By: Taylor Foote, New Home Specialist
The first time I drove through Josephine Crossing I remember thinking about how much I wanted to live in the neighborhood. The houses were everything a girl can dream of, and it was the most kid-friendly community I had ever seen. You, too, may have found yourself at one point driving through this cute little neighborhood on the south end of Billings next to Norm Schoenthal Island (Norm’s Island) thinking, “Who are these people and am I still in Billings?” Well, I’m here to tell you a little bit about it.
1. There’s a reason for everything
From narrow streets and side yards to front porches and pocket parks you can see immediately that this isn’t your average place to live. Everything has been planned and placed with the intention of children, pedestrians and relationships in mind. Narrow streets cause a driver’s mindset to say, “slow down” making streets safer for kids and pets. Front porches and pocket parks provide places for people to gather and interact with one another. Predominantly south-facing side yards maximize usable lot space while taking advantage of sun exposure during the winter months. The purposeful design of Josephine Crossing is unlike any other you’ll find in Billings.
2. More than just families live here
I often get asked, “Is Josephine Crossing just for people with kids?” The truth is, absolutely not! There is a great mixture of all walks of life, age groups and income levels. With over 20 floor plans, plus variations on almost all of them, it’s easy to find a good fit for anyone. First time homebuyers, single moms and dads, families, empty nesters, young couples and singles all call Josephine Crossing home. You name it, we’ve got it.
3. You get the best of both worlds
Josephine Crossing is a great place for those of us who love a nice new home plus the benefit of the great outdoors! It’s hard to find a newly built, affordable home that’s next to the Yellowstone River without spending your life savings. Norm’s Island and Riverfront Park have over 14 miles of trails and are popular spots for walking (with or without dogs), biking, running, paddleboarding, fishing, or cross-country skiing. All this within walking distance of the neighborhood.
4. It is what you make it
One might think that you have to be a social butterfly to live in Josephine Crossing, but that’s not the case. We build homes with great features such as energy-efficient mechanicals and appliances that make living comfortable and affordable, so if inside is where you choose to spend your time, that’s great! Just know that if you’d like to get out and meet some new people there are frequent opportunities to engage with your neighbors. Whether it be the community garden, summer concerts, 4th of July celebration, or a nighttime stroll around Whoville, you can join in whenever the mood suits you!
5. Location, location, location!
We all know that location is an important factor when you’re trying to decide where to buy a home. The benefit of Josephine Crossing is that you can get almost anywhere in town in a short amount of time. Need to go to the Heights? Just hop on the interstate. Need to get downtown? That’s quick too (about a 10-minute drive)! Need to get some groceries? Walmart and Costco on King Avenue are about 5 minutes away making the neighborhood a convenient place to call home.