Boise, ID, the state's capital city, has a population of 215,000 and continues to grow. People move to the City of Trees for a fast-paced metropolitan lifestyle along with its charm and small-town friendliness. The city has an affordable cost of living, low crime rate, good schools and diverse economy, and the median price for a house in Boise is $208,000. It only took an average of 59 days to sell a home in 2014. We turned to Boise real estate expert Aaron Williams, owner of Greater Boise Real Estate and a realtor with Silvercreek Realty Group, to help us determine the best neighborhoods in Boise.
If you're moving to Boise, here are five neighborhoods to keep in mind when looking for a home:
Boise's tree-lined North End features many of the city's older houses, with several of them constructed from 1910 to 1930. Perhaps the most attractive thoroughfare in this district is Harrison Boulevard, with numerous homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another nice residential area is Hyde Park, and also in the district is a gathering spot called Camel’s Back Park that provides great views of downtown Boise.
Warm Springs/East End
Warm Springs Avenue is an East End thoroughfare that features Boise's largest and most expensive homes – many of them Victorian – with fine schools nearby and an overall high quality of life. Residents have quick access to attractions like the south-central Idaho mountains, the Boise Foothills and Boise River.
“An interesting aspect of Warm Springs is that hot springs run underground through much of that area, which allows residents to heat and provide water for their homes at very low prices,” Williams says.
Attractive, upscale areas extending from Boise State University to Micron Technology encompass Southeast Boise, where residents enjoy proximity to outdoor amenities like the Greenbelt, Boise River and several parks. One of the newer Southeast Boise subdivisions is Bown Crossing, featuring 92 units, ponds, and 59,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
“Southeast Boise is known for quiet neighborhoods, with most of them constructed over the past 30 years,” Williams says. “Residents have easy access to boating and other watersports activities at nearby Lucky Peak Reservoir.”
Just east of the East End section of Boise is Harris Ranch, a subdivision that has experienced lots of development during the past two to three years.
“Harris Ranch is constructing several smaller communities within the one overall large subdivision,” Williams says. “It’s a beautiful development, and residents also have the convenience of being near Idaho State Highway 21.”
At the base of the foothills and north of State Street heading toward the city of Eagle is Northwest Boise, with several old and new subdivisions.
“This part of Boise is a great place to live,” Williams says. “There is excellent scenery, including Lake Harbor that offers many waterway activities. And like much of Boise, there are outdoor trails and several other spots to enjoy nature and solitude.”