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According to Marte G. Cliff ( Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps illustrated construction plans ), the Priest River/Priest Lake area is widely known for its natural beauty.

"We enjoy clean water, clear air, and a low crime rate," boasts Cliff. "There is an abundance of rivers and streams for every kind of water recreation. With a huge proportion of state and federal lands, there are miles and miles to roam for snowmobile enthusiasts, horseback riders, motorcyclists, and hikers. Priest River is a friendly small town which welcomes newcomers."

But people who want the unspoiled natural setting for their homes don't have to totally sacrifice city amenities.

"For those who enjoy nightlife, the arts, or shopping the malls, Spokane, Washington is less than an hour away," says Cliff.

Perhaps it is the best-of-both-worlds location which keeps Priest River real estate moving along.

"Inquiries are still coming in from all parts of the country," says Cliff, "and there is still a demand for waterfront and other recreational property in spite of the nip in the air.

"While individual prices seem a bit down, there are still more of the higher-end properties being sold. Most of these buyers are looking for privacy and some acres out of town. The only segment not moving quickly is that of the higher priced homes in town. Many of the in-town buyers seem focused on finding rental properties and thus are looking for homes that will provide a good cash flow."

Cliff says that the small town of Coolin, on the southern end of Priest Lake, is seeing a great deal of activity this fall.

"Waterfront is still scarce and high-priced, but the lots near the lake are enjoying a new popularity," notes Cliff. "At least a dozen have gone under contract in the past few weeks. These are priced very affordably and there are still a dozen or so left. On the West side of the lake, the golf course has expanded and has also developed new building lots. These new lots are priced at $65,000 and up, but there are still a few good lots in the "old" section of the course at a good price.

"Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy Priest Lake," invites Cliff. "Most of the tourists have gone home, the trees are turning color, the lake looks clear as glass, and the air is crisp and clean. Plan a visit soon!"

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