JUST LISTED!!

Check out this house that we JUST LISTED in Athol!

01 Silver Meadows Front

 

Proudly presented at $370,000

27457 W Silver Meadows Loop, Athol, ID 83860

A SPARKLING DIAMOND IN A SILVER SETTING! This Well-Polished Jewel sparkles on 5+ Acres with a SHOP! Impeccable 5 bedroom/3bath home with Italian tile flooring in Gourmet Kitchen, Island prep sink & Breakfast Bar open to family room with cozy fireplace. Living room boasts another fireplace and mt. views. Main floor bedroom is ensuite and a huge master bedroom suite and 3 more bedrooms are on 2nd floor. Skylights, Central Vac, AC, Sprinkler System, & 24X30 Shop. High Speed Internet cable!

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JUST LISTED!!

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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Neighborhood of the week: Harbor View Estates

cdapressReblogged 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.

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Randy and Christy Oetken are Realtors with Windermere Coeur d'Alene Realty, representing Harbor View Estates. Photo by BETH HANGGELI

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."

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The stately homes in Harbor View Estates, are on larger lots, most with abundant natural landscaping and many with stunning lake views.

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 bhanggeli@cdapress.com.

Neighborhood of the week: Harbor View Estates

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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Caring for Katie

Reblogged from CDAPress.com

Originally published December 29, 2014

By DEVIN HEILMAN
dheilman@cdapress.com

Katie & jacksonCOEUR d’ALENE – Katie Stolebarger’s world has been turned upside-down.

On Nov. 13, she received the worst news of her life – she has stage 4 breast cancer.

The otherwise super healthy 32-year-old single mom was in disbelief when her surgeon told her the swollen lymph node under her armpit was indeed cancer and that it had spread to her hip bone and a vertebrae on her spine. She thought she was just going in for a routine checkup.

“I immediately started sobbing and still can’t believe such a thing could be happening to me,” she said.

She is facing several rounds of chemotherapy, surgeries and radiation and won’t be able to work for a while. Stolebarger, of Coeur d’Alene, has been a real estate agent at Windermere for 13 years, and her work family at Windermere plans to be right by her side during her journey through cancer.

“She’s just a neat gal; I love her to pieces,” said Windermere co-owner and foundation secretary/treasurer Midge Smock. “We’re definitely family oriented and Katie is one of ours and we’re going to take care of her.”

Smock and her son and daughter-in-law were quick to action when they heard of Stolebarger’s distress.

“We were in Hawaii on vacation and we got a text and that was the week before Thanksgiving,” Smock said. “My daughter-in-law, son and I immediately got home and started figuring out what we could do.”

Smock and other Windermere agents are rallying support for Stolebarger to help her pay the forthcoming medical expenses as well as continue to provide for her 6-year-old son, Jackson. Smock said they have reached out to Stolebarger’s friends and others in the real estate community to donate their time or money to the cause. A Christmas photography fundraiser brought in about $7,000; combined with other efforts, fundraisers have generated close to $30,000 for Stolebarger, whose insurance deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses are about $27,000 so far.

Smock said they are in the process of setting up a trust for Stolebarger to also help with the medical bills and accompanying expenses. In the past, Windermere jumped to the rescue of one of its agents who needed a bone marrow transplant.

“We raised the money and it saved his life,” Smock said.

The real estate agency is once again stepping up for one of its employees.

“Her chemotherapy is going to be very intense,” Smock said. “We want to keep her in her apartment and help take care of her son. She’s in a fight for her life.”

Stolebarger has already gone through a couple sessions of chemo and knows she will be losing her blond hair soon. She is holding her head high and trying to maintain a positive and proactive attitude as she faces a frightening journey. She is happy and thankful to have her Windermere family.

“I can’t imagine not having them here right now,” Stolebarger said. “They’re like having an extra 100 family members to have by my side to walk through this with me.”

As for her own family, Stolebarger said being diagnosed with cancer has brought them closer. She said her friends have been supportive, too, and everyone is thinking more about the important things in life.

“I’ve been blogging about what really matters,” she said. “It’s not hair, it’s not having a perfect face or big boobs. None of that really matters because when you’re sitting in the chemo room, people are just happy to be alive. Everything just goes out the window.”

She said her family does have a history of breast cancer and she encourages all women to go in and get checked.

“I was fine, other than being a little tired. I feel fine,” she said. “Even if you feel fine, just go.”

For info, to read Stolebarger’s blog or donate, visit www.caringforkatie.org.

Caring for Katie

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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The Windermere Report: Coeur d’Alene MLS, North Idaho Real Estate Market Review for 2011

Dear Friends,

We thought you would appreciate this information about last year’s Real Estate Market in North Idaho.  Here is the annual Windermere Market Review.

We would LOVE to hear from you!

We fear that our clients and friends may think we “only” want to hear from you when you are ready to buy or sell real estate.  Not True!   We truly enjoy all the friendships we have made through the years, and would just love a chance to “catch up”.

Please call or email us, or even stop in the office.  Tell us about your children, grandchildren, pets.  Help catch us up on “you”.

Also, if you haven’t yet heard, we have a NEW PUPPY.  Well…he’s not so “new” these days.  We adopted “Trakker” in September.  He’s quite a perky, energetic, friendly little fellow.  He would enjoy meeting you.  And to tell the truth, we like to “show him off”.  He’s our “baby”.

Anyway, if you have any questions about information you read in this report, we would also be happy to help you sort it all out as well.

As always, we

  • treasure your friendship,
  •            value your  business, and
  •                        will work hard for your referrals. 

 

Looking forward to hearing from YOU!

~ Randy, Christy & “Trakker”

208-660-0506

Oetken@RealEstate-Browser.com

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 2:12 pm
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TRAKKER’S TAIL: Another Milestone

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??

Read more about Trakker on our Blog

Here are some more of Trakker’s “Firsts”

Trakker’s First Closing
Trakker’s First Hair Cut

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Posted on January 6, 2012 at 11:53 am
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TRAKKER’S TAIL: Trakker’s First Closing

Trakker presided over his first closing back in November.
We thought you might like to see the video of this first milestone in the Real Estate career of our newest little buddy.
Enjoy!

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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TRAKKER’S TAIL: First Hair Cut

TRAKKER experienced a couple more of his “Firsts” this week.  On Monday, he got his first hair cut and met another one of his new “Humans”, Corinna Orr, his groomer.
(Incidentally, if you’re looking for a great Dog Groomer, we highly recommend Corina’s Dog Grooming.)

Corina gave TRAKKER an A+ for being a Good Boy during his grooming.  He even got a new scarf to commemorate the big day!

Christy likes the hair cut (Corina has groomed the Oetkens’ dogs for YEARS) but he doesn’t look like a puppy any more.  A little sad…

Anyway, here are the “Before” and “After” photos:

BEFORE

AFTER

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm
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TRAINING UP TRAKKER: Is Exercise the Cure for Canine Behavior Issues?

Trakker on Adoption Day

Hello Friends!

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.

Enjoy!

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 dogsbehavioral 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.cctakesteps-1

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.

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The big take away for us, from this small test, was that the exercise group, though they hadn’t improved markedly in any obedience skills, improved greatly in all the “annoyance” behaviors.social-riverstone

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?english-point-molly-and-new

You can contact the author with comments or questions about this article and other dog-related questions at: sean@seattlefamilydogtraining.com

Live in the Spokane area and need some help exercising your dog?  Check in with Bare Paws Running.

For more doggie doings in the area, check in at our website.

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Posted on December 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm
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TRAKKER’S TAIL: First Day at Work

Tracker is On the Job!

Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed this morning, and on the job already!

Tracker came home for the first time on Saturday (September 24), a month earlier than we had originally thought. We are thrilled!

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???

Puppy Love

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?

http://christine-b.hubpages.com/hub/Puppy-Love-Poem
Posted on September 26, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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NEWS ON TRACKER: The Big Day Coming Soon!

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…)

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm
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