Caldwell, Idaho. It is an historic college town located about an hour’s drive west of Idaho’s capital, Boise. It is home to the beloved College of Idaho which is the state’s oldest public educational institution founded in 1889. Around the college campus is the famed Historic district that is home to some of the oldest and most treasured estates in the Treasure Valley, many of which date back to the mid to late 19th century. Caldwell has seen incredible growth the last 20 years, increasing by 100% between the years of 2000 and 2020 according to the Idaho Statesman. To give you a little perspective, the fair city of Caldwell has seen an average yearly growth rate of about 3.2% whereas New York City has seen an average yearly growth rate of about 0.3% in the same period according to worldpopulationreview.com.
What’s Great About Caldwell?
A better question to ask is really, what’s NOT great about Caldwell. Caldwell is uniquely situated in the valley to be close to its rural and historical roots while also having a foot in the 21st century. There is so much area to the west of Caldwell to grow and expand, that the possibilities are virtually endless, until you hit the Oregon border, that is. For real estate prices, houses in Caldwell cost an average of 39% to 45% less for the same square footage found in Boise. The average home price in Caldwell as of March 2020 is about $240,000 while the average home price in Boise for the same period is $350,000. Since most places in Caldwell are close to a freeway onramp, which takes you straight to downtown Boise, buying a house in Caldwell and commuting to Boise makes great sense for your budget. Just make sure to stock up on podcasts and great Spotify playlists as the commute can be an hour or more each way.
Caldwell is also home to some of the best coffee and small eateries in the state. People have been flocking to Bridges Coffee & More located centrally off of 10th street in downtown Caldwell. If you love a good old fashioned greasy spoon breakfast from a family-owned business, then look no further than Mr. V’s Family Restaurant. They serve breakfast all day and have been open since 1971.
If you’re looking for something a little different than great coffee and breakfast foods, then we suggest you check out Orphan Annie’s Bar and Grill. They serve some of the best mix of regional and international favorites, including sweet and sour Mandrin chicken served over rice or a juicy New York steak surf and turf meal with soup, salad, and a baked potato. They have something there for everyone.
For the best south of the border food, you’ll want to check out Amano authentic Mexican food restaurant located just off Main street. They serve handcrafted tortillas, cocktails, and authentic Mexican food from recipes passed down for generations. If you’re in the mood for something more on the fast casual side of Mexican food, you’ll want to dine at Tacos El Rey located off 5th street. They serve inexpensive yet mouth watering items like fresh fish tacos and burritos. They have a homemade sauce selection that will absolutely blow your mind, but not your budget!
Caldwell is a great place to visit that is growing quickly. It has inexpensive real estate, great food, and a beautiful downtown area with a rich history that spans all the way back to the wild west. We can’t wait to see you here!