During the recent easterly drive the GUARDIAN visited Victor, Idaho in Teton County.
Talk about a poster child for GROWTHOPHOBIA! That once tiny little ranching and potato farming community is now ground zero for developers making “Stepford Wives” subdivisions around golf courses–there are three courses in Victor. All are the basis for housing developments.
The ghetto for the rich is sort of comical to visit. We drove up to the entrance of a gated community with the original name of “Teton Springs.” No tough rent a cop here. Just a cute little blonde in shorts waving as you drive past the guard shack.
Inside is a golf course lined with little starter homes for the rich and famous. We grabbed the info sheet for one shown here that is listed at just under $3 million–nice view of the mountains and a bargain price for an Idaho weekend “starter home.”
The only problem we could see with all the new places was they appeared to be mostly empty. Ironic that after driving or flying a thousand miles or more from civilization, the folks who were there–either as residents or visitors–tend to ride bicycles and jog before driving their SUV to town for a latte.
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