Sandpoint, ID Real Estate News

By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
SANDPOINT LONG BRIDGE SWIM - 2009 Today was the perfect day for a swim. The proverbial news on the airwaves called for temperatures to be the highest of the year so far. Not a cloud in the sky. The 1.76-mile swim was most likely in 65-70 degree water (usually the temperature is between 68-70 degrees) from the south end of the Long Bridge to the north. Two and a half hours was the allotted time limit for swimming the distance. There were hundreds and hundreds of cheering onlookers, and with yesterday being the beginning of Sandpoint's Artwalk, the perfect day was underway. The swim is not quite the distance of the two-mile span of the Long Bridge, which crosses Lake Pend Oreille from Sagle to Sandpoint. The first Long Bridge began May 26, 1908, and was in operation until being torn down ...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
41 SOUTH in Sandpoint, Idaho REALLY came through for us helping make our Summer Sales Event Party a huge success! "At one end of the long bridge lies Sandpoint, Idaho. But at the other end...." When planning for our Salishan Point Summer Sales Event, we wanted to have something special to draw potential clients to the event.  We knew the beach, marina and all the other amenities were cool,  but it always helps if there is that "wild card" that people can gravitate to.  So...who better to approach than 41 South Restaurant and Lounge! This is simply the best spot to enjoy a meal in all of North Idaho.  41 South is located on the water directly across the bay from Sandpoint.  Their outdoor tiered dining cascades down to the water's edge and the ambiance is absolutely perfect!  Too many su...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Sandpoint Real Estate: Yes, we are selling properties While our market suffered its worst effort in years in 2008, so far, in total we are behind that number. However, my team is selling. As part of the Northwest Group of Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty, my part of the team consists of our assistant Keely, my business partner Jed Sigman, and me, Gary Lirette. This year we have had a couple of waterfront sales among several other closings, and I had two accepted offers this week. Plus, in the last two weeks I have written seven offers. Granted, getting financing has been the final hurdle that does not always get overcome. That said, when the market was hot, order takers could easily make sales. Wouldn't you want an agent who works hard and smart enough to sell during t...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
A Day on Lake Pend Oreille in Sandpoint, Idaho Every year the REALTORS® from our office, Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty, take to the massive waters of Lake Pend Oreille off the shores of Sandpoint, Idaho to preview the waterfront homes we represent. We make it a day of fun and camaraderie, learn a bit about the inlets and homes on the lake, and a good time is had by all. The Pend Oreille River is wide and deep, but nothing compares to the open waters of Lake Pend Oreille. With 148 square miles, 111 miles of coastline, and over 50 miles from tip to tip, there are few lakes in the U.S. that are this large and this uncrowded. Lake & River Boat Launches & Marinas     Lake Pend Oreille Depth Map (large file) Health of fish in Lake Pend Oreille     North Idaho Fishing Guid...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Finally, some good news for Sandpoint, IDaho's outlook and our national condition. By Gary Lirette, host of North Idaho Business radio show on KSPT and KBFI, and REALTOR® for Tomlinson Sandpoint Sotheby's International Realty July 28, 2009 Home prices show signs of stabilizing in MayWidely watched index shows first month increase in almost three years According to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 major cities, reported by MSNBC on July 28, 2009 Housing construction hits a 7-month highSign builders regaining confidence as emerge from housing bust Construction of new U.S. homes rose in June to the highest level in seven months, reported by MSNBC July 17, 2009 New-home sales soar 11 percent in JuneLargest monthly increase in more than eight years, Commerce Dept. sa...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Prices have certainly come down for Waterfront Condos in South Sandpoint.  There are really only a few options for condominiums on the water in the heart of downtown, or 'South Sandpoint'.  For luxury waterfront condos on Lake Pend Oreille a great option is Seasons at Sandpoint.  These south facing luxury condominiums are located steps from the Sandpoint City Beach and just across the inlet from the heart of Downtown Sandpoint.  Seasons offers a private sandy beach, an elegant lakefront pool and jacuzzis, a private marina, and a luxurious Spa and Fitness Center that is often a destination for Sandpoint visitors.  Seasons is set up as a condominium resort hotel, complete with concierge services, bell service, property management and a rental program.  Shuttle service is also provided to ...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
This last week did a bit of hiking above the Clark Fork River and Spring Creek and the views of the island of the estuary and Lake Pend Oreille were awe-inspiring. No need for more words, check out the view and you decide. Lake Pend Oreille above the Clark Fork delta Clark Fork River delta Clark Fork River The Clark Fork River is the major waterway that feeds Lake Pend Oreille Lake Pend Oreille with Highway 200 leading to Hope, Idaho from the Clark Fork River delta
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
How is the Sandpoint Real Estate Market Doing? First of all, as of today, July 26, 2009, pending sales in the Selkirk MLS area of North Idaho the stats are as follows: Pending Sales:                             169 All Types      $44,542,718 Closed Sales since 1/1/09:            369 All Types      $92,392,240 Closed Sales 2008:                       907 All Types    $241,893,271 Personally, closing on two waterfront homes in the last several weeks was a plus, but this last ten days has been especially busy. With seven contracts written, two have been accepted and close quickly. Another, 333 Derr Island, had one that was not accepted, but with over 50,000 hits on Tour Factory (Click Here to visit the tour) we are finally working with a buyer that looks to make a viable offer. We have had...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
Yappy Hour is a new Sandpoint event which is essentially a happy hour where you can bring your dog with you.  This is a concept that was started by my wife when we lived in Santa Barbara, CA and that really took off.  There are too few places where dogs are allowed and even welcomed.  The first event here in Sandpoint was hosted by the Ponderay Vet Clinic at the Dog Park.  This second event will take place at Dover Bay Resort from 4-7p on July 30, in the lawn between the Cafe and Pool. Admission is free with a cash bar and other refreshments available.  Donations are welcome, with all monies going to the Panhandle Animal Shelter, our local no-kill shelter. The concept of Yappy Hour was inspired by our paralyzed pug named Molly, who very sadly passed away last week at the age of 8.  The ...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
SANDPOINT, IDAHO TENNIS Sandpoint has a great tennis community!  Last week we hosted the 3rd annual Sandpoint Tennis Camp and it was the best yet!  Jane Rockwell (USPTA teaching pro and former Sandpoint High School coach) and Mary Jo Lambert (current Clark Fork High School coach) once again put together a 1st-class Camp. The Sandpoint Tennis Camp started out with a Monday rainout...a rare event in the middle of July in Sandpoint.  I was the scheduled guest coach for Monday along with my good friends Tom Boulay (USPTA teaching pro from Minnesota) and Kent Stadum (USPTA teaching pro from Minnesota and 5.0 National champion).  As the current Sandpoint High School coach, it was my reponsibility to make sure the first two days of the camp were high impact, fun and INTENSE.  This year's Camp ...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
This is like FIGHT CLUB.  I NEED to let go!   I just got done showing a property that happens to be situated next door to another great Lake Pend Oreile waterfront property that I was actually very knowledgable about.  When I was done with my customer, a new potential buyer drove up and started asking me questions about that adjacent waterfront.  A gift from God perhaps? We are not setting real estate sales records here in SANDPOINT, IDAHO and suddenly I've got customers flagging me down.   I answered all of his questions and was pretty proud of my ability to really speak with authority.  There are some engineering issues with the property that need to be addressed to complete a successful build and I even knew the engineers the potential client should contact.  We spoke for a half hour...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
A Great Weekend in Sandpoint and Dover, Idaho As if having a fantastic 4th of July the week before wasn't enough the weekend of July 11th and 12th is packed with cool things to do in North Idaho. Dover Bay Days PicsSandpoint Wooden Boat Show Pics JerryFest also rocked this weekend at Camp Eureka in Sagle, and Acorn Project, Spoonshine and Ten Mile Tide performed, but my commitments were elsewhere, but I promise to post the photos my friends shot as soon as I get them. First, on the 11th the Wooden Boat Show is hopping at the City Boardwalk in Sandpoint Marina downtown. This annual event showcases antique and classic wooden boats from all over the country, plus there are events and happenings the entire day for the whole family. The day begins at 7 am with the Mountain Man Breakfast, and...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Let's face it, REALTORs® have a reputation just hovering above used car salesmen. I don't mean that everyone thinks poorly of us, but we rank in opinion right around attorneys, politicians, and doctors. Weird that some of those professions used to be the most respected. I believe that while we earn our daily bread from selling properties, it is also our job to promote and steward our towns and communities. Some of our area REALTORs® do a very good job of doing just that. Right here on ActiveRain in Sandpoint there are three that are very good at helping the world know about our award-winning town. Both Kent Anderson and Rick Evans not only blog constantly about area events and features, but also get out and enjoy the activities Sandpoint and North Idaho have to offer. Both are avid skie...
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By Rick Evans - Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Waterfront, Ski, and Resort Property
(Sandpoint Sothebys Intl Realty)
This coming weekend is the big event of the year for Dover Bay Waterfront Resort, the waterfront residential resort community located 2 miles down the bike path from Downtown Sandpoint.  The weekend is supposed to be nice and sunny, and its a great time to come check out this emerging resort community and to see friends.  There will be live music, games, displays by local craftsmen, and great giveaways at all the open houses.    Schedule of events and information for Dover Bay Days Scheduled Activities Saturday   8:00a - 2:00p Volleyball tournament 11:30p - 2:30p Music in food area between café and fitness - Inbred Goat Ropers 12:00p - 3:00p Potato Sack Races and other kids activities on the Marina Town Lawn Sunday   11:30a Tomlinson Bear arrives 2:00p Concert in the park - Swing Band 4...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Remember, you can view the complete Calendar of Events and much, much more, including hundreds of articles and web resources plus over 1,000 pictures of North Idaho by visiting my website. Go to www.SandpointID.net for everything you want to know about North Idaho. Weekly and Ongoing Events Sandpoint - Pend d'Oreille Winery has regular acts, 220 Cedar St. No cover charge. 208-265-8545 http://www.powine.com/viewevents.asp Sandpoint - Three Glasses Wine Bar and Restaurant has regular live music, 202 1/2 208-265-0230 Sandpoint: Di Luna's Café, 207 Cedar St. has music and other events. Check for ticket prices and line-up. 208-263-0846 Weekends: Sandpoint - Eichardt's Beer and Wine Pub has regular bands. This is one of our few places that has full bands jammin' out. 212 Cedar Street. Starts ...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
The first question always is: where are we going to celebrate the 4th? What I mean is, will we do the City Beach fireworks put on by the Lion's Club, or maybe we'll try Hope, or Hayden Lake, or Garfield Bay this year. While Sandpoint has what many believe to be the premier display, plus there is the cool factor of being able to walk about downtown and get a beer or a slice, there are a dozen other venues within twenty miles that offer the rocket's red glare all around Lake Pend Oreille and outlying areas. Sandpoint City Beach - Early before July 4th 2009 Nope, the decision made, Sandpoint became the choice, but where to park our party? Some people like to take in the pyrotechnics from their boats offshore. From past experience, the tiny gnats have made me appreciate an on-shore location...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
Sandpoint is ROCKIN' again this summer.  It seems like the 4th is the real kick-off each year. I am sitting up at SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN in the COLDWELL BANKER RESORT REALTY office enjoying the beautiful weather while dozens of SANDPOINT locals wander by mingling with the hundreds of tourists who have shown up to enjoy this incredible weather (sunny, 80 degrees with low humidity).  It doesn't hurt that, yet, another wedding is on tap for this afternoon at the top of the Great Escape chairlift.  That makes for quite an eclectic scene.  Hikers, mountain bikers, bridesmaids...I love it! (Look close...you can still see some snow up on the Ridge) (Chair lift rides all summer up to the top of the Great Escape Lift.) This morning was the annual 4th of July Parade in Downtown Sandpoint, combined w...
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By Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake
(Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Sandpoint, Idaho)
  I am working with a few clients here in SANDPOINT, IDAHO who find themselves in the, all too, familiar plight of being upside-down on their mortgages and not knowing where to turn.  This has been the recurring theme of our economic crisis for the past six years and one of the major stumbling blocks to a housing recovery. Making homes affordable, especially with current homeowners, remains the hurdle that our nation needs to address.  Fannie Mae does have a program out there (the Home Affordable Modification Program) that takes a stab at helping these homeowners and, while this has been discussed often on AR, it is important to keep the information out there in hopes that this program gets adequately utilized.  There are some hoops to jump through, to be sure, but it is certainly worth...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
Sandpoint, North Idaho, & Eastern WashingtonWineries & Wine Bars North Idaho Restaurants Schweitzer Restaurants North Idaho Bars Idaho Cuisine First, Gary Lirette is the author of the book Passion for Wine published by Hastings House. So, wine holds a special place in this writer's life. While there are many great areas of wine production in the world, it is our opinion that neighboring Washington State makes the best wine on the planet. Travel the awe-inspiring landscape of Northern Idaho and its narrow, far-north "Panhandle" and you will find a loop of 16 wineries; four of the wineries are located Idaho's borders, the other 12 are in Washington.  Political boundaries are insignificant in this area, since all lie near the two-state border in the far northwest of Idaho, and the far nort...
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By Gary Lirette, Business & Investing in the Inland Northwest
So, mountain bikers and hikers have long known how totally outrageous North Idaho is for the sports for some time. But in 2005, when the NORBA National Championship was held at Schweitzer Mountain, the rest of the world found out our little secret. There are so many great runs and trails, it is hard to quantify. However, we will try to do just that in this web. Hiking in and around Sandpoint and North Idaho can vary from simple flat trails, to full-fledged mountain and rock climbing that could satisfy even the most X-treme athletes. Mountain biking in Sandpoint and the surrounding North Idaho area is much the same, with challenging verticals, to flat, easy trails. So read on my young peddler or mountain stumper, and gain the energy of North Idaho trail knowledge. Priest Lake is awesome ...
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