With endless amenities, breathtaking views and scenery, and a reasonable cost of living, it’s easy to see why so many people call Helena, Montana home. Whether you want to ski, take a hike in the forest or climb Mount Helena, there is always something to do here, and much of it at very little or no cost. Tour a mine, enjoy some of the best fishing around, or tour a museum you’ll never run out of activities. A brewery, restaurants and shopping give the area diversity when you’re ready to relax and enjoy the local flavor. A few exceptional neighborhoods in Helena get our highest recommendation, Southeast, Central and Euclid Avenue North which will be reviewed in further detail.
Being ranked at the top of the list, the Southeast neighborhood is a great choice. With a low population density, the many amenities can be enjoyed without feeling crowded, and give the feel of lots of open space, which certainly comes at a premium in many other areas. Families will enjoy this area most due to its excellent employment market, and good schools. Lots of recreational activities, local dining choices and shopping, you’ll feel right at home and not far from the things you enjoy. In less than 20 minutes you can be downtown, which is about 8 miles away. Public transit and easy access to highways make commuting a breeze. Blackfoot River Brewing Company, a museum, Montana State Capitol, Mount Helena, Helena National Forest and even a river and skiing will keep your family busy and entertained. Slightly higher than the average for Helena, these impressive homes are well worth the investment.
Another top neighborhood, Central is a location that is tough to beat. This city meets country community gives a great balance for those wanting to live in a slightly more populated area. With more amenities than any other section of town and its less than 10 minute commute downtown, you can’t beat the convenience and entertainment. This neighborhood is best suited for singles, couples, and other professionals due to its prolific employment market and very reasonable cost of living. Located near the Missouri river, Turman Larison Gallery and The Parrot Confectionary this area boasts with local businesses and activities. The area is accessible to both public transit and the 15 highway, making any commute reasonable. The home prices in Central are just slightly above average for this highly diverse and desirable location. Having more of a city and artistic feel, many businesses are located in this area, which makes it a great choice for anyone who values convenience, variety and of course nature.
Right outside Downtown Helena, Euclid Avenue North combines a low cost of living, higher than average wages, and tons of amenities. The city feel gives this area a vibrant diverse and cultural appeal, yet isn’t overcrowded and hectic. The St. Helena Cathedral, Gates of the Mountains, Great Northern Carousel, golfing, fairgrounds and seemingly endless shopping and restaurants are just among the few activities you’ll enjoy. With a commute to downtown that you could easily walk in about 10 minutes, and easy access to public transit and major highways, this area is a top pick for busy professionals who work hard and play hard too. Lower housing prices and rentals in comparison with the rest of Helena make this area a great location to call home, and possibly even consider an investment property too. Convenient, economical and exciting aren’t too often a combination found all in the same area, however Euclid Avenue North’s trifecta will have you proud to call this neighborhood your new home.