Moving to Twin Falls and Southern Idaho? Where to Buy a House
No matter what kind of house you're looking for, chances are this vast region has it.
If you’re looking to buy a house in Twin Falls and Southern Idaho, this region has just the right place for you – whether you’re quite particular and require a certain style, feel and square footage, or are just looking for a comfortable living space where you and your family can thrive.
Southern Idaho, which includes Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Minidoka, Cassia, Jerome and Twin Falls counties, offers variety and affordability in many categories.
“The total (size of these seven counties) is 8,086 square miles, which is larger than the states of Massachusetts, New Jersey or Hawaii, or the combined size of Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island,” says Fran Florence, a founding member of Westerra Real Estate Group. “So, it is quite diverse in terrain, housing options and even weather.”
“The low taxes, low cost of utilities, child care, food and entertainment, and especially the inexpensive access to the great outdoors make living and playing very affordable.”
Fran Florence, a founding member of Westerra Real Estate Group
As far as housing options, the market ranges from a country setting and small-town living to a more suburban and small-city urban setting. But despite their differences in offerings, the communities aren’t siloed.
“In the West, where there are miles and miles of open ground, there is still a connection between the communities, and the central hub of most business and services is located in the city of Twin Falls. Even the farthest reaches of these various counties are barely more than an hour’s travel away,” Florence says.
Ready to move to Twin Falls and Southern Idaho? Let’s dig a little deeper into some of the region’s counties.
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Located at the foot of the beautiful Soldier Mountain, Camas County offers peace and quiet, as it is home to just over 1,000 residents and is one of Idaho’s least populated counties.
In fact, the area is a popular place for urban dwellers to buy second homes, according to Florence. One example of a home you might find is a four-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-story log cabin in Fairfield. While slightly higher in cost at approximately $645,000, the views of the mountains and wildlife can’t be beaten.
Lincoln and Gooding Counties
Think of Lincoln and Gooding as sibling counties, as they both boast a rural feel and plenty of acreage. Here, you can find gorgeous ranchettes as well as a few newer subdivisions, according to Florence.
Plus, a range of houses and lots at varying costs can be found throughout Shoshone in Lincoln County.
Minidoka and Cassia Counties
Minidoka and Cassia counties, which are separated by the Snake River, offer a variety of luxury homes with boat docks.
Burley, located in both counties, is home to several new subdivisions and affordable neighborhoods. Many new homes, for example, can be found in Glacier Park, where a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home could be found for about $300,000.
Twin Falls and Jerome Counties
Twin Falls and Jerome counties share the same canyon. They are perfect for those looking to live in a rural setting, while being close in proximity to the city of Twin Falls.
As one of the state’s most populated counties, Twin Falls offers a variety of housing options, depending on where you are in the county. For example, the north end of the county provides canyon living, while the south end boasts more of a farming/ranch scene.
And inside the city of Twin Falls, residents are met with a walkable downtown and a variety of housing options, including quaint townhomes (a great place to look is Cedar Park & Canyon Falls Townhomes).
Additionally, new apartments are coming near Downtown Twin Falls Commons. The development, which was announced in October 2021, will include 44 apartments as well as retail and restaurant space below.
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