The Neighborhoods of Coeur d'Alene and North Idaho
Coeur d’Alene offers many colorful stories from its past. The Native American Indians lived for thousands of years in North Idaho as the Schee-Chu-Umsh. French explorers and fur traders arrived in the early 19th century and discovered the natural wealth of the area, but found the natives to be sharp traders. Because of their shrewd trading practices, they earned the name Coeur d’Alene, loosely translated to “heart of the awl”, a testimony to the tribe’s sharp negotiating skills.
Its rich silver and gold mining and logging brought jobs, wealth, and prosperity to our lake side city for decades. However, once past the prolific logging and mining boom, Coeur d’Alene has bloomed as “Your Lakeside Playground”. There is no denying that Coeur d’Alene, Idaho has become the premier destination for many people seeking the active northwest lifestyle, where the lakes are as blue as the sky and the mountains are canvassed with all shades of green. With each season that turns, you can find a playground that will suit you. Summer sun brings the lakes alive with activity and the winter months shower the streets with Champagne snow. Coeur d’Alene and its surrounding area are ripe with prospering businesses and well established neighborhoods. Below you will find a brief description of the unique area neighborhoods that make North Idaho a special place to live. Simply click on the interactive map or scroll down to the description and find the perfect area to call home.
Coeur d'Alene, ID
A thriving resort community on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho. Its defining image is sunny days, clear blue waters, pine-studded vistas and open spaces. Coeur d'Alene has become known as the playground of the Pacific Northwest for luxury accommodations and a wealth of recreation and attractions in a stunning natural setting.
Post Falls, ID
Post Falls is located four miles east of the Washington-Idaho border along Interstate 90 in Kootenai County and is bounded by Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to the east, the State of Washington to the west, the Spokane River to the south and the Rathdrum prairie to the north. Post Falls is 20 miles east of Spokane, Washington and approximately 100 miles south of the Canadian border.
Due to the proximity of numerous lakes, rivers and mountains, Post Falls, Idaho is an inviting place to live and visit. This fact is reflected in the tourism and retail sectors of the economy, with an increasing number of retail, dining and entertainment businesses locating in the City. Additionally, Post Falls has become a favored retirement community as well as a great place to raise a family.
The communities of Hayden and Hayden Lake are located in the beautiful panhandle of North Idaho in Kootenai County, one of the fastest growing counties in Idaho.
Hayden Lake, with its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and picturesque timber shores, is one of the most beautiful and popular lakes of Northern Idaho. Its irregular shape gives it about 40 miles of shoreline, with the main portion of the lake being seven miles long and one to two miles in width. Normal lake elevation is 2,239 ft. above sea level, and portions of it reach 800 ft. deep. The lake is surrounded on three sides by panoramic timbered mountains, which rise to an elevation of 4,500 to 6,000 ft. and extend for many miles to the east as part of the Bitterroot Mountain Range. Much of this land is the Coeur d'Alene National Forest, which offers excellent hunting, fishing and camping.
Chain Lakes/Harrison Area
Nestled at the mouth of the Coeur d'Alene River, on the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene, lies the picturesque town of Harrison. A bit of the old and a bit of the new are melded in perfect harmony in this community named for our nation's 23rd president.
Once a landing for steamers the community remains a port, but now for the many pleasure boats that ply the clear waters on the southern end of Lake Coeur d'Alene.
Sandpoint, ID/Priest & Pend Oreille Lake Area
Surrounded by natural beauty, Sandpoint is nestled at the northern tip of Lake Pend Oreille between the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains in the middle of the Idaho Panhandle. Sandpoint is home to a thriving arts community and vibrant downtown, with activities and special events planned all year long. The town is located 80 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington, 50 miles from Canada, and a 7-hour drive east of Seattle. About 7,500 people live in Sandpoint, and a total of 36,000 live in the Bonner County. Lake Pend Oreille is the largest lake in Idaho, measuring 43 miles long and a maximum of 1,100 feet deep. Sandpoint is surrounded by the Kaniksu National Forest. The winter climate here in the frontal ranges of the Rocky Mountains is milder than is found to the east. Summers tend to be dry and clear, with pleasant temperatures and a lack of humidity.