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Sandpoint Idaho: Lake vs. Mountain

Blog by Patrick Werry | February 14th, 2013

We have an interesting dilemma here in Sandpoint. Is it better to live on the lake or on the mountain? 

I know. It's dreadful to have to be faced with such decisions. But I do get asked this question quite a bit so let's talk about it.

Should I live on the lake or on the mountain?

The answer depends. 

My wife and I live on the mountain and we love it. We have ski and cross country ski trails right outside our door not to mention access to backcountry skiing from the driveway and into our "backyard."

In the summer, it's about 10 degrees cooler so we get some relief from the heat of the sun. We still have mountain biking and trail running all around the house. As well, the huckleberries are abundant in July and August. 

Do we miss being near the water? Sure, and that's what our boat is fo. Our little boat with the cuddy cabin is our lakefront real estate. We used to keep it at Hope Marina and there are a number of marinas from which to choose. We can sleep right in our slip or take the boat across to a number of boat access only beaches and camp for the night. 

I will say, May and June are less than fun up here. We hike up and ski after the lifts close so that's good into about mid May. After that, we start to get restless for summer and it's already Spring down below, while we still have lots of mud and melting snow. That's when we plan our vacation and any work travel. We don't mind getting out of here during that time. 

Because once Fourth of July rolls around, we don't want to leave again until November. 

Prices for Schweitzer real estate range anywhere from $250,000 up to $1 million. 

Lake Pend Oreille Real Estate

The lake is beautiful and many of you might prefer the lake

Perhaps you are more of a summer/water household than mountains and skiing. Maybe you don't want to drive up the mountain road, or you prefer to be close to town, the shops and restaurants, and the lake. That makes a more than a lot of sense.

There are plenty of trails networks in around Sandpoint and in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Some of you might simply prefer to be near the lake and town and have less of an attraction to skiing and trails. In that case, obvoioiusly living by the lake will be more suitable for you. You can have cruiser bikes and ride along the many bike paths and into town for shopping and eating. 

New this winter, if you're into cross country skiing, the Sandpoint Nordic Ski Club has been grooming trails all over town -  at the University of Idaho property, Taubers and Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.

Waterfront property can range anywhere from $400,000 to over $1 million. If that is out of your price range, it gets less expensive as you get away from the lake. There are still some great options in Sandpoint and in other areas that are not far from the lake. South Sandpoint is an established neighborhood with some great homes, many families and a coveted school  - The Washington School.
Honestly, you can't go wrong with either one. They are both pretty awesome. It really depends on your budget and your recreational preferences. 

In future blog posts, I'll address some of the lakefront communities such as Hope, Garfield Bay, Oden Bay, and Bottle Bay.  

If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them and make a recommendation that makes sense for your lifestyle. You can contact me here or via email now