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Old 12-13-2008, 11:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am seriously considering relocating from MN. While we love it here I am looking for a great career opportunity. I recently graduated and obtained my RN license. My BF has been to Coeur d'Alene for work several time and likes it out there. So what can you tell me about life out there? Anything... jobs, housing, recreation, health care, holistic care, food co-ops??

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We used to live in Sandpoint, ID which is about 30 minutes north of Cd'A so I've been there many times but never lived there. It's a beautiful town w/ pretty affordable housing. There is one big and beautiful park there that's on the water but I forget the name of it. It's about 20 minutes outside of Spokane, which is a bigger city and has more things to do.

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Did I mention I am a SMALL town girl? Currently live more than tem miles out of town and three miles down a dead end road! How about weather? Roads? Commuting to or from the area?

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Anyone else heard of Coeur d'Alene?

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I have not lived in Couer d'Alene but used to live near Spokane and we would go to the lake all the time. We love it there, the park is awesome. There is a really nice baby sling/BFing store there. Been a while since I've lived there I can't remember. Maybe asking some of the Spokane mamas what they think I know there are quite a few.

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I have lived in Spokane for 25 years & I love Coeur d'Alene! I love to go shopping over there & go to the park.

Because I am 30+ minutes away & in a different state I can't really tell you about health care or co-ops. Im sorry I can't be of more help.

http://www.coeurdalene.org/

http://www.cdaid.org/

http://local.yahoo.com/info-19865788...+D+Alene%2C+ID

http://www.cdaweb.com/holistic.html

Hope some of the above links help...

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Jobs. Get one before you move here. Just, trust me. I've seen the scenario of folks moving up here, buying a house, and *then* looking for a job. I haven't seen it end well yet.

Housing. You can usually get a decent house for $200K, give or take. There's a bit of variety. Historic looking houses from the turn of the century to new ones in HOA-run developments.

Recreation. Awesome if you're outdoorsy. If surfing's your thing, this is not the right climate for you.
Canoeing, hiking, camping, boating, swimming, etc. Gardening, wildlife watching, hunting, all sorts of random stuff.

Health care. Depends on your needs. My family's pretty benign. I just keep having babies at home, just get my asthma inhalers refilled, and do occasional WBC's for the kids. There is a hospital, and supposedly it's got a good cancer center and has a fancy robot or something for certain surgeries. Luckily I don't know much about that. I know my neighbor across the street works at the ER there, but that's about it.

Holistic. Not something I've really done. I think there's a few naturopaths and I seem to remember maybe two offices with a "holistic" or something on the sign down the main drag, but I've never ventured in 'em.

Food coops. There's Pilgrim's Natural Food Market down on 4th in CdA. I'm not impressed. Prices are a bit insane for my budget (unless I somehow find myself with a $1300/mo food budget). I can find better deals at Super 1 or Fred Meyer for some of the things that are more important to me - like organic milk. There's also a tiny cute little coop in Hayden behind the PO where the guy will special order stuff for you if need be. I really like the farmer's market - on Saturdays it's closer to my house, on Wednesday afternoons it's in downtown CdA. On 5th I believe. Only from mid-May to October though. It's not exactly a comprehensive market, but it's cute and the vendors are nice and fun. There may be CSA's available up by Sandpoint, but it's been a while since I've researched that since I just decided to grow my own stuff. I also think there's Azure Standard drops here and there, and maybe even a Fresh Abundance, I forget.

If you want to see what the area looks like right now after the biggest snow storm in years and years, just click my blog. I posted photos I took this morning. So know that there will be snow - it varies from year to year, but it still comes.

I live in a town just barely north of CdA. Got a semi-cute little downtown, and I like the small-town feel and have gotten used to the 25mph speed limit through town. Most of the time I'll go that way rather than go 3 blocks over to the highway. If we had the money, we'd be thrilled to get a few acres either right near where we are, or a few miles further north near Garwood or something where we know a few other people with land. But in the meantime, we're in our split-level and I keep turning more and more of our back yard into garden to grow food for us.

That the kind of thing what you're looking for?

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I am seriously considering relocating from MN. While we love it here I am looking for a great career opportunity. I recently graduated and obtained my RN license. My BF has been to Coeur d'Alene for work several time and likes it out there. So what can you tell me about life out there? Anything... jobs, housing, recreation, health care, holistic care, food co-ops??
I live a jump over the border just west of Spokane, WA. I grew up here and thus wander over to CDA fairly often in the summer months. Recreation is great. The lake itself is right in town and has plenty of activities. Lots of boating, fishing, hunting, swimming, camping, a good sized theme park & water park about 30 minutes away (Silverwood Themepark), a couple water slide parks, a casino nearby, car races, a large classic car commmunity, a fun little downtown area right by the lake with lots of shops and caffes, a big hand made goods fair in the summer, etc.

However, housing right in CDA is pretty pricey. The town itself is fairly small. The nearby town of Post Falls ID (between CDA and Spokane) has more affordable housing and is a quick freeway drive from CDA. Spokane would be another option if CDA prices are too steep. It's a much larger city and has plenty of different neighborhoods to choose from.

The surroundings just outside town are beautiful. This area is one area where you don't have to drive far to see several different kinds of scenery. Lakes, rivers, forests, mountains, plains, orchards, fields, rolling hills, city, small towns, farms, old neighborhoods, gated communities, condos, and about whatever else you can think of all within a short drive.

I don't know what sort of medical centers you'd be interested in for work but CDA itself has a decent size hospial and there are 2 large and 2 smaller hospitals in Spokane as well. I don't have any expereince with CDA medical but there are tons of medical centers in Spokane. It would be a bit of a cummute but doable if you wanted to live in CDA.

Commute in CDA itself is pretty good. The entire town is fairly flat. There are some housing devolopements and outlying homes of course with more difficult roads but town itself is good. Now, although this isn't typical we did just get 19inches of snow in a 24 hour period.... Spokane was pretty much closed down today... I imagine CDA is as well. You definatly have the option of living outside town. Like I mentioned before, CDA isn't all that big so you don't have to go far to be outside town. Tons of lakes and beautiful surroundings to choose from.

PM me if you want any other info. Although I don't live in CDA I'm not a stranger to it.

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