NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WEEK: Lake Drive fall paradise

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  • Photos by TYLER WILSON Beautiful and intimate views aplenty on the Centennial Trail along Coeur díAlene Lake Drive.

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    Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty along Coeur díAlene Lake Drive. Living just above the road will cost you a pretty penny.

  • Photos by TYLER WILSON Beautiful and intimate views aplenty on the Centennial Trail along Coeur díAlene Lake Drive.

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    Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty along Coeur díAlene Lake Drive. Living just above the road will cost you a pretty penny.

The Inland Northwest treated us all to a beautiful October. The fall colors have been predictably spectacular, and one of the best places to see them is along Coeur díAlene Lake Drive.

Located south of the Sherman Avenue exit at Interstate 90, and just south of the entrance to The Coeur díAlene Resort Golf Course, the drive along Coeur díAlene Lake Drive around Bennett Bay canít be topped as far as picturesque lake views go, and that distinction extends to all seasons of the year.

Lake Drive has its own slate of attractions ó Silver Beach Marina, Tonyís On the Lake and, of course, the golf course, but itís the Coeur díAlene Parkway, the 5.7-mile stretch of the North Idaho Centennial Trail that makes it truly special. Itís a gorgeous place to stroll.

I have fond memories of each one of my four kids riding in a stroller as babies along the trail. With four walkers now, it requires a little more parenting (that cyclist isnít slowing down, kids, move to the side!), but itís always a rejuvenating experience.

Walk along Lake Drive and you canít help but fantasize about owning one of the homes above, especially when marveling at the docks owned along the shore by those property owners. Congratulations, homeowners, your view is amazing. Sorry my kids are screaming as we pass along.

There are a couple of homes currently listed online that offer one of these private dock options. One, which rests above the trail before it turns into Bennett Bay, is a huge and amazing house, and if someone wants to give me the million-plus bucks to buy it, hit up that email address at the bottom of the story. Thereís another one with a private dock that sits deeper into Bennett Bay, also well over the million-buck mark. I wouldnít be mad about owning that home either.

Venture up the hill above Lake Drive (use the roads) and youíll find some more incredible living options, including within the gated community of Syringa Heights. Existing homes pop up for sale in there, including currently a 5,000-square-foot dream home with predictably spectacular panoramic lake views. Thatís up past the million-dollar mark too, but youíve got a few land/lot options starting around $430,000. If thatís all you can afford, maybe skip building a house and get a nice tent?

For a little less cash, less space and no dock, there are a couple of active listings with great views near the end of the Parkway closer to the Higgens Point boat launch and picnic area ó weíre looking at 2,600-2,800-square-foot homes circling the $775,000 range. And oh look, another million-plus dollar beauty with a private dock. I should have found a more lucrative career.

If the prices here are a little intimidating but you still fancy being close, thereís some more affordable options back closer to Sherman at Fernan Lake, with homes without lakeview starting in the $400,000s and lots starting at $90,000. The full-on lakefront houses there also top off a little short of a millionÖ usually. Look, Iím trying to keep a good attitude about this. Luckily the Centennial Trail makes it easy for the rest of us to visit regularly. Iíll try to keep the kids quiet.

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Let us know about standout neighborhoods and developments to feature in an upcoming Neighborhood of the Week. Contact Tyler Wilson at twilson@cdapress.com.

Real Estate Agents, take advantage of Neighborhood of the Week by sending in your suggestions for featured areas, including sites outside the confines of Coeur díAlene, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Hayden.

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