Bad Weather Makes Good Neighbors.

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho SP37235

My blog ("KENT'S SANDPOINT, IDAHO / SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN BLOG") centers around the uncompromised attributes of Sandpoint and the rest of North Idaho.  There is a part of me that feels a little guilt about exposing what we have here to anyone who is willing or able to read about it.  I have to say, I'm over it.  In a weird way, it seems that what is wrong with North Idaho is the very thing that makes it such a great place to live.

the ridgeOur weather is definitely questionable.  If you are looking for bright sun, low humidity, moderate temperatures and calm winds...this is not for you.  We have four distinct seasons.  Winter can be miserable, especially if you are used to Southern California, for example.  We get sleet, clouds, rain, heavy snow and even some below 0 temps.  The roads get rutted with ice.  The snow can build up so deep in downtown Sandpoint that the plows need to pile it up in the middle of the streets.  Winter rains can be the worst weather of all.  Getting drenched at 35 degrees is very tough to combat.  Because we have "winter", heat bills can become burdensome.  In short, it can be difficult.

tennis in the snow - KENT ANDERSONSpring is always a question mark.  A betting man would always bet on Spring being less than perfect.  As a tennis coach, I can tell you, outdoor tennis practice is spotty throughout our Spring outdoor season.  (H.S. tennis begins February 26 and ends in early May).  We are forced to play in sleet, rain, wind and, sometimes, even snow.  (That's snow falling in the photo at right).

Fall...no comment

Summer...no comment

I must confess, these seasons are almost perfect.

City Beach

fogThe fact remains, however...North Idaho is NOT perfect.  I am the first to tell potential (out of town) home buyers the pitfalls of our area.  I definitely don't want any surprises. I had a client this weekend who was quite shocked by the oppressive fog at Schweitzer Mountain most of the weekend.  She asked me if this was common.  Matter of factly I told her, "Yep.  This actually occurs quite often.  It makes skiing a little challenging to say the least, but if you can ski in this stuff, you'll be unbelievable when the skies clear...if they ever do...just kidding.)  It is true, though.  We DO NOT get the Colorado sun...except for the 2009 season, that is.

It is the weather challenges that makes Sandpoint and North Idaho the greatest place to live.  Those who decide to move here are people who REALLY want to be here.  They willingly get involved in all sorts of community activities and truly care about our community's future.  The debates over the area's "Comprehensive Plan" at City Council meetings, Monarch Mountain Coffee or a sundry of other local meeting places are lively.  The good news is, the passion is real.  The residents here care.  Volunteerism is abundant, "giving" is a given.  The people are our greatest natural resource.  Our motto goes something like this...

“If you are lucky enough to live in Sandpoint…You are lucky enough.”

whiskey Jack - Jason Nyberg

   Thanks to Jason Nyberg for the Christmas morning and Christmas evening pictures above.

 

 

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Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Kent:

You have been very informative here on exactly what people have to expect of the weather in Sandpoint, Idaho. It obviously has other features that are attractive to its residents and I think the beauty of the area may be one of those.

It looks pretty chilly out on those tennis courts... You are a dedicated coach.

 

Jan 03, 2010 10:42 PM #7
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Jeanne Gregory, RE/MAX Southwest, Sugar Land, TX

We went through northern Idaho last June and it was absolutely gorgeous, but I have to say I couldn't do your winters.  It's 40 degress in Houston and I'm cranky about it.  Great pictures though.

Jan 04, 2010 12:32 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Liz - It is beautiful, that is correct....but not for everyone.

Hey Lenn - Boise is an Idaho oasis.  Far warmer than Sandpoint and quite the modern city...very high tech.  We are a nine hour drive north of Boise but well worth the drive...unless it's snowing.  I agree...there is "something" about Idaho.

Hi Andrea - As you know, winter is not for the faint-of-heart.  I'm from Minnesota originally and I'm here to tell you, winter in Minnesota is "true winter".  It makes North Idaho winters look like kids' play.

Jan 04, 2010 02:43 AM #9
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Kathy Anderson
HomeSmart - Surprise, AZ
Arizona Retirement Homes For Sale, Sun City Grand

Yeah but Kent, when the sun comes out and the air is crisp and clear, Northern Idaho is gorgeous!  I didn't trek across WA state (from Seattle) very often to see it but when I did, I knew it was a place you could fall in love with.

Jan 04, 2010 04:56 AM #10
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Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

WE have our fair share of the white fluffy stuff and the neighbors are very good... we all neet to help each other out sometimes...

Jan 04, 2010 05:40 AM #11
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Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease

Kent, Very honest post.  I am probably not a cold weather girl, but would love to check it out in the SUMMER!  All the best, Michelle

Jan 04, 2010 07:43 AM #12
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Emily Lowe
The Lipman Group | Sotheby's International Realty - Nashville, TN
Nashville TN Realtor

I've never been there, but I know that I couldn't survive the bitter cold winters.  I've heard that it is a gorgeous place in the summer months, though and I would like to see that!!!

Jan 04, 2010 08:54 AM #13
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Jennifer,  Thanks.  You know, I love it here and I do fear I could misrepresent the realities of North Idaho if I'm not careful.  You never really know where the customer may be coming from.  Happy New Year!

Jan 04, 2010 11:17 AM #14
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Sherry Kotvis -eXp Realty
eXp Realty - Temecula, CA
eXp Temecula

Thanks for the photos. Coming from the midwest and now residing in Southern CA, I'm perfectly fine admiring from afar.

Jan 04, 2010 11:33 AM #15
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Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

Congrats on the featured post Kent.  Love the photos and also a great local information.  I appreciate our 4 seasons more and more every year.  Each one has it's special attributes.  Enjoy the snow.

Jan 04, 2010 01:39 PM #16
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Charles Dailey
iLoan - NMLS ID#4474 - Saint Paul, MN

It's minus 13 degrees here. . .  If they're worried about the weather just show them a couple of MN properties.  And if you have a past client having misgivings about the weather, just buy them a plane ticket to MN (make sure it's round trip). :)

Jan 04, 2010 04:09 PM #17
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Claudette - I am kinda' dedicated...both to coaching and real estate.  We had a great indoor practice on Sunday.

Hi Jeanne - Guess what...it's 42 degrees here today.  Our winters are real but they aren't that bad.  Minnesota this is not!

Hi Kathy - It is nice and you are correct.  When the sun comes out, it is cause for celebration.

Jan 05, 2010 09:32 AM #18
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Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

Love the photos but not the cold weather.

Jan 05, 2010 01:42 PM #19
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Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
Broker/Owner

GOOD MORNING KENT! The volunteerism and  "Fall...no comment   Summer...no comment"  are the reasons why I'm looking at Sandpoint.  Now the winters - being from Hawaii and living in the desert heat -- give some tips (in a post perhaps!) about how I can manage it!  Brrrrr....remember - when it's 65 degrees here - I am in a parka! -- Gab

Jan 05, 2010 11:52 PM #20
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Michael and Cheron Lange
Solutions Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Associate Broker, GRI

Gosh Kent...your not kidding, bad weather does make for good neighbors...:)  Sandpoint does look beautiful...nice photos!

Cheron

Jan 06, 2010 10:01 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hey Gab - Do not fear the winters here.  I moved here because I wanted to escape the Minnesota winters.  Sandpoint winters are a breeze.  It does help, however, if you enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, etc.  When Fall hits, most Sandpoint residents are anticipating the excitement of Winter and counting the days until the lifts open at Schweitzer.  If anything, Winters are too short.  (Of course, when the amazing summer hits, we put put winter thoughts WAY behind us - Lake Pend Oreille is a complete mind-boggling experience).

Here's another saying around..."COME FOR THE MOUNTAIN...STAY FOR THE LAKE".  

Hi Cheron - Thanks for stopping by.  You would love it here.  The photos just can't do it justice.

Jan 07, 2010 06:32 AM #22
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Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Kent, Your post makes me think of the TV series "Northern Exposure". The cold climate is not for everyone and the extreme weather can create special bonds with your community.  ----Gloria

Jan 09, 2010 01:05 PM #23
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake

Hi Doug - It is REALLY like Northern Exposure here.  In fact, they say Northern Idaho resembles Alaska closer than any other state.  I've got to be clear, though...the weather here is not that extreme.  We have 4 seasons but winter is relatively mild.  It will be in the forties all next week, for example.

Jan 09, 2010 02:29 PM #24
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DoubleR7

Those are absolutely beautiful condo's on the Mountain. Amazing view!!! I'd love to wake up to that every morning.

Jan 10, 2010 02:28 PM #25
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Kent Anderson
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho - Sandpoint, ID
from Schweitzer to the Lake
DOUBLER7 - You are so right! "HE SHOOTS - HE SCORES". ...and you know what I'm talking about!
Jan 10, 2010 03:26 PM #26
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