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You can mountain-bike at the resort during the summer or try local options like the Gold Hill Trail. Given all the mountains and forests, you won’t be short of playgrounds.
Average summer highs here are a touch higher than in McCall. Snow starts falling in November.
Your city fix is Spokane, less than two hours away.
Don’t kid yourself — the COVID boom in ski towns has reached this corner of Idaho 75 miles from the Canadian border. Stephanie Rief of the Selkirk Association of Realtors says home sales in Sandpoint from April 20 through Sept. 30 have jumped 40% from the same period in 2019. The median home price is up 17%.
“We’re being overrun,” she says. Many buyers are from California, Washington and Oregon, “but you name it — I’d say all 50 states, minus 10. At the most.”
The median home price in the two-county area is now $371,500, she says, and the average home price is higher. On the outskirts of Sandpoint, that price translates into a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. And nothing stays on the market for long these days.
Here’s a look at homes on the market now.
Readers, where do you think Dillon and his wife should retire? Leave your suggestions in the comments section.
Now read: I’m a ‘young 68’ with $3,200 a month in Social Security and don’t want it taxed — where should I retire north or west of Colorado?
And: I want to get out of New York state and retire to a rural location with four seasons — where should I go?
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