Call me crazy, but I just can't resist this listing!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene AB37665

Janna Rankin Scharf - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Off-Grid Homes for Sale


Some of you will remember my post of two weeks ago, when I got lost in the boonies trying to find a property where I had a listing appointment.  This weekend I am heading a couple hours south again, into the hinterlands, with better directions, determined to find my off-grid guy in his cabin on 5 acres surrounded by national forest that he wants to sell for $100,000.  I can just see your raised eyebrows right now. 


WHY in the world is she doing that??? 


Call me crazy, but I just like this guy and his remote, off-grid property.  He found me and asked me to help him.  I know I can effectively market his property to the most likely buyer - someone from out of the area who wants a hunting/recreation property.  In fact, I have a prospective buyer looking for something similar.  I asked my guy to send me some very clear directions for my repeat attempt to find him.  There is no cell phone coverage for at least an hour from his house, and there are no corner stores in the boonies to stop at and ask for directions.


booniesWe communicate via email, he turns the generator on to make ice each day, and while the generator runs he has a window of time to check email.  So today, while he was cranking out ice, he sent these directions.  Is it any wonder why I got lost last time?  And I think as you read this you might get a glimpse at why I just plain like him and am willing to help him!  (I wonder if there is enough room to enter these directions into the MLS...)


Where Rt. 6 begins/merges from Rt. 3 South is know around here as the Santa 'Y' 


Curve left at the Santa 'Y'. You begin to crest a hill. At the top of the hill on the right are the dumpsters, then the URSC (Saddle Club). The hill begins to descend. At the bottom of the hill on the right is (unmarked with a sign) Tyson Creek Road.


If you go past Tyson Creek Road, you should see on your left, the Santa 'Resort' (bar). Then you would immediately cross St. Maries River and don't blink because that's Santa. I understand that letters to St. Nick are often sent there, I'm not sure if old Bill the Post man used to answer them or not. But you didn't go to Santa, you turned right onto Tyson.


There are green mile markers along Tyson, on both right and left sides. But if you use your odometer, it would be six miles to our driveway.


come to the booniesThere are three more 'Y's to offer confusion.


At the #1 mile there is a 'Y'. Go left.


At about 3 1/2 miles there is a 'Y'. Go right. There is a forest service sign that says Tyson C.B. 7. That's because the log trucks are coming at you and the road is getting more narrow, I wish you had a C.B. because you could 'call out' as they expect... "3 1/2 to the 4, Tyson, passenger car." etc. etc. If not, just watch out and go real slow. It's a County-maintained road all the way to the driveway, but after that there is another six miles leading to numerous log trails, and annually they use Tyson Creek Road to haul logs out to the highway.


At about 5 1/2 miles there is another 'Y'. Go left. Be real careful if a truck meets you at that 'Y' because it's very narrow.


The #6 mile marker is on the left on a tree too high. Across from it, on the right is the driveway with a red 911 # 5839.


Outhouse in the booniesA couple hundred feet up is the gate. It's always locked because ATV's are constantly  trying to come up here, and they will turn around at high speed without saying 'hi', or even go right through the place into the forest. My kids play here. Anyway, the ATV'ers are a curious sort and investigate anything they can get to - they constantly check the gate padlock, hoping that touching it will be the magic that opens that gate into a hidden paradise-like world of glorious vistas and venison that abounds with benevolence to leap into your stew-pot! I told you this section of the world really is famous for hunting, and people from all over come here, set up camp at the 'Barter Faire' rendezvous and jump from there into the glory afforded only to those worshipers of Gaia who truly are the most sincere. Sorry. I'm not judging, just trying to understand...


If you tell me when, I'll have that gate ready, or you can walk up the hill another couple hundred feet. My house has a 'dog fence' around it, so you're safe if you come up here any time.



Call me crazy, but I am really looking forward to making this trip.  I had to look up Gaia to see who the heck that is!  Perhaps I'll be lucky enough to happen upon the Barter Faire, which sounds to me like an old fashioned hippie encampment in the forest. 


If all goes well, I will be able to present my new, off-grid listing to the world in a few days.  I am going to borrow some of his verbiage for my description.  Any day I can describe a listing with the phrase "glorious vistas and venison that abounds with benevolence to leap into your stew pot" is a GOOD day! 

Yes, maybe I am crazy.  But in spite of his reassurance that I am safe coming up there any time, I'm not crazy enough to head out to the boonies alone... 

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Janna Rankin Scharf provides a superior level of real estate service to home buyers and sellers in Coeur d'Alene and Kootenai County, Idaho. Visit for area information and to search for all homes in the Coeur d'Alene Multiple Listing Service. 

No matter how grand or modest your real estate dreams may be, you can turn to me in confidence.  Give me a call today so I can  be of service to you!

Janna Rankin Scharf AB, GRI, CLHMS, PMN, SFR  208.651.9700

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Comments (11)

Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker Associate ,CRS,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Janna,

So glad to read near the're not going alone!

Oct 21, 2011 03:09 PM
Larry Story ALC
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Beneath it all is the Land, Covering all of NC

Glad to hear also that you are not going alone.  I would LOVE a place like that.  My wife would love to get me off the grid and cranking up the generator once or twice a day to check emails and such would keep me sane.  You could also just use Google Earth and Google Maps to check out the route first

Oct 21, 2011 03:14 PM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

I would never find it! The directions are too long and too complicated. I would have to take someone with me to keep track of which Y to take and which direction to turn. Funny story!

Oct 21, 2011 03:18 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

This is pretty funny and I too am relieved that you aren't going it alone.  Please make sure you have extra batteries for your camera, it would not do to have to go back for more pictures.  Take video all the way down.  It would be awesome!  Good luck!

Oct 21, 2011 03:37 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hey Janna -

Holy cow now I'm totally lost! LOL.... I'm glad you're not heading out alone and look forward to hearing the outcome of your big adventure!  Best of luck and best regards from the Q

Oct 21, 2011 05:16 PM
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507

Gotta love those down to earth boonie types.  Make sure you take an extra spare and a chain saw.

Oct 21, 2011 06:27 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Now...the trick is finding someone who is buyer who may have the same....uh....mentality

Oct 21, 2011 11:33 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Janna, what a great way to spend an afternoon driving around this area!    I had to show up in the mountains a couple weeks ago, and stopped to take photos of the wildlife as well!   Good luck on your listing!

Oct 22, 2011 04:27 AM
Beverly Femia
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Hampstead, NC
Broker Realtor Stager - Greater Wilmington, NC Are

I remember working in a rural area many years ago and ending up in tears on more than one occassion.  I was always late which just made it worse when I missed turning at the 3rd tobacco barn or some such thing.  Please let us know, Jana, that you arrived safely back in civilization.

Oct 22, 2011 06:59 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I hope you post some great pictures of this place. I am now curious to see it.

Oct 22, 2011 04:52 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Janna, oh boy, I can hardly wait to see THIS one... and I understand exactly why you took it!!!!

Oct 23, 2011 11:16 PM