Second-home buyers sold on GarageTown

Concept blooms as owners seek space to store boats, RVs

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The idea wasn't exactly an accident, but it was not at the top of the to-do list either. In the end, it resulted in a second-home gathering place in close proximity to home itself -- especially for casual collectors and automobile enthusiasts. Several years ago, when Cyndie Johnson and her late husband were planning a residential community near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the couple needed to purchase an additional piece of property to provide another access easement for the development. "All we really were looking for was a small strip of land, but we ended up with about 5 acres," Cyndie Johnson said. "While we didn't think we would end up with such a large piece, we knew what we would do with it." The Johnsons knew that the community's covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) would prohibit not only huge garages but also the parking of recreational vehicles or boats in driveways and on streets. Since most of the new homeowners would be families ...