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Lakefront ranch home on historic family estate

Sandpoint, ID, USA
  • House2500 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps9
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Rural lakefront home in beautiful small resort town of Sandpoint, Idaho

This lakefront ranch home on the Sunnyside Peninsula between Sandpoint and Hope, Idaho, is uniquely situated on the north shore of Idaho's largest lake, Pend Oreille, at Hawkins Point. A 20-minute drive from downtown Sandpoint, the property sits on a 30-plus acre estate abutting state forest with 800 feet of private shoreline. Just a 35-minute drive away is Idaho's largest ski resort, Schweitzer Mountain. The 2,500 sf, comfortable house with outdoor hot tub is freshly remodeled and redecorated.

This 2,500-square-foot home sits on rural lakefront acreage that's been in the same family since the 1940s. The home is surrounded by Lake Pend Oreille, horse pastures, state forestland, and private and public shoreline. The property includes a private beach with a dock across the road from the house protected by a privacy fence. This beach at the west end of the property includes a tipi for rent available May through October along with amenities such as an outdoor shower, fire pit and horseshoe pits. To have full access to this private beach in season, consider renting the tipi as well. All guests have access to 800 feet of shoreline, two private beaches with docks, and a sitting area in the trees between the two beaches. The house includes an outdoor hot tub, large deck and concrete patio for enjoying the outdoors. A county road separates the house from the private shoreline. Nearby at Hawkins Point is a public boat dock with concrete launch. The public dock area and private beach are a two-minute walk from the house.

Recently remodeled and professionally decorated, this lakefront home features vintage furnishings, antiques, beautiful artwork and collectibles. Experience lakeside living in a country setting on a family estate located on a prominent geographic feature, Hawkins Point on Lake Pend Oreille. See bald eagles, Canada geese and other migrating waterfowl as well as deer, turkeys and otters. Pick fruit in season from the many cherry, apple, plum and pear trees on the property, as well as grapes and raspberries in the garden. Walk the 30-plus acres surrounded by 60-some acres of state forestland and enjoy stellar views of the lake and mountains surrounding this special spot on the Sunnyside Peninsula.

Inside the home are comfortable furnishings, a fully-stocked kitchen and sleeping accommodations for up to nine guests, sleeping in two bedrooms plus in the large living room where there are two queen-size sleeper sofas. Add an RV site or tipi rental and host a small family reunion or wedding on-site.

Guests have access to the entire home, except for the basement and one bedroom, and the surrounding family estate land, 800 feet of private shoreline and two beaches/docks, outdoor hot tub and other amenities. Respect the privacy of tipi guests (when applicable) and quiet time from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Do not enter fenced areas where horses are present or outbuildings.

The property includes two other homes and two RV sites as well as a seasonal tipi vacation rental, so you may encounter other guests, residents or family members and their dogs. The two other homes are on the opposite side of the property on a separate driveway and not visible from the house. Guests may have to share or alternate usage of the hot tub. A gravel county road (speed limit 35) separates the house from the private shoreline. Be prepared to cross the road to access the beaches. If the tipi on the beach at the west end is rented, please respect the privacy of its guests. Tipi guests don't have exclusive use of that beach and dock; however, they do have quiet time from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. There is a whole 'nother beach and dock as well as a sitting area and hammock spot on the property for guests to enjoy. There is plenty of room for everyone! Consider renting the tipi as well to have more full usage of the private beach closest to the house.

The host's shop and barns are on the property as well and are off-limits to guests. The owner may access outbuildings, move equipment or be present on other areas on the property while guests are staying in the house. The property also includes four resident equines (two horses and two mules), and guests are not allowed inside the fences with them; however, they may pet or feed them treats from the other side of the fence. The mules are friendly with people but not dogs. Keep your dogs leashed and outside the fenced horse pastures at all times for their safety.

During summer and especially on weekends, you may encounter heavier traffic and parked vehicles along a half-mile stretch of Sunnyside Access or at the Hawkins Point public boat dock and ramp. Watch for traffic, people and wildlife on the road at all times.

Sunnyside is a desirable neighborhood close to Sandpoint, Idaho, where folks enjoy living out in the country on or near the lake. It's also a popular recreation area with public access at the Oden Wildlife Management Area, Sunnyside Access, Hawkins Point and shoreline managed by Idaho Fish and Game. The area includes longtime residents and more recent transplants to the area, as well as seasonal residents. Sunnyside is teeming with wildlife, from waterfowl to big game, while Lake Pend Oreille is home to many species of fish, including rainbow trout, kokanee, bass, whitefish, perch, bull trout and more. The lake has a thriving fishery and with 111 miles of shoreline, much of it public, there's a lot to explore by boat, canoe or kayak, or by hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Sunnyside is between Sandpoint and Hope, Idaho, and either town may be accessed by boat or car for dining, shopping, concerts and other events.

We aim to meet our guests and give them an orientation to the property and house upon check-in. We love to interact with guests as much or as little as desired. We're lifelong and long-time residents who love to share our knowledge of the area and help you get the most out of your vacation. We live in an outdoor paradise, and we enjoy sharing our pieces of paradise with friendly, appreciative guests.

Property Manager

Billie Jean Gerke

Member Since 2016
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 10, 2018
About Billie Jean Gerke

Mike and I enjoy outdoor pursuits such as horseback riding and packing, flying airplanes and airplane camping, boating and skiing. We are longtime Sandpoint residents with a deep knowledge of and love for the area. We both graduated from Sandpoint High School, and Mike has been living in his house at Sunnyside since the year after he graduated from high school. Since we're married now and both own homes, we alternate living in one home while the other one is a vacation rental. As partners, we worked together for nearly three years to remodel and redecorate his house with the goal of making it a vacation rental. We're very proud of how it turned out, and we're excited to share it with friendly, appreciative guests. The family has owned the land at Hawkins Point on Lake Pend Oreille since the 1940s, when Mike's grandfather bought about 300 acres here, which included a barn and floating boathouse. The boathouse was home on the lake until 1953 when it was dragged up to shore, where it now sits as the core of the home at Hawkins Point. Mike spent many happy times here with his grandparents and inherited the house after they passed on. Over the years, he built additions and improved upon the house in many ways. His mother still lives on the property in the house where Mike grew up, and she delights in telling stories of how four generations once lived in a three-room floating boathouse on the lake. The family still owns more than 30 acres at Hawkins Point, much of it horse pastures with some forest and about 800 feet of private shoreline. This historic spot is the former site of a railway and steamboat stop. Today, it is home to the Hawkins Point Public Boat Dock and lands managed by Idaho Fish and Game as wildlife habitat. We live in an outdoor paradise, and we enjoy sharing our pieces of paradise with others.

Billie Jean Gerke purchased this House in 1972

Why Billie Jean Gerke chose Sandpoint

Mike's great grandfather retired to Sandpoint, Idaho, after farming in Rosalia, Washington. He decided to cattle ranch in his retirement years on Lake Pend Oreille at Hawkins Point beginning in the 1940s. His daughter and son-in-law and their son soon joined him. Mike's mom married into the family in 1949; Mike was born in 1953 and brought home to the floating boathouse. Just before he turned 1 year old, the family moved into their own home on the opposite end of the family property. His grandparents lived out their days at Hawkins Point, and after their passing, Mike inherited their house and raised his own family here. He spent more than 40 years as a "dirt mover," doing large and small excavation projects and building roads in the area. Now semi-retired, he was convinced by Billie to run a vacation rental business utilizing both of their properties on some of the most beautiful rural acreages in Bonner County, his at Sunnyside and hers in the Selle Valley. Together they live between the two properties and alternate opening their homes as vacation rentals. Between the two of them, they have two homes, a camping cabin, a seasonal tipi, and three RV sites available through Twin Cedars Camping and Vacation Rentals.

What makes this House unique

Mike grew up in this rural neighborhood on Lake Pend Oreille and has lived here his entire life. Billie joined him in 2014 as his business partner and 2015 as his wife. Together they transformed his home into the beautiful place it is today. With a large piece of acreage on the lake at the tip of the Sunnyside Peninsula, the property is uniquely situated to take advantage of the views and recreational opportunities on the lake. Visitors love the scenery of the lake and mountains and being surrounded by open countryside, seeing the horses in the pasture, and the eagles in the trees. With the lake on two sides and state-owned forest land on the other two sides, the property has no neighbors. Sunnyside is out in the country but yet only 15 minutes to town, and much of it is a beautiful drive around the lake. With the Hawkins Point Public Boat Dock nearby, it's easy to access the lake by motorboat. The private beaches and shoreline are ideal for enjoying the water and launching a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or fishing off either one of two docks.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
      • Master bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed, Bunkbed with full-size and twin-size mattresses
      • Living room sleeper sofas
        2 sleep sofa /futon, Two queen-sized sleeper sofas in living room


        • 2 Bathrooms
        • Main bathroom
          toilet, tub, shower, Freestanding cast iron tub and slate neo-angle shower
        • Utility bathroom
          toilet, shower

          Location Type

            • Beach View
              The Hawkins Point Public Boat Dock is across the road from the house.
            • Beachfront
              The private beach is just across Sunnyside Road, a two-minute walk from the house.
            • Lake View
              Lake Pend Oreille surrounds the house to the east and south. The property has 270-degree views of the lake because of its unique position at Hawkins Point on the Sunnyside Peninsula.
            • Lakefront
              Lake Pend Oreille surrounds the house to the east and south and is accessed by walking across Sunnyside Road.
            • Mountain View
              Views of the Cabinet Mountains to the east and the Coeur d'Alene Mountains to the south, including the stunning Monarchs.
            • Water View
              Views of Lake Pend Oreille are seen from the eastern and southern portions of the house, the utility room, kitchen, dining great room and one of the bedrooms.
            • Waterfront
              The family estate owns nearly 800 fee of waterfront on Lake Pend Oreille at Hawkins Point, which includes two private beaches with docks and a sitting area in between the two beaches.


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Sports & Activities


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Linens Provided
                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Fireplace
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          Diesel furnace with radiant heat
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking
                        • Telephone
                          Cell phone service for some carriers
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wood Stove


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Additional seating for four at kitchen counter
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                      Blackweb Bluetooth 3-CD Stereo System
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Hot Tub


                                                    • library
                                                    • arboretum
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • health/beauty spa
                                                    • botanical garden
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • marina
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • boating
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • horseshoes
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • photography
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • shopping
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking
                                                        • wildlife viewing

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • fitness center
                                                            • groceries
                                                            • hospital
                                                            • massage therapist
                                                            • medical services

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • basketball court
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • equestrian events
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • fly fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • hunting
                                                                • ice skating
                                                                • jet skiing
                                                                • kayaking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountain climbing
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • cross country skiing
                                                                • racquetball
                                                                • rafting
                                                                • rock climbing
                                                                • roller blading
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • snorkeling
                                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                                • snowboarding
                                                                • snowmobiling
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • water skiing
                                                                • water tubing
                                                                • wind-surfing

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  6 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Relaxing girl's weekend on the lake!

                                                                  Mandy M.

                                                                  I was so impressed with the charm and location of this one of a kind property. I will certainly go back! For the adventurous that like the outdoors, it is a great location. Kayaking on the lake was gorgeous, especially the waterfowl during fall migration, and having the protection from the wind going south from the house. Great bike riding spot for the same reasons, hybrid or mountain bike is the best option, miles of road on the quiet tucked away loop that the property is located on. Having a group of ladies have a weekend away from everyday life, especially with the hot tub, deck with great lake view, awesome sunsets, and bonfire on the lake, was just great! I would rent this property again in a heartbeat! Rent the tipi too so you can sleep right on the lake and listen to the waves crash in. My only advice in bringing a dog is to make sure the owner knows (somehow that didn't get sent with my reservation) and that your dog is good with being near horses

                                                                  Great House, Great Host, Great Setting

                                                                  Hollie B.

                                                                  Our extended family group of seven plus a newborn had a great time at Billie Jean’s property. In addition to being immaculate and comfortable for everyone, the house is fun and a little retro-quirky in a way we all found delightful. Like the rest of the house, the kitchen is well-appointed and very tidy. We had more than adequate supplies to do some of our own cooking while visiting.

                                                                  The lakefront property is lovely and the kids had a wonderful time wading and finding treasures, even if we were a little too late in the season for actual swimming. The house is a little off the beaten path, but for us the escape from civilization and cell-phone reception was a positive, not a negative. We enjoyed seeing (and hearing) the long trains across the lake and watching the deer from the big windows in the living room.

                                                                  Billie Jean is a thoughtful and attentive host. She was obviously concerned about making sure we were well settled and had all we needed. All of this was available for a reasonable price.

                                                                  We were very pleased and wouldn’t hesitate to stay at the lake house again if we find ourselves in the Sandpoint area in the future.

                                                                  Beautiful view, great location and wonderful house!

                                                                  Edward E.

                                                                  Our family spent a wonderful and all too short stay in this great house. Spectacular views, convenient location and great hosts.

                                                                  The beach is literally at the end of the driveway, the house is very well kept, supplied with pillows and linens. The kitchen wants for nothing, and the house was scrupulously clean.

                                                                  Very near Sandpoint for convenient dinning and shopping, and far enough away to be on a quiet stretch of road.

                                                                  The house was very clean.

                                                                  Terry F.

                                                                  Perfect place for our family of 6 adults and a toddler. Very close to the boat launch and short walk to the lake. Large deck overlooking the lake

                                                                  Family F.U.N.

                                                                  Gin W.Lewiston, Idaho

                                                                  Our family thoroughly enjoyed our 4 days at Billie's lake home. It was clean, comfortable, and close to many activities: walking, hiking, boating, swimming, sightseeing, playing, shopping, relaxing, and making memories. It's just as advertised, and Billie is available to answer questions. One of our favorite adventures with our children and grandchildren! Thank you!

                                                                  Amazing views that will create memories.

                                                                  Josh & Maya A.

                                                                  We really enjoyed our stay at Trestle Creek in Sandpoint. We were comfortable and happy in the home, it met all our needs. We had many family come to visit us and we had fun hanging out on the deck or inside playing board games. The weather was not warm enough for swimming in the lake so we really enjoyed the hot tub and walks on the road. The scenery was perfect for having the ultimate North Idaho experience.


                                                                  Sandpoint, ID, USA

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