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NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WEEK: Summer living on Lake Cd’A — Part I

| May 31, 2020 1:00 AM

Kidd Island Bay

Neighborhood of the Week is spending the summer on the water. We’re taking a look at home options all along Lake Coeur d’Alene, starting at the north end. We’ll then head south and focus on different bays and areas in subsequent installments, including the Harrison area, Rockford Bay and more.

First up — Kidd Island Bay. It offers a peaceful and unique lake perspective while still being a convenient 15-minute drive to the resort lifestyle of downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Travis Potter and his wife Heather have been residents of Kidd Island Bay since 2013. Both are also Realtors for Upstate Idaho Living — The Potter Group, Keller Williams Coeur d’Alene and have extensive experience selling property and homes on the lake and in Kidd Island Bay in particular. Travis said the bay’s features and options cater to a few different types of buyers on the lake.

“It’s good fishing. It’s always been good for bass and pike because of the shallow water,” Potter said.

The boat ride between his house and downtown Coeur d’Alene is shorter than the already-swift car route.

“I can get to my dock to The Resort in less than 10 minutes,” he said. “Our docks here are also pretty well protected (from the elements).”

Not known for its deep water lake frontage, Kidd Island can often serve as a more affordable price point compared to some areas on the waterfront.

The Harbor View Estates, located just up the hill, also allows buyers willing to trade lake frontage for “more house.” Homes in the gated community allow for more square footage but still offer shared lake access. There’s a public boat launch nearby, and there are dock slips that can be purchased, though it’s limited and subject to a waiting list.

Potter currently represents one of the last grass-to-water’s-edge lot options in Kidd island Bay. The .20/acre slot is ready for construction, with a deeded boat slip option (adding to an existing community dock or building/dock sharing with a neighboring lot). List price is $240,000.

Other active and recent listings include a waterfront home at North Cape, just outside Kidd Island Bay and facing Coeur d’Alene — the almost 2,400-square-foot home with approximately 190 feet of lake frontage. Price: $995,000.

Inside the bay, recent listings have included a four-bedroom, craftsman-style lakefront home with more than 2,700 square feet and a shared dock for $875,000. Another cozy, one-of-a-kind property with just over 1,400 square feet sits on two lots with the possibility for further development is priced at $825,000. A couple of secondary waterfront properties come in cheaper, including a 1,600-plus-square-foot home priced at $540,000, as well as a charming 700-plus-square-foot cabin with secondary waterfront views and access to lake amenities priced at $640,000. There’s also a sprawling, recently-built, five-bedroom home with almost 3,000 square feet and filtered lake views priced at $730,000.

In his years of experience selling in Kidd Island Bay and the rest of the lake, Potter said a vast majority of buyers come from out of state — California, Western Washington, etc. — and are looking for more space and a relaxed lifestyle. Interest has only grown in the past couple years, and he’s expecting buyers to continue seeking out Lake Coeur d’Alene even with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on Kidd Island Bay properties and other lakefront living options (including lake tour options), contact Travis Potter with Upstate Idaho Living — The Potter Group, Keller Williams Coeur d’Alene at 208-691-6821, email or visit

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