So you’ve probably already heard all the wonderful things people are saying about Coeur d’Alene, ID – how warm and beautiful the summers are, how much fun they have at festivals like Art on the Green and Car d’Alene, the plethora of options for dining out downtown and, of course, the stunning beauty of Lake Coeur d’Alene with its bordering evergreen mountains. But that’s just during the summer months. If you’re considering moving to Coeur d’Alene or are looking at real estate investment opportunities, you’re probably wondering what makes Coeur d’Alene so great that people are willing to live here year-round and brave the desolation of winter for a few brief months of summer? Is the tourist season all that’s driving and supporting this cozy little lake town?
Not at all. There are several reasons people choose to live in Coeur d’Alene year-round or invest in real estate here.
- Retirement and Healthcare. Coeur d’Alene was voted one of the top ten places to retire due in part to its wide range of affordable healthcare options and 55+ retirement communities. It also hosts a large number of in-home care providers and top-rated assisted living facilities, making Coeur d’Alene an excellent place where people can retire and still feel like they are part of a vibrant and thriving community.
- Recreation and Outdoor Activities. Coeur d’Alene is the perfect place to settle down and still be within a short driving distance of fantastic hiking and winter sports. No time for strenuous long-distance hikes? No problem! Hop on over to Tubbs Hill or Mineral Ridge for a short 2-3 mile hike with fantastic views. Not an outdoorsy type of person at all? Also not a problem. Coeur d’Alene boasts over 150 miles of paved pathways for both cyclists and pedestrians, all within and surrounding the city center, so you will have no lack of opportunities to get out there and get fit. Oh, and don’t forget about the lake. Swimming, skiing, boating, sailing, paddle boarding, wake boarding, parasailing, river cruises, strolling the boardwalk, floating the nearby rivers, public beaches for improving your tan…Lake Coeur d’Alene has it all!
- Weather. Ok, so the winters aren’t great. Any local will tell you that. But anyone who’s spent any extended period of time East of the Continental Divide will tell you that winters in Coeur d’Alene are a walk in the park compared to the bitter subzero temperatures that gust across the Midwest. On average, the coldest it gets in Coeur d’Alene is in the low 20’s during the day and the low teens at night, with a handful of light snowfalls throughout the season and very little wind. Anyone who grew up shoveling snow drifts out of their driveway in -10 temps will tell you that the lack of heavy winds in Coeur d’Alene alone makes it worth living there year-round. And once summertime hits, memories of winter melt away faster than an ice cream cone on a Midwest sidewalk in August.
Maybe you already live in Coeur d’Alene and are more concerned with how other people view your fine, fair city. Is it really as desirable as people say? Is the economy booming enough to make it worth investing in real estate so you can cash in on the influx of people relocating from places like the humid Midwest or overpopulated California? The short answer is a resounding yes. The above are just a few reasons why people love living in Coeur d’Alene, but don’t take my word for it. Ask a local. Anyone who’s spent a decent amount of time here can give you their own reasons for coming, and for staying.