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USA TODAY Second homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, Idaho

USA TODAY published an article about Sandpoint Idaho on April 14th.

“So what’s the big appeal? A combination of stunning natural beauty, excellent year-round outdoor activities and a surprising wealth of art and cultural offerings” 

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Antelope Lake just stalked with trout

Time to grab the fishing pole and the kids, I just heard Antelope Lake was stocked a few days ago.  Bonner County is blessed with lots of lakes, but Antelope outside of Clark Fork Idaho is one of my favorite samll lakes.  The views are gorgeous and the wildlife abound.  Whether your fishing from the bank or you take the canoe out, you are always going to catch a trout. 

Antelope lake

Just in case you want something closer to your home, here is a list of all the lakes in Bonner County, Idaho

Antelope Lake
Beaver Lake
Beaver Lake
Blacktail Lake
Blanchard Lake
Blue Lake
Bottle Lake
Cabinet Gorge Reservoir
Caribou Lake
Chase Lake
Cocolalla Lake
Colburn Lake
Lake Darling
Dennick Lake
Eaton Lake
Lake Estelle
Freeman Lake
Gamlin Lake
Gem Lake
Granite Lake
Hager Lake
Heath Lake
Hoodoo Lake
Jewel Lake
Kelso Lake
Keokee Lake
Kerr Lake
Kilroy Lakes
Lake San Souci
Lambertson Lake
Lee Lake
Little Lake
Little Muskrat Lake
Livermore Lake
Lost Lake
Mirror Lake
Moose Lake
Mud Lake
Muskrat Lake
Lake Pend Oreille
Porcupine Lake
Priest Lake
Providence Lake
Reeder Lake
Round Lake
Round Lake
Schlicht Lake
Shepherd Lake
Smith Lake
Still Lake
Upper Priest Lake
Walsh Lake

SOLD Cedar Hill. lot with water, electric and phone close to USFS land.

Clear some trees for lake view. Building lot with community water, electric and phone at the road. Great location! Rural setting but close to town: near three lakes for fishingand boating; close to USFS for hunting and hiking.  No CCR’s and Manufactured homes welcome!  Great for a vacation spot or year round living.






New gems at Silverhawks

We just launched a new group of gemstones on This week you can find:

Willow Creek Jasper

Confetti Agate

Ocean Jasper

Mohave Purple Turquoise



Royal Sahara Jasper



Fireworks Obsidian

Coyamito Agate

Wave Dolomite

Morrisonite Jasper


Dinosaur Bone

Titanium Druzy

Tourmalated Quartz

Malawi Blue Agate

Australian Lace Agate

Botswana agate


Ocean Jasper


Agua Nueva Agate

Spiderweb Obsidian


Tube Agate

Exotica Porcelain Jasper

Owyhee jasper

Sweetwater Agate


Sheep Creek Plume Agate

Stinking Water Pass Plume Agate

Green Picaso Marble

Fish in the back yard pond 3 bedroom 2 bath on 20 acres borders forest service

2005 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on 20 acres bordering Forest service land. Go fishing in your private pond, enjoy Horseback riding, snow mobiling, hikingtrails. Mature trees and outstanding mountain views. Hunters paridise! Very private setting with year round access. Additional acreage available. Pit set foundation, Real Property could go va or FHA



Canpoint Feed the hungry

Downtown Sandpoint Business Association and US Bank present CANpoint to help feed the hungry.  The first annual CANpoint Food Drive kicks off April 23, and with your help we know we can fill the shelves at our local food bank.  For information on drop-off locations and becoming a team CANpoint builder, call or e-mail Melenie Hanson at US Bank, 263-6891,, or Kathleen at the DSBA, 255-1876,

Second homes: Having it all in Sandpoint, Idaho USA Today


Best for: Lake sports, winter skiing, year-round arts.

Claim to fame: The annual Festival at Sandpoint, in its 28th year, is a non-profit music event featuring performers such as Clint Black, Boz Scaggs, the Subdudes and Blues Traveler.

Don’t miss: The Floating Restaurant, known as “the floater,” off the beach in Hope has been a landmark for 25 years.

Getting there: The airport in Spokane, Wash., is 75 miles away (about a 1½-hour drive).

Tourism information:

 By Larry Olmsted Special for, USA TODAY


Who says you can’t have it all? SandpointIdaho.

The small town, with a population of about 8,000, has won accolades as a retirement hot spot, an outdoor sports mecca, even one of the top 10 cities for telecommuting. It serves as the national headquarters for several notable companies, including Coldwater Creek apparel, attracting a young, vibrant workforce and fueling the local economy.

So what’s the big appeal? A combination of stunning natural beauty, excellent year-round outdoor activities and a surprising wealth of art and cultural offerings.

Sandpoint is located in the Panhandle of northern Idaho and sits directly on 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced “pond-uh-ray”). Though winters are typically cold and snowy, the summer months are marked by long strings of warm, sunny days. The Selkirk and Cabinet mountains overlook the town, offering options for hiking, climbing and mountain biking. The Schweitzer Mountain resort, 12 miles away, spans almost 3,000 skiable acres with 92 trails.

Both visual artists and performers make their homes here, and Sandpoint offers a lot of live music. In addition to regularly scheduled art exhibits and art walks, the town is host to one of the largest film festivals in the Northwest, and a major 11-day summer music festival attracts big names.

The Panhandle also is popular for golfers, and outside Sandpoint is a high-profile private golf club, the Idaho Club. There is a public course on nearby Priest Lake, two nationally ranked public courses and two more high-end private clubs around Coeur d’Alene, less than 50 miles away. Another popular second-home community on a large lake, Coeur d’Alene offers additional dining, cultural and recreational options to Sandpoint buyers.

“With 111 miles of shoreline, (Sandpoint’s Lake Pend Oreille) is considerably bigger than Lake Coeur d’Alene, but there is far less traffic. You often feel like you’re alone out there,” says Patrick Werry, a real estate agent with Century 21 Riverstone. “There is a large variety of second homes around Sandpoint. You can find anything from a 900-square-foot house for $220,000 to a 5,000-square-foot home on the lake for $2.5 million. We have two main options, on the lake or at the ski resort.”

A look at three Sandpoint neighborhoods

• Sandpoint. Realtor Patrick Werry says second-home buyers in town are choosing lakefront property, usually in one of two enclaves. Dover Bay sits just outside town, with cottages from under $230,000 to luxury condos for more than $1 million. Seasons is the main lakefront condo development within Sandpoint, a short walk to downtown shopping and dining. “It’s all new, nothing more than 5 years old and they are still building, with their own fitness center and spa, on the water but close to everything. Prices range from $500,000 to $2.5 million.”

• Hope. About 20 minutes outside Sandpoint, this small, lakefront community is surrounded by state-owned protected wilderness. “No large developments, just single-family homes for resale,” Werry says. “Homes on the water run $500,000 to $2 million, and off the water, $190,000 to $450,000. It attracts those interested in boating and is definitely a second-home spot for summer, very slow in winter.”

• Schweitzer Mountain Resort. “The vast majority are second homes. There are about 700 homes and condos and only 70 full-time residents,” says Werry. “There’s a wide range, $100,000 to $1 million, and the newest option is fractional ownership, $195,000 for four weeks in a nice, new three-bedroom. There is a lot of ski-in/out property, plus condos in the main village and single-family homes a mile away.” The resort offers summer mountain biking, hiking and an equestrian center.


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