Coeur d'Alene is a fast growing town in northern Idaho's panhandle and 30 miles east of Spokane (WA). This town of 46,000 on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene attracts retirees and tourists because of its outstanding beauty and outdoor recreation. The population grew 34% between 2000 and 2013. The Coeur d'Alene Resort is a major attraction for the area. Coeur d'Alene is also located near two major ski resorts, Silver Mountain Resort and Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort . The Riverstone shopping and entertainment complex has added a vital element to the town. Photo of Lake Coeur d'Alene, in July, courtesy of Wikipedia and Rothmeier91 (public domain); photo of The Floating Green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).
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Where to Retire in Coeur dAlene and Home Prices
There are several active adult communities in the area (see link on left).
According to Zillow, the median home value was $331,879 in early 2020.
What is Special about Coeur dAlene
Barbara Walters called the city "a little slice of Heaven" and included it in her list of most fascinating places to visit. Good Morning America once broadcast from here to show its amazing Christmas Tree lights display. Being on the shore of a long (25 mile) Lake Coeur d'Alene makes it special. Riverstone is quite a large and successful new complex. The Coeur D'Alene Resort Golf Course its top-rated and has the world's only floating (and movable) green.
What is Not Special about Coeur dAlene
This is a very remote area and the winters are chilly.
Who Will Like Retirement in Coeur dAlene
People who like the outdoors and wilderness will find Coeur d'Alene a very special place to retire with plenty to do.
Local Economy is Driven by
Tourism and natural resources are important to the Coeur d'Alene economy.
Climate and Physical Environment
Coeur d'Alene is in the northernmost part of Idaho, just east of Spokane, Washington and west of Montana. The average July high temperature is 82 and the average January low is 22. The wettest month is December (3.5"). People enjoy the lack of humidity and the mild 4 seasons.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Regal Cinemas has 14 screens in the large Riverstone development. There are multiple art shops and popular local coffee shops lined up along "Sherman Avenue". North Idaho College and its 3000 students contribute to local culture, as do local festivals and sporting events. The "Moose on the Loose" program features full-sized painted moose in downtown locations.
The crime rate is slightly above the U.S. average.
Kootenai Medical Center is an accredited facility that serves the area.
I 90 runs through Coeur d'Alene. There is a local airport, Pappy Bovington, with air taxi operations. Spokane International Airport is 40 miles. There is free local bus service, which can accommodate bicycles. The North Idaho Centennial Trail bike path goes through the Riverstone complex. When compared to other cities, Coeur d'Alene is a little below average in walkability.
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