...But not permanent, at least for us. We moved up here in Winter 2013 officially not having rented at first to test "CDA" waters, bought a home but we want to relocate elsewhere further in East WA or closer to MT, one reason the country is absolutely stunning but also the untenable and non stop noise down here in the metropolis wannabe vibe in Alene. Really the lake is a jewel and the new renovA of the waterfront is crisp and clear especially on an uncrowded wide open day, but the area we are in due to our income bracket can't sooth and justify the way East lake or other stellar parts can or actually do. We find our minds clear miraculously fast once out of city limits whereupon the view renews one's faith in some other life aside from the man made commercial jungle- so wracked up with big rigs and traffic. In these other parts and quiet ones the Country is as stunning as the East coast but even more peaceful, much less packed. I only really am still here until I've been with my employer long enough to transfer, once I find another locale. We would find a more upgraded, serene corner out here in the 'big bustling city' but want to explore her outer limits rather and more of nature not so haul over much of the concrete mire. Compared to other much more populous and angst ridden spots Alene isn't the worst that it gets by any means, but she isn't comparable at all to years and years ago...from what I've heard, the Quaint is gone replaced by an augmenting generalized suburban coldness and beige, not bright and unique. As I said its more a meantime springboard to the next more permanent feeling homefront. Especially my spouse...just doesn't 'feel at home' or comfortable here.