Home prices soar at state’s Juntura site

JUNTURA – Trapped by a booming economy and remote stations, the state Transportation Department is paying more than $800,000 to build two modular homes for its employees in Juntura.

The 1,500-square-foot houses are part of a larger $1.7 million plan to upgrade living facilities at state compounds in Juntura and at the Basque maintenance station. Juntura is 55 miles southwest of Vale. The Basque maintenance station is south of Jordan Valley at Basque.

The two new homes planned for Juntura will feature three bedrooms and two baths, said Tom Strandberg, a spokesman for the Transportation Department in La Grande.

Strandberg said officials plan for both homes – each at a cost of around $425,000 - to be available by fall 2020.

The cost of the two Juntura homes is $284 per square foot - $65 more, or . . .