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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Sandpoint, Idaho

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Where to Retire in Sandpoint and Home Prices

There are a few communities here. Townhomes and villas are offered for sale at resorts, and there is a new, upscale golf community of single family homes. (see link at left). Zillow reports the median home value was $520,834 in early 2022, however homes on the lake, or a house at Schweitzer Mountain Resort can be priced much higher.

What Is Special about Sandpoint

The community is laid back but has a good economy, an artist's colony, all types of outdoor recreation, and all within a beautiful and very scenic spot; Sandpoint is home to Schweitzer Mountain Resort which is one of the most popular ski resorts in the West; the town's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee encourages biking and walking as a major means of getting around, and establishes walkways and trails through out the town, it is also part of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance.

What Is Not Special about Sandpoint

Sandpoint's draw is its beauty in the mountains and location on a lake, but it is isolated and not easy to get to. The nearest large airport is in Spokane, Washington, about 80 miles away. Winters are cold and snowy, and if you don't enjoy being outdoors, they will also be long.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 29 degrees, with July's average at 70. Sandpoint gets about 70 inches of snow during the winter.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

This small town is home to several restaurants and pubs. Sandpoint hosts festivals and events throughout the year and has shops, museums and galleries. The Cedar Street Bridge Public Market is in the heart of the city and is a popular place with boutique shops, local artisans, bistro & coffee shops, and offers access to Sandcreek Trail and Sandpoint City Beach.


Sandpoint has a low crime rate, and the crime that does occur mainly involves theft.

Medical Facilities

Bonner General Hospital is located here.


Sandpoint encourages walking and biking with designated trails and bike lanes throughout the town. There is a public bus system, and Amtrak has a small station in town which offers service to Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, OR. There is a small airport in Sandpoint for private and chartered aircraft, but the nearest international airport is in Spokane, Washington, about 80 miles away.

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