02 RESORT LIVING


The New York Times has described McCall, Idaho as being "the West's next up-and-coming resort community," comparing McCall to the Sun Valley and Lake Tahoe of 30 years ago. This idyllic area, settled between two lakes and two ski resorts, has retained its small town feel while offering an abundance of outdoor recreational pursuits, breathtaking scenery, and boutique shops and restaurants the entire family will enjoy.

Why Resort Living in Idaho:

According to the National Association of Realtors, while fluctuations in the primary housing market are occurring, the long-term demand for second home purchases remains strong. On average, the typical second home buyer is between the ages of 50 and 59. Currently 39.2 million Americans fall into this age range with an additional 44.8 million people between the ages of 40 and 49. Because of the size of this target demographic, experts predict the fundamental demand from these age groups will drive second home sales through the next decade. The single largest factor for second home buyers is lifestyle considerations, specifically recreation opportunities and creating a retreat for family gatherings. Investment considerations, such as rental income, are also a secondary factor.

Idaho is positioned to take full advantage of the second home market buying requirements. Idaho State Regional Center will focus its resort projects on two developments in McCall, Idaho. McCall, known as "Ski Town USA," has everything large resort communities in the Western United States offer but without the crowds.

Set on the shores of Payette Lake, and tucked below the mountains of West-Central Idaho, McCall has a small-town charm that remains one of the West's best kept secrets. An idyllic downtown offers an array of boutique shops, restaurants, art galleries and cultural events. In the summer, explore one of the 300 alpine lakes in the surrounding area, spend a day boating or sailing on the lake, hike or mountain bike on specially maintained trails, golf at one of the five mountain courses, or fly fish along one of the three major rivers running through the area. In the winter, spend an afternoon exploring over 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, Nordic ski or snowshoe, Alpine ski at one of two ski mountains, then finish the day soaking in the hot springs.