DO NOT move to SANDPOINT! ...unless you are willing to PLAY as hard as you work!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho

DO NOT move to SANDPOINT!

THE BOYSI have coveted a life in Sandpoint, Idaho ever since I discovered this mountain town in the early 70's.  Life's twists and turns did not allow me to actually move here full-time until 2005.  I had many valid reasons for delaying the inevitable and I stand by them.  One of the big reasons, however, was that I was worried Sandpoint wasn't ready for me.

I'm a tennis player.  I have been playing year around (indoors and outdoors) for the last thirty years.  This included local and regional tournaments, USTA leagues (summer and winter), fanatical tennis buddies who retained the same indoor permanent court times for 20 years running, tennis drills, tennis parties...you know the scene.  The question always was...can I be happy in Sandpoint without indoor tennis?

Well, I'm here to tell you...if that is a stumbling block for any possible Sandpoint transplants today, you can put those fears to rest. (You'll have to also put some of your preconceived notions about appropriate "tennis weather" aside also.  We just don't care about that here.)  This place is EXTREME...the weather, the people, the geography, the politics, THE PASSION.

I just got off the court after a grueling 3 hour match with three of my close tennis buddies (Steve Kirby, Eric Plummer and Joel Wahlin).  The match started in rather cool 31 degree weather and ended in a warmish 35 degree blizzard.  Two amazing things happened; 1) the level of play never wavered and, 2) we just got the perfect 3 hour cross-training workout in preparation for the November 27th ski opening of Schweitzer Mountain - the pride and joy of North Idaho.  The perfect start to the day!

ERIC DOWN

While we were playing, there was an ultimate frisbee match taking place at the other end of the park.  People don't hide from blizzards around here, they rejoice.  (That is Eric above...he wasn't down long).  

Bottom line, I'll be playing outdoor tennis here probably into December...I'll play about ten times indoors this winter in either Coeur d'Alene or Spokane...then, on February 25th, the high school tennis season begins (did I mention I coach the team?) and I'll be on the court five to six days a week until the middle of May.  The middle of May marks the beginning of the "summer tennis season" (weather permitting...in other words, it will have to be pouring rain for us to "bag it").  Like my wife says, "Kent, you get your fair share of tennis in Sandpoint!"  ...and that is my message to you.  Do not let our lack of indoor tennis dissuade you from moving to Sandpoint!  This place rocks it.  (and, by the way, with a little luck we'll have an unbelievable indoor tennis facility here in the VERY near future...more on that later...)

SANDPOINT TENNIS ACTION

 

When I am not playing tennis with passion (...or skiing), I am selling real estate with passion from the Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, Schweitzer Mountain office.  CALL ME!  I HAVE MORE STORIES!


 

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Cheryl Clayton
Conejo Valley and Simi Valley Realtor
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You certainly are dedicated to playing hard if you are playing in the snow! Here in SoCal, Ventura County we are spoiled with great weather year round:) No snow... just rain.

November 15, 2009 09:10 PM
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Kent Anderson
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho

Hi Cheryl - I know, I'm going to get all sorts of grief from the "warm-weather people".  We just have a different mind-set up here.  (By the way, this is like the tropics compared to my Minnesota background).

November 15, 2009 09:26 PM
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Ken-  This is an awesome post- love these photos!  They say it all!

Good job with your blog my man.

November 17, 2009 06:13 PM
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Kent Anderson
from Schweitzer to the Lake
Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho

Rick - Great to see your smiling face.  Nothing new in this post for you.  You know what it's like here!  Have a good one!

November 17, 2009 06:45 PM
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Kent Anderson
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Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho

Rick -  BTW, take a look at that forehand return i"m doing in the bottom row of pics....open stance, high follow-through...not bad.  Looks like one of your screaming top-spins.

November 17, 2009 06:49 PM
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Andrea Swiedler
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Kent, aren't you blessed to be living your passions! LOL, I would be sitting in the car watching.... or out milking the cows.

November 20, 2009 05:39 AM
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