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LIFESTYLE LETTER

MARCH 2020 PUBLISHER

Greg Gewalt | greg.gewalt@lifestylepubs.com SALES DIRECTOR

Vince Gewalt | vince.gewalt@lifestylepubs.com

A Birthday, New Ownership, and Celebration of Meridian, our City of Promise EXACTLY A YEAR AGO THIS MONTH, THE MERIDIAN LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE WAS LAUNCHED, SERVING THIS FINE COMMUNITY. In the ensuing months, topics ranging from the arts, human interest to health and fitness were covered featuring the wonderful people and places of this growing city.

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Kendall Houlton | kendallhoulton@gmail.com AD DESIGNER

Whitney Lockhart LAYOUT DESIGNER

Dani Moore CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Today, we would like to introduce ourselves to the community. My name is Greg Gewalt and I am the new owner and publisher of the Meridian Lifestyle publication. I am also the brother of Vince Gewalt, Sales Director and as of this March issue, the new owner and publisher of our sister publication, Boise Lifestyle. In short, the Boise and Meridian magazines are now a family publishing affair. Although new to Lifestyle Publications, my own media experience and career in marketing and print publishing will complement and augment the existing Lifestyle

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor

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While taking on his new role of publisher in Boise, Vince will continue to service both Boise

REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams

AD MANAGER Chad Jensen

and Meridian as Sales Director. He brings 26 years of experience working with the Treasure

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Valley business community and with our combined 160,000 readership, we will continue to assist our advertisers gain maximum exposure and business growth. Vince and I look forward to meeting our loyal readers and the business community of Meridian. In the meantime, I would like to extend a special thank you to Richard and Julie Meyer and their work as the previous publisher over the past year. We hope that you enjoy our special March Home Edition, a focus on the continued growth, progress, and promise that is Meridian today.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE MARCH 2020

FEATURES 10 Meridian, Idaho City of Promise Meridian Is Destined to Expand Even Further in 2020

14 Building the Future of Meridian Introducing Local Builders Who Contribute to a Lifestyle We All Have Come to Enjoy

28 Giving the Home Buyer What They Want A Unique Lifestyle in an Eagle, Live/ Work Community

34 Investment Property Mike Kirby of First Federal

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Bank Speaks to Treasure Valley Rental Property

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Our Town

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Open House

32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Financial Buzz


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1. Thank you Mayor Tammy for 16 years of service | 2. Meridian Chamber Valerie Garrett with Mayor Robert Simison | 3. Tammy de Weerd swearing in new mayor, Robert Simison | 4. Jessica Perreault | 5. Brad Hoaglun | 6. Liz Strader

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OUR TOWN

Meridian - City of Promise MERIDIAN IS DESTINED TO EXPAND EVEN FURTHER IN 2020

CHANGE IS A CONSTANT. And delicious coffee is a constant. But if the number of coffee spots per mile is an indicator of a growing town, then Meridian is definitely taking advantage of a brewmaster’s economy of scale. Like so many of America’s growing communities, the Boise Metro Area is basking in modern Kaffeeklatsches, the quintessentially ultra-cool spaces that look more New York than Small(er) Town Idaho. Many of the customers are contractors, builders and home designers who order everything from a strong cup of joe to caramel lattes, a clear sign of the Treasure Valley’s thirst for America’s favorite drink.

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One such transformation is the iconic double drive-

Fido to Storey Bark Park. The display of art and cultural

through building on E. Williams Street off Franklin and

acceptance is exhibited throughout the window displays

Main, now occupied by Mountain Timber Coffee. Formerly

of shopping centers and within galleries. And “it’s safe to

the Moxie Java and Big Star, the new owners of Mountain

walk to your car at night by yourself,” says a resident who

Timber Coffee, Stacia and Matt Taplin, have created a cool-

recently relocated to Meridian from Syracuse, NY.

road-house-vibe mixed in with some brew specialties. Both

The main draw to Meridian are the many family offer-

owners have been serving coffee from their sister flagship,

ings. The city has beautiful parks such as Settlers Park

Mocha Moose, located in Boise and in 2018, they decided

and Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park, featuring frisbee

to jump into the Meridian market, hedging their bets on the

golf and volleyball courts, beautiful seasonal landscap-

insatiable caffeine needs of the Meridian community.

ing, ponds and play areas for children.

As the love for coffee seems unstoppable, so does the love for this growing community. Located in the heart of the greater Boise area, Meridian is destined to expand even further in 2020, with construction permits outpacing nearby Nampa and Eagle due in part to the close proximity to the city of Boise. As highlighted by Livability.com, Meridian has landed the 2019 top spot to raise a family among the Top 100 Best Places to Live ranking. According to Brad Smith, chief deputy for the Ada County Assessor’s Office, there was in 2018 an average of 13 houses being newly occupied every day in Ada County. Five of those

The main draw to Meridian are the many family offerings. The city has beautiful parks such a s S e t t l e r s Pa r k a n d J u l i u s M . K l e i n e r M e m o r i a l Pa r k , f e a turing frisbee golf and volleyball courts, beautiful seasonal landscaping, ponds and play areas for children.

houses were in Meridian - double than in any other city. Young families and retirees are drawn to Meridian

In January Meridian welcomed a new mayor, Robert

because it’s one of the safest communities in the nation.

Simison, who takes over from Tammy de Weerd who

Additionally, the area’s combination of work-life-pleasure

served the community for the past 16 years. Traffic and

balance, affordability and DIY spirit make it the perfect

transportation issues will be Mayor Simison’s two top

place for young entrepreneurs, tech startups and “work-

priorities heading into the new decade. We can expect

ing retirees” (those who retire and start new endeavors

to see some healthy debates over property taxes, infra-

or are leisurely self-employed). And as many residents

structure funding, traffic and zoning issues in this com-

can attest, Meridian is certainly a community where kids

ing year. Certainly, a fresh, strong pot of coffee may be

can be kids, playing football and skateboarding past sun-

exactly what’s needed as we welcome Spring in our

down at the McDevitt Park and where retirees can walk

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TOP: Brighton Homes BOTTOM: Boise Hunter Homes

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THE HOME BUILDERS OF THE TREASURE VALLEY ARE A BUSY LOT. Boise and its adjacent cities, such a Meridian and Eagle, are growing by leaps and bounds, attracting people from all over the country. And these future residents are in need of housing, both large and small. Thanks to the home builders of this area, attractive and architecturally pleasing residences have been developed for them. The choices are manifold and tailored to the desires of both growing families and empty-nesters, or retirees. The Meridian Lifestyle Magazine is proud to introduce you to the members of this most important trade industry, who by their talents and attention to the latest details, contribute meaningfully and significantly to a lifestyle we all have come to enjoy. (*Editor’s note: Answers edited to accommodate space limitations.)

TOP: Maddyn Homes BOTTOM: CBH Homes

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OPEN HOUSE (CONTINUED)

Lars Hansen, Brighton Homes

Jim & Jan Hunter, Boise Hunter Homes

BRIGHTON HOMES

Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT? A - I would consider a large home for our market to be

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

anything over 3000 square feet.

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?

EMPTY NESTERS

A - When I was 21 years old I began designing custom

A - Brighton has created a variety of remarkable communi-

homes at a small design firm while attending college. After

ties which appeal to a wide range of individuals.

graduating with my Professional Degree in Architecture, I

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

worked at large architecture firms in Portland, Oregon and

LOOKING FOR?

Boise, Idaho. When the “great-recession” began in 2006, I

A - Brighton Homes believes that all homes must be three

left that company and joined Brighton Corporation.

things; well-built, highly-functional, and beautiful.

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

AS

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

ANT WITH BUYERS?

A - Functional outdoor spaces are highly desirable. The best

A - What a “complete lifestyle” represents to an individual

approach is for builders to design homes with flexible layouts.

varies depending on their stage of life, but there are some

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

things that overlap all groups.

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

A - In Southwestern Idaho, we are fortunate to have access

A - We have had a number of buyers who have purchased

to affordable renewable energy provided by hydro-electric,

their new home with cash in the last year.

wind and solar sources.

Q - DO YOU SELL YOUR OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS

A - All of our homes are listed by Epic Realty in

COST GOING UP?

Meridian, Idaho.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

SWIMMING

A - Over the last 5 years, land material and labor costs have increased steadily. 16

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Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS? Sherburne-Marrs Homes

A - Every buyer wants to make sure their new home is efficient and we help them understand just how efficient it is. Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT? A - One of the things we especially hear from out-of-state buyers is that they are often moving here because they want more space. Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS? A - Our founder, Jim Hunter, is a civil engineer and worked for another home builder for 15 years. When the patriarch of that company passed away, Jim decided to start Boise Hunter Homes in 2007.

BOISE HUNTER HOMES

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH AS

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

SWIMMING

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

ANT WITH BUYERS?

EMPTY NESTERS?

A - Buyers are absolutely interested in the community ame-

A - Because we have four communities, each with different

nities. In fact, in the Treasure Valley with so many different

price points, different floor plans, and positioned in differ-

communities, the existence of such amenities are expected.

ent areas of town, we see a wide variety of buyers.

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

A - Cash buyers are not very common for us.

LOOKING FOR?

Q - DO YOU SELL YOUR OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

A - The following are all things that we do as standard

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

items: a large master suite, covered patio, 3-car garage, 10

A - We have a team of two dedicated agents in each of

ft. ceilings and 8 ft. doors, expansive kitchen layouts.

our communities, stationed at our model homes.

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

Q - TELL US YOUR STORY

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

A - When Jim Hunter started Boise Hunter Homes in 2007,

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

Jim invested in land instead of building dozens of homes and

A - It depends on who you are selling to, but we tend to find

that focus was key to our company’s continued success.

that lot size, high-quality finishes, and garage space are our buyer’s top priorities.

Website: boisehunterhomes.com

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OPEN HOUSE (CONTINUED)

Enzler Family, Maddyn Homes

Corey Barton, CBH Homes

MADDYN HOMES

Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT? A - Square footage is less of the focus in the market that

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

we focus on.

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?

EMPTY NESTERS?

A - Growing up my father was a builder. My summer jobs

A - We pride ourselves in meeting and appealing to a broad

were always on the construction site where I mastered

spectrum of buyers. We have built homes for local young

the shovel and any job no one else wanted to do!  

couples to empty nesters.

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

AS

LOOKING FOR?

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

A - Most people tend to gravitate towards trim and fin-

ANT WITH BUYERS?

ish upgrades.

A - Yes. Buyers are looking for a community that feels like

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

home but is removed from the hustle and bustle.

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

A - Yes! In the past 12 months we have seen a steady supply.

A - Kitchens and bathrooms are still hitting at number one

Q - DO YOU SELL YOUR OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

- open floor plans next.

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

A - Tayler Jade Real Estate is our real estate team.  

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

Q - TELL US YOUR STORY

A - Yes. Again, buyers are more educated than ever.

A - As mentioned above, my father was and still is in con-

Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD

struction. From him I learned how to work and how to care

A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS

about the job I was doing. Growing up around construc-

COST GOING UP?

tion and Real Estate I became passionate about both.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

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Website: maddynhomes.com/

HOUSES,

SWIMMING


Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS COST GOING UP?  A - Yes, materials and labor go up. We work closely with our partners to be efficient as possible [and] to keep costs low so that we can provide the best pricing for our buyers.  Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT?  A - Some people are looking to downsize, others have Clark & Co Homes

growing families and need more bedrooms and storage. Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?  A - Raised in Boise, Corey Barton got his early start in

CBH HOMES

the construction industry as a framer. After many years of working for several Treasure Valley builders, and in 1992,

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

Barton began building homes in Ada County.

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

EMPTY NESTERS?

AS

A - Our buyers are the young, hip crowd, the growing fam-

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

ily looking for more room for extra feet (or paws), and the

ANT WITH BUYERS?

[empty nesters]. We see quite a bit of in-state buyers [and]

A - Swimming pools are definitely a hot commodity.

some buyers from surrounding states.

Other important community amenities are things like

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

parks, nearby schools, restaurants and shopping.

LOOKING FOR?

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

A - The interior design team hand selects each and every

A - Absolutely! We see a good number of cash buyers.

finish such as EVP flooring, stainless steel appliances, solid

Q - DO YOU SELL YOUR OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

surfaces and more so that buyers have more time instead

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

of choosing upgrades.

A - CBH has a wonderful team of in house Sales

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

Specialists to help buyers find homes.

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

Q - TELL US YOUR STORY

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

A - A local native to Boise, Corey started in the construc-

A - Kitchens are at the top of the list. People also ask about

tion industry as a window guy, moving onto a framer, and

office space, bonus rooms, master bedroom on the main

then working for home builders in the Boise area. Today,

level and lots of storage space!

the company that started with just one man, has grown

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

to include a real estate brokerage, HVAC company, truss

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

plant, and interior finishes supplier.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

SWIMMING

A - We have not seen any demand for this as it still seems to be cost ineffective.

Website: cbhhomes.com/

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Jared Sherburne, Sherburne-Marrs Builders

Dan & Emily Clark, Clark & Co. Homes

SHERBURNE-MARRS HOMES

Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT? A - Truly varies from client to client.

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

A - I was brought up in the construction and new home

EMPTY NESTERS?

industry and was blessed enough to get to learn the

A - The buyers are coming from the Pacific Northwest and

building business from Mike Marrs at a young age.

California. Our attention to detail and quality seem to be

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

best suited to empty nesters.

AS

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

LOOKING FOR?

ANT WITH BUYERS?

A - Truly varies from client to client

A - Without a doubt!

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

A - Absolutely, our clients are mostly all cash.

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

Q - DO YOU SELL YOUR OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

A - Certainly kitchens and bathrooms are still at the top, but

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

outdoor spaces seem to be a focus as well.

A - Lane Ranstrom with Epic Realty and his Team sell

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

most homes.

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

Q - TELL US YOUR STORY

A - We are very rarely asked about energy efficient features.

A - A sole proprietor of Sherburne-Marrs, LLC, and a sec-

Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD

ond-generation Idaho Developer/Builder and sixth gen-

A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS

eration Idahoan, building homes in the Treasure Valley

COST GOING UP?

since 1998.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

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Website: Sherburne-Marrs.com

SWIMMING


Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS COST GOING UP? A - Material costs do continue to go up, especially this Solitude Homes

year with the tariffs that were put in place. Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT? A- Most of our clients aren’t interested in building homes

CLARK & CO HOMES

with rooms they hardly use. Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

A - Dan and Emily established Clark & Co Homes in 2011

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

with the mission of bringing creative design solutions to

EMPTY NESTERS?

the Treasure Valley.

A - California and Washington and our clients are both fam-

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

ilies and empty nesters.

AS

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

LOOKING FOR?

ANT WITH BUYERS?

A - Millwork, engineered hardwoods, stone countertops,

A - Yes, out-of-staters love subdivision amenities.

appliances, and smart home technology

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

A - Yes

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

Q - DO YOU SELL YOU OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

A - Kitchen & baths for sure, but media/bonus rooms are

A - We sell ourselves

also very popular. Entertaining areas in general are given a

Q - WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU PREFER NOT TO

high priority.

HEAR FROM POTENTIAL BUYERS?

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

A - We have worked hard to set our boutique building

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

company apart.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

SWIMMING

A - Energy is still so relatively inexpensive here in Idaho that investing in solar technology isn’t a high priority.

Website: clarkandcohomes.com

CONTINUED >

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OPEN HOUSE (CONTINUED)

Cody Weight & Family, Solitude Homes

SOLITUDE HOMES

Greg & Courtland Coman, Luxury Homes of Idaho

five years, we’ve seen an approximate increase of $30 a square foot

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT?

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

A - Buyers tend to be downsizing but families with chil-

EMPTY NESTERS?

dren are finding they get more for their money for a 3,800

A - In the past, we were getting more empty-nesters from

sq ft dual level home or in-law units for extended family.

California but we are seeing more and more families look-

Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?

ing for larger family homes. Also, we receive a number

A - I always knew I wanted to be in construction since a

requests for ADU’s.

young age. My father was in construction which intro-

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

duced me to the business. I had transitioned from being

LOOKING FOR?

a project manager to become a custom builder.

A - Maintenance-free homes, energy efficiencies, outdoor

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

kitchens and outdoor fireplaces. We include all of these

AS

type upgrades in our custom homes.

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

ANT WITH BUYERS?

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

A - Security of Community CCR’s is appealing for some.

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

However, clients are also interested in neighborhoods

A - Having an adequate number of bathrooms such as

that are not part of an HOA.

a 3bd/3ba is a high priority, ideally ensuite bathrooms.

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

Flexible living space also remains very popular.

A - Yes, buyers are coming with cash from a sale of

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOMES

another property, often from California

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

Q - DO YOU SELL YOUR OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

A - Not so much - energy-efficient construction is a priority

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

more so than solar or battery storage features.

A - We work with various real estate offices depending

Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD

on the community.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

SWIMMING

A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS COST GOING UP? A - The costs have remained pretty stable. Over the last 24

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Luxury Homes of Idaho

LUXURY HOMES OF IDAHO

people value. Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to a custom home.

Q - WHO ARE YOUR BUYERS AND WHERE ARE THEY

Q - HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BUSINESS?

COMING FROM? ARE THEY YOUNG FAMILIES OR

A - I started building houses in Boise in the early 90s and

EMPTY NESTERS?

I was always drawn to it. After college I worked in project

A - As of late, our clientele has consisted of mostly out of

management in New York City for 6 years and found the

state buyers looking for premier, higher end homes.

skill set was very similar and overlapped with the process

Q - WHAT KINDS OF UPGRADES ARE PEOPLE

my dad had mastered in Boise.

LOOKING FOR?

Q - ARE BUYERS LOOKING FOR AMENITIES SUCH

A - Every client is different, and different people value different

AS

things, so it really just depends on the clients personal tastes.

POOLS, TENNIS COURTS OR IS THAT NOT IMPORT-

Some common areas we’ve seen people put extra effort into

ANT WITH BUYERS?

are cabinetry, natural stone and extensive use of hardwood.

A - Again everyone is different, some people couldn’t

Q - ARE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS STILL ON TOP OF

care less about a community swimming pool or gym.

PEOPLE’S LIST OR IS IT MULTIPLE BEDROOMS, GAME

Q - ARE CASH BUYERS STILL OUT THERE?

ROOMS, OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE, WINE CELLARS?

A- Yes, they most certainly are.

A - Outdoor living space is definitely emphasized, and we

Q - DO YOU SELL YOU OWN HOUSES OR THROUGH

are still seeing a lot of wide open plans with kitchen and

REAL ESTATE OFFICES?

great rooms sort of blending into one another.

A - Usually via real estate offices. Missy Coman real

Q - DO BUYERS WANT ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES

estate broker at Keller Williams. They do a fantastic job

SUCH AS SOLAR PANELS?

with everything.

A - Yes, people usually want to be as efficient as possible...

Q - TELL US YOUR STORY

but not necessarily solar panels.

A - I grew up in Boise and have watched it transform

Q - HOW MUCH IS THE AVG. SQ FT COST TO BUILD

into what it is today. Our family is 5th generation (I think)

A HOME TODAY VS 5 YEARS AGO? ARE MATERIALS

Idahoan so we really really care about the direction of

COST GOING UP?

our state and more specifically our city. It’s exciting, and

A - Everything is going up. I would say it is probably 30%

we’re lucky to be a part of it. I think building a truly custom

higher than it was 5 years ago.

home is a process that should be fun for the owners.

COMMUNITY

CLUB

HOUSES,

SWIMMING

Q - ARE LARGER HOMES STILL THE RAGE OR NOT? A - Not necessarily. I think we’ve seen a shift in what

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REAL ESTATE SEEMED LIKE IT MIGHT BE AN EASY TRANSITION FOR J. TYLER GILMAN AFTER SEVEN GRUELING BUT REWARDING YEARS AS AN OWNER OF A RESTAURANT / NIGHT CLUB IN VIRGINIA BEACH. “I guess I thought the hours couldn’t be any Worse,” he chuckles! With a fresh salesperson’s license in hand, Tyler Gilman, a local Realtor first sold lots and vacation homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to families from all over the country. Gilman’s brother was already here in Boise developing a significant reputation as a custom home builder and he enticed his older brother to make the move to Idaho after several whitewater rafting trips, skiing expeditions and the promise to build him a home. Gilman started selling property across the Treasure Valley and quickly learned that he had a great interest in the land development process and bringing residential product forward to the homeowner in a way that makes the experience unique to the clientele. These efforts led to an opportunity to join the development team for a fledgling master planned community that was being proposed just over the hill from Boise. Hidden Springs was 1,884 acres in size with over half of its total land area devoted to protected open space. There would be an elaborate trail system, a charter school, a mercantile, a community garden, a library and a housing offering unlike anything seen before in Boise. With a lot of determination from a very talented team, the dream was realized, and Hidden Springs took the first-place award for the best Smart Growth Community in the United States in the year 2000 from the National Association of Home Builders. Gilman has enjoyed an extraordinary business and personal growth relationship with his current brokerage of the past 18 years. Group One, with its recent affiliation to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and with Brad and Kalinn at the helm, provides its practitioners with a refined skill set required by developers of large-scale projects like Lakemoor, a project that Gilman refers to as “the ‘Crown Jewell’ of CONTINUED >

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GIVING BU Y ERS WHAT THE Y WANT (CONTINUED) the Eagle corridor!” He joined the Lakemoor development/marketing

community where you walk to work and many of the household ser-

team in 2018 and has been drinking from the firehose since! Developer

vices you need are just as close as your neighborhood pools and

Dennis Baker works to outdo himself with each new offering after the

your greenbelt access? Welcome to Lakemoor," Gilman declares!

success of Island Woods and Two Rivers and the way those com-

The current phase is known as Elevation as it describes the geo-

munities have matured over the years. “Baker’s focus on every single

graphic change from homes situated on the valley floor rising to homes

aspect of the design of the community right down to the landscaping

on the Chinden bench. As you can imagine, the views of the foothills

shows a passion for doing it right and doing it in a way that creates a

from these properties are simply magnificent. The newest phase offer-

sense of place, community and value for our residents.”

ing will be known as The Pointe at Lakemoor and this neighborhood of 16 homes will come on during the winter 2020 season. A subsequent

The vistas across the duck lined ponds to the B oise River and then to the snow-capped foothills beyond is absolutely inspiring.

phase of 32 elegant townhomes is being developed now near the sports pavilion where pickleball is all the rage. Lot sizes are definitely getting smaller as land for residential development becomes scarcer and more expensive. The Lakemoor homeowners are taking this in stride. According to Gilman, “residents are active, physical people with a passion for the outdoors. Well-designed homesites with little lawn maintenance appeals to their desire to have more time on the greenbelt, less time on the mower. There seems also to be a strong interest among our clients for a high level of amenities within the community and also within their homes; size of the dwelling has

Gilman further emphasizes, “Lakemoor is Eagle’s premier, gated,

become less a factor.” The team at Dennis Baker and Associates has

waterfront community. The vistas across the duck lined ponds to

done an extraordinary job over the years giving the home buyer what

the Boise River and then to the snow-capped foothills beyond is

they want in the way of community design and product segmentation

absolutely inspiring. There is a strong flavor of diversity in this neigh-

rather than building what the developer wants and hoping the buyers

borhood of 317 homes on 180 acres. Partially because of the strong

will show up. In that vein, Gilman remains very excited about a future

architectural controls but also because the community is “open”. You

offering in Lakemoor up on the Chinden bench that may include high-

are able to buy a homesite and bring your own builder or choose

end town homes featuring spectacular views of the Boise Front Range.

your builder from our team of the top talent in the Treasure Valley.

“I want to be a resource to the Lifestyle magazine readers as they nav-

Either way you’ll begin your journey toward a unique lifestyle in an

igate the challenges of deciding where and when with their next home.

Eagle, Live/Work Community.” The recent acquisition of T Sheets by

The building process can be a wonderful experience when you align your

Intuit has led to the construction of a sister building on the Lakemoor

wants and needs with the right community, agent, lender and contractor.”

office campus. The Luxe Theatre is open, Café Yumm, Red Bench

Gilman and his team are here to help make that process seamless.

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ARTICLE KENDALL HOULTON

FINANCIAL BUZZ

INVESTMENT PROPERTY MIKE KIRBY OF FIRST FEDERAL BANK ON THE BENEFITS OF TREASURE VALLEY RENTAL PROPERTIES

Many times, the property a first-time investor may be considering renting out is the property they are currently living in, and is their primary residence. The interest rate may be favorable and the balance remaining on the property may be such that they

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GETTING INTO INVESTMENT PROPERTY

could pull out equity to help finance their first investment property.   The down payment required to purchase a new invest-

RESEARCH

ment property is typically greater than that of a primary

From a financing perspective, first time investors

home, and the interest rate is typically a bit higher due to

should research the requirements of acquir-

perceived market risk. The standard percentage down is

ing investment properties. The research might

typically 20-25% of the sales price.

include down payments requirements, cash

Lastly, cash reserves required in savings is important. Most investors require a 6-12-month cash reserve of the PITI

reserve requirements after closing and if proposed leases could be utilized in the qualifying.

(principal, interest, taxes & insurance) in the form of a liquid or semi-liquid cash account.   Many factors go into being a landlord: are you going to self-manage, hire a property manager, are you emotionally equipped to deal with tenants/contracts/property upkeep and everything else that goes into maintaining a property you don’t reside in.  Are you going to stick with single-family homes or branch out into 2-4 duplex properties or multi-family units?  

WHICH TYPE OF MORTGAGE An owner-occupied mortgage is one in which the borrower on the loan is also the occupant of the home. An investment property mortgage is one which the borrower on the loan does not occupy the home and looks to a tenant to support the cash-flow of the payments.

It’s a great opportunity to own investment properties here

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in the Treasure Valley as property values continue to rise

MARKETABILITY OF PROPERTY

and you build wealth through real estate. Arm yourself with

The primary items a buyer should look for would be

knowledge of the market, hire a trustworthy real estate agent

how marketable is the subject property to ensure a

who knows where investment properties may be and work

consistent occupancy by a tenant and the ability to

with a qualified lender to help guide you through the steps.

cash-flow the property in times of tenant vacancy.

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