Reblogged from the Coeur d'Alene Press
Originally Posted: Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 am
By BETH HANGGELI/Special to The Press
When you travel south from Coeur d'Alene on Highway 95, it's as if you're entering another world. You trade people and traffic for cattle, horses and elk; prairies and mountains for forested hillsides and pastoral flats.
However, the lake is a constant, stretching 25 miles south of town. Head east from Highway 95 and within minutes, you're gazing at its crystal blue waters. And if you turn onto Kidd Island Bay Road and wind your way through the varied, forested terrain, you'll soon find yourself gazing at those waters from Harbor View Estates.
Harbor View Estates is a gated neighborhood located approximately 18 minutes south of Coeur d'Alene. It's a quiet, serene, exclusive community of high-quality homes, with spectacular lake views, towering trees, and abundant wildlife.
"It's a very unique subdivision further out of town, upscale and well maintained," said Randy Oetken, a Realtor with Windermere Coeur d'Alene Realty, representing Harbor View Estates.
"It is a wonderful development, really," said Christy Oetken, also a Realtor with Windermere.
The first thing you notice when you enter this secluded neighborhood – well, besides the trees, wildlife, beautiful homes and incredible views – is how peaceful it is. "The really nice thing is that it's very quiet," Christy said. "There's no freeway or railroad noise. That's the hardest thing to find and still be close to town."
Lots are generally between .39 of an acre and 3 acres, with interior lots averaging .5 acres; most have breathtaking lake or territory views. Houses are scattered throughout the neighborhood, tucked into forested corners, clinging to rocky hillsides, nestled in lavishly landscaped nooks. And everywhere, there are trees. "The properties up here give the owners room to stretch out," Randy said. "Being as though they're on acreage, it's nice; you can get some distance between neighbors."
The developers left naturally landscaped green spaces throughout the neighborhood, and the larger lot sizes mean that there's plenty of natural terrain between the homes. "You have plenty of green space of your own," Christy said. There are a few lots available, both interior and lakeview, if you'd like to build your dream home in this serene neighborhood.
The HOA has a dedicated website to help keep residents informed, and a board of directors that guide the association. Dues are around $95/month, which include water and sewer services as well as maintenance of the roads and common areas, such as the waterfront picnic area and beach. They have their own water and sewage treatment plants.
The HOA pays close attention to every detail in this community, down to requiring builders to sweep the streets each evening, once the day's construction work is done. "The HOA has done a magnificent job maintaining the neighborhood," Christy said. "They've done a good job protecting the quality."
Residents have access to the community beach and pavilion, perfect for swimming or picnicking with family and friends on warm summer afternoons. There's a 17-slip marina owned by the Harbor View Boat Association; slips may become available for lease or purchase from time to time, but interested parties must contact that association directly.
A number of the area's premier homebuilders are represented in Harbor View Estates, such as JLR Developments. President and owner Joe Rumore has been building quality homes in North Idaho for 20 years. His houses regularly appear in the Parade of Homes, and has built in Selkirk Meadows and on Grandview in Hayden, among other prime locations.
"There's a nice variety of architectural styles," Randy said. "It's definitely not a cookie-cutter neighborhood." You'll find log homes next to Northwest Craftsman homes next to brick homes; actively enforced CC&Rs and architectural restrictions help protect their value.
Prices for properties in Harbor View Estates start at $350,000 and go up to $2 million. In 2014, homes that sold were priced from $375,000 to $950,000. There are currently two on the market, ranging from $599,900 to $1,595,000.
Residents take full advantage of the security of their gated community, walking the winding roads and enjoying the views of the lake. You'll find abundant wildlife: deer browse along the sides of the roads and nestle in front yards on sunny winter afternoons, and flocks of wild turkeys are a constant source of entertainment.
As the HOA website states, "Stop and listen to the quiet. It is remarkable."
If you're interested in owning one of the stately homes in this serene neighborhood, contact Randy and Christy Oetken at (208) 660-0506 for more information on the available properties in Harbor View Estates.
If there's a neighborhood that you'd like to see featured in this series, please contact Beth Hanggeli at (208) 659-8367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood of the week: Harbor View Estates
Coeur d’Alene has been called a slice of heaven; as we know, all dogs go to heaven.
No single person, organization, or law can make a city dog friendly. It takes ongoing effort and dedication from many people.
Although lots of dogs have lived in the town of 47,000 for as long as anyone can remember, it was just last year that the first dog park opened. In 2008, the city and the Kootenai Humane Society partnered to give homeless dogs a better adoption chance. Two years ago, the Dog About Town website launched, hosting a doggie events page, and a year later its publication began for dog lovers in Coeur d’Alene and surrounding areas of the Inland Northwest. Dog d’Alene an annual downtown dog celebration, kicked off four years ago. The city of 17,000 dogs has made great strides in a few short years.
To read more about this wonderful DogTown, pick up the October issue of DOG FANCY.
Downtown is All Things Dog!
This Saturday, May 14th!
Hang out Downtown with your dog(s) Saturday, May 14th for a day of fun! Head to Downtown Coeur d’Alene from 11am to 3pm and see vendors, a fashion show, contests, raffles, pet photos, demonstrations – All Things Dog! And don’t miss the 2nd Annual Dog d’Alene Doxie Dash! This is a free event.
For more information please contact Gay at 208-415-0116.
Our Schnauzer “Browser” was probably the most famous dog in Idaho. Over the years, we have featured him in our print and electronic advertizing. He’s even been on a billboard! If you had the pleasure of knowing him, you’ll know that he was on of the best Public Relations reps ever!
Our faithful little buddy passed earlier this year. Although we miss him very much, we are so grateful for the years and blessings of his precious friendship. (In Loving Memory of Browser)
We can hardly forsake his memory especially now. Since he was such a huge part of our Real Estate business as well as our personal lives, we beg your indulgence as we continue doing business in his memory for a little while longer.
When you think of Browsing for Real Estate on the internet, we hope you’ll remember our “best friend” and visit websites that bear his name: www.RealEstate-Browser.com.
Visit Browser’s Facebook Fan Page, “Browser’s BFF’s“
“Browser” is howling to all his Peeps: Don’t forget the Doggie this year!
And just ’cause he’s such a great guy, he’s found a great recipe site for you to sniff out. Lots of really yummy “looking” things for your favorite four-legged friend. They’d probably smell great, too!
He’d also like to do a little growling. His life has been “no treat” for the past year. Literally. A year ago, he was hospitalized for pancreatitis. (We were really concerned about him for a couple of weeks, but he pulled through.) Poor boy! Now his diet is very restricted. No more puppy treats for him…
So bake up a batch of one of these Doggie Treats for someone you love. (We’ve included a recipe below.)
And, some time soon, will you stop by our office to cheer up our old boy?
1 cup cornmeal
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons fresh, chopped parsley
1 cup cooked chicken livers, chopped
Combine flour and cornmeal in a bowl. In a large bowl add the egg, oil and broth and mix. Add the flour mixture about 1/3 at a time and mix well between additions. Add chopped chicken livers until well incorporated into a stiff dough. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and kneed for about 1 minute. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/2″. Cut into shapes using a cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake treats for about 15 minutes or until firm.
Storing Dog Treats
In general you should store dog treats the same way you would homemade people cookies. That being said, there are two main variables that determine storage time – the amount and type of fat in the recipe and your local weather conditions. If your recipe uses fats such as butter, or meat bits or juices then it will be more prone to rancidity than a recipe that uses some vegetable oil or shortening. Your treats may mold or spoil much faster in humid or very hot climates.
Refrigeration and Freezing – Refrigeration will prolong the life of more fragile dog treats. Make sure to store in a tightly sealed container or zip lock bag. You can also freeze most treats in zip lock freezer bags. Allow to thaw completely before use.
Especially during Christmas, our hearts long for the simpler days when a holiday was antipated not so highly for the piles of gifts, but simply for the chance to spend time with friends and loved ones.
Historians often tell of a bygone era, when Christmas was a day to receive visitors into our homes. Hosts would “lay out” an abundance of sweets and savories, ready to welcome their guests, and Townsfolk would promenade from house to house, greeting one and all, enjoying the food and the companionship of their friends and neighbors.
We’ve come a long way since those days. And while we’re a bit sad about the passing of such a warm tradition, we wondered if you might enjoy a tour of our home at Christmas?
We would offer you a cookie or a warm cup of Christmas Cheer if we could, but we do hope you’ll find yourself “at home” in our photo tour – as well as in our hearts – this holiday season.
Welcome to our home. May the blessings of this Christmas Season be yours!
Randy and Christy spent most of yesterday afternoon “sprucing” up some holiday pine swags (pun intended!) to deliver to clients who just purchased new homes.
Since we’re in full Decorating Swing for the holidays, we thought we’d just pass along a few tips we learned yesterday afternoon.
It’s E-A-S-Y to make your own holiday swag, especially in our part of the world. In fact, you may have all the materials you need in and around your home already.
Of course, this time of year, real (or “genuine imitation”) pine boughs, wreaths and swags are available almost anywhere – even in some grocery stores. We suggest that you may save some $ by looking in your own yard. Perhaps you have a tree or evergreen that could use a bit of trimming anyway!
Same goes for pine cones. After you find them on your property, decorate with spray glitter or flocking material or maybe even a light dusting of white or metallic spray paint.
Next, raid your holiday wrapping center for ribbon, raffia, or bows, themed “picks” & ornaments to adorn your handiwork. Get creative! Use your imagination and ingenuity to give your wreath or swag your personal touch.
We suggest using green florist’s wire to secure the pine boughs together into a pleasing arrangement. Wired ribbon makes for quick and beautiful bows. Other “mechanics” include use of glue guns and ornament hooks.
Keep in mind that decorating with evergreens is perfect any time of year. If you’re careful with theme and colors, your handiwork could serve your outdoor decor needs well past the holiday season.
In the real estate business, we call furnishings and decor “staging”. We all like to “stage” our homes for those ideal Christmas and New Year parties, for sure. But have you thought about how to best stage your property to make it attractive for potential buyers?
As an Accredited Staging Professional, Christy Oetken can help you make the most of your home’s floor plan, color scheme, furnishings, and decor. Put her to work for you today!
For other ideas on maximizing your property’s Curb Appeal during the Holidays and beyond, visit
Randy, Christy & “Browser”
p.s. This picture of Christy and “Browser” was taken at our Coeur d’Alene home, above Coeur d’Alene’s Bennett Bay.