What are the house specifications you need (bed, bath, sq/ft, age, lot size, etc.) What price range of Boise homes are you considering? How far are you willing to commute to work? What do you like to do for recreation and what hobbies do you enjoy? How important are schools in choosing your location?
Answers to these questions can begin shape where you’re likely to find the most desirable Boise homes.
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Below you can find a brief introduction to the various areas of Boise and in a few sentences what they are predominantly known for. Just click the link to get more information as well find the respective homes for sale in that area. The cities below are all within Ada County. Learn more about the these areas in a general sense by visiting this page.
Boise Real Estate Areas
- North Boise: Boise’s “North End” is one of the most desirable communities in Boise. Real Estate in this area offers close access to downtown, the foothills, river, Boise parks, and great schools. Many Boise homes in the North End are older, historic homes, while there are also a number of foothill developments that were mostly built starting the 1960’s, but some of which that still offer new construction today. Homes for sale Boise’s North End tend to be some of the most expensive in the area.
- North East Boise: NE Boise has historic homes for sale, such as those on Warm Springs Blvd., but also a number of foothill developments that have been primarily developed since the 1980’s. These foothill developments have both moderately priced homes, as well as some of the most expensive homes for sale in Boise Idaho. Like N Boise, this area offers close access to all the urban amenities (shopping, restaurants, etc.) and numerous outdoor recreational amenities (Boise River, Green Belt, Boise Foothills, etc.). The schools in this area, as well as N & SE Boise, are among the best.
- South East Boise: SE Boise is a very large, diverse area. Separating NE from SE is the Boise River. As you might imagine, homes for sale near the Boise River tend to be some of the most desirable. Boise State University is also located in SE Boise. Homes for sale near the campus tend to be smaller and more affordable- appealing to many first-time-home-buyers as well as investors. Micron Technology, Idaho’s largest employer, is also located in SE Boise and attracts many workers to the SE area.
- Boise Bench: Located just south of Downtown Boise is the Boise Bench. The Boise Bench derives its name from the geographic plateau that causes it rise higher in elevation than the area just to the North. Homes on the Boise Bench vary greatly and are known to have smorgasbord of home styles and neighborhoods. Homes for sale near the Boise Train Depot, as well as those near Hillcrest Country Club, are some of the most popular locations on the Bench. People drawn to homes in this area tend to prefer the greater home affordability over N, NE, & SE while still enjoying close access to Downtown, the airport and the interstate.
- Downtown Boise: Downtown Boise is the core of the Boise metropolitan area and cultural center of the city, this region is home to a variety of great entertainment features and amenities including shopping, fine dining, a vibrant nightlife, and the iconic Egyptian Theater. Boise homes in this area can be some the most expensive. While there are a few single-family residences, the primary housing style in this area tend to be condos.
- West Boise: Boise real estate development began in this area during 1960′-1980’s. As a result, most of the Boise homes in this area are in more established, suburban type of neighborhoods. The most desirable areas of W. Boise are generally considered to be along the rim, near Mountain View Rd. W. Boise is also home to the Boise Town Square Mall, Idaho’s largest shopping center. Buyers looking for homes for sale in this area of Boise may be pursuing greater purchasing power, will remaining approximately 10-15 minutes from downtown. This area of West Boise extends further to the west, and borders the City of Meridian. Homes in this area were primarily built between 1990 to 2010. Some of the most desirable homes for sale in this area are located near the HP headquarters, between McMillan & Chinden (N – S), and Five Mile & Eagle Rd (E – W).
- Garden City: As a whole, Garden City is not as desirable of location as some of the other regions of Boise. However, there are a few exceptions. One neighborhood in particular is Riverside Village off of Glenwood with it’s mature trees, ponds, and walking paths. This neighborhood is located along a several mile stretch of the Boise river and is home to some of the finest and most expensive homes for sale in Boise.
- NW Boise: NW Boise is another large geographic area and overall a very desirable one. Nearer to downtown are neighborhoods like Planation, which is located along a beautiful 18-hole golf course and the Boise River. Other developments in this area can be can extend up to about 20 minutes away from town, mostly nestled along the Boise foothills. Buyer’s pursuing homes for sale in this area may be looking to be close to the foothills, while retaining more purchasing power than an area like N Boise.
Meridian Real Estate Areas
- North Meridian: North Meridian is considered anything North of I-84 to about Chinden Blvd (bordering Eagle), with boundaries to the sides by the between Eagle Road on the East and Blackcat Road to the West. The homes for sale nearest to the interstate tend to be more entry-level communities while the homes further north tend to get nicer & more luxurious. The NE side of Meridian was mostly built in the early 2000’s. Traveling to NW Meridian the homes were built anywhere from early 2000’s to still new construction today. This area of Meridian has many homes, restaurants, shopping, and more.
- South Meridian: South Meridian is the area South of I-84 between about about Cloverdale Road and Blackcat Road. South Meridian was a bit slower to develop than North Meridian, but today is sought-after area. The people who buy in South Meridian tend to prefer the better interstate access over North Meridian. Most the homes for sale in this area were built starting in the early 2000’s.
Eagle Real Estate Areas
- Eagle is a smaller geographic area and isn’t commonly segmented up in most locals minds by a “North or South”, or “East or West”. However, there are distinctions in Eagle which I’ll broadly paint here:
- North Eagle: North Eagle would be mostly along and in the foothills. These tend to be more acreage properties and horse properties.
- South Eagle: These areas would include the communities and homes for sale along the Boise River.
Kuna Real Estate Areas
- Kuna‘s boundary starts just south of Meridian. The homes for sale in Kuna tend to be less expensive than Boise, Meridian, Eagle, or Star. This is primarily due to it’s location and further proximity some of the bigger city amenities that Boise or Meridian may offer. Many of the communities in Kuna tend to be more entry-level homes for sale, although there are many nice communities and some acreage opportunities as well.
Star Real Estate Areas
- Like Eagle, Star is a smaller area and not normally referred to by “East/West”, etc. However, I’ll draw some broad distinctions below:
- North Star: North Star would be mostly along and in the foothills and include homes on acreage.
- South Star: These areas would include homes for sale along and near the Boise River.