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Summer Coasting Have You Tried It Yet? The Ultimate Staycation Do It Your Way Pizza Grillin' Our Agents' Best Concoctions Porta-Party? Build Your Kit Today Monthly Market Report Things to Do With 4 offices to serve you, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Group is YOUR SOURCE for real estate in the Treasure Valley! DOWNTOWN BOISE 208.343.3393 | MERIDIAN 208.336.3393 | EAGLE 208.939.3363 | NAMPA 208.467.5272

Have you been to Bogus Basin yet this summer? If not, it's a trip well worth taking. Pack a picnic and plan to spend the day. This month's issue of REAL gives you the lowdown on all the activities on the mountain. Plus, we share ideas for great staycations, some yummy pizza recipes that won't heat up the kitchen, and suggestions to get you party-ready. Is there a story you'd like to see? Email us at


Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." ~ Henry James

contents Summer Coasting Get out of the heat and up to some fun on the mountain!

Staycation Bliss No plane ticket? No problem.

Grilled! Check out some outstanding pizza creations from our agents.

Porta-Party Put together a party kit so you are ready when the mood strikes.

Market Stats Is the market as hot as the temperature?

Ada County Homes Ada County is setting records. Here's a sample of what's on the market.

Canyon County Homes Just a few of the beautiful homes for sale in Canyon County.

Things to Do There's lots to keep you busy this summer!

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Summer Coasting

Mountain Fun at Bogus Basin

Chances are, you've heard about Bogus Basin's new summer activities, but have you taken the time to explore the mountain?


ow that the summer heat has hit the valley, what are you doing to beat it? If you haven't made the trek to Bogus Basin to check out the new Glade Runner Mountain Coaster, as well as myriad other activities, now might be the time! Bogus, at an altitude of 5,790 feet, is generally at least 10 degrees cooler (and maybe more) than the valley floor more than 3,000 feet below. Plan 45 minutes to an hour to travel the 16.5 curvy miles to the main parking area.

Open for snow skiing since December of 1942, Bogus Basin celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2017 with management unveiling robust plans for a suite of summer activities to create a year 'round destination for adventure seekers. In addition to the Glade Runner, visitors can explore the area's new "Fun Zone" with a climbing wall, summer tubing hill, and a bungee trampoline. Add to that improved landscaping, comfy Adirondak chairs for lounging, the "Shafer Butte Mining Company" for gold panning, and a snack shack with food and drinks, and the area is perfect for a day of summer fun. Mountain bikers have enjoyed the cat tracks and trails for a few years, but had to pedal up before they could experience the down. Just last

summer, Bogus began offering chairlift rides on the Deerpoint #1 lift to get you and your bike to the top. The trails are perfect for a scenic hike, as well. Ride up, stroll down. The highlight for many is, of course, the coaster. Riders are seated, either alone or tandem, on a cart and pulled to the top of the course before heading down 4,330 feet of twists and turns through the trees. Drivers control speed by pressing the cart's handles forward for more speed or pulling back to slow. Prices for single rides begin at $15 and $25 for tandem. If you plan to spend the day and experience all the mountain has to offer, investigate the unlimited passes, which start at $39 for kids under 11 and $49 for 12 and up. Take a look at the Bogus Basin website to see photos and learn more about prices, activities, and events such as Music on the Mountain (and Patio), star gazing, and more.


Staycation Bliss

The Ultimate Vacation at Home Who says you have to get out of town to relax and enjoy some time off? Sometimes, the best vacations are right in your own back yard! Alexandra Filiaci Coldwell Banker Blue Matter


f you need a break this summer but an exotic getaway is not in the cards, try a staycation. It’s the perfect way to say “time out” to the hustle and bustle of everyday life and doesn’t require passports

or luggage. Sound intriguing? Here are eight ways you can have the ultimate staycation: Pamper yourself. One of the best things about vacationing is an excuse to relax and pamper yourself in ways you probably wouldn’t do regularly. Book a massage or facial at your local spa, and get that “just got back from vacation” glow – you don’t have to tell anyone your secret! Go see a movie. Plan a good old-fashioned family movie night at a nearby theater. Splurge on your favorite movie snacks, kick back, relax, and be entertained!

Explore local attractions. Many times we focus so much on leaving home to explore new places, we forget how many great options there are in our own back yards. Pick a museum, park, or other local attraction near home and find out what’s just beyond your front door! Throw a cocktail party. Invite your friends over for a fun night of drinks, appetizers, and games. You can even have a “vacation” theme to your party (think frozen margaritas, pina coladas, and lots of fresh fruit). Throw on some reggae music and, voila, you might as well be on an island! Get crafty. Is there a special project you’ve been thinking about doing but just


PAGE 7 haven’t had the time? Head over to your local craft supply store, pick up the essentials, and get to work. Crafting can be extremely relaxing, so it’s a great way to unwind and fully enjoy your staycation. Bonus points for a new home decor item when you’re finished! Take me out to the ballgame. Nothing says summertime like a baseball game. Round up your

family or a group of friends and go see the Boise Hawks play. Take a nap. When is the last time you were able to take a nap in the middle of the day? Use your staycation time wisely and take a relaxing afternoon nap, preferably on a hammock. You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the day.

Treat yourself! Vacations are always a good excuse for shopping, whether you buy something in preparation for a trip or find a special souvenir while you’re away. Buy yourself a gift to remember your amazing time off.



Amazing Summer Pizza Ideas

We love it when we put out the call for our agents and staff to share their best recipes, and they respond with delicious and easy masterpieces!


ho doesn't love a pizza? Crafting your pies at home can make for a fun time for family and friends. Purchase or make your favorite dough, prepare it according to directions, give everyone a blob of it to shape the way they wish (flatten to about 1/4" thick), top with marinara, alfredo, or simple olive oil, and go to town with whatever toppings strike their fancy. Try one of our favorites tonight!

EVERYTHING-WE-HAVE-IN-THE-FRIDGE PIZZA Quality olive oil Minced garlic Assorted vegetables & meats

Fresh mozzarella Italian seasoning Fresh rosemary

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat grill & pizza stone to 400-450o. Carefully place rolled-out dough on stone & cook 3-4 minutes. Brush with olive oil, add garlic & all desired toppings. Top with mozzarella & Italian seasoning or fresh rosemary. Cook 15-20 minutes, watching closely. Serve immediately. (Try drizzling balsamic vinegar lightly over the top for added flavor.) COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON GROUP


Whether you use a stone or place the pizza directly on the grill, our agents agree that pre-heating the grill is a must. If a stone is used, pre-heat that, as well. If no stone is used, be sure brush the "down side" of the crust with oil to prevent sticking. Some folks oil the grill itself, but take care. According to grilling websites, oiling the grill may cause smoking, affecting the flavor of your food.

PROSCIUTTO & ARUGULA PIZZA Olive oil Prosciutto Fresh mozzarella

Fresh Parmesan, grated Fresh arugula Balsamic vinegar

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat grill to about 550o. Flatten dough, carefully oil the grill, & place dough directly on it for 1-2 minutes until the dough is set. Turn dough over & brush liberally with olive oil. Add prosciutto & cheeses. Cook for 2-4 more minutes, checking the bottom to make sure grill marks are developing, but the dough is not burning. Turn off grill, but let pizza continue to cook (with the lid closed) 2-3 more minutes. Remove from grill, add fresh arugula, & drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Slice & serve.

TACO PIZZA 1/2 to 1 c. salsa 1 can refried beans 1/2 to 1 c. mixed cheese, grated Ground beef, browned with taco seasoning

Peppers Olives Lettuce Tomatoes

DIRECTIONS: Pre-heat grill & pizza stone to 350-400o. Mix salsa & refried beans & spread on flattened crust. Add ground beef, cheese, peppers, & olives. Cook on stone, checking often, for 15-20 minutes. Remove from grill & add lettuce & tomatoes. Serve immediately. (Add more salsa, sour cream, or guacamole for added flavor.)



Build a Party-Ready Kit

Make sure you are ready for any gathering that comes along by assembling some of the necessities ahead of time! Kate Spears Coldwell Banker Blue Matter


ot all parties and gatherings have to be planned in advance. In fact, some of the best get-togethers happen at the spur of the moment. Be ready to go at a at the drop of a hat by assembling some of common things you'll need in advance. Some items to consider include: • Disposable plates, cups, napkins, flatware, and tablecloth • Travel-worthy BBQ tongs/tools

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Skewers for hotdogs or marshmallows Piñata and candy to stuff in it Blindfold and stick for the piñata Sunscreen and SPF lip balm Bug repellant and citronella candles Battery-powered, handheld misting fans for your guests Strings of colorful, LED batteryoperated party lights LED necklaces, glasses, or other toys for nighttime fun

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Kid-sized buckets for sandcastles or water fights Sidewalk chalk Face paint and brushes

Keep these items in a crate or rubber bin and store with your corn hole game, and your badminton or croquet set, and you'll be ready to go whenever the mood strikes! Remember to update and test everything at the start of the summer.




Monthly Market Report

Ada County Homes Sold Faster, and For More $ in June

Market time in Ada County is the lowest it's been since 2004.


he combination of more new homes selling at higher prices pushed Ada County’s overall median sales price up to $324,647 in June 2018 — another record, but one that was expected. We typically see the highest prices of the year recorded in June or July, and as new homes sales have increased — and are selling at much higher prices than existing homes due to rising construction costs — it’s not surprising that the data is reflecting an even bigger bump this June. The median sales price for new homes in Ada County reached $393,705 in June 2018, while existing homes landed at a median sales price of $299,900. Both were records for their respective segments. The overall median sales price (for new and existing home sales combined) has been pulled up much faster than in previous years due to an increase in the number of new home sales and an average difference of $90,000 between

new and existing home prices, contingencies, delayed moveover the past year. in dates, and so on — but your REALTOR® can help you determine The persistent lack of existing which are best for you and which inventory compared to buyer are not. demand contributed to the increase in the existing median Be sure you understand everything home price (which in turn, impacts you’re including so you don’t the overall median sales price), as go over budget or give away well as the historically fast pace of important protections “just to win.” sales. Home buyers should discuss these strategies with their REALTOR® and In June 2018, the market time for lender well before they are ready existing homes fell to just 16 days to make an offer – maybe even — the fastest reported based on before they look at their first home. data going back to 2004 — and down 27.3% compared to the What will it take for market times same month last year. and price increases to level out? More inventory. As long as buyer While just three days faster than demand remains strong, homes last month, those extra days matter will continue to go under contract to buyers when making decisions quickly. and drafting offers in this fastmoving market. But REALTORS® It’s essential that homebuyers work caution buyers to stay objective, with a REALTOR® to find a home despite the faster market times, that fits their needs, lifestyle, and and especially when facing a most importantly, their budget, multiple offer situation. while navigating this fast-moving market. BREANNA VANSTROM There are a lot of articles with tips Chief Executive Officer to make your offer more attractive Boise Regional REALTORS® — higher purchase price, fewer COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON GROUP




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* Numbers reflect year-over-year comparisons. Statistics provided by Boise Regional REALTORS®






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Featured Homes

1439 E. Shenandoah Dr. NE Boise Dare to indulge! Stunningly remodeled 2-story tucked amidst lush landscaping & discreetly positioned above the street, your private oasis awaits. Relax or entertain in your back yard paradise—a quiet soak in your hot tub, the pleasant sound of the cascading waterfall, or a dip in the pool while surrounded by mature trees, accent lights, & soft music.

3775 N. Bottle Brush Ave. W Boise Wonderful location on .27-acre lot near schools & shopping. Close to neighborhood parks & play areas. One bedroom or office on main level. This home boasts a huge master suite with a big walk-in closet. Terrific covered front porch, 3-car garage. Open kitchen with breakfast bar. Enjoy BBQs & sunsets in your large back yard on a quiet street.

4525 N. Shamrock Ave. W Boise Gentleman's farm with 4 beds, 3 full baths, & 2 separate living spaces. One living space has own kitchen & bath plus an outside entrance. Kitchen has been updated with granite counters, SS appliances. Formal dining plus huge great room opening out to large covered deck, fire pit, & gazebo perfect for entertaining. Plenty of room for RV & toys.

525 Wickham Fen W Boise Situated in a mature neighborhood filled with tall shady trees & manicured lawns, this home has gorgeous curb appeal! Spacious living room with welcoming wood fireplace. Large kitchen with updated counters & cabinets. Neutral color palate throughout makes this home move-in ready. Fully-fenced lush green yard is perfect for summer playtime & entertaining! COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON GROUP


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Featured Homes

1938 E. Parkhurst Ct. Eagle Masterfully-designed custom home on .60-acre cul-de-sac. Main-level master, 4 bed, 3.5 baths, spacious bonus/media room. Oversized 4+ car garage includes heated/insulated 2nd bay shop with epoxy floors. Open floor plan flows seamlessly into great room with soaring ceilings & wall-to-wall windows showcasing park-like setting & mature landscaping.

392 N. Pebble Beach Way Eagle This former Parade home boasts panoramic rim views near Eagle Hills Golf Course. Apply your culinary prowess in this chef’s kitchen with SS appliances, two ovens, granite counters, & an expansive island with vegetable sink. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets & views of the Owyhees from multiple back yard deck areas accented by pavers & flagstone.

5877 N. Teekem Falls Way NW Meridian Three-story, remarkable home with so many extras: wrap-around covered porch, bonus room, third level hide-away, high ceilings, French doors, granite/tile, stairwell bannister to the stars, main floor office, garage door to the back yard & mature trees. This 5 bed, 3.5 bath, 2,927 sq.ft. home is a perfect plan for gatherings of all sizes with plenty of room for everyone.

35 E. Ada St. NW Meridian WOW! This property has it all. Great downtown Meridian location. The main level is now a commercial recording studio, with soundproof recording area & control room, small kitchenette, 1/2 bath, sitting area, beautiful flooring. Upper level has separate entrance. 1 bed, 1.5 bath, cozy outdoor upper patio. 2,385 total sq.ft. The perfect live/work property!


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Featured Homes

24890 Desert Pine Caldwell Gorgeious view home with 5 beds, 3 baths, & 3,409 sq.ft. on 1.077-acre property. High ceilings, shiplap in the dining room, upgraded electrical throughout. Beautiful island kitchen with granite counters, breakfast bar, gorgeous cabinets. Master with coved ceiling, transom windows, & bath with dual sinks, walk-in shower, walk-in closet.

1307 9th St. S. S Nampa Cute, freshly painted 2 bedroom, 2 bath home with spacious basement & 1,736 sq.ft. Welcoming front porch and large deck for entertaining. Large living room with fireplace & large windows for plenty of natural light. Fully fenced yard with auto sprinklers. 2-car garage with shop.

1619 E. Sherman S Nampa Well-cared-for older home with 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, & 2,516 sq.ft. Huge yard backs up to elementary school. Lots of space on both floors! Hardwood floors on main level. Living room with fireplace, Detached garage has opener, workshop area, & storage. Fenced back yard with deck. Fruit trees are peach, pear, apple. Garage plus carport.

12935 Pheasant Circle S Nampa Lake views from almost every room! This beautiful horse property is set on 2.180 acres, featuring a huge updated kitchen with new cabinets. Upscale horse pasture & new 3-rail ranch-style fencing. Two living areas, both with wood stoves, 4 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms upstairs. Master with its own fireplace. Back yard oasis, expansive redwood deck. COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON GROUP

Featured Homes

1824 Maryland S Nampa Terrific 4 bed, 2 bath home with 1,792 sq.ft. on 1.7 acres. Solar electric, on well & septic. Fullyfenced pasture, flood irrigation, barn with large, drive-in door, insulated shop with cabinets & oversized work table, dog run with doggy door to shop, greenhouse, mature fruit trees, grapes, berries, large garden area.

2004 W. Dew Mist Dr. NW Nampa Lovely 4 bed, 2.5 bath home with 3,148 sq.ft. & a bonus room that could easily be a 5th bedroom. Big, open kitchen with huge pantry. Master suite with soaking tub & separate shower. Spacious corner lot with lush lawn, auto sprinklers, fencing, garden area, shed, & playset. 3-car garage.

23687 Lansing Ln. Middleton This fabulous 23+ sprawling acreage includes a recently renovated single-level home. Gorgeous finishes that you must see to appreciate. Spacious modern kitchen. Excellent horse setup & outdoor riding arena. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from this private retreat. Lush pasture in grass hay & fully fenced with New Zealand fencing, safer for horses & stock.

6701 Sage Canyon Way Middleton/Star Custom 3 bed, 3 bath on 1.7 acres with room for everyone & everything! Stunning kitchen with honed granite, double ovens, walk-in pantry, & huge island. Beautiful master retreat with dual vanities + separate makeup vanity, soaker tub, dual-head shower, custom cedar barn door. Quiet & private location with low-maintenance xeriscaping.


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FARMERS’ MARKETS Boise Farmers’ Market Saturdays

9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. 10th and Grove, downtown Boise

Capital City Public Market Saturdays 9:30a.m.-1:30p.m. 8th and Idaho, downtown Boise

Eagle Saturday Market Saturdays 9:30a.m.-2:00p.m. 185 E. State St., Eagle

Nampa Farmers’ Market Saturdays

9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Front & 13th, Nampa

Kuna Farmer's Market Saturdays

9:00a.m.-noon Kuna City Park 201 W. Main, Kuna COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON GROUP


Things to Do Our valley is BUSY! Star Gaze at the Observatory Friday & Saturday evenings, 6:30 p.m.

NY Dog Film Festival at The Flicks Saturday, August 4, 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory 27608 Bruneau Sand Dunes Rd., Mtn. Home

The Flicks theater 646 W. Fulton St., Boise

Free Movie Night in Meridian Every Friday in June, July, & August

Princess Tea Party Sunday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Settlers Park, Meridian & Ustick Roads Movies start at dusk

Simply Cats 2833 S. Victory View Way, Boise Information

Run Wild at ZooBoise Saturday, July 21, 9:00 a.m.

Western Idaho Fair August 17-26, times vary

355 Julia Davis Dr., Boise

Kleiner Park Live - The Come Together Band Thursday, July 21, 5:30 p.m.

1900 Records Ave., Meridian

Canyon County Fair July 26-29, times vary

111 S. 22nd Ave., Caldwell

Meridian Fire Dept. Salmon BBQ Friday, August 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Julius Kleiner Memorial Park 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian Information

Expo Idaho 5610 Glenwood, Boise

Blues and Bones Festival Saturday, August 25, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Eagle Island State Park 165 Eagle Island Parkway, Eagle

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic August 29-September 2

Ann Morrison Park 1000 S. Americana Blvd., Boise Schedule of Events

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REAL Magazine, July-August, 2018  

From riding the new mountain coaster at Bogus Basin to grilling the perfect pizza, this month's issue of REAL Magazine has you covered for s...

REAL Magazine, July-August, 2018  

From riding the new mountain coaster at Bogus Basin to grilling the perfect pizza, this month's issue of REAL Magazine has you covered for s...