Lower Rattlesnake

(northeast Missoula)

Lower Rattlesnake Missoula MontanaLocation: From Greenough Drive to Lolo Street with the interstate forming its southern border. Includes the southern portion of the North Hills Trail.

Character: Suburban

Features: Adjacent to Waterworks Hill/North Hills Open Space and Mount Jumbo

Parks: Greenough, Gregory, Bugbee Nature Preserve

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Living in Lower Rattlesnake

Residents enjoy proximity of nature and urban areas

By Breeana Laughlin



As residents in the Lower Rattlesnake neighborhood walk outside their doors they are greeted by mountains, trees, rivers and creeks. The city is also only blocks away.

The location and convenience of the neighborhood is a major draw for most people living in the Lower Rattlesnake.

“What I like most is being able to walk out your back door to hike, or bike, or shop – all of those things,” said Lower Rattlesnake resident Mary Ann Davies.  “If you like to be outdoors it’s great.”

Lower Rattlesnake borders start at Greenough Drive to Lolo Street with the interstate forming its southern border. It also includes the southern portion of the North Hills Trail.

The neighborhood is considered a historic district, with many of it’s homes being built in the late 1800s.

“My house was built in 1890, and I still have the original wood floor,” said Nancy Seldin. “As you go further up it’s more suburban.”

The older homes give the neighborhood charm, while newer homes built throughout the twenty-first century add to the mix.

“My house was built about a hundred years ago but there are other houses that were built 50 years ago, 20 years ago, even two years ago,” said community member Peter Lesica.

“Every house is different. It is the extreme opposite of subdivisions,” he said.

Lower Rattlesnake residents say there is also a good mix of ages and socio-economic status among neighborhood residents.

“We have renters, homeowners, families with kids, retired couples and students. The people that live here are quite varied,” said Lesica.

Many of the people who live in the Lower Rattlesnake enjoy getting to know their neighbors.

“It’s what I think of as an old fashioned neighborhood, as opposed to a place where nobody knows anybody and they just get in their cars and go,” said Peter Lesica.

One of the reasons neighbors become friendly is because there are many opportunities to bike, walk and hike.

“A lot of people ride bicycles and  a lot of people walk. It’s not as automobile-oriented as other places I’ve lived,” said Lesica.

“One of the single best aspects of living here is the proximity to open space,” he said.

Greenough and Gregory Parks and Bugbee Nature Preserve are in the Lower Rattlesnake, and the neighborhood is adjacent to Waterworks Hill, North Hills Open Space and Mount Jumbo.

The Lower Rattlesnake is also pet-friendly.

“I have two dogs, and they have buddies all around the blocks,” said Mary Ann Davies.

Members of the Lower Rattlesnake neighborhood council are working to preserve the aspects they love about their community, including keeping the neighborhood safe and pedestrian-friendly.

Because of the proximity to the highway and the city, some neighbors are working for a safer pedestrian and bike-friendly routes along Van Buren and other busy streets. The neighborhood council is also working for a noise barrier for houses located near 1-90.