Coeur d’Alene, ID, set in a beautiful lakefront mountain setting, is becoming a beloved destination for retirees and many others looking to escape urban areas, especially on the Pacific coast. There is quite a lot to do and the summer climate is especially pleasing. Unlike a lot of rundown, dirty downtown areas, Coeur d’ Alene’s Downtown is clean and vibrant. A lot residential and commercial areas spread into the neighboring cities of Post Falls, Rathdrum and Hayden, ID. Spokane is to the west and is close enough to provide conveniences and services plus additional employment. However, there is no need to travel far, as there is plenty to do locally, with various recreation, entertainment and minor arts amenities. With increased local construction, tourism, and some light commercial activity, Coeur d’Alene presents a healthy economic climate.
Coeur d’Alene is located at the north end of a Lake Coeur d’Alene. The setting is definitely eye-catching, with lake views on three sides of downtown and mountains on all sides looking south. The mountains are tightly forested with fir trees, while trees in the immediate area of the town are beautifully speckled about. Nonetheless, the high altitude and northern latitude keep the area green and lush most of the year. That latitude, and the open northern exposure bring occasionally harsh winter weather, but the climate is more often influenced by moderate air flows from the Pacific to the west. Summers are sunny, dry and nice.