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
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Luxury home markets are bouncing back, with bidding wars heating up and properties being sold off at increasingly rapid speeds, bucking the trend set by other real estate markets, says a report in the Washington Post.
Properties valued at $1 million-plus have seen price increases of 0.7% since the end of February, compared to a 1.5% decrease in the value of homes under $1 million, according to the latest available statistics from Zillow.com.
“Luxury real estate is the housing market’s star performer right now,” said Zillow’s chief economist Stan Humphries.
In normal times, these two market segments usually move in the same direction, but now they are doing precisely the opposite. One reason is that a Wall Street rebound has helped fuel a desire for luxury homes on Long Island and in Hamptons, says the Washington Post, which has seen closings return to something close to the level they were at in 2007.
Also doing well is the luxury market segment in California’s Silicon Valley, which has seen double the number of home sales on $5 million-plus properties this year as compared to the last, on the back of a tech boom.
Experts add that international buyers are also playing a big part in the luxury housing market’s come back. Florida is a prime example of the foreign invasion of U.S. real estate, where almost a third of buyers are non-U.S. citizens. Throughout the U.S. as a whole meanwhile, foreign buyers have snapped up almost $82 billion worth of real estate in 2010, compared to just $66 billion the year before.
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Is the solution to your storage problem consist of adding shelves, installing cabinets, and buying wardrobes and armoires? Well that might be a temporary fix, but the best way to address your storage issues is when you are remodeling your home.
Adequate storage in the home has become a hot topic among designers and remodelers recently. More and more clients are finding themselves squeezed into homes with smaller square footage and lacking adequate storage space for todays active family lifestyle.
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If you can’t build out, try going up! Tall ceilings can be used to gain more storage in several rooms. In your closets, higher shelves can be placed above your normal rod for items that are seasonal. Kitchens and Great Rooms can also benefit from higher ceilings because taller cabinets can be installed. Don’t forget the open area above the wall cabinets, which can house anything from a basket of books to speakers.
Add Space in the Walls
Have a recessed cabinet installed! Recessed cabinets are designed to fit between the 16” studs found in most homes. A recessed cabinet can be installed in just a few hours and designed to match the trim already in your home. Recessed cabinets come in an array of types and styles. Price and quality of materials vary, but the goal is the same: Utilize that space inside your wall.
If you have stairs, putting deep drawers or cabinet style doors on the side can help you get the most use out of an otherwise waste of space. You will be surprised at the amount of storage available when you utilize this area.
Plan for Attic Storage
If you are going to have a steep roof or have one already, take advantage of this extra storage space. When you build, make sure the ceiling joists are sized large enough to carry any extra load created from your storage items. ONE TIP – If you install “real” stairs instead of pull down stairs, getting those Christmas decorations down every year will be much easier!
Create Built-in Seating
A mudroom is the perfect place for built-in seating. If you build the seating with a hinged top or deep drawers, you get the perfect place to store your shoes. In a bedroom, you have the perfect place to read a book and hide extra blankets at the same time.
Add an Island
Islands can be great in a kitchen for extra storage, but have you tried one on wheels? If you need more room in the kitchen, you simply roll it out of the way. Have you thought about an island in your closet? If you have a large walk-in closet, why not take advantage of that extra floor space? A small island makes a perfect place for extra storage and you may be able to free up some floor space in your bedroom by not having an extra dresser.
Don’t Skimp on the Garage
With the popularity of SUVs and mini vans, it is important you make sure your new garage will be big enough to hold the family car. For example, the GMC Yukon has a length of 198.9 inches and the Yukon XL has a length of 219.3 inches. If you plan on walking around it after you park, that garage had better be deeper than 20 feet.
An over sized garage will also allow for shelving units to be installed. This will give you an abundance of storage for your seasonal decorations, camping equipment, and lawn and garden supplies.
All in all, there are numerous ways to gain more storage. It just takes some creativity and a contractor who can help you identify ways to utilize the space you didn’t know you had!
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