Welcome To Boise

Introduction

Boise is many things. Urban and outdoorsy. Wild and relaxing. 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.

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.

One of the milestones for creating a strong economic impact was when Hewlett-Packard (HP) purchased 150 acres in 1973 and built their large regional campus.  The HP campus focused around research and development of laser printing technology.  Today, HP Inc. still employs over four thousand employees in the Boise area.  Another cornerstone of the local economy is Micron Technology, which hosts its regional manufacturing and global headquarters in Boise.

Real estate in Boise offers something for everyone.  Boise itself offers a vast array of housing and neighborhood choices, from the chic vibe of the North End to communities nestled in the nearby foothills.  Boise is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation and offers planned developments with a focus on quality of life.  If space is what you are looking for, you’ll enjoy many housing choices in the surrounding communities with acreage.

Whether you’re looking for urban high-rise living, a sprawling estate in the country or a perfect suburban dwelling, Boise has something to offer for everyone.

“One of the best cities for raising a family. LIfe is good for many families in the Pacific Northwest’s third largest city, with lower costs and less crime than the region’s two biggest metros, Seattle and Portland.”

– Forbes Magazine

 

capitol

Boise is the capital and most populous city in Idaho, as well as the county seat of Ada County.

 


vibrant downtown

Downtown Boise is vibrant, walkable and friendly, where visitors can stroll to more than 200 stores, 80 restaraunts, several brew pubs and lively nightlife venues.

 


recreation

In just minutes, you can escape to float a river, ski, boat, hike, bike and more. Boise is quickly become a hub for sports fans too. Home to the famous blue turf of the Boise State Broncos, we also have minor league baseball, ice hockey and basketball teams.

 


Downtown Boise

 

Hip and Vibrant

Downtown Boise is Boise’s cultural center and home to many small businesses and a few mid-rises. While downtown Boise lacks a major retail/dining focus like Seattle, Portland, and Spokane the area has a variety of shops and growing option for dining choices. Centrally, 8th Street contains a pedestrian zone with sidewalk cafes and restaurants. The neighborhood has a number of local restaurants, bars and boutiques and supports a vibrant nightlife. The area contains the Basque Block, which gives visitors a chance to learn and enjoy Boise’s Basque heritage. Downtown Boise’s main attractions include the Idaho State Capitol, the classic Egyptian Theatre on the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Main Street, the Boise Art Museum on Capitol in front of Julia Davis Park, and Zoo Boise located on the grounds of Julia Davis Park.

Downtown Boise offers several sub districts, which each have their own style and vibe; they include BoDo, Boise Central, Boise Cultural District, Capitol District, Linen District, Old Boise and Pioneer District.

Downtown is also home to the three tallest buildings in Idaho:

  1. Zions Bank Building, built in 2014, stands at 323 feet with 18 floors.
  2. US Bank Plaza, built in 1978, stands at 267 feet with 19 floors.
  3. One Capital Center, built in 1975, stands at 206 feet with 14 floors. 
  • Approximately 35,000 people work in the downtown area
  • Boise Centre offers 86,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space
  • Downtown offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, galleries and gift shops, with over 200 stores
  • From casual to fine dining, sidewalk cafes, brew pubs, wine bars and more. Downtown Boise has over 90 dining options
  • Zions Bank building is Idaho’s tallest building, reaching a height of 323 feet

 

Hyde Park

Home to quaint shops, businesses and popular restaraunts.

 


Camel’s Back Park

Park amemities include a playground, tennis courts, picnic area and access to the foothills.  Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

 


Harrison Boulevard

One of the most picturesque thoroughfares in the city, its named after President Benjamin Harrison, who signed the Admissions Act making Idaho a state.

 


North End Boise

 

Historic Meets Friendly

The North End, generally defined as the part of Boise north of State Street, contains many of the city’s older homes. It is known for its tree-lined drives such as Harrison Boulevard, and for its quiet neighborhoods near the downtown area. Downtown Boise is visible from Camel’s Back Park. On 13th Street, Hyde Park is home to a quaint collection of boutique stores, businesses and popular restaraunts. The North End also hosts events such as the annual Hyde Park Street Fair. In 2008, the American Planning Association (APA) designated Boise’s North End one of 10 Great Neighborhoods.

It’s one of the most sought after residential locations in the city for its eclectic mix of bungalows, Queen Annes, Victorians and stately turn-of-the-century mansions on the area’s tree-lined streets.  The North End was one of the first areas of planned residential growth in the city, with new neighborhoods laid out on a grid system.  Among those early planned developments was Harrison Boulevard, where many of the city’s most prominent residents built their homes along the wide street, as far back as 1916.  Now, the street is a primer for architectural styles and has been on the National Register for Historic Places since 1980.

 

  • Approximately 10,000 people call North End their home
  • Camel’s Back Park was acquired by the city of Boise in 1932 and incorporates approximately 11 acres
  • Hyde Park Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982
  • The North End is home to many quaint shops, businesses and popular restaraunts
  • In 1977 area residents formed the North End Neighborhood Association

French Roots


During the 19th Century, several French-Canadian fur trappers crossed a desert and climbed a hill to discover what was to become known as the Boise River, and it was surrounded by a thick forest. They screamed out, “Les boise! Les bois!” at the sight of the woods, which led to the name Boise (pronounced “boy-see”).

River Roots


Up until the 1960s, the Boise River was not protected by environmental regulations. Through several years of careful planning, Idaho’s Greenbelt was born, thirty miles of scenic views, wildlife habitats and tree-lined pathways for year-round walking and biking along the rejuvenated Boise River.

Basque  Roots


Originally from Spain’s Bizkaia (Biscay) province, the Basque community in Boise, Idaho has been a fixture of the capital’s cultural scene since the 1800s. Boise is home to the second largest Basque population in North America. Every five years, Boise is home to the international festival known as Jaialdi, which celebrates Basque culture.

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