Real Estate Idaho Listings
For some, selling real estate in Idaho is easy. It certainly appears that way. But I find it challenging, sometimes grueling, and sometimes tedious, but never disappointing, never disheartening and never lacking. To the contrary, listing and selling real estate in North Idaho for me has thus far been an enhancement to my life. Think about it. I get to see most of the land, lakes and watersheds in the Panhandle of Idaho.
Launching a New Idaho Real Estate Website
Not only do I get to experience the land in all its moods and seasonal changes, but I grow in my understanding of the people and communities that make this part of the world now one of the most desirable places in which to live. And every town has a little different ambiance and character about it that differentiates it from all the other communities available.
The new site is realestateidaholistings.com, but no sense going there just yet; I haven’t launched it. I’m just announcing my intention to do so very soon. When it’s up, I’ll post again here to announce the launch. For now, I’m just giving some insight into my intention and what I plan to include on it.
What I Love Most About North Idaho
Hands down, the thing I love most about North Idaho is…well: EVERYTHING!
I love the people (I have friends here from all over the world, of just about every race). I love the communities they populate, from little places like St. Maries and Harrison, to more populated locations like Coeur d’Alene. I have friends who are Black African, South Korean, Thaiwanese, Chinese, Filipino, Mexican, New Zealanders and Aussies. I have friends here from Egypt, Israel and Iran. I have friends who are full-blood Russian, Ukranian, French Canadian and German. And you know what? We all mingle and play together, drink coffee and socialize together and enjoy the wholesome friendships we’ve developed along with a tremendous outdoor life experience. Nobody is out of place.
I love the lakes, of all sizes (there are fifty-some lakes in the 5 northern counties and a lot more just across the Idaho-Washington border. Aside from Idaho’s Big Three (which are Lake Pend Oreille, Coeur d’Alene Lake and Priest Lake) to the little knowns like Two-Mouth Lake rocky-mountain high, way up in the Selkirk Mountains or Livermore Lake where the crappie fishing is excellent, especially at dusk. Plus we have great fly fishing rivers like the St. Joe, the Kootenai, the Clark Fork and we’re within easy drive distance to Washington’s Yakima, Oregon’s Rogue or the Bitter Root, Missouri and other great rivers of Montana.
I love the playground we have (or campus if you look at these mountains and lakes, rivers and timber lands from the corporate point of view). I’ve lived in Montana where it appears that they have this much or more even, but where most of what you see is private ground. Here, in North Idaho as well as throughout the entire state, most of what you see is public land: either Federal or State and all accessible.
Yet if you want to buy your own piece of ground from 5 acres and up, it’s available somewhere on the North Idaho map. You can have nicely timbered flats to remote mountainous get-aways. You can have end of the road parcels of 10 to 20 acres or more or you can park yourself on a 1 acre parcel in a rural community like Dalton Gardens just outside of Coeur d’Alene.
I love the hunting. We have elk, deer (both mulies and whitetail in abundance), moose, black bear and all the varmints that go along with the hoofed animals: from Grizzly to wolverine, from gray wolves to coyotes, from 200-pound mountain lions to bobcats.
I love the fishing too. I recounted to a friend of mine, newly located here, that within a hundred-mile drive in any direction you can anticipate catching a 20 to 25-pound (or better) fish in all of the following species: Rainbow trout, Lake trout, Dolly Varden, Muskie, Pike, Steelhead, Chinook salmon, Walleye, King salmon, Sturgeon–yes, everyone of these as big as that and all legally caught and all prize fish for the locker, photo and memory. You just have to know where, when and how. Want to be my friend?
What’s this New Real Estate Site Going to Show?
Aside from the obvious “Real Estate Idaho Listings” (the one’s I’m featuring, of course) it will provide original content about the communities, rivers, lakes, valleys and mountains near these listings. It will feature, on occasion, land owners and transplants (like yourself perhaps) who have moved here from elsewhere. It will feature businesses that provide jobs, schools that educate your children. It will, from time to time, delve into the issues that can affect your water rights, zoning and so on. It will, I hope and intend, provide content that is pertinent to the decisions people make and must make in order to relocate, or even sell and move out. After all, because listings are homes and parcels that are for sale, some of these people want to relocate to another state for one reason or another.
It will provide maps and photos and video that should help you see into this special place in a special way.
It will bring you links, many in due time, to other websites full of information of importance to you as a prospective Idaho resident.
I hope to provide you with a podcast along the way bringing the lonely sound of a loon on the lake, or a gaggle of geese and the myriad ducks of fall and winter. I want you to hear the complex sound of eagles talking and bragging of their skills. I want you to hear the yip of coyotes and the chilling call of wolves at night. I want you to know ahead of time what it sounds like to here the long bugle of a bull elk in rut or a bull moose calling to a cow. These are not easy things to catch, not as easy as the morning chorus of bull frogs and blackbirds in the cattails at Shepherd Lake. But these are the sound of North Idaho and I want you to know about and enjoy what I enjoy. I’d like you to hear the very special sound of roaring wind and waves crashing on the shores of the Green Monarchs of Lake Pend Oreille when a squall comes in off the lake unexpectedly. I’d like to capture the sound of large sheets of lake ice breaking up in the spring–unbelievable, never-to-be-forgotten.
And you know what? I’d like to catch for you the sound of children playing on my beach on a warm summer day when there can be as many as 15 or 20 kids of all ages at a multi-family cookout. Not to mention the romantic memories of fireside musicians from violin and fiddle to flute and harmonica, guitar and banjo with vocals all gathered at separate times by the open stacked rock fire of a summer’s night on our beach.
Do you think I can give you the stop-in-your-tracks sound of a bear huff? Or a buck snorting out of site in the timber? Can I give you the forest sound of chickadees and pine squirrels talking to you as you sneak quietly through a damp woods? Maybe. What if I could capture the territorial calls of robins establishing their nesting grounds in late May? If I can I will. I’m buying the equipment to do so.
We have lots of trains here. Some of the land you’ll look at is within easy earshot of rail crossings. You’ll want to know that ahead of time, right? I did. The first night of our return from Montana to Hope, Idaho in 2002 sounded like a train was going to crash through our bedroom wall because the nearest crossing to our rental unit was just across the highway. Once I counted 14 trains passing in the night on these busy North Idaho rails. You get used to it, really you do! But I don’t want you to be surprised or disappointed by the sound of train whistle or an engine pulling or the squeal of wheels on steel track.
So that’s some of what I hope to bring to you on this new Real Estate Idaho Listings site. In reality, over time, there will be a lot, lot more.