boise metro area neighborhoods
Like many small cities across the US, when it comes to picking a neighborhood there are a lot of options. In the Boise metro area you are likely to find people with very strong opinions on where you should live. Here’s an unbiased guide to the different areas you will hear about.
Located just 5 minutes from downtown, this is one of the oldest and most expensive areas in the Treasure Valley. Here you will find everything from rundown bungalows to 100 year old historic mansions. The North End runs north of State street between Fort & 28th. In the heart of the Norh End you will find Hyde Park (13th Street) which is home to a few restaurants, coffee shops and eclectic shops.
Just above the North End sits the neighborhoods in the foothills. Part of this area is also know as the Highlands. You may also hear “Somerset” which is another neighborhood. The price tags are high here, there is a mix of older and new and many have views of the city, foothills or Crane Creek Country Club’s golf course.
Follow Warm Springs or Park Center Blvd. east and you will find yourself in NE or SE Boise. People use NE/SE interchangeably as they are very similar and only disconnected by the Boise River. This area is home to the fastest growing and selling community in the Treasure Valley, Harris Ranch. Here you are 10 minutes from the city and nestled between the foothills and Boise River. Though less expensive than the North End, its still one of the highest price per square foot areas in Boise. This area also has its own small downtown area known as Bown Crossing.
The face of the downtown area continues to evolve as we see more and more condo buildings pop up. Of course here you can walk to just about any place… downtown eateries, breweries, the Greenbelt, parks, etc. There is a huge price range here... anywhere from $300k to well over a million.
Located just south of downtown Boise, on a “bench” that overlooks the city, this area is a mixed bag. You will find streets with old charming Cape Cods, mid-centruy modern ranches and traditional beauties, but you will also find rundown spots and areas being brought back to life. If you believe the Starbucks real estate theory, this place is set for a big comeback as the coffee chain just set up shop with a brand new building.
Following the river from downtown Boise west, you will find Garden City. Many of its pockets sit along the Boise River and Greenbelt. Many believe this area will be the next best place in Boise as the other areas along the river run out of room. Chinden Blvd runs through Garden City and is home to many businesses and a new burst of breweries and wineries.
10-15 minutes from downtown Boise, you will find South Boise which runs from the airport to the Boise/Meridian line. Formerly full of farms, now those farms are slowly turning into neighborhoods. You will see still see large parcels of land here with single level homes, but they will cost you more than you might think. The land here in the Boise metro area is very valuable.
Older and established, there is little new in West Boise. The people here love It because they are in the middle of Boise and Meridian which provides great access to whatever they need! The majority of this area was built in the 80s and 90s
As you leave the North End you will find yourself in NW Boise. This area is older as well with pockets of new homes mixed in. You are close to the foothills here and at most a 15 minute drive down State Street to downtown Boise.
Drive 15 minutes into the foothills from downtown Boise and you will find Hidden Springs. Most either LOVE it or HATE it. This is a master planned community that started in the early 2000s and has just recently wrapped up (though there is building in an adjacent neighborhood). Hidden Springs has its own elementary school, fire house, preschool, small market and restaurant. Its quaint, pretty and charming, butI’ve heard the words Stepford and Whoville used to describe it.
Meridian’s most populated area for both residential and commercial. Eagle Road is home to just about every national chain you can think of as well as The Village at Meridian which is an outdoor shopping mall. The neighborhoods are a big mix in both price and age… anything from brand new to 30 years old, from $200k to more than a million. You are now starting to see more restaurants pop up versus just big box stores.
Now developing! Many who live here tout the traffic is much better. The statement pay be true now, but South Meridian can expect to be just as populated as North Meridian as time passes. Like South Boise you will still find farm land and larger parcels with older homes on them. Prices are slightly less in South Meridian but the gap is filling quickly between north and south meridian.
Kuna is growing fast! Located just 18 miles southwest of downtown Boise, the state capital. During the first weekend in August, there is an annual celebration called Kuna Days, which includes festivities of live music, carnival, parade, fireworks show and more. Nearby you will find the beautiful Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, which holds North America's densest population of nesting raptors. In the summer, enjoy floating the Indian Creek or checking out the Kuna Caves (underground lava flow cave).
The city of Eagle resides just 9 miles west of the heart of Downtown Boise. Driving to Boise or Meridian is an easy 10 to 15 minute drive. The Boise River spans the full length of Eagle providing gorgeous views, nature preserves, and miles of walking and biking paths on the Greenbelt. The foothills provide a beautiful backdrop to the North. Downtown Eagle offers boutique shops, amazing restaurants, farmers market, and parks. Enjoy fly fishing on the Boise River, golfing on one of the four courses in Eagle, and mountain biking on our world-class bike park with more than 250 acres of trails and a BMX track. Eagle is home to prime real estate along the Boise River within walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment.
Want country living but still remain close to everything the Boise Valley area has to offer? Star is the “New Eagle” where you can still find affordable High Amenity Custom Housing with easy access to a Green Belt , River, fishing, Swimming, Hiking, 4 wheeling, Motorcycle Riding as well as nearby Shopping. Enjoy the serene quiet country atmosphere and commutes to Boise, Nampa , Middleton and I-84 are only 10-20 minutes away!
CANYON COUNTY AREA
Located in the thriving Snake River Valley winery region you will take pleasure in the tastes of local wines. Enjoy a small-town atmosphere with modern amenities and services. Only a stones throw away from the recreation paradise of Lake Lowell, boating excursions are a must! Caldwell is also the home of the College of Idaho and College of Western Idaho.
Just outside Meridian and Kuna lies Nampa! The largest city in Canyon County is also home to one of the largest entertainment venues in the valley... the Ford Idaho Center. Catch Monster Jam events, concerts, basketball tournaments, horse shows, track and field events and much more! Nampa has twenty-four parks as well as The Nampa Recreation Center, a 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility containing a six-pool aquatics center, three gymnasiums, racquetball courts, a walking/running track, a weight room and exercise equipment, a climbing wall, and a number of other activity areas.
Small town living with the beauty of rolling countryside. Don't want your neighbors right on top of you... then this is the place to have space! You will find homes situated on waterfront lots with beautiful surrounding views and RV garages are a thing for all those toys!
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Lake Tahoe's little cousin and mountain resort living at its best! A vibrant resort town located two hours north of Boise nestled between forested mountains and the shores of the Payette Lake. In the winter, craftsman showcase their snow sculptures at the Winter Carnival and skiers and boarders hit the slopes at the nearby Brundage Mountain Resort. In the summer, McCall buzzes with activities such as water sports, hiking, biking, dining, and an abundance of sunshine. Locals also cool off in the summer by hitting up "Ice Cream Alley."
A beautiful playground for outdoor enthusiasts, Cascade is a rural town located just 70 miles north of Boise. A friendly home town vibe with local restaurants, shops and flea markets. Seasonal adventures to keep you busy all year long — skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and more. Enjoy water sports in the summer at the local Lake Cascade and ice fishing in the winter! There are unlimited opportunities for adventure in Cascade, Idaho.
Donnelly is located approximately 89 miles north of Boise. Donnelly is the crossroads of recreation surrounded by beautiful mountains, meadows, hundreds of alpine lakes and even many hot springs. This little town offers access to extraordinary recreational activities, ranging from water sports to every land sport you can imagine. Get your skiing and snowboarding on at the nearby Tamarack Resort. Enjoy shops and restaurants that offer everything from sushi to huckleberry pies to spa treatments and shopping.
Garden Valley is the gateway to some of Idaho's most rugged and scenic beauty. Mountains, white water rivers, outdoor activities and abundant wildlife are all found in this pristine area located only one hour north from Boise. Garden Valley is a great place to live and play!