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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Coeur d’Alene is a magical wonderland during the holidays.
The Holiday Lights is one attraction that make our city so irresistible. Here’s a quick video tour, from our friends at the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association:
We just LOVE Hibbard Construction’s Blog & Newsletter! Here’s another fabulous post by Tammy Henry, that we thought we would pass along to you – just in time for holiday decorating!
The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to crawl up into the attic and bring down those boxes of decorations. Many of us have been using the same decorations year after year, and some of those decorations may look a little outdated by now. If this is the case, you may want to update your decorations or add some new twists to your decorative flair.
Two trends in particular have been emerging, with very different themes and looks. One is a more sophisticated theme, while the other stays more traditional. Here are a few must-try trends that will guarantee a fresh festive look for your home.
Green and red might be Christmas mainstays, but your holiday decor doesn’t have to depend on these two hues alone. This season, look to more sophisticated versions of those classic shades with some other, more versatile tones. For the sophisticated theme, the colors are rich burgundies, deep golds, dark cranberry and hunter greens as color schemes. You can focus your holiday decor on just one color throughout or a mix of two or all four.
To really set a sophisticated scene, add a new tablecloth or table linens in these rich, elegant colors. Use solids for the placemats and a fun pattern for the napkins to add interest and depth. Salad plates in these shades mixed in with your standard china add a punch of color, while entertaining new stemware in festive, chic hues make a great accent for your holiday table.
Slip on slipcovers
One of the easiest ways to incorporate a seasonal theme throughout your home is with accessories. Use these colors in accent pillows on beds or sofas, cozy throws or blankets, vases, candles or decorative bowls filled with ornaments in your chosen shades.
Punch up the powder room
New towels in seasonal solids, patterns or festive trims carry through your look effectively. The powder room is one room your guests will use, so don’t forget about it.
Upgrade your drapery
Change your everyday drapery to your new color scheme. Fabrics like velvets or silks add a sense of luxury for the holidays.
The other emerging trend in holiday decor this season is sticking to more conventional decor elements. At its essence, this means reliving childhood memories and creating new ones for your family. To make your holiday decorating a more interactive experience, get inspired with these tips for getting tastefully traditional in your home this holiday.
Incorporate vintage decorations that have a homemade feel to give your decor a more traditional quality. Also think about using handed-down ornaments from prior generations to really add a nostalgic twist. “A few ornaments that were your great-grandmother’s, or other ornaments that were your parents’ allow you to share stories of past Christmas get-togethers.
Incorporate your cultural background into your decor this season. Using ethnic pieces reflecting a family culture creates a very personal, intimate feeling and pride of one’s heritage.
Do a decor swap
Consider swapping ornaments and decorations with family members who are far away and can’t join you for the holidays. This is a great way to warm up your space and make it feel like loved ones are close by, even when they can’t be.
Tie in toys
Vintage toys that remind us of childhood, like red wagons, Tonka toys, and old train sets, can be used as accessories or decorations. Ask your parents if they have some of yours or your siblings’ toys they have kept, or get a new train with the family that will eventually be used in a future Christmas with your grandchildren.
Whatever your tastes may be, there are a multitude of ways to update and create wonderful holiday decorating schemes on any budget. Get creative and have fun!
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This property features a separate detached Studio/Office /2nd Bedroom & Covered Patio with Spa/Hot Tub. Gas Stove & Central Air for year-round comfort. With its downtown location, luxe amenities & curb appeal (aided by a shake roof & redwood siding) you may never want to leave. A true artisan showpiece!
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Here’s a FREE activity for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season in beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene!
Ride the horse-drawn carriage through downtown
[November 3, 2010]
Take a break from your busy holiday shopping and enjoy the slower pace of a free horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.
- November 26 through December 24
- 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fridays
- 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
- Special Christmas Eve rides from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Meet at Wall Street and Main Avenue
- All rides are FREE!
- Presented in partnership by STCU and Downtown Spokane
Downtown Coeur d’Alene
- December 4 through December 24
- 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays
- Special Christmas Eve rides from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- All rides are FREE!
- Presented in partnership by STCU and the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Association
You and your family, friends, and other romantics are sure to enjoy this enchanting holiday tradition provided by Spencer’s Carriages and Rocking K Ranch.
Reservations are not necessary. Bring a friend!
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