It takes time to build a better community but it begins with believing in better. We believe you want more than just a house. You want a sense of place. You want to sit on your front porch and enjoy the flowers in your yard, the landscaped boulevards and the amazing mountain views. You want to live in a neighborhood where kids can safely walk down sidewalks to visit friends and family and play in neighborhood parks.
You enjoy an active lifestyle and want to walk your dog and run, hike or bike on paved trails that connect to business, shopping, schools and entertainment. You are community-minded and appreciate energy conservation and protecting land, wildlife and water resources.
And most of all, you value time to enjoy your home, your family and all that Montana offers.
That’s why we believe in building a better community – because you believe in better!
– Mark Runkle & Rebecca Ryland
The growing trend seen across the U.S. of home buyers gravitating towards "urban-lite" communities located near urban centers appears to have taken hold locally. In 2016, nearly 50% of new home purchases in the city of Helena took place in Mountain View Meadows , an "urban-lite" mixed-use development nestled between I-15 and Highway 12 on the southeast side of town. New home buyers cited various reasons for choosing Mountain View Meadows for their new home. Most stated a preference for the reliability of city sewer and water services and police and fire protection. Others cited child safety and easy accessibility to Mountain View Park. Architecture was at the top of the list along with the wide array of lifestyle choices from executive-style homes to classic craftsman bungalows and modern homes with traditional back yards. Sidewalk and paved trail connectivity within neighborhoods and between neighborhoods to parks and the emerging commercial area was cited as an exceptionally desirable asset. Based on existing home sales, homeowners at Mountain View Meadows saw an average increase of 10% in the value of their homes since 2015 and as much as 30% since 2011. Highlights of the year included the opening of the new Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters in the Crossroads Business & Retail Neighborhood at Mountain View Meadows; the development of a new Pocket Park at the corner of Alice St. and Stacia Ave.; and the beginning of school bus transportation for students in the East Helena school district. A growth in the overall economy, stable wages and low interest rates attributed to a solid year for new home construction in Helena. This healthy building environment not only provided buyers with better choices in new home products but also provided a stable livelihood for construction crews, builders, sub-contractors, vendors, and their families who benefited from new home construction at Mountain View Meadows and elsewhere in the city.