Sept. 26, 2012

Close your home in the great outdoors:)

New Trend for Closings:)

Have you ever thought about closing on your home purchase away from the title company? Away from that big stuffy office? Maybe the great outdoors?

First time homebuyers Tim and Richlle Souza needed an ASAP closing yesterday so they could get funded.

New homebuyers Tim and Richelle Souza closing at Richelles Elementary school. Our table? You guessed it, the hood of Tims car. A memorable day for everyone:) 





Sept. 26, 2012

Eagle's Nest Montessori Now Open


Save over $500 this year on tuition!

Everone is raving about the new Montessori School in downtown Eagle that opened September 4th. I have the opportunity to visit daily as I drop my children off. If your looking for an amazing program for your children you should make an appointment for a tour.  They offer half day and full day classes. 


 Offering a YEAR ROUND program including summer!

Eagle’s Nest Montesorri is located on old State Street in Eagle, Idaho.

Call today to schedule a tour!

Another fantastic addition to the existing businesses in Eagle. 

-Alei Merrill 



Aug. 7, 2012

Panache Opens Second Salon & Spa

Eagle just keeps getting better :)

Panache Salon in Boise has expanded to 11N. Fisher Lane in  Eagle off HWY 44 in the Eagle Island Complex.

Their grand opening was Saturday, August 4th.

I stopped in today to make an appointment. The decor is stunning.  Truly an oasis from the daily stress we all experience. A flowing waterfall greets clients with a relaxing and inviting environment you can slip away for an hour or two.  The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. 

Looking forward to this great business in our community. 

They will be hiring up to 15 employees for the new location — the Boise salon has 44 employees —

Panache is an "Aveda concept" salon and spa, meaning it carries and uses Aveda products.

Read about more Eagle businesses on my blog 

Alei Merrill 

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Posted in Eagle Idaho
June 29, 2012

Fred Meyer opens at Eagle Island

Looking to make a one stop shopping trip?  Look no further than the New Fred Meyers at Eagle Road and Chinden.  Pick up a few groceries for dinner, grab a pair of shoes, pick up a gift for a birthday party, Shop a jewlery store, check out the latest electronics, make a quick deposit, grab a smoothie at Starbucks,fill up your gas tank and head back home...all within 5 minutes of home.  Being a lifelong resident of Eagle, I never dreamed convenience would be so close!

The store opened on schedule June 22, 2012 to much attention and over 16,000 visitors. The 40-acre development is at the northeast corner of U.S. 20-26 and Linder Road in southwest Eagle and cost a reported $31 Million to build.

The Eagle Island Marketplace...another great addition to the Eagle Lifestyle we enjoy:)


Posted in Eagle Idaho
June 28, 2012

Boise Whitewater Park Opens in Boise

Boise Whitewater Park

The long-awaited Boise River Recreation Park officially opens on Thursday, June 28. 
 Whitewater enthusiasts, hikers, bikers, boaters, paddleboards, anything to do with enjoying the outdoors and water together you can find here.  

Boise River Recreation Park is opening as well. Don't miss the opening ceremonies tonight on the Boise River near Pleasanton Avenue at 6:00pm. You can always search for homes near the whitewater park area here. 

Kayakers have had a chance to check out the waterpark's waves this summer. The cost of the park was nearly 2 million dollars.  Another great venue for the Boise area and another reason the Idaho lifestyle here only keeps getting better.

-Alei Merrill



Posted in Boise Idaho
June 21, 2012

Unique Lifestyle Home in Eagle Idaho

Eagle Idaho Lifestyle Home

Had the opportunity to preview this home last week. Truly a unique find. The pictures of the home are only a taste of what is offered.  As I walked out the back patio door. I kept wandering...and ran into 2 waterfalls that were hidden behind a great pond perfect for a paddle board or morning canoe ride..I looked over and saw 2 cedar planks carefully placed over the stream. Being extremely adventurous (especially in heels)  I had to walk the plank!  I could not believe it.. something like a scene from a movie. A huge tree perfectly suited for a rope swing covering a grass meadow perfect for little boy swordfights, great hide and seek or just hiding out! As I turned around 360 degrees I could only see amazing beauty and mostly serenity that quiet nature offers. Incredible! 

If you are looking for a Unique Lifestyle Eagle home that can entertain all ages from adults to children. This is the one! Or, you can start your Eagle Idaho Home Search Here. 

LIFESTYLE!!! Private Cape Cod Riverfront lot with no next door neighbors. Home boasts hand scraped walnut floors, stain grade alder doors and trim throughout. Enjoy two real river rock gas fireplaces, tumbled travertine floors and showers with custom inlays.Great views from kitchen with custom cabinetry and granite slab. Tranquil backyard with a large covered tile patio and sunken hot tub. Home has recreation room, craft room, and extra storage. Beautiful waterfront views in a tranquil setting on the Boise River in Eagle. 



Posted in Eagle Idaho
April 23, 2011

Tennis Programs in Eagle Idaho

tennis club in downtown Eagle

Eagle Idaho has many kinds of options for Tennis Camps and Clubs and those in the know tell us that an indoor facility is in the works within the next few years in or near downtown Eagle, most likely at highway 44 and State Street. 

The “Tennis in Eagle” Elementary Summer Camp we will be held this summer at Eagle Middle School for children, grades K-6 for three sessions from June to August. The program will provide all the equipment and everything else a young player could want. The program would definitely like to see their tennis enrollment numbers soar as tennis becomes more and more popular in the Boise area. 

Eagle Middle School is located at 1000 W. Floating Feather Road, Eagle, Idaho, 83616, and the dates for the camp will be Mondays through Thursdays, June 11th through June 21th. A second session will run July 9th through July 19th with a third session going July 23rd through August 2nd. Go ahead and Search for Homes near Eagle Middle School.

Eagle Tennis Club

The word on the street is a new indoor tennis facility is in the early planning stages. This facility will certainly have high demand as right now the closest indoor courts are at the Boise Racquet Club – a 20 minute drive down State Street. This proposed new major tennis club will offer a number of amenities including 12 indoor courts (including two clay court as well as a stadium court) a restaurant, locker rooms and a fitness center, in addition to plenty of parking and a new Starbucks in the same parking lot. It will be heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer so people can play year round.  

It will cater to the more than 4,500 USTA members in the Treasure Valley.  As of right now, there are only 18 indoor courts in all of Ada and Canyon Counties combined. The name that is being proposed is the Eagle Tennis Club. 

-Alei Merrill



Posted in Eagle Idaho
March 23, 2011

Eagle Idaho Saturday Market

Eagle Saturday Market Hours

Living in Eagle, Idaho has many advantages. Big city closeness yet the feel of a small town. One of the activities that gives Eagle that small-town feel is the Eagle Saturday Market. It is back on the calendar this coming weekend. Think fresh local produce, vendors, gifts, crafts, food, entertainment, outdoor shopping, and much more. 

Visitors describe the Eagle Saturday Market as a “quaint and cozy outdoor get together” located in the heart of downtown Eagle (right in Heritage Park). Sponsored by the Eagle Arts Commission, you will find a wide selection of arts and crafts along with local produce, flowers, specialty items and freshly prepared food. The park and pavilion come alive with the sounds of local musicians and community members all coming together to support each other and do what is good for the community. Check out my real estate success stories. 

Eagle Saturday Market

Beginning April 21st the Eagle Saturday Market will be open every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The event is managed by the City of Eagle Parks and Recreation Department. Many hundreds of people will visit the event on any given weekend. Historic downtown Eagle is just 15 minutes northwest of downtown Boise and is easily accessed via Sate Street. Downtown Eagle in on “Old State Street”, which is where the highway from Boise to Caldwell ran at one time. At the time of this blog, the population of Eagle is approximately 19,500 residents and the town sits between the Boise River and the foothills.

There are other special events in Eagle throughout the year in which vendors participate, including Eagle Fun Days, Harvest Fest, Eagle Country Christmas, and the Gazebo Concert Series. The market is always accepting new vendors to add some mix up to the products and services. If you can provide an interesting new service or product (locally produced) to the Eagle Saturday Market contact the city of Eagle at (208) 489-8789. 

Are you interested in living in Eagle Idaho? Check local real estate listings here


Posted in Eagle Idaho
Feb. 25, 2011

Only One First Impression in Eagle

 Pro photos sell Boise homes

"A picture is worth a thousand words" is an English idiom and it refers to the idea that a subject can be conveyed with just a single image or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does. First impressions with real estate are everything. Especially when you consider that for every one Buyer who sets foot in a listing, there are thousands, and even tens of thousands who view it online.  

I don't understand when sellers get in a panic to get their property "on the MLS" without considering all the marketing preparations that should be taken first if they want to maximize value. A big consideration is professional quality photography and home staging services. We are big advocates of professional photography on every single listing. (Meaning - thoughtfully staged photos with lights turned on and as much clutter put away as possible.) And, under no circumstances should the MLS listing be launched until the professional photos are re-touched and inserted into the listing.  

Buyer’s agents are constantly looking for new properties for their buyers. If two listings become active at the same time, one with photos and one without, which listing do you think the agents are more inclined to take their clients to? Also, more important than ever in our information and digital age is the internet. It dominates a large majority of a homebuyer’s searching efforts. Recent reports say this is as high as 90% of all home searches done (in 2010) were online. Many buyers are on automatic drip systems for new listings, or receiving updates from their agent pulled from the Boise MLS.

Home in Boise Idaho front elevation

When a new listing comes to market with no or bad quality photos, a buyer will often ignore it or downgrade it in their mind. I have seen times where good photos show up, but a week later meaning the listing has lost all the initial excitement. First impression opportunity is lost forever.

Listings with professional photos sell for more money, and not only that, but they sell sooner than other homes. With the internet, listing photos are a critical factor — it will determine the selling price of a home, how quickly it sells and whether it sells at all. I’d venture to say that the single most important factor in selling a home is good photos. "A picture is worth a thousand words" is true every time. 

Map Search for Boise Homes. Find your next home and visit my success stories. 

Posted in Eagle Idaho
Jan. 27, 2011

History of Legacy

Legacy Boise

Origins of Greatness

Legacy, the once super-hyped master planned community in Idaho backed by Mia Hamm, Jack Nicklaus, Mark Spitz and Jim Courier is emerging from its three year recession slumber. We predict it will once again rise to glory, although it will look much different than the original planners envisioned. Back in 2006, the marketing pieces boasted that Legacy will be a collection of sports academies including golf, swimming, tennis and soccer.

Legacy’s plan was to feature a World Cup-sized soccer field, a remarkable Nicklaus-designed golf practice facility, an Olympic-sized signature swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and 8 miles of walking and biking paths. Mia Hamm, an original spokesperson for the project became a household name as a member of the U.S. Soccer team that won the 1999 World Cup and Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2004.

Legacy originally started as an 18-hole Nicklaus golf course community. However, that idea was halted with resistance from community officials who feared the development would bring in too much traffic. In the end, the city of Eagle toned down the 18-hole course to three holes. (A practice course.) 

Modern Legacy

Fast forward to 2011; a new owner, Marty Goldsmith with Horseshoe Flats Development (and a group of investors have) have bought the 590 acre subdivision out of receivership and plan to have Phase 2 ready for homebuilders in the next couple of months. The abandoned lawn tractor on the practice green, which has set on the course for three years will soon be removed. It is reported the infrastructure for the development, including the impressive subdivision entry monument cost over $14 million dollars. The new owners bought their phases at a fraction of that cost. This is what guarantees that the project will be profitable. (The original investment of the infrastructure will not need to be paid back.) 

The plan for the new Legacy is offer more amenities within the community than most other Treasure Valley neighborhoods. A mix of custom and semi-custom builders will purchase lots that will be specific to each phase. It’s also being reported that the first of many lakes will be excavated soon, including one that will be 7 acres and be surrounded by homes with docks allowing for boating and paddle boarding. Mark our words, the day will come in the next few years where Legacy Boise real estate will be some of Idaho's finest. 

what is history of eagle legacy

Search for available Legacy homes. This list is updated every 15 minutes from information provided by the Boise MLS.

-Alei Merrill at Accel Realty Partners