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Few places offer the diversity of housing opportunities that one can find in Idaho. The location of the Boise metro area offers four distinct seasons. In the summer, temperatures range from the upper nineties to the lower sixties. Summers are dry and especially delightful in the evenings into the late mornings. Depending on where you’re from, winters are moderately cold with little or occasional snow. Spring and Fall are mild and the favorite times of year to go exploring much of Idaho, especially if mountain biking, camping, and fishing are at the tops of your recreational interests. With an average of 220 sunny days, low humidity and just 12.1 inches of precipitation, the climate here is ideal for spending time outside. Weather in the Treasure Valley is influenced by Pacic weather patterns, which helps moderate temperature extremes.

Build Idaho is the most comprehensive real estate guide in Southern Idaho for property across the Treasure Valley. Learn more about the local communities including Eagle, Meridian, Star, Kuna, Nampa, Caldwell, and Middleton. Are you searching for land, building lots, condominiums, townhomes, new homes, or historic spaces to call your own? Customize your house search by location and lifestyle. Narrow your criteria by price and the number of bedrooms you want.


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How to find homes for sale in 2022

  1. Find a house you love and make a solid offer
  2. If you were not able to win the house, repeat step 1.

Boise home buyers lined up the second week of January already determined to make homeownership theirs in 2022. REALTORS® see spring as the main buying season but for the last two years it started early and does not slow down until Thanksgiving.

7 Habits of Idaho Home Buyers

Whether you are looking to move across town or relocating to an area from around the world, the Build Idaho real estate team is here to help you find your ideal home. We have created the most comprehensive real estate resource and some of the most intuitive home searches to help in your search whether you are looking for a cheap house for sale, homes for sale with a view, new homes or 1-acre properties.

Build Idaho’s advanced search tools including lifestyle searches and a new construction database that allow you to filter results to your needs. You can even search for homes that have a pool, properties just listed for sale, or draw your own search area on a map to refine your results by location. We are also an active and successful real estate team that frequently has off-market opportunities.

Once you’ve narrowed down your search to the properties you like, save your custom search by creating an account; then receive daily updates when new matches hit the market. Finding the perfect home has never been easier!



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This darling charmer is as clean as can be! It's the Birkdale plan by Tresido Homes! Amazing single, open floor plan with a grand entry. Tray ceilings in living room with shiplap and beams provide an open feeling. Beautiful LVP flooring throughout living room, kitchen & hallways. Kitchen has quartz counters, tile backslash, large island, custom white cabinets, big pantry & a coffee bar area. Darling brick fireplace to cozy up next to in the winter. Split bedroom plan. Office with a closet could also be a be
Amidst the picturesque Boise Foothills, this renovated gem offers a tranquil escape from city life, yet is just minutes from downtown Boise. Surrounded by ample land, the property features a new roof (2022), new siding, interior paint, AC and furnace, new first-floor windows, and a new garage door. The recently renovated kitchen boasts a charming farm sink, while the master ensuite provides a luxurious sanctuary. Real fireplaces on both levels add warmth and character. An electrical sub-panel in the garage
This beautiful home has recently been updated and is move-in ready! Great layout with 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a fabulous flow for everyday living and entertaining. Lots of big windows, including 4 skylights that let in all the natural light. You will appreciate the updates including a new roof installed just 6 months ago, a new water heater and LVP flooring. Enjoy the privacy of the fenced backyard on this over-sized lot in a culdesac. Park all of your toys in the 3-car garage! Fantastic location in
This West Boise gem will impress at every angle. A warm and inviting kitchen and living room provide easy entertaining and the large master suite is its own private oasis, with dual vanities and closets, soaker tub, with an additional nook that is perfect for lounging. The quiet back yard on the shaded back streets make it easy to relax, and easy to maintain. The west bench strikes a balance of location, relaxing ambiance, quiet back streets, and connectivity to all that Boise provides.
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Buying a Home


The Treasure Valley offers an unparalleled quality of life not found anywhere else in the nation. That statement isn’t unsubstantiated hype either. It’s the reason Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the country. Boise has a lot of things going for it: an urban/metropolitan economic and educational base, affordable cost-of-living, an extraordinary business-friendly environment, four mild and distinct seasons, and plenty of public wilderness and natural beauty that allows a lifetime of weekend adventures. Maybe you want to buy a home in the mountains?

In Boise Idaho, a home search is about lifestyle! The home is very important but it is more about the intrinsic values of the home's features and location. 
Outdoor living is something people want so shaded patios, firepits, and pools can truly set a home apart. Family time is treasured so open floorplans, gourmet kitchens & islands, family rooms, or movie rooms are something people value for memory-making and bonding spaces. Personal spaces like the master spa, at-home-office, and dedicated workout room are personalizations that attract buyers at many price points, not just the affluent.
Buyers are also paying attention to location and looking for how it will improve the way they live. Greenbelts and other outdoor opportunities expand the livability space of a home make living more fun. Having a community pool, park, tot-lot can also help a family get more out of where they live.
In a busy world with many divisions, having purposeful reasons to connect is becoming more important.

We sure hope you like your friends and family. Living in the Boise area gives you a lot more free time and adventure opportunities. One of the first things people notice—especially if they’re from a major metro—is that their commute time is significantly reduced, which means more time enjoying life. Enjoy parks, local restaurants, hikes and so many other opportunities throughout the year.

Whether you are traveling to work, shuttling kids to activities, or just getting out, you will appreciate the ease of getting around. The average commute time to get to work is under 30 minutes. You will also appreciate the grid system of roads which makes it very easy to understand where things are located once you learn the major crossroads. While real estate is all about location, understanding that we don't live in traffic may extend your home search area.

As you might imagine, our team fields quite a few questions every day. We love questions because they show that you are willing to learn. People are naturally curious about buying and selling homes as it can be a very personal decision and can get complex. It’s an agent’s job to guide and advise clients through the process and answer all of their questions along the way. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or repeat buyer who could use a refresher about Idaho real estate, here are some answers to the questions that come up most often. If you don't see your question on here or would like more information, call our real estate agents at 208.219.7683. We'd love to hear from you!

Frequently Asked Questions


How much house can I afford?

This is the most important detail of them all! You need to clearly understand how much house you can buy, what it will take to purchase the house, and what financing looks like for you in terms of monthly payments and upfront costs.

Getting pre-approved for a mortgage is truly the first step of the home buying process. Here’s why:

  1. You need to know how much you can borrow which then starts defining your home search, thus no time is wasted considering homes that are not within your budget. Getting pre-qualified also helps prevent disappointment caused by falling in love with unaffordable homes.
  2. A home loan estimate from your lender will show how much money is required for the down payment and closing costs. You may need more time to save money, liquidate other assets or seek mortgage gift funds from your family. In any case, you will have a clear picture of what is financially required.
  3. Providing a Seller your Pre-Approved for a mortgage demonstrates that you are a serious buyer when making an offer

Resource: Mortgage Calculator

Should I Understand My Funding Options Before Looking for Houses?

The short answer to this is yes, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. Knowing the mortgage value you can afford to take out will allow you to search for properties exclusively within your budget, saving you much time and effort. In addition, there will be additional costs to purchasing a house you may not be aware of, such as taxes and insurance premiums. A mortgage professional will be able to advise you on the following, get you pre-approved if necessary, and start you on your homeownership journey.

Resource: Home Loan Professionals

Can I buy a home and sell my current one at the same time?

Yes, we regularly help clients figure this out. We understand you don't want to be homeless! While today’s hot housing market might make selling your home easier, it could also make buying one much more challenging.

Since no dream home is worth getting stuck with two mortgages, you need to learn how to successfully buy a home and sell your home at the same time. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered.

One common tactic of buying and selling a home at the same time is writing into the contract a contingency clause. When you make an offer on your new home, you can make the purchase contingent (or dependent) on the sale of your current home. This contingency protects you from having to pay on two mortgages.

Contingency offers are not as strong as one without contingencies in a strong seller’s market. Sellers often receive multiple bids for their homes, and an offer with too many contingencies can easily knock you out of the running—and an unsold home is just about as big as a contingency gets.

Your real estate agent can advise you on whether or not a contract contingency is a good idea in your case. A lot will depend on your buying and selling timeline—but more on that later. Another common strategy is negotiating a rent-back period.

Are you trying to time the real estate market for your next home purchase?

We all want to find a house that meets our needs and is a great deal. Boise has been a seller's market for years now, so finding an underpriced home is rare. Many times, underpriced homes are sought out first, which then drives the price up. The Boise marketplace is hot and there is no indication that the demand is slowing down locally, especially after Covid 19. Currently, many homes for sale are seeing multiple offers.

Resource: Market Insights

How to define your priorities in a home search.

What is most important to you and your family? What type of lifestyle do you want to have, and how will where you live affect that? Do you need to live near childcare or schools? Where are homes that interest you in proximity to work? Are you wanting to live in the foothills, along the Boise River, out in the desert, or near Lake Lowell? Are you looking for more rural, more city, mountain living, or something in between? Clearly identifying what is important to you is also helpful to your agent so they can truly help you find the ideal home.

Resource: Home Buyer Representation

How important is location?

Real Estate is driven by location but people are also getting very focused on getting close to what they love most: hiking, biking, fishing, retail therapy, or living far away from it all. People are moving to Idaho for its lifestyle. There is more to life than a job! Also, there is way more to do beyond the driveway.

How much land do you want and what will you do with it?

Do you want a smaller yard or possibly zero-scape? Are you looking for acreage or something with no neighbors? Some communities offer patio homes or townhomes where mowing is included in the HOA dues. Some people dream of having a large yard. Remember that a yard can take a lot of time between mowing and weeding the garden which may require more than you actually want to commit to year-round. As a note, land closer to Boise is more expensive and you are likely to find larger acreage parcels further away from the city. We recommend looking a little further out if you are looking for larger lots or acreage, although older homes are more likely to have larger yards.

How would you describe your house?

The possibilities are vast: Condominiums to farms & ranches; historical homes to brand new houses; near water to elevated panoramic mountain views. Is it a modern farmhouse, mid-century, or a log cabin? One thing about finding the perfect home is that it has to resonate with you. It needs to feel like home and be a house that tells people who you are. Pride is a big part of the decision. It has to be a place you want to show off whether you are entertaining friends or hosting a business dinner. Note: Keep in mind that you may have to find a balance between what you want and what you can afford today.

Is your home for sale today?

The more specific your search gets, the harder it gets to find that perfect house. Sometimes, a person is looking for a specific feature, location, or design element but it may not be listed for sale yet. Most home searches allow you to enter any number of criteria so you can narrowly identify what you are looking for. Depending on your situation, patience, and motivation, your home may be for sale tomorrow.

Is Renting or Buying A Better Option for me?

Sometimes, you may feel like the best option is to continue renting because that’s what you have been doing for years. But sit back and think about what you truly want. Do you intend to continue staying in this property for years to come? If so, you are better off buying. With favorable interest rates and affordable monthly payments, you will end up spending more in the long run if you keep renting. That’s not to say that renting cannot be more suitable under certain circumstances.

Should I Wait for My Current Home to Sell Before Buying A New One?

It’s possible to do it both ways. We explain the pros and cons of each:

  • Wait for your current home to sell: Although this will put you in the best position to negotiate when buying a new home, the danger with this is that you don’t know exactly when your current home will sell. It could take months or even years. Another risk you run is that you may end up without a place to live if your current home sells and you have yet to secure a new property.
  • Buy a new home before your current one sells: This can give you the security that you already have a move scheduled and a place to live, reducing much stress. However, this may cause a new problem where you are unable to make payments on your new home if your current one has yet to sell.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer; the best option for you will depend on your individual needs and concerns.

How do I know if the property is a good deal?

The Build Idaho Real Estate Team is very successful, we have helped more than 600 families buy/sell property since 2019. Working with a full-time agent who is familiar with the current market is powerful. Between their experience and expertise and insights from our team, we have our finger on the pulse of the market and are glad to share our experience. We also have access to an entire database of real estate information so we can do a market valuation on any property.

How Much Does a Real Estate Agent Cost? Is It Worth It?

Commissions are normally included in the price of a home by the seller and their agent. When you are buying or selling a house, you’re dealing with such a huge amount of money that one slight error could cost you tens of thousands of dollars, which can lead to months of migraines. So there’s no wonder why over 90% of all buyers and sellers last year chose to work with a real estate professional.

But how much does a real estate agent cost and more importantly, is it worth it? Maybe you’re dreaming about how much cash you could pocket if you don’t hire an agent? We get it, everyone wants to save money! But you might be disappointed at how little you save if you skip out on having an experienced professional consulting and guiding you through the process. So, before you decide if an agent is worth the cost, let’s consider all of the value a great agent and real estate team provides.

  • Your real estate agent has your back whether you're a buyer or a seller. Agents have what's known as a "fiduciary" responsibility to their clients. They are legally obligated to put their clients' best interests first
  • Your agent understands how to write and negotiate a contract that protects your best interest.
  • Buyers usually have a pretty firm idea in mind of what they want in a property: from the number of bedrooms to an attached garage, to any number of other must-have and must-not-have factors. You'll probably feel pretty comfortable looking at homes with that list tucked firmly in the back of your mind. But your agent will be alert for issues that might not cross your mind, such as property boundaries, furnace issues, leaks, roofing problems, and mold and insect issues. An agent will recognize the telltale signs of these problems and know how best to approach them. Again, this experience and knowledge can end up saving you thousands down the road.
  • Agents and Transactions Coordinators make sure that all the deadlines are met. They schedule inspections, coordinate with title & escrow, communicate with the other agent about questions that arise, verify that the lender is on task, and provide all documents needed at closing


Henry Ford once said that it proves that you're smarter than they are when you hire people who are smarter than you. The trick is to recognize when you need help and to find the right person.

Should I get a home inspection?

The answer is yes, even if it is a brand new home! Home inspections help you in so many ways.

  1. You do not want to move in and find out that your new home is going to require immediate repairs.
  2. While everything may seem to be in working order, an inspection can make you aware of future problems
  3. An inspection verifies the structure is sound as well.
  4. An inspection not only verifies you are buying a home that is as you expect but if it is not, it is reasonable to either walk away or negotiate.


Ask your agent about a Home Warranty as well!

Should I Hire A Real Estate Agent?

Whether you are buying or selling your home – or both – there are many benefits to be gained from engaging an experienced real estate agent such as Build Idaho. We make the process easier for you in numerous ways. This includes:

  • For buyers: We have a wide range of listings to suit different budgets and lifestyle needs located within various areas of Idaho.
  • For sellers: We can value your home accurately and reach out to a long list of prospective buyers. From professional photography and videography to staging services, you can be assured that your home will be painted in the best possible light in preparation for sale.
How long does it take to buy a home?

Most people start looking long before they are ready to purchase. Once you identify a home it generally takes 1 to 3 three days to negotiate and get an offer accepted. Part of the offer will include a closing date. The time needed to close on a house is mostly determined by how you are buying the property. If you are paying cash it can be within a week, as long as there are no title issues. If you are working with a lender, they will recommend how much time they need to finish all the paperwork including documents from you (bank statements, employment, and income verification, etc) send to underwriting and, forward to the Title & Escrow Company to prepare all the legal documents.

Should I buy instead of rent?

There are several major financial benefits of buying a home rather than renting a house or apartment:

  1. Tax breaks
  2. Financial gains
  3. Home value appreciation
  4. Equity
  5. Capital gains
  6. Freedom
  7. Security
  8. A sense of pride

Are you ready to buy? Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I have a steady job?
  2. Have I been steadily employed for the last two to three years?
  3. Is my current income reliable for the foreseeable future?
  4. Do I have a positive bill-paying history?
  5. Do I have few outstanding long-term debts, like car payments? Are they under control?
  6. Have I saved for a down payment?
How is the real estate market right now?

The Boise home values have been appreciating consistently since 2011.
The city and surrounding communities have been getting regularly national recognition as a great place to live, work, and play for nearly 2 decades.
The local real estate market depends on new construction to meet the demand for housing. We need more inventory of homes for sale to bring appreciation back into something of a 'normal' market.

Real Estate Market Real Time Report

What makes a house a luxury home?

Idaho Luxury Homes for Sale

Price and size are probably the first things that come to mind when it comes to luxury homes, but what goes into that price? Does it have a spectacular view? How many acres are included and what special features are included? What is the architectural style? What materials were used in the construction and finishes? The list can be exhaustive and personal for each luxury home across southern Idaho.

Luxury homes tend to be located in exclusive areas, sitting on larger lots, constructed and finished with high-end materials, and with infinite attention to detail. These homes have been designed with uncommon architectural details, and features that accentuate the owner's lifestyle and tastes, enhancing their extravagant feel.

You cannot expect first-class results from average plans nor builders who don't understand the expectations of buyers looking to build a truly one-of-a-kind dream home. Also, an interior designer that can tie it all together can be important.

These homes typically possess several distinctive qualities.

1. Premium Location

High-end luxury homes are built in the most envious locations. In Southern Idaho, it is the Boise foothills and mountains, the Boise River and Snake River, and elevated lots that help create the setting for prestige. Whether they’re situated high above others, on waterfront property, or at the center of a bustling city, these homes are found in prime locations. Sometimes, prestigious locations may also mean remote or away from the public to enhance your privacy.

2. Higher Price

There are definitely neighborhoods and areas that are more coveted to live in. While high-end homes are often found in these more desirable areas, they tend to command a higher price than even nearby properties. These high price tags come with more amazing amenities that other subdivisions don't offer, including tennis courts, executive golf courses, private lakes (not just ponds), access to BLM land, and even schools.

3. Premium Materials

Quality is everything. These homes must look like they will be here for generations because they will. The entire property must be constructed and finished with premium materials, it doesn’t matter how many rooms it has. Premium material also requires the area's master craftsmen to do the work. Luxury homes are not built by the lowest bidder. These homes are carefully constructed to reflect every cent of the premium price tag.

4. Greater Square Footage 

Size matters a great deal to luxury home buyers. Many times this translates into larger rooms and a larger number of rooms—be they additional bedrooms, in-law or extended family, or areas dedicated to specialized amenities. In other cases, this additional space makes for larger, open areas and colossal master suites. Another consideration is the size of the lot. Many luxury lots are measured in full acres to give the owners plenty of space to stretch out in privacy. The greater the square footage, the more luxurious these homes are considered, which also helps justify the price as well.

5. Unique Designs

Homes that appear distinctive are held in higher esteem. Why pay for the best when there are cookie-cutter replicas in other neighborhoods. High-caliber homes come in all shapes and styles, for luxury means something different to each person. The goal is to look modern, yet timeless both inside and out.

Often, it’s the unique designs of the home—based on the singular priorities of the homeowner for whom it was designed and built—which furnish the property with the luxury label. When it comes to luxury homes, judging a book by its cover is the name of the game.

6. Unrivaled Amenities

Luxury homes and subdivisions offer residents a slew of decadent amenities that most Americans would be hard-pressed to find in their towns. The features of these high-end homes provide comforts and pleasure that range from classic conveniences – like swimming pools, basketball courts, and tennis courts – to more outrageous attractions – like indoor rock-climbing walls and shooting ranges. If you can dream it and can afford it, it can be built into your house.

7. Prestige

It can be challenging to put a price on prestige. What is someone willing to pay for that? The prestigiousness of a home can vary based on the historical relevance of the house, built by a renowned architect or formerly lived in by a celebrity, homes that have prominent stories to tell tend to be viewed as more high-end. However, it’s challenging to put a price on prestige. Just because a home is renowned doesn’t mean there are necessarily buyers who will be willing to pay more for it.

In Conclusion

While luxury homes are located in the most envious areas, designed with the highest quality materials, and include the most outrageous amenities, they’re ultimately only worth what buyers are willing to pay for them. High-end properties tend to linger on the market longer than average-priced homes because their prestige and lavish features are incomparable and thus make valuation challenges.

You know your dream home. We’ll help you find it. Get Started.


Living in the Treasure Valley


The quality of life in Idaho is unmatched from many places people are moving here from. Most people are coming to Idaho for a safer place to live that is more affordable with access to plenty of outdoor and cultural opportunities. Homes across Treasure Valley are still reasonably priced, the cost of living is relatively affordable, violent crime is nearly non-existent, and the people make eye contact with you and smile when saying, “Hello”. The evidence is in the fact that Idaho is the fastest-growing state in the nation. It’s attracting people and families from all over the country. It’s attracting new and expanding businesses, and it’s simply a fantastic place to call home.

Boise, Idaho Demographics (2019 est.)

Population: 228,79016,282
Median Household Income: $49,209
Square Miles: 84.73
Elevation: 2,730 ft.
Pop. Density: 2,591/sq mi.
Median Age: 36.5
Unemployment: 2.4%
Median Rent: $1,194
Average Home Listing Price: $354,900

For Population 25+ years old

High School or Higher: 93.8%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 38.3%
Graduate or Professional Degree: 14.3%

Sales Tax Information

State: 6%
Ada County: 0%
Boise: 0%
Property: 0.75%

Cost of Living Index (Compared to National Average)
Compare the average amount of money needed to sustain a certain standard of living in Boise compared to other popular cities:

  • Phoenix, AZ +2%
  • Miami, FL +23%
  • Anchorage, AK +38%
  • Dallas, TX +10%
  • New York, NY +147%
  • Los Angeles +161%
  • Seattle +171%


Home Values & Trends


Boise Home Values market Action Index

The real estate market peaked in Boise around 2006 and then declined through 2010. Since then, home values have continued on a steady climb for 9 years. The current economic situation due to Coronavirus will have rippling effects on the economy and local real estate market: from home values, inventory of homes for sale, and how long it takes to sell a home. But thus far, it is still a strong market that has been recovering well. There has been a shortage of houses listed on the market for the last 5 years, but it is too soon to tell how all the changes will unfold. One thing that is clear is that Idaho looks even better as a place to call home! We love it here and you will too!

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Boise Idaho Real Time Market Profile

How to Search for Homes


Find homes in Southern Idaho by setting up an online home search. Build Idaho will send you homes that match your search criteria almost immediately as new listings come on the market. It is important that you and your family are in alignment with what is important in your next home: location, lot size, bedrooms, bathrooms, square feet, garage spaces, schools, and any other important details. Be sure to define and prioritize your needs and wants just in case you are not finding the perfect home at the price you want.

Buying a home can be very complicated with legal contracts, inspections, contingencies, warranties, taxes, HOA dues, and many other hurdles every buyer and seller must navigate to get to the signing/closing table. Hiring a real estate agent will save you a lot of time and stress because they have the knowledge, experience, and services to walk you through the home buying process. In the end, fulfilling the American Dream of homeownership is a great reward!

Build Idaho offers the most extensive searches combined with the area's leading professional real estate services. When are ready to get started, contact us.


Making the Best Offer


  1. Get Pre-Approved. Have your home loan pre-approval letter, earnest money, and down payment ready to go. Are you paying cash? Wonderful! We should include proof of funds with your offer.
  2. When a home comes on the market that could be 'the one,' go see it immediately. Waiting until the weekend in this market may going to create a missed opportunity.
  3. Find out what is important to the seller and make your offer match accordingly. Do they need to close soon or do they have a date in mind that would work best for them? What price are sellers really looking for or need to net? It is interesting how often someone will share this information to help the buyer out.



Where to Live


Boise, Idaho

Would you prefer to live closer to downtown, the Foothills, or along the Boise River and the Boise Greenbelt?

Northern Boise is the perfect location for enjoying the natural beauty of the area. Some like to sit and take it in while watching birds or deer and others want to get in the middle of it it all. The foothills provide ample opportunities to mountain bike or any other hobby. Photographers love the panoramic views and the personal space found only in the foothills. There are hundreds of miles of trails within the Ridge to Rivers Trail system so one can travel from the Warm Springs area to Avimor. Don't be surprised by the prices, views like these and quick access to the Foothill trails come at a price but there are plenty of other homes for sale close by.

Downtown Boise also offers great cultural opportunities and nightlife from Shakespeare in the Park to the Egyptian Theatre. And best of all, this is a place you will feel safe exploring.

Southeast Boise is a highly sought-after area with established communities and mature trees everywhere. The location offers easy commutes to downtown with plenty of things to do such as the Boise River and Foothills just to the north. This area is best known for Micron and Boise State University.

The Bench has easy access to downtown Boise as well as the interstate. Shopping is plentiful along Orchard Street and nearby Vista Ave. The Boise Depot is a popular attraction that includes a lavish garden with goldfish ponds connected via a series of waterfalls. The Bench is approximately 60 feet higher than downtown Boise to the northeast, hence the reference to 'bench'. The Bench was an ancient shoreline to the old river channel. The Bench is home to the Boise Union Pacific Depot and older residential neighborhoods similar to those in the North End. Many are attracted to this area for its location but it is also becoming popular with people looking for homes that need to be re-modeled or completely re-built.

Southwest Boise is close to downtown and the Boise Towne Square Mall, meaning an abundance of services, shopping, and restaurants are within 15 minutes of most of this area. The World Center for Birds of Prey is a landmark for the area and is a great place to learn about birds in the area and from around the world.

West Boise is a phenomenal area. On one end you have the West Boise YMCA, and at the other is Milwaukee Ave with the Boise Towne Square Mall and all the shopping available there, including Cabela's, REI, and Best Buy. There are many established subdivisions and several new communities to tour. If you work at HP or other companies in this area, it is very convenient to live here.

Northwest Boise runs with the Foothills. Views come at a premium price but the ability to see across Treasure Valley as the sun sets and across the desert to the Owyhee Mountains is a worthwhile investment. Property in the foothills is more likely to see deer, many bird species, and elk on rare occasions.

Life in the Foothills offers hiking and biking but there is also photography and bird watching. It is a special place to enjoy and get back to nature from an elevated and secluded setting. Plus, who doesn't like getting to the top of a mountain! Be aware that if you are considering building in the foothills, construction can be more expensive as code requirements are much more stringent with considerations for erosion, fire, and the grade on which the home may be built. A home may require an engineer to work the land and an architect to design something more fire-resistant. Search homes in or near the Boise foothills for sale in Boise, Idaho.

Eagle, Idaho

Eagle is one of the most popular areas for luxury homes. Many subdivisions have monument entrances, waterfront property, and even gated communities. There is so much to do in Eagle from the Boise River, Greenbelt, Eagle Island State Park, Eagle Bike Park, and access to the Foothills. Many people build custom homes here. Search Eagle, Idaho homes for sale.

Meridian, Idaho

Meridian is truly the hub of Treasure Valley. There are many businesses including The Village at Meridian shopping center, popular restaurants, and fun family activities.

There are plenty of subdivisions with different styles and prices. Some offer community pools, parks, and even community clubhouses with exercise facilities. Enjoy dozens of parks as well as a friendly community with fairs and festivals throughout the year. Search homes for sale in Meridian, Idaho.

Kuna, Idaho

For many years Kuna was looked at as out of the way. But now with many affordable homes in large communities and a slower pace of life, it has become very popular. Retail stores and restaurants are starting to follow as well. People love the way Kuna feels and how it is a quieter place to call home, but not far from Interstate-84.

Kuna is also the place to go to visit the Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area and Swan Falls Dam at the Snake River. The desert is an important part of living in Boise, whether you are looking for raptors and wildlife or exploring the desert trails. Search homes for sale in Kuna, Idaho.

Star, Idaho

Star has the reputation and feel of a small town with one stoplight, and plenty of privacy. The Boise River runs just north of town and foothills are nearby as well. Here you will find fox and wild turkeys as well as pheasants in the open fields. Star offers a slower pace and a small-town feel. Search homes for sale in Star, Idaho.

Nampa, Idaho

Would you like to find more house for less money without giving up the benefits of living in a suburban area? Check out Nampa. Enjoy Lake Lowell, Idaho Center, and many new developments across Canyon County. The increase in population has spurred many new retail stores and restaurants. Enjoy a slower pace of life and find your dream home. Land prices here are not what you find closer to Boise and Eagle so you can get more yard, more house, or both. Search homes for sale in Nampa, Idaho.

Caldwell, Idaho

Ranchers used to outnumber the city folks here and that atmosphere of western hospitality still exists. People love Caldwell because it is not Boise. Fewer crowds, less traffic, and less hustling mean you will get to know your neighbors and appreciate the simple things in life. As you drive into the country you will find fields of potatoes, sugar beets, onions, wheat, and hops. If you are looking for horse property or just acreage, consider moving to this beautiful area, which is also an up-and-coming wine region. Search homes for sale in Caldwell, Idaho.


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Have you asked yourself if your current living situation is what you imagined for yourself and your family? Most people have never taken the time to imagine their ideal home, which is why they don't live there. You first have to imagine living there for it to come true. 

It is important to detail out everything about your ideal home and living situation. Start with the location and how it makes you feel. Where does the sun come up? Who is in the home with you? Who comes over to visit and what do you do? You walk into the kitchen what do you see, hear, feel? People are waking up and moving about the home...where do they gather? What are they saying? How do you feel? All homes were first an idea and with clarity, it can come true!

We understand that finding the right home, building lot, land, or investment property is not easy. Having a knowledgeable, local real estate agent who has helped clients just like you can provide peace of mind as well as assurance that someone is protecting your best interest. Our real estate team is dedicated to putting our experience and local knowledge to work for you in all phases of your real estate transaction: from finding the right property to negotiating the best deal, to closing. Build Idaho is one of the most respected resources and real estate teams for buying and selling in Idaho. We deliver the very best real estate services because you deserve no less.

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