Monte Cristo Awards

Congratulations to all the recipients at the 25th Annual Monte Cristo Awards 

On October 10 at Historic Everett Theater, over 50 people received the coveted Monte Cristo Award. Home and business owners were recognized for their hard work and beautiful results -- truly impressive! Volunteers planned, organized and hosted the 25th anniversary year of the event and it was a lovely celebration! 

Event hosts Tyler Chism and Garret Hunt entertained as they described the properties. Mayor Franklin acknowledged the hard work of the volunteer committee who spearheaded this anniversary event and applauded the recipients.  Award winners were photographed receiving their plaques with Council members Scott Bader and Liz Vogeli. Council members Brenda Stonecipher, Judy Tuohy, and Paul Roberts also joined the festivities.  

Thanks to all of you who have nominated a neighbor, a business or a green garden home for recognition this year! Community volunteers selected the best and most deserving property owners. Lots of "oohs and aahs" erupted as guests viewed before and after scenes of the Rejuvenation and Transformation category homes, admiring the improvements made to homes and gardens. Attendees came away inspired!

Want to help with the 2020 Monte Cristo Awards? Scout around your neighborhood now, for possible 2020 recipients to nominate.  You can join in the planning effort -- volunteers make this event successful. Pitch in to celebrate the beautiful homes and businesses in Everett. Check here for further information in January. 


Created in 1994 by a committee of residents working with the Office of Neighborhoods, the Monte Cristo Awards recognize neighbors who help make Everett special by taking pride in their property. The awards inspire other neighbors to improve their homes and landscapes. Business owners are recognized for the visual street appeal of their business locations. Representatives from the Council of Neighborhoods and community volunteers choose award winners from properties that have been nominated by the community. Recipients are recognized at the awards event in October. 

4 Monte Cristo Categories

There are 4 award categories:

  • Green Gardening - This award is given to homeowners who have implemented natural or green gardening practices.
  • Neighborhood Friendly Business - This award is given to businesses that rate high in overall visual quality from the street view.
  • Pride of the Neighborhood - Homes and yards that consistently look their best deserve this award.
  • Rejuvenation and Transformation - These are residential properties that have changed for the better, transformed by the owners to be a visual asset.

Marian Krell Award

The Marian Krell Award honors a prior Monte Cristo award recipient who has excelled in the maintenance of their property over several years time. The winners of this award are chosen by the Office of Neighborhoods director, for exceptional care and attractiveness of their home and landscape. The award is named for the late Marian Krell, former director of the Office of Neighborhoods, who helped residents launch the Monte Cristo Awards.