History sometimes repeats itself.
And when it does, nostalgia gives way to tradition.
Billings businessman and land developer Greg McDonald smiles when he talks about his newest project, Trailhead Townhomes at 17th Street West and Avenue E.
The 32 rental units, most of them already leased, share a footprint with property built in 1965 and owned by McDonald’s father, Sam.
“The pre-existing units were old and needed to be upgraded,” McDonald said. “Our goal was to create attractive, quality housing that the neighborhood could be proud of, and I’m glad we were able to see the project come to fruition.”
A nod to McDonald’s late parents, Sam and Judy, is permanently etched in the Trailhead Townhomes exterior sign anchoring the property — a small “S” for Sam and “J” for Judy.
“We were searching for the right way to pay tribute to my parents,” McDonald said.
Situated behind the burgeoning West Park Promenade, Trailhead Townhomes is just a hop, skip and a jump away from area restaurants and grocery stores. Additionally, the location is desirable because of its proximity to the medical corridor, colleges, schools and banks.
“You couldn’t have asked for a better location,” McDonald said. “It’s right in the thick of everything.”
Each two-bedroom unit is comprised of 1,248 square feet of space and features attractive landscaping, high-end accoutrements, connected one-car garage and convenient back patio.
“The finished project re-infuses vitality into the neighborhood,” McDonald said. “It’s a project we’re definitely proud of.”
From the get-go, McDonald and his team were committed to creating high-quality housing that was both comfortable and affordable.
Partnering with First Interstate Bank, Jones Construction was hired as the general contractor — a trusted professional McDonald knew would be up to the task.
“We wanted to infuse the space with extras, elements you don’t necessarily see in other complexes,” McDonald said.
Jones and his team of dedicated professionals went to work. The foundation was poured June 20, 2013. Units were framed by July 15 and were ready to be furnished by mid-December.
“I can’t speak enough to the quality of work by Jones Construction and their crew of subcontractors,” McDonald said. “And it was all completed ahead of schedule. Everyone likes that.”
A rich color palette of caramel, mocha and terra cotta invites guests up the entryway to each two-story home. Offset by accent trim in bright white, the aesthetic created perfectly complements the bucolic beauty of the Rims, which act as a backdrop to the property.
The connected garage makes loading and unloading a snap, as guests will have no trouble packing groceries inside to the home’s high-end kitchen.
Outfitted with stainless steel appliances, LVT flooring and soft pendant lighting, the kitchen opens up to connect the dining and living area.
A neatly appointed powder bath with pedestal sink is conveniently located adjacent the kitchen.
Just off the dining area through sliding glass doors is a semiprivate patio nook, perfect for grilling or just enjoying the remains of the day.
Yard work, snow removal and landscape maintenance is provided by Rainbow Property Management, making the townhomes a great locale for young professionals, seniors or anyone wanting to shed the inconvenience of yard work.
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Upstairs, guests will take note of the home’s high-end, custom rail system crafted by Beartooth Ironworks. Spacious rooms and oversized closet systems highlight the upstairs, which is awash with light.
Not so visible is the home’s uber-efficient, forced-air furnace system, another quality addition integrated by McDonald and his team.
“These upgrades definitely make the space more of a home than an apartment,” contractor Jerry Jones said.
The master features a walk-in closet with ample storage space and attractive crown accents. Solid core interior doors on the master (and throughout the home) are yet another high-end add-on.
Down the hall, a contemporary main bath features oversized tile, his-and-hers sinks and a wall-to-wall vanity.
An additional room mirroring the master tops off the second level of the home.
McDonald is quick to credit many hands for the success of the project.
"It was a coordinated effort, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out,” he said.
More than 50 years after the original property was built, McDonald walks away with the satisfaction of finishing his father’s work — meeting and exceeding even his own goals.
“This has been a long time coming, and everyone benefits from the fresh new look,” he said.