Can't afford to live in Boise?? You are not alone. Leigh and Rob wanted to take the opportunity to fill you in on some nearby options that you may not have considered. In this video, they dive into the benefits of different areas just outside of Boise and give you an idea of what to expect from each city. We hope that you find this informative and if you have other questions you would like Leigh and Rob to answer, let us know in the comments!
People often want to learn about Boise, Meridian and Eagle, but we are quite a bit bigger than that. We have a lot of areas in the Treasure Valley that tend to get overlooked, and we would like to shine some light on them.
One of our personal favorites is Kuna, Idaho "where growth happens, but simple still exists". This blossoming city has so much to offer with new, high end homes going up daily and all the necessities within just a few miles. Located less than 20 miles from downtown Boise, Kuna boasts big city convenience without the traffic. The outdoor recreation is the icing top for us. Kuna is a short drive to Swan Falls where there is an abundance of hiking, fishing and biking opportunities. For adventure at your back door, you can float the Indian Creek or bike the greenbelt.
Star, Idaho is next on our list for overlooked cities of opportunity. Once known to be rural and somewhat inconvenient, Star is sprouting into a tranquil oasis with a population approaching 12,000. A number of restaurants plus a newly opened Ridley's Family Market allows Star residents to stay close to home. For you nature lovers, do not miss the Riverwalk Park where you can enjoy a nice stroll alongside the Boise River or pick a sub division with it's own private lake like The Lakes at Pristine Meadows or the under construction Heron River.
Nampa, Idaho was known to be a low cost place to live and you had to drive the 20 miles east on I-84 to work in Boise. Now, not so much. Nampa has come into its own offering a great place to live, work and play. You really can do it all here. As the largest city in Canyon County, its population is right at 100,000 and growing. Gone are the days of driving to Boise to do your shopping if you live in Nampa as it now has the Big-Box stores too. Not only are shopping and dining abundant in Nampa, but so is the fun. Lake Lowell is our team's favorite place to visit during the hot summer days. Whether we are cruising the lake in the boat or taking it easy with our paddles boards, we are always enjoying the time spent soaking up the sun at Lake Lowell. Not to mention the lake is surrounded by the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge which offers great hiking and bird watching. The fun does not stop there though; the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa is a complex of sports and entertainment venues that hosts events from car shows to concerts to Professional Bull Riding. (For the boyband fans, Backstreet Boys will be at the Ford Idaho Center Aug. 23rd.)
Drive 10 miles further west on I-84 to arrive at our next stop on the list, Caldwell, Idaho. Here the population is around 55,000 and growing as things tend to spread out from Boise. Now, to be honest, Caldwell has had a bad rap in the recent past. However, within a few years, the city managed to make a huge turnaround attributed to the revitalization of Indian Creek Plaza where you can find family fun year-round ranging from the ice skating rink to concerts and festivals to the Farm to Fork farmers market. Another exciting opportunity to take advantage of in Caldwell is the affordable older houses. In Boise's North End, you could not get the cool older home for under a half million, but in Caldwell, you can find that charmer you are looking for, fix it up and make yourself a home worth a lot of money.
Head north to find Emmett, Idaho located on the Payette River. With a population of roughly 7,000, Emmett is an agricultural town where people go to get away from people. The nearby Black Canyon Reservoir offers 12 miles of shoreline with plenty of boating and fishing opportunities, as well as, camping, swimming and picnicking. Emmett is home to the longest continually running festival in the region, "The Emmett Cherry Festival", held during the second full week of June. For four days the community gathers to celebrate the abundance of our valley with free, family activities, concerts and a parade. If you are looking to enjoy the simple life, Emmett is the place.
Whatever the feel or vibe you are looking for in your hometown, it can be found here in the Treasure Valley. So, give it some thought and know that whichever Gem you decide to settle down in, we are sure you will not be disappointed!