Boise Idaho Remains One Of The Best Places To Live In The U.S.

Boise Idaho Remains One Of The Best Places To Live In The U.S.

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David McCauley moved to Boise 13 years ago. A 48-year-old working in the Information Technology industry, he grew up on the East coast and is extremely happy with his decision to relocate his family. For David, the ready access to skiing in the nearby mountains, fishing in the Boise River, and chasing the rapids in a kayak has made it all worthwhile.

David an avid mountain biker loves the facts that, even living downtown, the bike trails start just outside his door. His kids love the fact that they can ride their own bikes safely throughout the city. Boise is a blend of outdoor activities in an urban environment.

Living In Boise

Boise has been growing rapidly and the city has worked to keep up with its rising population. Dozens of high-tech startups have joined Hewlitt-Packard and Micron Technology to make the city into another center of IT innovation.  Education, health care, and government jobs remain core industries. To protect against the pitfalls of its rapid population gain, Boise has worked hard to limit the impact of the doubling population over the past 30 years.

While Native Idahoans may be unhappy with some of the changes, they stay because the city has so much to offer. Nearly 2,000 park acres exist within the city limits and a 25-mile long greenway makes for a great commute. More suburban areas are a bit bland and cookie cutter, but the city is filled with older, more established neighborhoods filled with farmers' markets, loads of bikers, and affordable homes.

Boise Playgrounds

Developers are making sure that Boise residents have plenty to do. There are already a few play waves in existence and plans for a $67-million white water park are in place. The truly adventurous have the opportunity to fulfill an item on their bucket list by heading for the white waters of the Payette and Salmon Rivers.

With a robust biking scene and a large triathlon community already in place, there is plenty of opportunity for competition and companionship.  Nordic and Alpine skiing is just 16 miles away at the Bogus Basin Ski Area. The climb to the top is a great road trip all by itself. Boise's surrounding brown hillsides are packed with hiking and mountain biking trails stretching for more than 135 miles.

The Northend Neighborhood

Boise's premier neighborhood, which is of course the Northend, offers all the amenities that can be dreamed of. Rich in walk able restaurants and coffee houses, the downtown is readily available by bike. Residents enjoy planting veggies in the welcoming community garden and love hitting the single track located at the end of the block to unwind after work.


The Boise Greenbelt

Life in Boise is centered around the river. A 26-mile greenbelt follows the path of the Boise River and bisects the downtown area. Residents find that it is simple to access the many city parks, trails, bridges, and the outside amphitheater when they travel on the greenbelt.

Area residents echo this sentiment. Sarah Mello enjoys the fact that she has access to a white water park just minutes from her home when she uses the greenbelt. Greg Smith uses it to access his favorite Salmon fishing hole. He says that he will accept all bets that there is a single Boise resident who hasn't spent at least one day floating, kayaking, or just playing on the city's river or its banks.

Readers report enjoying plenty of activities off the water as well. The free summer series include:  Alive After Five, the local farmers' market, and the single track for bikers and hikers runs between the Ridge and the Rivers trail system. While the politics tend mostly towards the conservative side, liberals find that they still love the area and its people. However, Boise State University Sports are part of the culture as well as the blue turf that is the trademark of the Broncos.

A Night On The Town

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been in continuous operation since 1977. They built a 770-seat amphitheater on the Boise River in 1998. Area residents head out on a summer evening for a river-side picnic to enjoy the cool breezes before heading in to see the play. Lisa McMillan, an employee at the Boise Public Library enjoys doing this at least once a year.

Best Saturday Itinerary

Ask Boise residents what they like to do with their free time in the city and you'll get some wildly varied responses. Tubing the Boise from Barber Park all the way to the Ann Morrison Park is a great way to start the day. After drying off, head to one of the area brew pubs like Highlands Hollow!  Skyeler Theener claims Bardenays is the Best Pub for relaxing by the River!  Skyeler is a waiter at Bardenays and says you won’t be disappointed with the ambiance.

What $199 Will Get You?

The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is just 16 miles outside of Boise. Each year, during the month of February, the 2,600 acre not-for-profit ski resort offers a deep discount as part of its commitment to provide mountain recreation that is affordable and accessible to area residents.

There are more than 3,900 people currently living in downtown Boise who enjoy shopping at the 300 area retail venues. Most of the 90 restaurants are locally owned and operated. There are six distinct districts in the city and the downtown area is by far the largest.



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Randy & Doyelene Gridley
Silvercreek Realty Group
1099 S Wells St. Suite 200
Meridian ID 83642
Randy's Direct Office: 208-859-7060
Fax: 208-323-8081

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