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Building a Lifestyle on the River

Imagine enjoying an evening on your patio, listening to a peaceful meandering stream running along the pathway in your neighborhood. Envision being able to enjoy dinner at a beloved restaurant just a casual stroll from your front door. This type of lifestyle is exactly what Snake River Landing is creating with the growing residential options available within the mixed-use development located in the heart of Idaho Falls.

Mixed-use developments are defined as real estate projects that combined different uses and functions such as retail, office, residential, recreations, hospitality and other functions. These types of developments tend to be focused on convenience, providing pedestrian-oriented access with amenities that provide for connectivity and ease of access. Several residential areas exist in Snake River Landing currently, appealing to residents seeking convenience and access to unique amenities. The master plan for Snake River Landing includes roughly 135 acres of residential, which is approximately 30 percent of the 450-plus acre development. The Landing is already home to over 35 businesses including shops, restaurants, offices, parks and other uses.

Snake River Landing currently features a variety of residential areas, including single-family homes, senior apartments, and luxury apartments.

Legacy Creek

Legacy Creek is the neighborhood along Snake River Parkway and Whitewater Drive consisting of 34 single family homes developed by Kartchner Homes. Legacy Creek was the first phase of residential within Snake River Landing and has attracted a diverse group of people, from young professionals to empty nesters who are like minded in enjoying the maintenance-free aspects of their properties.

Legacy Creek is located along the Central Valley water feature and trails, and is within walking distance of the restaurants and shops along Pier View Drive. Residents enjoy their ability to easily enjoy the trails within Snake River Landing, as well as the connectivity to the Idaho Falls Riverwalk greenbelt trails they can access without having to first travel by car or cross major traffic.

Bandon River Apartments

Bandon River is a senior apartment community located west of Legacy Creek in Snake River Landing. Bandon River opened to residents in June 2013. The community is for eligible residents over 62 years old, offering amenities such as a community room, large outdoor patio space, a fitness center and a library. Bandon River earned US Green Building Council LEED for Homes Platinum certification, a rating system that champions energy, water, and resource efficiency, reducing construction waste, improving indoor air quality, and sustainable, green building design, construction and operations. Bandon River’s development team included Thomas Development Co. and Northwest Integrity Housing Co.

The Falls Apartments

“It didn’t take us long after opening the first phase of The Falls Apartments to realize we would quickly need to make a plan for expansion,” says Troy Kartchner, President of Kartchner Inc. who has developed The Falls Apartments in Snake River Landing. “We are excited to have the next phase of The Falls opening this year to meet the growing demand for apartments in Idaho Falls.”

The success of The Falls Apartments has driven Kartchner to expand the new apartment community which opened in 2016 with 228 units to a total 324 units in 2020. It features large two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The Falls Apartments feature one-, two- and three-bedroom options, including a limited number of furnished corporate units. Available amenities include a premium fitness center, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi area, a 24-hour club room for gatherings, and a playground. On-site management and 24-hour maintenance services are also available.

“It’s a pleasure to work with Kartchner once again, and see the success and growth of The Falls Apartments,” says Eric Isom, Chief Development Officer for Snake River Landing. “People who live and work here love the amenities of Snake River Landing, like the trails, water features and well maintained grounds. They also enjoy the short walk to restaurants, shops and the greenbelt.”

Future Residential Projects

A recent study on mixed-use properties conducted by the International Council of Shopping Centers revealed nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults could consider residing in a mixed-use “live, work, shop, play” environment, citing general convenience and time efficiency as main drivers for such preferences. And according to the National Association of Realtors, people with a lot of places to walk nearby, such as shops, cafes, and restaurants, are more satisfied with the quality of their community.

In future residential phases, Snake River Landing will continue to respond to local market demand to accommodate preferences of home buyers and renters. The Falls Apartments expansion will open in 2020, and announcements for additional residential communities within the mixed-use development are also anticipated later this year.

As Snake River Landing continues to grow, Idaho Falls can expect to see more multi-family options, including townhomes, condos and apartments.