JUST LISTED: Fairway Hills


3096 sq ft home with huge spaces & abundant storage on .37 Acre Corner lot.

This very spacious Fairway Hills home features lovely Cathedral Ceilings & Rocked Fireplace, as well as a well-equipped kitchen with Breakfast Bar & Master Suite with an extra-large Walk-In Closet with abundant shoe storage!

A Space for Everyone, and Everyone has a Space!  Fully Finished Basement features an extra bed and bath,  plus a Family Room & more Storage with lots of Shelving.

Irresistibly landscaped, front & back!

Front yard features an inviting front walk & set of steps with wrought iron railing, romantically graced with a pink blush of flowers- accentuating the curb appeal.

The Covered Landscaped Breezeway leads through a wrought iron garden gate to the lush back yard with Gazebo, Landscape Curbing &  Lawn Sprinkler System for easy maintenance.
A large Open Deck is lined with tall shrubs for private serenity.

2nd Garage / Storage Shed + RV Parking are included.

Just minutes to the Coeur d’Alene Public Golf Course, Downtown Coeur d’Alene & Schools.


Call Christy Oetken

 of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty today:



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NORTH IDAHO REAL ESTATE: Price Reduction in Coeur d’Alene’s Indian Meadows Neighborhood

Shady 1 Acre Shangri-La.

Impeccably landscaped woodland home trimmed with split-rail fencing— An idyllic setting in a friendly neighborhood. This home has a very open 1952sq ft of living space. California-split floorplan accommodates 3 generous upstairs bedrooms, plus one bedroom on the lower level. An open staircase overlooks the 2 story living room with wood-burning bricked fireplace hearth. Well-outfitted kitchen is the true heart of this home, boasting antique lighting, & pantry. Family & friends gather around the Breakfast Bar to keep the cook company. Spacious Master Suite boasts a private deck, shaded by a Sunset Awning, & perched above the back yard. This private retreat is a verdant expanse of trademark North Idaho, meticulously landscaped with concrete edging and native vegetation. Pine, dogwood & cherry trees; green grass & birdhouses make a welcome playground for our feathered friends & little woodland creatures alike. The Lawn Sprinkler System makes maintenance a snap so you can be free to enjoy this peaceful, quiet park-like setting. Entertain in the shade of the Patio Gazebo, just off the entrance to the Lower Level. Nice amenities include artist lighting, custom entertainment center & Blaze King wood stove in the walkout-level Family Room. The house does have a new roof—replaced about 3 years ago, plus an attached 2Car Garage. A long gated drive has plenty of paved RV Parking, with water and electricity readily available. Want storage? How about the 20 x 24 Shop with 220amp power & large overhead doors – great for your outdoor toys!

NOW $230,000

Call Christy Oetken of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty for more details, and to arrange your private tour! 208-660-0506 Check it out at www.RealEstate-Browser.com Text APPA to 72727

Call Randy or Christy Oetken

of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty today

for more information:



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NORTH IDAHO REAL ESTATE: Price Reductions in Hayden & Cataldo

3BR/2BA + Den
Fine Finishes & Amenities
include Granite Kitchen & Master Bath Counters 2 Car Garage & RV Parking

NEW PRICE $195,000

3br/1.5ba    1440 sq ft
.49 Acre
Near Sportsman’s Access & Public Boat Dock
NOW $145,000

Call Randy or Christy Oetken

of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty today

for more information:



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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?

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HOOKED ON HOUSES: An Artist’s Bold and Colorful House in Austin

OK, Readers: Love it or Hate it?

An Artist’s Bold and Colorful House in Austin

by hookedonhouses on September 22, 2011

After seeing countless gray and white rooms in magazines and around the blogosphere this year, artist Elizabeth Chapin’s colorful house in Austin really woke me up. You can tell that a bold and creative person lives here, and that she treats her rooms like an extension of her art.

She lives here with her husband Nathaniel and two children. I imagine she’s a fun mom.

You don’t see a pink and orange kitchen very often!

She describes her style to Apartment Therapy as “Ramshackle granny farmhouse goes to the beach with Kelly Wearstler.” Ha. Love that.

If the color of this bathroom didn’t wake you up in the morning, I don’t know what would:

My daughter Lily loved this house, but she really flipped when she saw this pink bedroom with the canopy bed and the big doll house in front of it:

Could you handle this much color in your house? I couldn’t, but I think Chapin’s sense of creative fun is inspiring. I could use a little more of that spirit of adventure in my decorating.

Read the interview for more details and see many more photos of her house at Apartment Therapy. Visit Elizabeth Chapin’s website for more information about her artwork. Thanks to Gayle at Vintage Farmhouse for bringing it to my attention.

Hooked on Non-Gray Rooms?

You might also like:
Purple Reigns: A Colorful House in Australia
Decorating With Your Kids’ Artwork
Before & After: A White Kitchen Gets a Colorful Makeover
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GREAT NEWS: Luxury Real Estate on the Road to Recovery

by Mike Wheatley – 22 September 2011


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.

Big improvement in luxury property segmentLuxury real estate markets are bouncing back © Giordano Aita – Fotolia.com

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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ON THE LEVEL: Finding Solutions for your Storage Needs

Here is another helpful and informative article from Hibbard Construction‘s Newsletter, “On The Level”

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.

Rest assured there are ways to gain extra storage space that you didn’t even know you had, and the cost of doing it wont break the bank!

Build High Ceilings

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.

Add Storage Under the Stairs

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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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…)

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PSBJ: Windermere Most Respected Real Estate Brand

Windermere News
Most Respected Real Estate Brands
Based on a 2011 survey of Puget Sound Business Journal readers.
Percentage of votes
1 Windermere Real Estate ……………….58.8%
2 John L. Scott Real Estate ………………..16.6%
3 Coldwell Banker Puget Sound Area Affiliates……………..6.9%
4 Redfin ……………………………..4.1%
5 Re/Max …………………………………4.0%

In an independent survey conducted by the Puget Sound Business Journal, readers were asked to identify Washington’s most respected company brands in a variety of business categories. Within the residential real estate category, Windermere Real Estate was selected by 58.8 percent of the survey respondents as the most respected real estate company brand in Washington

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NOW OFFERED: Lakefront Resort/Restaurant on 3.4 Acres or 4.8 Acres

Lakefront Resort

Boat Dock, Restaurant, Lounge, Camping & more on 3+ Acres

Live, work, & play on the waterHauser Lake in gorgeous North Idaho is the perfect venue for your business venture.

This 3+ Acre waterfront resort is a terrific business venture with room to grow.

Lake frontage, beach & boat dock beckon newcomers and returning friends to come and play! Visitors can spend the day swimming or boating in the water, lounging in the sun or the shade on the large lush lawn, and then enjoy a quiet evening under the stars in one of several campsitesGuest accommodations include tent and RV sites with hook-ups and bbq grills. Owners’ quarters may also be available on-site. (See below for purchase/acreage options.)

Hauser Lake Resort is ideal for events of all kinds!

The large 6000 square foot restaurant features indoor water view dining. Or dine “al fresco” in the picnic table seating on the spacious open deck.

The lounge features pool tables and bar with a full liquor license.

Dance floor is perfect for weddings or other group celebrations, and there is plenty of parking. Accommodate 5 or 500 with style and ease.

Happy patrons return year after year.

This property is offered on 3.4 Acres or on 4.6 Acres.

Offered on 3.4 Acres:  $395,000

Offered on  4.6 Acres,  including 2 rental units: $460,000

Acreage includes separate deeded lots for

HUGE Development Potential!


Randy Oetken

 of Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty
for more details


Check it out at



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