Awaken to a sun-drenched bedroom view of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Sip morning coffee in one of the lake view sun rooms. Take an early, refreshing dip in the lake, have lunch at a sidewalk cafe or the incomparable Hudson's Hamburgers, and plan a day at the beach or seeing the sights. Later, walk across the park for a supper cruise or an evening of downtown dining and entertainment; then stroll home with the moonlight reflecting across the shimmering water. Fall asleep, stars shining through the skylight. The recently refurbished Gumprecht House is situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d' Alene in picturesque Northern Idaho. It offers spectacular views with comfortable and spacious family-friendly accommodations, plus close proximity to downtown shops and restaurants as well as the amenities of the famous Coeur d'Alene Resort. Enjoy water sports, lake cruises, bike trails, hiking, golf, antique shops, museums, snow skiing and nature's beauty.
History:: The Gumprecht House sits on property once part of Fort Sherman, founded in 1878 to protect settlers, one of a string of forts built in response to the 1876 Custer massacre. After the fort was disbanded, the property was auctioned off. It was then subdivided in 1905. The lot was purchased in 1906 by the Nevers family and the house built in 1907. It was the first private beachfront house, had the pick of the lots and, consequently, an unsurpassed view. For many years the house was occupied, then owned, by the Graue family who graciously allowed the Gumprechts and others to use the beach. The Gumprecht family acquired the property in 1977 and extensively remodeled in 1981. Elderly grandchildren of the original owner knocked on the door in 1982 to tour the changes and warmly approved. One of them had actually been born in the original master bedroom. They had all passed by the house on annual summer visits to Coeur d'Alene but had not been in the house since before 1920.
Bike Storage: Bikers should like our property as there is a side entrance that proceeds directly to the finished basement which is suitable for keeping their bikes. There is a bathroom, shower, and change room in the basement as well that could be useful for runners or others. The Ironman Triathlon starting point is across the street and the 24-mile Centennial trail passes directly in front of the house. And, yes, we have a large pasta pot.
Family room & game room: To provide a break from the elegant main floor spaces the back porch was enclosed years ago, creating a casual and comfortable family area just off of the kitchen and breakfast nook. It contains a digital TV with home theater system and DVDs as well as a broadband Internet connection for your laptop. See an earlier description of the game room located in the basement.
Dr Donald G. Gumprecht was a resident of the Fort Grounds from 1951, growing up a block away from the beach, down Military Drive in a house now known as the Doctors' Inn. He swam nearly every summer day at 'Graue's beach' and in 1977 was fortunate enough to purchase the house and beach property from the Graue family. In 1990 he relocated to Springfield, Illinois, and kept a caretaker in the house until 2005. Since that time, the house has been offered as a vacation rental for the enjoyment of a wide variety of individuals, families, and groups. Every attention has been given to making the house enjoyable for visitors of all ages and interests. Universally positive reviews have been very gratifying.
This house was the first private lakeshore house built in Coeur d'Alene and had the pick of the lots, enjoying the very best view, sandy beach, proximity to the downtown area and the amenities of the Coeur d'alene Resort as well as the city park with its Fort Sherman-themed playground. Read our listing for detailed information and see also the Coeur d'Alene Visitors Bureau web site. It has lots of room and is set up to accommodate all ages, especially families and groups of families.