Thirty eight percent of homes in Butte were built prior to 1940, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Considering this, it’s no secret that demand for new homes in Butte is high.
However, one builder is hoping to help fill the demand.
That developer is Jeremy Mygland of MYG Inc., who recently broke ground on the infrastructure for a 29-lot subdivision across the street from the Butte YMCA.
When all is said and done, the subdivision will have 12 duplexes and five single-family homes.
The subdivision, located southwest of Hansen Road, is called the Opportunity Townhomes.
Pre-sales are already available for the Opportunity subdivision, said Bonnie Hawke of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties. Hawke is the managing broker of Berkshire’s Butte branch.
According to Hawke, the homes will come in three different floor plans: the three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,690-square-foot Golden Butte Plan; the two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,460-square-foot Silver Bow plan; and the two-bedroom, two-bath, 1,298-square-foot Copper Peak Plan.
Prices range from $245,000 to $285,000 depending on the plan and whether the dwelling is part of a duplex or is a single-family home.
Hawke said buyers can choose from three different interior designs, which include Rustic Refined, Traditional and Contemporary.
“They’re all a neutral design,” she said, noting that the three styles won’t clash with homeowners’ furnishings and décor.
Kitchen countertops will be laminate, the appliances will be stainless steel, and the flooring in the homes will be a combination of carpet, laminate and vinyl.
Hawke said that the homes aren’t customizable, so you can’t mix and match elements from the three designs. However, customers can opt, for example, to go all in on one type of flooring. Meanwhile, the first eight customers who go under contract can get an upgrade of up to $2,000 on appliances.
Mygland says he’s not a wealthy out-of-state developer. In fact, he told The Montana Standard last month, he and his wife are betting almost everything they have on Butte.
“In this one project we’ve invested the last 10 years of everything we’ve done, everything we’ve made. I mean, everything is invested in this,” said Mygland. “Every ounce of effort we’ve put into ourselves and building our company is invested in this subdivision.”
In all, he and wife Ashley will make a $1.2 million investment on the Opportunity subdivision.
Mygland and his wife both hail from agricultural communities and grew up on farms.
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Ashley grew up in Drummond, while Mygland is from Hingham, a small community near Havre.
“Her dad was a logger. My dad was the undersheriff,” said Mygland.
Today, the two live in Clancy, where Mygland handles the building portion of the business and Ashley Mygland comes up with the company’s floor plans and interior design. Although the company is based in Helena and Clancy, Mygland says he hopes to hire as much local labor as possible and source from local suppliers where he can.
Mygland says he and Ashley didn’t start out in life with the idea of starting a home-construction business, but that all changed in the 2000s during the housing bubble when they began looking for a starter home in Helena and couldn’t find what they wanted.
Mygland had worked in the construction industry for years, so he knew quite a bit about home building, and he says he didn’t like what he saw on the market: homes that were quickly and cheaply built by developers hoping to cash in as quickly as possibly on what had been then a “hot” housing market.
As a result, the Myglands became inspired to get into the home-building business in 2009. They set out to build “quality homes at affordable prices,” their web bio contends, with a modest, 1,440 square-foot floor plan. Within a year they had sold 18 homes, the write on their website.
Mygland says he strives to offer quality homes and that his homes are far from “builder grade.”
Co-listing agent Angie Enger of Helena’s Berkshire branch agreed.
“We’re not building for the moment but for the next 20 years,” Enger said.
Mygland said he bought the land for the Opportunity subdivision from Butte developer Brandon Legg, who previously developed an adjoining area into a townhouse subdivision.
According to Mygland, Legg had intended to build his own subdivision at the Opportunity site, but decided to pass the torch to Mygland instead. Mygland said he used Legg’s floor plans, making some modifications where he and Ashley saw fit.
Enger said interest in townhouses among home buyers is on the rise, especially among retirees who are downsizing and are looking for single-level homes.
To cater to retirees, the Opportunity dwellings are zero-clearance, which is a selling point for seniors concerned about mobility.
But Enger noted the homes aren’t just for seniors. The subdivision will have a homeowners association, which will cost homeowners $150 per month and will take care of snow removal, lawn care and other maintenance issues, which could be appealing to working adults with busy schedules.
“It’s so exciting,” said Hawke of the Opportunity project. She estimated that the last townhome subdivision was built in the 1990s.
Similarly, there’s just something exciting about new homes in Butte.
“The look of new, the smell of new,” she said.