Waters Edge Subdivision Kuuna, Idaho 83634

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Waters Edge Subdivision


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Water's Edge has the endorsement as an Idaho Smart Growth Community as a result of winning their annual Grow Smart award in the Mixed-use category. Water's Edge will have the lowest energy consumption of all developments in the state.


Kuna, a fast-growing suburb of Boise, is home to Ribeiro's most ambitious venture, a $50-million-plus development called Waters Edge. Its New Urbanist elements a town square, 10 acres of green space and the promise of European-style sidewalk cafes are straight out of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream, the 2000 book that Ribeiro says transformed him into a promoter of multi-use buildings and compact, walkable neighborhoods.

Waters Edge won a design award last year from an Idaho nonprofit that recognizes smart growth. Ribeiro says he has the financing in place to start building the village center and several of its 395 homes this year. But he hopes to make his biggest splash in Independence, population 7,500, located 12 miles southwest of Salem on the Willamette River. He moved there from San Bernardino, Calif., in 1997, opened a real-estate appraisal business with his wife, and became one of the city's biggest fans.


"We bought a $400 Honda mower, left it on our porch for three years and it never got stolen", says Ribeiro, moments before ducking out of a mid-afternoon shower and into Taylors Fountain & Gifts, where he's greeted by the owner of the Main Street general store that dates to 1882. "People know you, they talk to you," he says. "It's a good, small town."

"I love this town and I wanted to do something here that was right and fun."
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Dan Sadowsky


Water's Edge Development: 

  • Developer: Steven Ribeiro
  • Total lots in the community: 305
  • Total dwelling units: 395
    *Includes apartments, townhomes, live/work condos, Signature cottage homes, and 112 single-family detached homes.


Lot Sizes: 

  • From 0.91 acres


Waters Edge subdivision amenities:

  • Lots by water
  • Community park
  • Fiber optics
  • Pressurized irrigation
  • Community building
  • Paved paths
  • Patio homes


Homes for sale at Waters Edge Subdivision