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Doherty house a home for DeVos family
 
April 4, 2014
 
James and Jaylene DeVos and their three young children are the newest residents in the Doherty Addition after purchasing the house at 844 Amber that was built as a spec home by Cherokee Development, LLC. This home is the second spec home to be sold; there are still two available and three more will be constructed this summer. Cherokee Development, LLC is a partnership between CAEDC and Cherokee Industrial Corporation who came together to meet the need for quality, affordable housing. James is a Science teacher at WHS and provided us this insight as to how this happened: "I'm originally from Sioux Center and went to Northwestern College in Orange City. My wife, Jaylene, is originally from Cherokee and we met at college our freshman year. As we graduated in 2003, we made a deal that whoever got a job first reasonably close to NW Iowa would be where we'd move. I accepted a position at Alta High School and we lived in Aurelia for 1 year. In 2004, we moved to Cherokee and bought a house when my wife accepted a position teaching high school English at Washington High School. "We had only planned on having 2 children so figured we'd have many, many years in that home as it was perfect for 4 people. However, life plans change (for the better of course) and we were blessed with 3 healthy children: Julia 8 yrs old (2nd grade), Joel 5 yrs old (pre-school), and Jakob 2 yrs old. "We started looking at homes during Christmas time of 2013 to get ideas of what we might need in 4-5 years when we outgrew our home. Upon viewing the 844 Amber Drive home, we both fell in love instantly. We had toyed with the idea of building our own home someday but when we walked in, we realized this home had everything we'd ever talked about in building. So, in what seemed like a whirlwind of 2 weeks, we looked at several other homes to make sure we had our hearts set, and then made our offer. We both love the open floor plan, the open functional use of space, the hardwood floors, the extremely wide open basement (which is perfect for kids), and the fact that we can modify the basement slowly as our family needs change over time."