Nestled in the Treasure Valley against the majestic foothills, Boise is part of a thriving metropolitan area of over 550,000 people. Boise is the largest metropolitan area in Idaho, and also the most remote metropolitan area in the United States, fostering a “unique sense of community.” Situated where the high desert meets the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, Boise is the gateway to exceptional recreational opportunities including: world famous white-water rafting, Nordic and Alpine skiing, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, backpacking and camping. Hiking, biking and fishing are popular activities right in the metro area, accessed by miles of greenbelt along the Boise River. The foothills provide trails for hikers and bikers of all abilities.
Boise has won numerous accolades from well-respected publications over the past several years. Many people who are considering a move to the Treasure Valley can’t help but notice the sheer volume of top ten lists that Boise pops up on; from “one of the safest areas in the country” to “best city to start a business”, the appeal of Boise and surrounding areas has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the world. It’s one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, but what really makes Boise a great place to live? One of the answers of what makes Boise a great place to live lies in the true diversity of the area. Boise is many things. Urban and outdoorsy. Wild and relaxing. Where else can you go hiking in the foothills in the morning, have lunch in trendy Hyde Park and go to an outdoor Shakespeare play that same night?
Another obvious reason that Boise has attracted people from all over the country, is a lower-than-average cost of living. Not only is housing more affordable here, but energy costs, food costs and taxes tend to be lower than most other metropolitan regions in the country. Oh, and did we mention the people? The people of Boise are some of the friendliest and generous people you will find in the country. The Boise area is a great place to live, work and visit! Whether it’s the vibrant cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the mild climate, Boise and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. Good jobs, affordable housing and a safe, clean and vibrant downtown all add up to a great place to live.
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Boise Homes For Sale
- $412,000 : 8343 W. Tether, Boise3 beds, 2 baths
- $408,000 : 5656 W Hidden Springs, Boise4 beds, 3 baths
- $399,900 : 12050 W Savage Drive, Boise6 beds, 3 baths
- $301,490 : 12502 W Oneida St., Boise4 beds, 2 baths
- $334,900 : 2713 S Inverness Way, Boise4 beds, 2 baths
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Boise is home to three major medical centers: Saint Alphonsus, Saint Lukes and the VA Medical Center.
St. Luke’s, Idaho’s largest health care provider, is known for its centers of excellence in cancer, heart, and women’s and children’s care. Known for its clinical excellence, St. Luke’s Boise has been nationally recognized for quality and patient safety, and is proud to be designated a Magnet hospital, the gold standard for nursing care.
Saint Alphonsus Health System is a four-hospital regional healthcare provider with over 4,300 associates and a 950+ medical staff which serve 700,000 people. Saint Alphonsus is anchored by the only Level II Trauma Center in the region. Saint Alphonsus Health System is comprised of medical centers in Boise, Nampa, Ontario, and two stand alone emergency departments in Eagle and Nampa.
Boise VA Medical Center is dedicated to working toward one purpose – fulfilling your needs as a patient. The Boise VAMC provides highly sophisticated primary and secondary care with some tertiary services. The Vet Center and Veterans Benefits Office are both located in Boise.
Boise has a diverse choice of educational options for kindergarten through high school, which includes traditional public schools, public charter schools, public magnet schools and private schools. The Boise School District includes 31 schools, 8 junior high schools, 5 high schools and 2 specialty schools. Part of Boise is within the West Ada School District, which is now the largest district in Idaho. Boise private schools include: Catholic Bishop Kelly, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, and the International Baccalaureate-accredited Riverstone International School.
Post-secondary educational options in Boise include Boise State University (BSU) and a wide range of technical schools. The University of Idaho (UI) and Idaho State University (ISU) each maintain a satellite campus in Boise. As of 2014, the city has two law school programs. The Concordia University School of Law opened in 2012 and the University of Idaho College of Law now hosts second and third year students at its Boise Campus. Boise is home to Boise Bible College, an undergraduate degree-granting college that exists to train leaders for churches as well as missionaries for the world.
Economy and Transportation
Boise is the headquarters for several major companies, such as Boise Cascade LLC, Albertsons, J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, Idaho Timber, WinCo Foods, Bodybuilding.com, and Clearwater Analytics. Other major industries are headquartered in Boise or have large manufacturing facilities present. The state government is also one of the city’s largest employers. The area’s largest private, locally based, publicly traded employer is Micron Technology. Others include IDACORP, Inc., the parent company of Idaho Power, Idaho Bancorp, Boise, Inc., American Ecology Corp., and PCS Edventures.com Inc.
Technology investment and the high-tech industry have become increasingly important to the city, with businesses including Hewlett Packard, Healthwise, Bodybuilding.com, CradlePoint, Crucial.com, ClickBank, MetaGeek, MobileDataForce, MarkMonitor, Sybase, Balihoo, Intracon NA, Wirestone.com and Microsoft. The call center industry is also a major source of employment; there are over 20 call centers in the city employing more than 7,000 people, including WDSGlobal (a Xerox company), EDS, Teleperformance, DIRECTV, Taos and T-Mobile.
Shopping and Recreation
A number of recreational opportunities are available in Boise, including extensive hiking and biking in the foothills, an extensive urban trail system, and the Boise River is a common destination for fishing, swimming and rafting. The cornerstone mall in Boise, Boise Towne Square Mall, is also a major shopping attraction for Boise and surrounding areas. The mall received upgrades and added several new retailers in 2006. Zoo Boise has over 200 animals representing over 80 species from around the world and recently completed an Africa exhibit. Boise is also home to the Idaho Aquarium. The Bogus Basin ski area opened in 1942 and hosts multiple winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snow tubing. “Bogus” is 16 miles from the city limits (less than an hour drive from downtown).
Sports teams in Boise include the Boise Hawks (baseball), the Idaho Steelheads (hockey), the Idaho Stampede (basketball), and the Treasure Valley Spartans (football). The Boise State University campus is home to Albertsons Stadium, the 36,800 seat football stadium known for its blue Field Turf field; and Taco Bell Arena, a 12,000 seat basketball and entertainment venue. Boise State University is known primarily for the recent successes of its football team.
Ada County Single-Family Home Activity
- There were 1,168 pending sales in November 2016, which is up 1.4% from November 2015.
- There were 846 closed sales in November 2016, which was 34.5% higher than in November 2015.
- The median sales price in November 2016 was $245,000, up 2.1% from November 2015.
- There were 2.0 months supply of inventory in November 2016, which is down 23.1% from November 2015
The low inventory of homes for sale in Ada County has driven home prices for months now. In November 2016, there were only 1,730 homes for sale in Ada County, just 66 more than the historic low point of 1,664 in January 2013. Compared to a year ago, inventory in November was down 9.8%, but between October 2016 and November 2016, it dropped 21.3%, with 220 fewer homes for sale. The lack of existing home inventory pulled new construction inventory down 0.2% from last year. There were only 868 existing homes for sale in November 2016, a 17.7% drop from last year at this time, and 22.2% lower than in October 2016.
One of the metrics used to determine demand vs. supply is Months Supply of Inventory. A balanced market—not favoring buyers or sellers—is typically between 4-6 months of supply. In November 2016, the Months Supply of Inventory for Ada County was only 2 months and less than 1 month for existing homes priced below $250,000. Canyon County’s inventory was down compared to last year, as well, but not to historic levels. In November 2016, there were 903 homes for sale in Canyon County, down 5.3% from November 2015 and 8.0% less than October 2016. Existing home inventory was down 22.7% from last year, but new construction in Canyon County was actually up 23.9%. Months Supply of Inventory for Canyon County was at 2.6 months in November 2016, when looking at the market as a whole. It was at 1.6 months for existing homes and at 7.6 for new construction.