If what you’re looking for in a new Meridian home is a little bit of land, and not a lot of commercial development, then the southwest portion of the town is for you. Bounded roughly to the north by the freeway, the east by Meridian Road, the south by Lake Hazel Road, and the west by McDermott Road, this part of Meridian is home to gently undulating swaths of land largely covered in corn and wheat crops as well as a few dairy farms. Because of the slightly higher elevation here, both the Owyhee Mountains to the southwest, and Bogus Basin to the northeast are visible almost everywhere in this portion of Meridian.
If you are looking for a starter home several smaller, new developments have popped up among the low hills and corn fields. For those wanting to set up on a bit more space, older established neighborhoods offer well-built homes on spacious lots with tall trees that overhang and shade, keeping air-conditioning costs down in the summer. If you’ve a bit of the hobby farmer in you, and you’d like a cow or two and some chickens, multi-acre lots give you the opportunity to make sure you know just where your food comes from. But, if none of that is what you want; if instead you’d like a grand home, a large plot with sweeping views, landscaped grounds and a gardener, then southwest Meridian has that too!
While this part of town is “out in the country,” a short drive to the north will get you to the largest waterpark in Idaho, a brand new climbing facility that is home to a 65 foot climbing wall, and the only medical school in Idaho, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. Regular amenities like The Majestic movie theatre, hotels, and grocery stores are close by. On Overland Road the main east/west thoroughfare in this neck of the woods, several local food purveyors including Stella's Ice Cream, the Griddle, Biscuits and Hogs, Sofra Bosnian Grill and the Human Bean Coffee Drive Thru have become popular and well-established venues.
But if you want to get even further “out in the country," The Lavender Merchant Lavender farm operates a few miles to the south in Kuna. Every summer they host a lavender festival where you can pick your own lavender and enjoy craft vendors and food. About 20 miles further to the southeast the Peregrine Fund’s World Center for Birds of Prey is a wonderful educational experience with live bird presentations, educational tours and hands-on experiences with birds of prey from all over the world.
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