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It’s a difficult thing, selling a home.

At the moment, the challenge isn’t so much in finding a buyer, making last-minute repairs, or agonizing over each word in the listing. Right now, the difficulty is the simple act of letting go.

On a spring afternoon, Leslie, Rick, and Linda are sitting around a picnic table, sharing stories from the previous decades. They don’t know one another well, but they have one thing in common: each is in the process of selling a home on Spokane’s iconic Manito Park.

The memories are fast flowing, and themes begin to emerge. There are the rituals: the long, quiet walks under the ponderosa pines or in Duncan Gardens — a meditative retreat before or after a stressful workday downtown. Or the neighborhood gatherings, both planned and impromptu: block parties and barbecues and Saturday morning coffee with next-door neighbors. Kids playing in the late summer daylight; lives woven together in friendship.

This is living on Manito Park: that hard-to-find balance between solitude and community.

“For me it was the warmth that was surprising,” says Rick, who is retiring to a property near a new grandchild (and a fly fishing stream). “I grew up elsewhere in Spokane, and at that time the generalization was: all those south hill people are cold and snobby. Once I lived here, I found the exact opposite to be true. More than anywhere else, I’ve found friendly neighbors who are very close, but there is still plenty of quiet and privacy whenever I need it, at my house or in the park itself.”  

Of course, there are some interesting aspects of living in a historic neighborhood that is one of the city’s crown jewels. When the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm (of Central Park, NYC fame) planned Manito — an Algonquian word that means spirit of nature — they created a destination.

Thus, the occasional tour buses.

“I always love when people come here, get out in big groups, and just take pictures of the natural beauty and each other,” says Linda. Whether it’s hordes of prom dates, or visitors from faraway places, it’s a source of pride that this is where they come to see the colors and smell those famous lilacs.

As the reminiscences continue, with anecdotes about neighborhood dogs, the favorite century-old homes, and the botanical wonders of the park itself, Leslie comments, “Wait, why am I moving from here?”

This draws a knowing smile and nod from the others. While a new chapter in a new place awaits each family, it is clear that the current, waning season has taken place in a setting unlike any other.

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