Location: From Southwest Higgins (includes Northview Drive and Hill Crest Loop) to Dean Stone Drive (north-south) and from Pattee Canyon Drive to South Russell Street (east-west)
Features: Entrance to Pattee Canyon Recreation Area; Highlands Golf Club
Parks: Hemayagan, Highland, Ninkpat, Northview, Ozlya, Penland, Tiortis, Whitaker, Woodbine
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A neighborhood with perspective
By Breeana Laughlin
Residents in the Farviews / Pattee Canyon neighborhood have an elevated perspective of Missoula in their homes looking out into the valley below.
The spectacular views, parks and wilderness areas are major draws to the suburban neighborhood.
“I enjoy seeing the sky and the distant view across the valley,” said Celeste River, who has lived in the neighborhood for nine years.
The area is also in close proximity to the city.
Farviews/ Pattee Canyon starts from Southwest Higgins including Northview Drive and the Hill Crest Loop to Dean Stone Drive and from Pattee Canyon Drive to South Russell Street.
At 4,100 feet, the trails of the Pattee Canyon Recreation Area are a local favorite for hiking, biking and picnics.
Groomed cross-country ski trails are a popular recreation destination during the winter season, while a frisbee golf, or folf, course is an attraction during the summer months.
Many homes in the neighborhood are located along the Highlands Golf Club off Ben Hogan Drive. Also at this location is The Keep restaurant, which was 'born from the ashes' of a Missoula landmark, The Mansion.
Today the fine dining restaurant's Website boasts, 'The only thing we overlook is the Missoula Valley.'
The neighborhood is also home to many parks, including Hemayagan, Highland, Ninkpat, Northview, Ozlya, Penland, Tiortis, Whitaker, Woodbine.
The neighborhood council recently finished a 'park master plan' with the parks department to map entrances and link the parks with trails.
Many residents just enjoy walking along the sidewalks in the neighborhood.
“Ben Hogan drive is a huge thoroughfare for walkers - families with strollers, people walking their dogs and bikers. Its the main drag up here, especially in the summer,” said Ednor Therriault.
Houses in the area range from newly constructed custom homes to condos and townhomes, according to Missoula Real Estate agents Kevin and Monica Ray. From July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2009 there were 32 sales in this neighborhood,. Those sales ranged from $235,000 to $725,000 with a median sales price of $297,500, the Rays reported.
Residents say the area is family-friendly, and their neighbors vary from young professionals to older, longtime residents who have lived in the area since their homes were built.
Overall, homes in the neighborhood tend to have larger rooms and more floor space than down in the valley, Therriault said.
“Most of the homes really take advantage of the view with big windows, and they very well-constructed,” he said.
“It's an interesting neighborhood,” said neighborhood council member Ray Aten.
“There are some houses with a lot of square footage but there is also a lot of duplexes and apartment complexes, so it is more mixed neighborhood than one might think,” he said.
Neighbors also tend to be friendly toward one another.
“You might have democrats living next to door republicans but it doesn't change how any one gets along,” Therriault said.
“I've seen neighborhoods where everyone keeps to themselves but I think we are more on the social end,” he said.