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NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WEEK: Still swingin’: Living near golf in Post Falls

by TYLER WILSON/Special to The Press
| March 27, 2022 1:00 AM

When the temperature hits 60 degrees, the people go golfing.

Not me. I threw my back out digging around in the garage for my clubs. OK, that’s not true. My back hurts because of excessive sitting. So instead I’ll drive around and look for houses for sale near the area golf courses. After all, living close to physical activity provides 75 percent of the benefits from actual physical activity, according to internet science.

Last week, Neighborhood of the Week explored the (limited) housing options around the Coeur d’Alene golf courses. This week, let’s explore Post Falls — specifically the availability of homes on or near the Highlands and Prairie Falls Golf Club.

Neighborhoods in the Highlands (which is high, overlooking much of Post Falls) include Highland Park Estates and the gated community of Glengarry Estates. Though it feels separate from the other riff-raffs in Post Falls (their words, not mine), a quick trip down the hill lands you at Highway 41 and Mullan, home to all the essential amenities, including Sonic and Popeye’s. You can also stay on your perch in the Highlands, hit the spa and get a message.

Active listings remain elusive here, though a lot in Glengarry Estates on the lip of Coles Loop is listed at $435,000.

As for an existing home, you can check out a property just below the Highlands (though still boasting incredible views) that includes a three-bedroom, 1,300-plus-square-foot home on almost four acres of land priced at $800,000.

Need a better sample of the higher-end situation in the Highlands? Consider a couple of pending listings: 1) A nicely updated, 2003-built rancher with four bedrooms and more than 3,500 square feet is listed at $969,000. 2) A three-bedroom home with 3,500-plus square feet located directly on the course listed at just over a million.

Moving over to the Prairie Falls Golf Club, located off Spokane Street near Prairie Avenue, and availability super-close to the course is, you guessed it, sparse. One home directly on the course with four bedrooms and more than 2,200 square feet is listed at $560,000 (two golf memberships included).

The next best real option in the area is in the neighborhood just east of the course — a beautiful, 2018-built home with four bedrooms and more than 3,200 square feet priced at just under $700,000. Big houses on display in this edition of Neighborhood of the Week, eh? At the very least, you could set up a few holes of your very own Putt-Putt course inside some of these houses.

Looking again at the pending listings in the area, you can find three more homes near that first home mentioned just off the course, including a new construction home with 1,700 square feet listed at $575,000, as well as two 1,500-1,700-square-foot homes with three bedrooms that were listed at $545,000 and $550,000, respectively. Over in that “nearby neighborhood” where that second active listing sat, you also find a pending home built in 2019 with three bedrooms around approximately 1,900 square feet that listed at just under $600,000.

Final point on home hunting right now — use the filters online to include these pending listings in your searches. With homes priced correctly at market level, new listings go fast, so those pending properties can provide a better sense of the current going rate for homes relevant to your hunt.

Better yet, work with a Realtor to get a better jump on listings prior to their debut on Zillow/Realtor.com. It’ll save you more time so you can hit the driving range more often. See? I bet you thought I wasn’t going to tie this final point back into the article’s golf theme. Ta ha!

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Let us know about more story ideas, standout neighborhoods and developments that we may feature in an upcoming Neighborhood of the Week. Contact Tyler Wilson at twilson@cdapress.com.

Real Estate Agents, take advantage of Neighborhood of the Week by sending in your suggestions for featured areas, including sites outside the normal confines of Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden.

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Photo by TYLER WILSON

Homes near the Highlands are also in short supply, though some of the larger homes in the area (with larger price tags) can be on the market a little longer than "starter" home level.