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
TRAKKER had another milestone yesterday. He lost his very first tooth.
The problem is he’s really terrible at posing for photographs. It’s just TOO MUCH FUN to play with his “people” and those shiny black “chew toys” they hold in their hands. Too much temptation for puppies who like to play! (And by the way, he is a little perturbed that they took the tooth away from him, too…)
So here are the only two halfway decent photos we did manage to capture to memorialize his special moment. “Sitting” is almost too much to expect a little guy to do. Scampering around, climbing on his people, kisses and playing “chase” are MUCH MORE FUN than “Sitting” and “Staying”. What’s a puppy to do??
Here are some more of Trakker’s “Firsts”
We thought you might like to see the video of this first milestone in the Real Estate career of our newest little buddy.
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Yes, this is a purely shameless excuse to share another picture of our adorable puppy, TRAKKER. This is him on the day we adopted him. OK…so he’s a bit bigger now than he was two months ago. We promise to share some more updated photos soon…but we just couldn’t resist sharing this one today!
Training Up TRAKKER:
We’re always looking for puppy training tips. Here’s an article we found that we thought you might appreciate, suggesting the value of exercise in curbing those pesky “annoyance” behaviors. Especially during the holiday season, when we have more on our “to do” lists, guests in our home, and dazzling decorations which may be irresistible to “puppies” of all ages, it might be helpful for us to be reminded of the powerful effects of exercise.
Written by: Sean McDaniel
Seattle Family Dog Training
Have you ever heard the old adage, “A tired dog is a good dog?” Well, a few years back we decided to put that adage to the test.
As a dog trainer for over a decade, I’ve never turned down a dog-problem. Consequently, I’ve seen just about every dog-related issue under the sun. There are perpetual debates over which training method is best and how to go about solving dogs’ behavioral challenges. Instead of pitting two training methodologies against one another, we thought we’d compare a group of dogs going through ‘obedience’ training and a group merely exercising regularly.
The two groups filled out preliminary assessments on their dogs’ traits and issues, and then took part in either six weeks of obedience training or six weeks of an exercise program. The unscientific parts of this experiment are the sample size and the variance in types of exercise. There were only 6 participants in each group and the exercising group each did different things. Some “exercisers” went for a run twice a day; other dogs ran next to a cycling owner, some played fetch, while some did a mix of activities. The “exercisers” were directed to do at least 30-45 minutes of exercise twice a day with one session happening in the morning. They slowly ramped up the amount and intensity of exercise over two weeks and most of the participants had some really good workouts going with their dogs for the last 3-4 weeks of the test.
All participants in the “obedience training” group had goods results with all of their issues, and their dogs’ improved in both obedience skills and what we would call “annoyance behaviors” such as: jumping up, digging, barking, chasing other animals, and general over-excitement.
Generally, the “exercise group” told us that their dog was much easier to live with during their new exercise regimen. They also told us that the people in the house experienced less stress due to not worrying about their dog’s “problem” behaviors as much.
So, did this experiment help map out the canine genome or discover a cure for hip-dysplasia – well … no. It was helpful to us though to show, in some more structured way, that the adage about a “tired dog being a good dog” really is true.
What does this mean for you? Well, it’s all good news. While there will be no shortage of issues left for professional trainers to help folks with; you might be able to take your first steps in solving some behavior problems today. Go for a long hike, a bike ride, a run (if your able) or play some vigorous fetch with your dog, and see if some of your dog’s “annoying” behaviors don’t start to wane for you too. By the way, there’s also a rumor out there that spending time walking, hiking, cycling and playing fetch with your dog is good for humans as well?
You can contact the author with comments or questions about this article and other dog-related questions at: email@example.com
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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, and on the job already!
He seems to be adjusting well, even though Sunday was a long day, filled with lots of riding in the car.
We felt really great coming into “work” this morning. Got to meet lots of new people: mostly “colleagues” at Windermere.
Also had to spend lots of time snuggling, chewing on ear lobes, gnawing on fingers, as well as lots of sniffing and snuffling…
By noon, we were exhausted! Who knew work could be so hard???
There is nothing that warms a frozen heart
Like a puppy’s cuddles and kisses;
Though all is dark, there will be smiles
When welcomed by one that so misses.
How could there be tears as he plays with your toes
And looks up at you with sad loving eyes;
Or stress as he shadows your every move
And trips on his ears chasing butterflies?
- BABY PHOTOS: Our New Puppy “Tracker” at 4 Weeks (realestatebrowser.wordpress.com)
October 24, 2011
October 24 is the big day when Tracker will officially become ours!
Just thought you would like to know.
We can HARDLY WAIT!!!!
We’re just SAYIN’…
And it’s REALLY hard to get any work done around here…
(Maybe our tails are wagging in anticipation…)
- BABY PHOTOS: Our New Puppy “Tracker” at 4 Weeks (realestatebrowser.wordpress.com)
Normally, we would beg your indulgence for posting personal photographs on our Real Estate blog…but REALLY! Have you ever SEEN a puppy so obviously intelligent and charming???
Here he is, at 4 weeks of age.
Undoubtedly, he is the cutest thing out there, and we thought we would give you a chance to agree…
The lower photos include him posing with his litter mate. “Tracker” is the adorable little guy on the right.
Incidentally, we haven’t yet finalized the spelling of his name. We may end up spelling it “TRAKKER” after all is said and done. Stay tuned for more information the moment it becomes available…