow can burn away 223 calories in about 30 minutes, not a bad return on an often-unavoidable winter activity. But what will you do once you're back inside your home where you've retreated to recover from the cold? For some of the more active folks, replacing mountain hiking and biking for skis and snowboards or running shoes for indoor elliptical equipment is a fun and easy way to transition from summer to winter. However, if a walk around the block is more your cup of tea, and a cup of tea inside now seems a whole lot more fun than a jaunt in the snow, perhaps it's a great opportunity to take up a musical instrument.
Okay, so looking at playing a guitar, you'll only burn a fourth of the calories in an hour compared to shoveling snow. But the fun side of learning to play an instrument might encourage longer time practicing which then might translate into sharing your new talent with your family and friends and before long, the time you spend could very well equal that of scooping snow. And learning to play a musical instrument has the added health benefit of stimulating cognitive activity which increases brain function and staves off memory loss.
So, if you have a mind to take up playing music, below is an interesting list compiled by NutriCheck.com.uk showing just how many calories you can burn per hour depending on what instrument you take up.
Calories burned playing Musical Instruments
Calories per hour burned
Calories burned Music playing, cello, flute, horn, woodwind
  Mark &  Rebecca
Mark and I are always excited to join in the fun on Halloween at Mountain View Meadows. We dress up, help pass out candy, follow our Grandson, Travis going door to door and snapping photos of kids trick or treating. But it's great to also see people who work with us along with their families joining in the fun. Danielle, who heads the front desk and is the go-to for everything Mark and I don't do, passed out Halloween Candy and helped judge the decorating contest dressed as half of an Oreo cookie. Danielle's husband, Jon, took up the other half of the cookie. Together they made a scrumptious whole just like at home! Jon Cowie, owner of Weatherall Builders which specializes in constructing our exceptionally popular condos, stopped by as Superman along with his wife, Anna who is the realtor for some of Jon's builds. In tow were all three of their boys, with the youngest quick to point out that his dad was taller than Mark. Mountain View Meadows crew foreman, Kris Baker also made a splash appearance with his family all dressed in amazing hand-created costumes depicting an array of Batman characters. I love having the opportunity to take part in the fun and appreciate all the time and attention the people in our neighborhoods put into making it a memorable community event. By working together we are creating something special and we look forward to continuing to build the best community spirit in Helena!
Sloth Mark. The slowest you'll ever see him move.
Rebecca scaring trick or treaters.
Really, the grandson behind this mask is a good kid!
Two halves of an Oreo make for a whole lot of fun!
Batman Kris & sidekick Robin out to protect the neighborhood from this array of villains!
Superman out to protect us from these questionable characters.
This could be your realtor at Mountain View Meadows!