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.

ROCO Habor View

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.”


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

Neighborhood of the week: Harbor View Estates

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2668 W Dawn Avenue, Post Falls, ID 83854

Relax on the front porch and enjoy the serene views of Rathdrum Mt. in Avalon Estates. Lovely 4 bedroom home boasts new hardwood flooring thru out,custom cabinetry, newer A/C and interior paint. Curl up by the cozy stove in the living room and enjoy lots of space with a formal dining room and separate family room. The landscaping features large stamped concrete patio, pergola, hot tub, cement curbed flower beds, sprinkling system and complete fencing plus a play structure

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Caring for Katie

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Originally published December 29, 2014


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

Caring for Katie

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Coeur d’Alene is No. 4!


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Originally Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 12:16 am, Thu Dec 18, 2014.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show has been voted the No. 4 best public lights display in America by USA TODAY.

Down town CDA winter lights

“This is quite an honor for Coeur d’Alene,” said Jerry Jaeger, president and co-owner of Hagadone Hospitality Co. “Our holiday spirit makes our town a destination that ranks at the top with some of the biggest cities in America.”

“The competition was intense, starting with 20 nominees selected by Deborah Norville of Inside Edition,” USA TODAY said in a statement.The designation was announced this week as part of the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

“The Holiday Light Show has become an amazing tradition,” said Capt. Carl Fus, head of Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises, which stages the Journey to the North Pole cruise to see the light show. “It’s really great that we now have parents who were taken to the North Pole by their moms and dads who are now bringing their own kids.”

Winter CDA Resort

10Best provides “original, unbiased and experiential travel information about top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.”

“Our readers are well-informed, well-traveled and opinionated,” said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. “A destination which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”

Winter lightshow on Lake CDA

Here is the full list of winners

1. Festival of Lights – Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

3. Holiday Festival of Lights – James Island2. Nights of Lights – Downtown St. Augustine

4. Holiday Light Show – The Coeur d’Alene Resort

5. Fantasy in Lights – Callaway Gardens

6. Magic Christmas

7. Christmas on Main Street – Silver Dollar Cityin Lights – Bellingrath Gardens

8. Dominion Garden of Lights – Norfolk Botanical Garden

9. Garden Lights – Atlanta Botanical Garden

10. Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill – Clifton Mill

Coeur d’Alene is No. 4!

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Caring for Katie and Little Jackson

Christmas Team BestAs many of you know, Katie Stolebarger was our assistant in the summers through her college years and then as our licensed assistant for years following her graduation. Through the years, she has gone out on her own and become a realtor at Windermere, gotten married, had a beautiful little boy Jackson, and then gone through some trials in her life. She is now a single mom and just found out that she has stage 4 cancer at the very early age of 32. It is so unbelievable because she was ALWAYS so diligent in eating correctly, exercising, etc. and yet she has CANCER. She is in for the fight of her life and will have MANY challenges ahead. Above all else, she needs your PRAYERS! Also, Windermere has opened an account for her:

Windermere Foundation/Katie Stolebarger, 1000 Northwest Blvd, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (All funds go directly to Katie)

Here is an excerpt from Katie of the beginning of her new journey:



The start of my journey….

By Katie Stolebarger— Nov 21, 2014 11:46am


My world just got turned up side down this past week….
About a month and a half ago I noticed a swollen lymph node pop up under my arm pit. I didn’t think anything of it as I’ve had swollen lymph nodes in the past that usually go away on their own. I thought to myself that I would go have it checked out if it doesn’t go away in a month or so. I ended up at the doctor about 2 weeks ago for something unrelated and the doctor asked me if I had any unusual lumps in my female region or armpit and I told her that I did have a swollen lymph node under my arm pit.   She thought it would be a good thing to have a biopsy on just in case.


Katie and JacksonI went in for a biopsy at the beginning of November. A very painful procedure by the way, as younger women’s tissue is much denser! The sound of the drill didn’t help things either. At this time I still thought in my mind that I just had a swollen lymph node and went on with my life as normal.

November 13th I went in to the surgeons office to receive the worst news of my life. The doctor walks in and hands me the kleenex box and says that he has bad news. “You have breast cancer that has spread to the lymph node and it is Stage 2-3”. It will be treated with Chemo, surgery and radiation.

The thoughts going through my mind are…. I’m only 32 years old, I’ve never smoked, I work out 3-4 times a week, I eat 90% organic, I drink green smoothies nearly every morning, I haven’t had a soda pop since 2007 and I don’t eat fast food. This CAN’T be possible!!

The past week has been test after test. It started with a mammogram in which I was the youngest woman in the room by about 20 years. I clearly didn’t belong there.

The next test was the MRI….  I was in to the hospital and they take me back. The woman was about to give me and IV with the fabulous mix that makes MRI’s possible and she notices that I’ve been coughing. I told her that I’ve had a cough for the last 2 weeks.  She told me that once I’m in the MRI machine I won’t be able to cough for 30 minutes straight. I’m thinking to myself, is this a funny joke? It is not physically possible for me to not cough when I have a cough!!!   I was about ready to get up and walk out of the hospital since I wasn’t going to be able to take the test. Instead, I decided to trust God for the first time on this journey. I said a prayer asking God to please calm my cough so I could take this test. We walk over to the MRI machine and she slides me in face down and I don’t cough or even have a tickle in my throat for a full 30 minutes. The moment she slides me out of the machine I start my coughing again. Nothing can explain that one other than God was with me!!!


Next test on November 19th was the PET scan. This test went nice and smoothly as I could leave my yoga pants and tank top on. They even gave me a heated blanket! After the PET scan my surgeon wanted me to swing by his office to discuss the test results. I walked into his office and we started chatting… a few minutes later they bring in the test results from the PET scan and he just starts shaking his head and says, “I have more bad news. The cancer has spread to two more sites. It is now in your hip within the bone and a vertebrae on your spine. It is Stage 4”. I immediately start sobbing and still can’t believe such a thing could be happening to me.

Next was the Oncologist meeting across the hall. I’m still thinking to myself, I’m the youngest person sitting in this waiting room. I should not be here! The next few hours were with the Oncologist discussing diagnosis and treatment plan. He said I will probably lose my hair. I said, “don’t worry my girlfriends, Alicia and Jill are going with me to pick out a wig”. One of the biggest questions I had for him was…. will I ever be able to have kids again?   He said, “maybe, maybe not”. I’m having to let go of all of my dreams for my life and just let God be in control of my destiny. It just makes me love Jackson that much more!!!


IMG_1834Next meeting was with the social worker at the Oncologist office. She is helping me with dealing with insurance and meeting financial obligations. I’ve never once been worried about the money because I know that God has to take care of it and he already has. I do have health insurance but the deductible is $10,000 and the max out of pocket is $17,000. Sue, the social worker already had grant applications available for me to sign to help me meet my deductible and copay cards for some of my chemo drugs. I had no clue that there were foundations available for this sort of thing.

I’m scheduled to get a port installed and I will be starting Chemo the first week of December.


I just want to say thank you for all of your prayers, love and support. I would not be able to go through this without all of my friends and family supporting me. Thank you in advance and I love you all!!! Sorry in advance if I don’t return your messages/texts/calls, I’m already very overwhelmed. Do know that I appreciate them and they do not go un-noticed!”



We love you Katie dear and will be praying for you and little Jackson diligently. You have been a true blessing to us!

Caring for Katie and Little Jackson

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Cd’A in top 10 places to retire


Reblogged from the CDA Press

Originally Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 12:50 pm | Updated: 5:48 pm, Mon Nov 10, 2014.

Looking for a great place to retire? If you live in the Coeur d’Alene area, look no further. You’re already there. has named Coeur d’Alene one of the top 10 places for retirees to live.

Most baby boomers aren’t so lucky. Livability – a website  that researches and ranks great places to call home – reports that nearly four in 10 boomers plan to move when they retire.

According to a story also published in World Property Journal, Coeur d’Alene offers access to affordable and quality health care, a practical cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as several amenities to help keep residents active.

And that doesn’t consider the area’s scenic beauty.

“I’ve been to Coeur d’Alene a couple of times, most recently in June. And I truly believe it’s one of the most beautiful – and most livable – small towns in America,” said Florida-based national travel writer and columnist Steve Winston.

Winston said he loves to walk around downtown, on Sherman Avenue and the nearby residential streets, “past the beautiful old homes with porches, on streets filled with leafy trees.”

“I love hiking on Tubbs Hill, and kayaking on Lake Coeur d’Alene,” Winston said. “And I think the local folks are very friendly – everybody seems to smile.”

Coeur d’Alene is home to more than 20 independent living senior apartments and retirement communities, as well as places such as Lake City Center, providing seniors with a place to gather for socialization, educational programs, meals and activities.

“Not all seniors will move when they retire, but for those who do Livability wanted to suggest a range of options,” said Livability editor Matt Carmichael. “As retirement itself is changing for many beyond a traditional idea of warm weather and golf, so too have our ideas of what makes a great retirement city.”

Livability editors noted “the city boasts excellent health care, affordable housing and favorable tax benefits for retirees. Downtown Coeur d’Alene features more than 125 shops and restaurants, and the city has a large assortment of golf courses and ample fishing spots.”

Livability used data from Esri and the County Health Rankings to find cities with access to a large number of hospitals and doctors, and yet still have low health care costs. Housing affordability measured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Location Affordability Index was also taken into account. Several measures including overall cost of living, natural amenities, climate, number of golf courses, walk score, and crime rate were selected – with special attention paid to specific concerns of seniors and boomers.

They analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find areas with low unemployment for seniors and used data from Kiplinger to find cities located in states with retiree-friendly tax benefits.

Cd’A in top 10 places to retire

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Gorgeous luxury rancher seated on an acre in prestigious ”The Meadows”. This attractive home features lovely hardwood floors throughout the kitchen, formal dining room, great room and master bedroom. The Great Room is spacious with striking rocked gas fireplace and built-in shelves. Gourmet Kitchen with granite and tile counter tops, stainless steel appliances, pantry and breakfast bar. Elegant master bedroom with room for a sitting area and a lovely tiled master bath with dual lavs, garden tub and walk-in shower. Upstairs includes bedroom, family room & bathroom. Outdoor amenities include 46×52 shop with covered patio, a storage shed, covered deck, elegant landscaping with water feature & fire pit. Fenced pasture, barn, automatic heated water system, gated access to horse arena.


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Randy and Christy receive the “Spirit Cup”


Thank you Loretta Reed! It’s an honor!

Trakker LOVES his new toy and his treats, too!

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Randy and Christy receive the “Spirit Cup”






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NORTHWEST MASTERPIECE! A good house shelters you from nature, a GREAT house brings you closer to nature. Imagine the serenity on this private 10 acre North Idaho Estate with ALL the amenities. Enjoy the warmth of the floor-to-ceiling fireplace or the in-floor radiant heat as you gaze thru the expansive windows at nature’s best. Huge country gourmet kitchen featuring knotty cherry cabinetry, granite countertops and large island with prep sink. 2 Lovely master suites, one on main floor and one lofted. Many spaces for all your desires: Lofted sitting area, bonus room for office or exercise room, lower level family room or media room. Perfect for entertaining with large decks front and back. 3 car garage and 40 x 60 shop.


01 Front Exterior 02 Front Door 03 Great Room 04 Kitchen 05 Upper Master Suite 06 Front Deck


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More national accolades

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By Maureen Dolan/

Live where you play.

It’s a hackneyed real estate pitch that need not be uttered in Coeur d’Alene. The region’s scenic beauty speaks for itself, and visitors who think they would like to live here soon find out it’s not an impractical idea. article lists Coeur d’Alene as one of the nation’s top vacation spots that are also good places to put down roots.

IMG_5455 (800x600) - Copy“No matter where you live in the Coeur d’Alene area, you can count on short commutes, affordable housing, and a tight labor market that rewards job-seekers,” wrote Brian Martucci.

In the West, places like Fort Collins, Colo., Flagstaff, Ariz., and Logan, Utah, also made Martucci’s list of 10 locales that should be considered good candidates for year-round relocation.

Roanoke, Va.; Concord, N.H.; Traverse City, Mich.; Galveston, Texas; Greenville, S.C.; and Duluth, Minn., round out the list.

Martucci notes that Coeur d’Alene is more than a tourist destination because in addition to the scenic beauty and recreation opportunities the area offers, “favorable corporate tax laws have encouraged innovative businesses to set up shop as well.”

Steve Wilson, president and CEO of the Coeur d’Alene Area Chamber of Commerce, said about 20 percent of visitors who stop by its office also ask for information about real estate.

“And we do get a number of people asking about starting a business,” Wilson said.

20 Downtown CDAThe Coeur d’Alene Resort, Kootenai Health, Pita Pit, and Hecla Mining are noted by Martucci as successful enterprises in the region.

“And despite its apparent isolation, the city benefits from its strategic location at the eastern end of a 40-mile economic corridor that terminates west of Spokane,” states the article.

Major employers mentioned in that corridor include Sysco, Center Partners and Buck Knives.

More info:

More national accolades

Dolan, Maureen. “More National Accolades.” Coeur D’Alene Press [Coeur D’Alene, ID] 3 Sept. 2014. Print.

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