Hey I remember suggesting to you to check out Coeur d' Alene back before you went on your secret mission. Glad to hear you did.
I don't think the white supremacist rep is fair. When I got here (Spokane) in '96 there was still a pitiful enclave but I think it was more in the direction of Sandpoint where Ripsaw is. Where ever it was it's gone now as well as any sentiment in the community that MIGHT have existed with it.
It's not ski bums either. Sure, there's great skiing 45 minutes north at Schweitzer and 30 minutes east at Silver but most of the people in CDA probably don't even ski.
It is a resort town but I am still inclined to disagree with Varq about the cost. It's expensive if you want property on the lake or a condo on Sherman Ave but everything else is quite reasonable compared to the rest of the country. I hired a woman 9 months ago and she and her husband bought a 4 bedroom 3 bath house in CDA for 240K. It looks nice and is in excellent condition. The whole neighborhood is similar too.
The really great thing though, Comus, is now we have a place to stay when we go skiing up in Sandpoint!