A spectacular 80-acre ranch/retreat in beautiful North Idaho awaits you. Are you seeking peaceful, serene, end-of-road privacy, hidden-away from the noise and intrusion of “civilization”, yet still convenient to employment, medical care, schools, shopping, and other amenities? Do you have children who you want to receive a first-class education? Are you hoping for room to include your family or extended family? Are you seeking independence, preparedness, sustainability and security? Perhaps you want the option of living off grid? If you answered yes to any of these questions you owe it to yourself to consider this peaceful, secluded, beautifully scenic and secure North Idaho retreat.
Location, location, location… This breathtakingly beautiful property, in the highly desirable Twin Lakes area, is situated on the very edge of wilderness, where diverse wildlife abounds, and is bordered by thousands of acres of privately owned forest land which is accessible for a variety of outdoor activities. Yet it is less than 10 minutes from one of the area’s premier golf courses and fine dining, 15 minutes from Rathdrum for most necessities, and 30 minutes from Coeur d’Alene or 45 minutes from Spokane for a huge variety of services, activities and entertainment. There is dependable year-around access. It is located within Idaho’s award-winning Lakeland School District, and within the Northern Lakes Fire Protection District (a rare feature for large acreages). The south facing location of the entire property makes it ideal for solar power, if energy independence is on your wish list. The existing home is already wired for emergency use of a generator or to connect with any other “off-grid” power source(s) that you might desire. High-speed wireless Internet connection is available for WIFI, is far superior to the satellite connections upon which most rural properties rely, and is adequate for home office use or data/entertainment streaming.
It’s all about the land… The 80 acre tract has been legally divided into four contiguous 20 acre parcels, however only the parcel with the home, outbuildings and other improvements has been given a street address by Kootenai County. This causes confusion for people looking on Zillow. Since Zillow only lists properties by street address, their “Z Estimate” only represents the 20-acre parcel with improvements rather than the entire 80 acre tract. You can enjoy the entire 80 acres as one large ranch, as we do, or legally sell the individual 20-acre parcels. It’s entirely your choice. Either way, large acreages like this are becoming extremely rare, especially those so conveniently located yet offering this degree of privacy and independence. Splitting a larger tract into legal parcels, without the long, expensive, and complex subdivision process, is becoming more and more difficult due to increasing government rules and regulations. Here it has already been done. There are no CC&R’s encumbering any of the parcels. Approximately 10 acres is cultivated, now in pasture, for use with horses, cattle, sustainable food production, or whatever you desire. More cultivated area can be developed. The balance is in mixed timber, with a substantial volume of mature, marketable timber. Agricultural and timber exemptions provide super low taxes. This magnificent property can be whatever you desire.
The Twin Lakes area is a wonderful place to live. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the best attributes of the 1950’s and 60’s. The neighbors are incomparable. The Upper Twin boat launch is only about a mile away, and has a public beach. The last two state record holding Northern Pike (40+ lbs.) have come from Lower Twin and a 12-year-old boy caught one 37+ pounds while ice fishing this past winter (first fish he ever caught!). In addition to Pike, there are large and small mouth bass, trout, crappie and perch. The variety of land animals is far too extensive to list here. Plus, the Twin Lakes area is centrally located to the other lakes of the North Idaho panhandle, for an even wider variety of convenient recreation and sightseeing opportunities.
Energy options… The existing 1664 square foot house is very solid, secure, and comfortable, with generous fiberglass insulation, spacious rooms, an open feel, lots of natural light through the many large Energy Star windows, and a very livable floor plan with plenty of storage options. The reliable existing well, provides excellent water, and there are multiple springs on the property which can be developed and used with gravity feed to provide additional water without need for electricity. The house is also fitted with central water filtration and UV purification systems to ensure high quality water throughout, without the use of chemicals. Wiring and plumbing were professionally upgraded in 1994. Many upgrades and updates have been made since then. Good insulation and the southern exposure make it easy and inexpensive to heat in the winter. A highly efficient ductless “mini-split” heat pump heats efficiently down to -15 degrees F, in the winter, provides air conditioning during the warmer months, and does so very economically. Plus, there are a high efficiency Quadrafire wood stove and energy efficient Cadet wall and baseboard heaters. A deliciously luxurious cool downdraft flows down the mountain behind the house every evening, in the summer. As an alternative to air conditioning, just open the windows and allow the cool fresh air to circulate through the house, along with the soothing music of the frogs, crickets and coyotes. This all translates into low utility cost, small environmental footprint, energy independence and quality of life.
The existing house has a huge 15′ x 16′ completely remodeled country kitchen with a 3′ x 6′ prepping island, quality oak cabinetry, large Jenn-Air 4 burner cooktop, KitchenAid built-in dishwasher and double wall oven with thermal convection, and a 25-cubic-foot Kenmore refrigerator; Two large 12′ x 16′ bedrooms with generous closets; One 7′ x 9′ bathroom; a large 24′ x 16′ living room; a large 10′ x 16′ pantry/utility room; and an 11′ x 16′ formal dining room. There are quality oak laminate floors in the kitchen and pantry.
Out-buildings… There is an attached single carport together with three detached outbuildings.
The largest outbuilding is a 30′ x 40′ (1200sf) shop with concrete floor, overhead loft (450sf), skylights, plentiful lighting and outlets, and 110/220V (single phase) power. A second shop, with loft and 110V power measures 20′ x 30′ (600sf). Thirdly, a 20′ x 20′ (400sf) lean-to/carport, has 110V power. All three outbuildings have metal siding and/or roofs, as does the house and attached carport, for durability, long life, ease of snow clearing, and fire resistance. The outbuildings provide 4 covered parking areas for vehicles/equipment in addition to the carport.
Bring your dreams and make them a reality, or just enjoy it as it is. This desirable property will be shown by appointment only to serious qualified buyers. Curious or have questions? We have answers and love to talk about our property. Email to initiate a dialog for additional information or to arrange an appointment. This unique property represents the very best that North Idaho has to offer. Don’t let this rare opportunity slip away.
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