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Rain Silverhawk had 3 sales this week.

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Congratulations to the Currys for their new property in Sandpoint Idaho

LIsting by Rain Silverhawk SOLD


This 20 acre parcel backs up to USFS land has no near neighbors in sight, Has a 55×50 2750 sqft shop with 5 roll up doors, 4 hydraulic lifts, drilled well and installed septic. The bonus is that the 2000 sq ft home has been started and is at the drywall stage ready for you to finish. Private drive with 2 gates, abandoned horizontal mine on property flowing with water and a little mining cabin has been used as rental. Top of the world views and this one will be a real treat for someone who can finish out the home.


Best of the road Sandpoint Idaho

Sandpoint, ID has an overwhelming view from the Long Bridge into town with Schweitzer Mountains creating the backdrop and Lake Pend Oreille perfectly supplementing the setting. A 43-mile long, glaciated body of water, Pend Oreille, is the fifth deepest lake in the U.S. with 111 miles of shoreline. Its pristine waters are a major factor in the community of Sandpoint’s high ranking as a premier tourist destination. Visitors can take a ski lift up 6,800 feet for the majestic view or try a boat cruise down below. 

The area offers plenty of outdoor activities from skiing and boating to biking or hiking. Attractions include the Cedar Street Bridge Public Market, Silverwood Theme Park, Boulder Beach Waterpark, and Farrugat State Park. Visitors can also enjoy the Bonner County Museum or the Panida Theater. 

For avid golfers, Sandpoint is an ideal destination. Sandpoint and the surrounding area boast numerous courses and a wide range of course options. Nearby hotels offer affordable “stay and play” packages.

America’s Prettiest Winter Towns Travel and Leisure December 2012

Sandpoint, ID

With the Selkirk Mountains (alt. 8,000 feet) as their backdrop and Lake Pend Oreille for a centerpiece, Sandpoint’s roughly 7,500 residents are largely of the skiing, sailing, hiking, fishing, and paddleboarding variety. But the town also supports the arts; see what’s playing at the historic Spanish mission–style Panida Theater. Breweries, a vineyard, and a fiercely independent retail and dining scene are icing on the cake for locals—and travelers savvy enough to swing by. Sandpoint is only 75 miles from Spokane, across the Washington State border.

Winter Fun: Join Selkirk Powder for Sno-cat treks to Schweitzer Mountain’s wild west side, where you and a maximum of nine others can enjoy 4,000 acres of fresh tracks in terrain tracked by mountain lions and home to woodland caribou and grizzly bears.

Quail Ridge Lots 49,000 to 89,000 5 acres, paved roads, utilities backs forest service land

Cardinal Lane 
Blanchard, ID 83804

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5 acres with State land as a border, all paved roads into and thru property, area of strong wells, great soils for septics and drainage, treed, and State Lands surround entire project. Close to lake access, golf, and shopping in Spirit Lake. Very quiet area with no train noise. Broker owned
Property Type: LAND
Acres: 5.00
Built: 0
School District: W. Bonner Co
[Blanchard Real Estate, listing number 5373653]
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Listing Price: $49,000

Inlander August 2014 WHY SANDPOINT THRIVES


A lesson from the best place in Idaho

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  • Caleb Walsh

Iam back in my hometown of Sandpoint this week. I wasn’t born here, but it’s the place that most defines me. It’s where I truly fell in love with my wife and where we got engaged. It’s where I first went to work after college at a small weekly newspaper I started with a couple of friends. It’s where I learned who I am and what I’m willing to fight for. Sandpoint is home.

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Sandpoint also happens to be the best place in Idaho. Trust me. My job over the last two and a half years since leaving my hometown has had me traveling to every corner of Idaho, and while this state is filled with beautiful places and amazing people, nothing beats that first drive across the Long Bridge, a local production at the historic Panida Theater or just watching sailboats race from City Beach.

If you haven’t been here yet, make the trip. But even if you never do, there are lessons Sandpoint has to teach about building and protecting greatness that every city could learn from. The key principle being that paradise is worth fighting for.

During my time on the Sandpoint City Council, I came to fully appreciate a local saying that “Sandpoint is a place where we circle the wagons and shoot inwards.” The politics here can be rough-and-tumble. In part, that’s because of the wide diversity of political perspectives, from the far right to the far left. Sandpoint is a town with more than its fair share of eccentric characters, and they are all ready and willing to passionately share what they think.

But the source of our political conflicts runs deeper than just the existence of varying opinions. As a whole, people in Sandpoint recognize they live in a great place and believe that they have a responsibility to keep it that way. They don’t always agree about how, and that can lead to fireworks.

This could end up not being particularly effective. If all we did was have a common drive to fight, Sandpoint could just end up as a mini Washington, D.C. — deeply divided and fundamentally broken. But you have to remember the first part of that classic Sandpoint saying: We circle the wagons.

And what do we circle the wagons around? Our shared values of community and place. Our understanding that this place that we all already love so much could be even better, or could be lost.

Most fights in Sandpoint end up with solutions that, while rarely perfect, end up nudging this small town a little closer towards perfection. Sometimes progress comes in the form of something new, like an old city work yard being turned into a neighborhood park, or a local bus to help locals and visitors get around town. Just as often, progress is about preserving Idaho’s last active, historic train depot or the two-mile lakeside Pend d’Oreille Bay Trail.

What I know is that things will keep getting better here, and everywhere that people remember that what we love is worth fighting for. ?

John T. Reuter, a former Sandpoint City Councilman, is the executive director of Conservation Voters for Idaho. He has been active in protecting the environment, expanding LGBT rights and the GOP.

National Geographic Idaho’s Last Stand

Idaho’s Last Stand

Lakefront living in a tight-knit mountain retreat.

Text by Sarah Tuff

The only drawback to life in an idyllic adventure haven is that, inevitably, some glossy magazine comes through town and blows its cover. But we wager to say that, given the local character, quiet Sandpoint (pop. 8,100) will continue to fight off land rushes and unsightly sprawl. Anchored in Idaho’s wild panhandle between 40-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille (pon-duh-ray) and the 8,000-foot Selkirk and Cabinet Mountains, Sandpoint today is much as it was 20 years ago, when civic-minded residents made a stand and saved the mission-style Panida Theater in the waterfront city center from demolition. These days, foreign films at the Panida, back-alley canine keg-pulls behind the brewpub, and a summertime bluegrass festival keep the town buzzing. “I scoured the West for an affordable place that was surrounded by untapped trails and had a strong sense of community,” says mountain biker and spa owner Suzanne Kaplan. “That’s exactly what I found in Sandpoint.”

Ninety minutes northeast of Spokane, Washington, Sandpoint sits among 470,000 acres of national forest, which fed a thriving timber industry from the late 1800s until the 1980s. Locals today are more likely to be cutting work short to ride the lifts on Schweitzer Mountain’s 2,900 acres of skiable terrain, given over in warmer months to prime singletrack. Or they’re swinging through the twice-weekly farmers market before sailing, fishing, or paddling Pend Oreille. The lake is just 30 miles south of the Canadian border but is bathwater warm in summer. And rain gear is an afterthought in these parts: Sandpoint gets only 33 inches of precipitation a year—most of it in the form of fresh powder. “A lot of us here are able to work our schedules around our playtime,” says Suzanne Pattinson, an environmental consultant who telecommutes from her Schweitzer Mountain home. “That’s why we moved here in the first place.”

Weekend Scouting Trip

Playgrounds: Late summer means huckleberry season on Schweitzer. Gathering grounds are reached via the two-mile cedar-lined trail to Colburn Lake. Fat-tire-friendly 4.66-mile Overland Trail Loop is accessible from Schweitzer’s base, while the Great Escape Quad serves screaming downhills ($15 for a lift ticket; On Lake Pend Oreille, sand-volleyball teams duke it out and telecommuters phone it in at City Beach, paddlers ply 111 miles of shoreline ($25 for a two-hour rental;, and bikers hit the waterside singletrack. After hours, Eichardt’s Pub is the go-to choice for burgers and brews.

Where to Stay: The Inn at Sand Creek is a renovated 1890s bank ($140; At the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, a log cabin north of town, wranglers guide horse trips into the Selkirk and Cabinet ranges ($200;

Want to live here?

-The median home price is $289,600.

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