Ps: I am a local and that is what we have to say. STAY THE HELL OUT!
I was born and raised in Southern California. I moved up here about 2 1/2 years ago and never looked back. After years of research and visits, I chose Riverside Harbor in Post Falls. It would put you about 5-10 minutes from your family business and give you direct freeway access into Spokane as well.
Riverside Harbor is waterfront community located along the Spokane River with direct access to Lake Coeur d'Alene. This community has its own private tree lined park with an amazing sandy beach. Homes in Riverside Harbor range from the upper 100's all the way up to 1 million +. To view active homes in this neighborhood, please click the following link
As a native Californian, we moved here 14 years ago and haven't looked back!
Happy to talk with you about your "discovery mission"....understanding, of course, you're just in the discovery stages!
Downtown CDA, Riverstone & parts of downtown Spokane may be of interest to you. You'll find a ton of info on Coeur d Alene at http://www.idahoidahoidaho.com.
Contact me and I'd be happy to buy you a Starbucks!
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There are so many options - it's stunning in Coeur d'Alene. Spokane may seem to have more activities and night life - but Coeur d'Alene is just gorgeous. I'm thinking renting would definitely be something you should do so you can explore different areas until you decide which one you like the best.
My husband and I happen to be in Anaheim right now (we are here until next Thursday). If you want to meet and just talk about the area, we would be completely open to doing that. We can meet at a Starbucks or wherever you feel safe. No sales, just talking about the area. I've lived in CDA for 40 years, Chuck (hubby) has lived there for almost 20.
You can connect with me on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/christina.ethridge - just let me know who you are and why you are connecting so I accept your request.
CDA is pretty safe as it is, normally don't have to worry about much. If you took a drive around, you could determine for yourself which area's would feel safest to you. If you have any other questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to answer!