The clubhouse here is 12,000
square feet and has a kitchen, a ballroom, a computer lab, a pool
table, a Jacuzzi, an exercise room, a small library, a movie room
and craft rooms, as well as a pool with exercise classes
offered. The new 9-hole golf chip course, horseshoe
pits, fire pit and outdoor BBQ, seven-acre "people park"
and ½-acre pet park give residents a reason to be outside (with or
without a pet).
The best thing about
retirement here may just be the location. This is beautiful,
rugged country, and mountains surround
the development. Outdoor recreation opportunities, including
fishing, camping, skiing and hiking, abound. For more urban
pursuits, picturesque Coeur
d'Alene, 15 miles down the road, offers a good
shops, casinos, golf courses, theater venues, galleries and has very
good medical care. The small town of Rathdrum itself
(population 6,600) is growing (30% in the last decade) and has a crime rate
and a cost of living below the
A nice benefit of retiring in this
development is that Idaho has a 50% home owners'
property tax exemption. Residents of
Golden Spike Estates qualify, even though they do not own the land upon which
their homes sit.
The weather here is on the cool
side. Some might even call it cold. Summer daytime
temperatures average in the 70s, and winter temperatures are in the
and low 30s. Winters can also bring 15 or more inches of snow
each month and skies are often overcast. Summers are
characterized by bright blue skies. The elevation is 2,200 feet.
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