Sandpoint, ID Real Estate News

By Chris Schreiber, CCIM
(Kiemle & Hagood)
Chris Schreiber, CCIM | Kiemle & Hagood Company | 208-770-2593 212 North 1st Avenue, Sandpoint, ID Street level office/commercial space in high quality, professional office building! Retail/Commercial $1,736/month Sq Footage 1,074 DESCRIPTION SandCreek Landings is a high quality, professional office building in Downtown Sandpoint. Located along the east side of 1st Avenue (water side), this four story building is fully elevator served with common restrooms on each floor. Multiple suites are available for lease OR PURCHASE! see additional photos below RENTAL FEATURES - Full service rate including utilities, heat and air - Rate based on useable square footage! - Direct street level exposure LOCATION FEATURES - Right on 1st Avenue in Downtown - High quality, full service professional buil...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
Today, a group of about 12 Sandpoint Rotary volunteers and a few assorted other "nature lovers" converged upon the Sandpoint Fish Hatchery to continue the efforts to revitalize this vital piece of Sandpoint history.   The Sandpoint Hatchery, located on the south shoreline of the Pend Oreille River about two miles south of Sandpoint, was created by the Idaho Department of Fish & Game in 1904 to help stock Idaho Panhandle lakes.  The Hatchery survived until 1985, shut down for five years, then reopened in 1990 in response to public demand in the Panhandle Region.  Hatchery production costs rose due to limited water supply and the Hatchery morphed into a small-scale specialty station rearing Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Chinook Salmon, Kokanee Salmon and Kootenai White Sturgeon. The San...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Dover Bay Resort is now offering incredible finance incentives for standing inventory, to anyone who initiates a Purchase offer before October 1.  Dover Bay has worked with Mountain West Bank to create this opportunity, with rates that really provide an exceptional savings.  However this is a short term offer that applies to any Purchase & Sale agreements that are initiated by October 1. For conforming loans (up to $417,000) the following rates are being offered:  3% Interest Rate for year 1, 4% Interest Rate for year 2, and 5% for years 3 through 30.  This is based on excellent credit, 10% down, and a primary residence purchase.  Second home purchases however should be much the same, except for potentially requiring 5-10% additional down payment.  For a Bayside South condo priced at $3...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
2009 marks the year that Sandpoint puts it's name on the "tennis map" with THE BLACK DIAMOND TENNIS INVITATIONAL...aptly dubbed, "The Most Beautiful Tennis Tournament in the Country!"  (Maybe the world).            Invitations were sent out to the top players from the Inland Northwest with the idea that the first 24 to respond would get the "invite".  A few hours later the tournament draw was filled.  This event will be EPIC!  Not only can we look forward to great tennis, but the event dovetails with the Schweitzer Fall Fest & Music Festival...a celebration of another great summer on the Mountain.  It will be just a matter of weeks before the first snowfall graces the Schweitzer slopes and Sandpoint will be burning once again with SKI FEVER. While Fall Fest is technically a microbrew ta...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
...and the heavens opened up before us, parting the clouds, for the angels sang on high... ...or at least that's how it felt. For a freakish two weeks we had incredibly unusual cool weather. Gone were the "I could have fried an egg on the sidewalk days" to "Dear Lord, can anybody spare a parka!" Not kidding. The norm of mid-90s to low 100 degree temperatures gave way to nightly lows in the 40s. Plus, given the atmospheric conversion, or is it inversion, daily downpours gave rise to the parting of the Red Sea/Lake Pend Oreille. Okay, enough with the Biblical asides. Seriously, seemed like daily a deluge would soak us right before show time, then dry for the remainder of the day. Unfortunately, Dyno, our Festival imperial leader, put it mildly when she stated, "It definitely put a damper ...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Seasons at Sandpoint has announced that they will be moving forward with construction of eight luxury lakefront townhomes to complement the 72 existing condominium residences, all of which are waterfront with wide open views over Lake Pend Oreille.  This news comes on the heels of Seasons recent announcement that they have retired all outstanding bank debt on the property.  This is great news for the resort real estate business in North Idaho, as it provides a stable environment and the means to move forward with a very high profile resort condominium development located in downtown Sandpoint.  Seasons occupies a nice niche in the marketplace, that of a full-service luxury condo hotel, in town and on Lake Pend Oreille.  With the troubles that the Idaho Club has had of late its nice to s...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
The two week Festival at Sandpoint ended with a bang (literally, with fireworks) on Sunday evening after the Spokane Symphony's Benny Goodman tribute.  Once again this Festival proved to be an amazing time with friends and family, listening to some great music. As a member of the Sandpoint community, I feel obligated to support the Festival with season passes each year (even though I don't always get excited about every show).  I think this is one aspect that makes our Festival so unique.  There is a wide variety of music each year, from 70s rock, to reggae, to country, to alternative, you name it.  My wife and I go to every night's event and end up enjoying most of them. For example I have never been a big country music fan, other than classic Cash or Nelson.  But Mandy, my wife, is a ...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Schweitzer Mountain has begun construction on four luxury residences at Trappers Creek, the ski-in/ski-out neighborhood located above the Schweitzer Village adjacent to the Basin Express chair.  This will serve as the first real introduction to Fractional Ownership in the North Idaho resort market, a real estate sales model that has served other ski destinations very well.  Schweitzer has hired Brent Baker of Baker Construction here in Sandpoint Idaho as the general contractor.  This was a great selection in my opinion, as Brent is very much a Sandpoint local with extensive experience building at Schweitzer over the years.  Jim Ruscitto, a prominent Seattle architect, has been working with Schweitzer on the design, which can be described as ‘rustic contemporary' or ‘modern mountain', wi...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
In Part I of the AR Series challenge, I examined the importance of a Realtors® personal profile.  A personal profile may reveal to a customer some of the unique qualities you possess that could weight the scale in your favor to earn him as a client.   In Part II, let’s look at the contents of your profile to find what is in there that can aid you at being the best Realtor® you can be.  Let’s break it down: 1)    Pledge to Clients.  After you write your pledge, read it from time to time.  If you are pledging a “passion” for this business or a “dedication” to your clients, then do it.  As soon as you can’t live up to your pledge, it is time to re-examine your focus. 2)    Education.  You can never get enough education, whether formal or informal.  In our industry, continuing your educatio...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Economic outlook for Sandpoint and North Idaho: Summer 2009 By Gary Lirette, Host of North Idaho Business on KSPT and KBFI and Realtor for Tomlinson Sandpoint International Realty. How are things here in North Idaho? Besides being named to Sunset Magazine's Top 10 Resort Towns this year, Idaho was just named the nation's 8th healthiest state. In Sandpoint and Priest River, several new businesses just opened, including a Jack in the Box, Big 5 Sporting Goods, the Priest River Inn, and Zip's. The new Mountain West Bank building on the way to Priest River now graces Highway 2, and the Panhandle State Bank is a monument downtown. Quest Aircraft hired 60 new employees over the last two quarters, and the Sand Creek Byway is fully underway, as anyone crossing (or parked and not moving) the Lon...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
REALTORS’ SURVIVAL GUIDE, PART 1.  “What Do We Bring To The Table?”   We all know this is a DIFFICULT real estate market.  Sandpoint, Idaho is no exception.  Prices have declined to historic lows, personal financial portfolios have been trashed, home loan dollars can be difficult to secure (even though interest rates are also at historic lows), home sales are down, home sale prices are down, COMMISSIONS are down…LIFE IS DIFFICULT.  Being a Realtor® is difficult.      Most of the Realtors® that I know are “reinvented”.  They have “morphed” into the real estate industry by way of a rich and diverse career road.  It is this very career road that has helped pave the way to their success.  The  majority of Realtors® in my MLS Association (The Selkirk Association of Realtors) here in Sandpoin...
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North Idaho & Sandpoint Area Parks & Campgrounds Sandpoint is a jewel that has been recognized by Sunset Magazine as The Best Small Town in the West, and by Outsider Magazine as one of America's Best Small Towns. However, when National Geographic Adventure named Sandpoint one its Top 10 Adventure Towns, they got it right. North Idaho and the surrounds of Sandpoint and Lake Pend Oreille, with the majestic Cabinet, Monarchs and other mountain ranges rising out of Alpine lakes and rivers is opulently beautiful. Camping and RVing is one of the best ways to see the area. This resource provides access to all the camping areas, and our region's many parks. North Idaho Campgrounds and RV Parks Idaho State Parks by Region  North Central South Coeur d'Alene Parkway Dworshak Farragut Hells Gate He...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
MOJO COYOTE CAFE is a landmark at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho.  ...and for good reason!  Cassandra, Julie and Therese (baristas extraordinaire) are simply the best at what they do.  They make the perfect drink and are unparalleled in engaging customers.  We only get so many days in this life and to start your day at MOJO COYOTE CAFE is pretty tough to beat. Mojo, nestled in the corner of the spectacular Selkirk Lodge on the Schweitzer Mountain Village Commons, is the regular morning home to the Schweitzer Ski Patrol, Ski School Instructors, local ski racers, bike racers, mountain climbers, huckleberry pickers and anyone else who understands the importance of the mountain ambiance to fill the breadth of their life. Living in the mountains is about immersing into the ma...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Sandpoint & North Idaho Waterfront Real Estate Blog My name is Gary Lirette and my partner and I specialize in waterfront in and around Sandpoint, Idaho. This includes Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille River primarily, and Lake Cocolalla. To a lesser degree, we also have extensive knowledge of the Priest River, the Moyie and Kootenai Rivers, Pack River, Rapid Lightning Creek, the Clark Fork River, and the lesser lakes around Lake Pend Oreille. Click to Search for Real Estate     Jed Sigman                         Gary Lirette 208-255-6739                    208-610-1384        e-mail                                   e-mail Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby'sInternational RealtyLooking for Sandpoint waterfront?Contact Gary or Jed What to do on the Water N Idaho Lake Guide N Idaho River G...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
Kent Anderson is a Realtor®, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Resort Realty in Sandpoint, Idaho. If you are considering buying or selling a home in Idaho, you deserve local expertise and advice to be provided by a professional in real estate. Kent Anderson, is a full-time Idaho REALTOR® providing full time, professional real estate services to home buyers and sellers in the cities of Sandpoint, Sagle, Ponderay, Kootenai, Priest River, Priest Lake, Hope, Bonners Ferry, SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT and all surrounding cities in the  Bonner County / Boundary County North Idaho area. You may be relocating to or from Sandpoint, Idaho due to any number of reasons... whatever the case, when searching for a real estate professional outside the state of Idaho, please feel free to Contact Me o...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
TRINITY AT WILLOW BAY (formerly called Cafe Trinity), located between Sandpoint and the town of Priest River and on the shores of the Pend Oreille River is a REAL culinary pleasure!   TRINITY AT WILLOW BAY was formerly located right in Downtown Sandpoint, Idaho and loved by all.  They took the "Divide and Conquer" concept to the extreme and created 3 distinct Trinity-inspired restaurants:  TRINITY AT WILLOW BAY, TRINITY ON THE BEACH & 41 SOUTH.  All three have become Sandpoint destinations. TRINITY AT WILLOW BAY offers the same Southern Cuisine we have come to love at the original Cafe Trinity.  Now we get to sit right on the Pend Oreille River while enjoying their great food!  ...and best of all...TRINITY AT WILLOW BAY is located just under 1 mile from Salishan Point by car or boat.  W...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Larry with Competitive Instincts Bike Shop in Sandpoint Idaho is THE person to see for any bike repairs in the area, whether road or mountain.  His business is one of those 1-man places that just adds value to a town like Sandpoint. Larry is the kind of guy that knows pretty much everyone in town.  He is extremely honest and is always concerned first and foremost with saving the customer money and in getting him on the road as soon as possible. I became sold on using Competitive Instincts for all my bicycle repairs after buying an old Torelli road bike, which is a classic bike with a handmade Italian frame and parts that just aren't made anymore.  I started having problems immediately with the shifting and all the tweaking did nothing but make it worse.  I visited several area bike shop...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Festival at Sandpoint These are some pictures of setting up and scenes from the last couple of years of the Festival at Sandpoint. This year, 2009, marks the 27th annual Festival at Sandpoint. There is so much more that goes into producing such a large event. Besides running the event for two weeks with international stars appearing four nights a week, there is the wine tasting, other associated events, and the set up and break down takes days. These photos of the Festival at Sandpoint are just to give you a brief glimpse of that great musical magical time in Sandpoint, Idaho along the shores of the Pend Oreille River. To see this year's lineup, visitwww.FestivalatSandpoint.com Hundreds come to support and volunteer to put on the Festival at Sandpoint Putting up the tent Almost there......
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
I swam across Lake Pend Oreille in the Long Bridge Swim yesterday!  What a cool event!  This swim race is probably the premier swimming event in the Northwest, and is truly one of Sandpoint Idaho's quintessential events. In its 15th year the Sandpoint Long Bridge Swim sets a new record for participation every year.  This year I believe there were close to 900 swimmers, ranging in age from 88 to 5 years old.  That's right, 5!  We all gathered at City Beach prior to the race and were bussed over to the south side of the Long Bridge.  The race is 1.76 miles across Lake Pend Oreille, running parallel to the bridge, and finishing at 'Dog Beach' on the Sandpoint side.  What's really unique about this race is that it is so great for spectators, because they can literally walk the Long Bridge a...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Okay, so sometimes I just don't have pictures 'cuz I am just having way to good a time to be the snapshot king. So, there are shots of some, but others you are just going to have to use your imagination. Earlier this week on Wednesday, about thirty of us took to the waves and spent all day on Lake Pend Oreille. It was the annual waterfront tour of homes on the lake for the REALTORS® from Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty. We spent the day checking out the dozens and dozens of lakefront homes we represent, and had just a tiny bit of fun along the way. See more here: http://sandpointid.net/Day_on_Lake_Pend_Oreille.html Then the Sandpoint Artwalk started Friday, and downtown was hopping all day long. There was live music everywhere, lots of cool folk from all over the US a...
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