Best Places to Live in Boise

Over the past few years, Boise, Idaho, repeatedly made it to the top of best cities to live in the United States lists, which explains why people all over the country are looking to relocate to the Treasure Valley.

A good place to live

There a many good reasons to move to Boise, starting with a good atmosphere and an excellent overall quality of life. People deciding to leave overpriced crime-ridden big cities are drawn to the quiet life in Boise, which offers cheap(er) housing, low unemployment and short commutes.

The City of Trees combines small-town friendliness and fast-paced lifestyle, which makes it easy for new residents to adapt and feel comfortable in their new environment.

At the same time, Boise boasts highly-regarded schools, one of the top criteria for people considering moving to another city.

Another plus is the city’s excellent location, within easy reach of spectacular natural areas and a pleasant climate, which allows residents to bike and raft during summer, and go skiing in the winter.

Here’s a look at the best areas to live in Boise.

North End

Located just a bit north of the city’s downtown, North End is considered the best part of Boise, with many historic buildings and houses dating back to the 19th century.

To get you a feeling of why the North End is so attractive, let’s just mention its large, peaceful tree-lined streets, the proximity to good schools, quiet little parks to take the kids for an outing, and a good number of amenities.

Boise Bench

An old residential neighborhood, Boise Bench is expected to one day overtake the North End zone in popularity. Boise Bench offers some of the most spectacular views of the city, especially if you’re lucky enough to find a house in the area between Houston Road and Garden Street. For all its old city feel, Boise Bench is rapidly becoming a hot-spot of hipster culture.

Northwest Boise

Just west of the city centre, Northwest Boise is one of the best places to live as it offers many smaller houses, at a still affordable price, a vital aspect to take into consideration in a city where housing prices are rapidly growing. The Northwest Boise areas offers lush green gardens and great mountain views, but also vibrant areas with new, high-end townhouses.

Southeast Boise

This is essentially a residential neighborhood, an area where residents enjoy proximity to such outdoor amenities as the Boise River Greenbelt, where people like to go fishing, and several carefully-maintained parks. One of the best areas to live in is Columbia Village, a planned community featuring a recreation center, complete with a gym and a pool. If you’re looking to buy a house, Old South Boise Village is your best bet in Southeast Boise. The houses are relatively low-priced as they are closer to the airport, which can be a minus, but also a plus.

East End

This is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the City of Trees and it’s close to Boise State University. Despite it’s awe-inspiring name, the Old Penitentiary Venue is a fascinating historic area, where you can take your time and roam the old streets or chill at one of the many restaurants, not to mention you can always relax in the Botanical Garden.

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