The Northwood Community Story...
Northwood Community opened in 1977 and has grown over the years into a 44-site, resident-owned manufactured home community.
But that transition didn't happen overnight. We began the move toward controlling our own destiny in the middle of 2014. That's when, with the help of NeighborWorks Montana (NWMT) and ROC USA, LLC, we formed Northwood Community Mobile Home Park, that would, on Nov. 5, 2014, purchase and take control of our community.
Now, the resident-owned community (ROC) is not only a successful business, but also a thriving neighborhood. The process of the resident-owned community buying the land beneath our neighborhood brought this community closer together. Not only do we know far more of our neighbors than ever before, but we look out for one another, too. And with no outside landlord to report to, we're the envy of other nearby manufactured home communities.
Our Member households elect our Board of Directors, which works with a property management firm and also appoints various volunteer committees to help with special projects, celebrations, community improvements and more. The Board submits a budget every year, and the entire Membership votes on it and any changes to the rent before the budget becomes official. We're running the business that is our community on our terms, by our rules, for the betterment of ourselves and our neighbors.
Northwood Community couldn't be better situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the Flathead Indian Reservation, an hour from both Missoula and Kalispell. We are happy to have recently created a large community garden. Local community college students help Members prepare and plant the garden, a partnership initiated by one of our own Members. Our community holds barbecues each summer, and enjoys spending time with our neighbors. A small, family-friendly neighborhood, we are located just eight miles from Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the lower 48 states west of the Mississippi River. The lake offers boating, fishing, swimming, camping and picnicking. The city of Polson, known for its many cherry orchards and beautiful views of the lake, is 15 minutes away. In the summertime, a vibrant farmers market offers local fruits and vegetables and handmade crafts.
The People's Center, located five minutes from Northwood, celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes. Less than a mile from Salish Kootenai College in the Mission Valley, Northwood Community is close to grocery stores, shopping and recreational activities. Wildlife observation, hiking, fishing and photography can be enjoyed in the nearby Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges. Outdoor enthusiasts have endless possibilities available to enjoy the beautiful Mission Mountains, and Glacier National Park is less than a two-hour drive. The amazing natural landscape of Montana is at your fingertips when you live in our community.
Ask anyone who lives in Northwood Community, and we're sure they'll tell you it's a little slice of heaven.