Bayview is an unincorporated community located in Kootenai County, 28 miles north of Coeur d’Alene, and at the southern tip of the biggest and deepest lake in Idaho, Lake Pend Oreille. To describe Bayview as surprising would be an understatement, mostly because of the unexpected jaw dropping views across the bay.
Bayview could also be described as a small, funky, and eccentric town and has been described by the online publication Only in Your State, as perhaps the most peaceful town in Idaho. A search for homes for sale in Bayview will bring a mix of float homes located in the Bayview Marina, small older homes right up the hill from the marina, and larger, newer homes to the north of town along the lake, all with exposure to breathtaking views of the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille, aptly called Scenic Bay.
With a population of less than 800, small local businesses make up most of the town currently, but the history of Bayview shows something far different.
After the invasion of Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Farragut Naval Station was built in Bayview, on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, with the intent that this Naval training station would be protected from coastal invasion. From 1942 to 1946, over 290,000 men were trained at the naval base. The base created a steady population of 50,000, making this tiny enclave the largest city in Idaho. But soon after the war was over, most of the land abutting Bayview was sold, bought by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and is today Farragut State Park, a 4,000 acre park which lies at the base of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in the Bitterroot range, offering a wide variety of activities along the shores of the lake. A 20- acre parcel was retained by the U.S. Navy for an acoustic research detachment and is still in operation in the deep and quiet waters of Lake Pend d’Oreille.
Formerly known as Squaw Bay in the 1800’s, the town began transforming in the 1880’s, from a fur trapper and logging camp into a small resort town with cottages and hotels. This was mostly due to the completion of the railroad tracks between Spokane and North Pend Oreille Lake. A marina was developed to handle steamboat transportation on the lake and in 1894 the name of the town was changed to Bayview.
Today the town remains a small enclave with the bulk of major services for residents being located in Coeur d’Alene, and Sandpoint. Restaurants, summer rental cottages and a local mercantile give the town a quaint atmosphere. Some of the local activities include a street fair, pancake feed, community sing along and the Bayview Memorial Garden. if you love to sail, consider joining Lake Pend Oreille Yacht Club and participate in the sailboat racing and other events held throughout the summer.
All in all, if you are searching for vacant land for sale in North Idaho or homes for sale in North Idaho, and you wish to have a peaceful and quiet way of life while enjoying spectacular views of a beautiful lake and mountain range, Bayview could be the spot for you.