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What is the Cost of Living in Boise, Idaho?

Are you thinking about moving to Boise? You’re not alone. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau found that Boise topped the nation in growth in 2019 with a 2.78 percent population increase.

Looking around the Boise metro area, it’s not hard to see why the City of Trees is turning heads. Surrounded by picturesque hills and snow-capped mountains, Boise has an outdoorsy vibe with enough metro-area culture and industry to please almost everyone. Commutes are short, outdoor recreation is plentiful, and amenities like the famous Boise River Greenbelt and expansive city parks have gained nationwide attention.

If you ask a new Boise transplant where they’re from, many of them will list places like southern California, western Oregon and Washington.

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Boise Pronunciation Guide: How do you say that?

Whether you’ve lived in Boise all your life or just moved to town two weeks ago, there are simply some words in Boise that are hard to pronounce (try reading “Resseguie” aloud for the first time off of a street sign).

When you can talk with confidence like a local, you feel like you belong. So we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently mispronounced local words, how to pronounce them correctly, and where they came from.

Boise – pronounced "BOY-see"

While our capital city takes its name from the French word “les bois” meaning “the woods,” the way locals pronounce it is decidedly not French.

Les Bois – pronounced "Lay-bwa"

You’ll find many entities that carry the “Les Bois” name in Boise, including a junior high. As noted, this is the

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Boise home prices rise $225 per day

With only weeks of available inventory and homes selling in a median of 6 days, it’s no surprise home prices are continuing to skyrocket across the Treasure Valley.

We said goodbye to 2020 and rang in the new year with another round of record-high prices across the valley. In December, Ada and Canyon county and the cities of Boise, Meridian and Nampa all broke previous price records.

Over the past year, the median home price in Ada County rose by more than $82,000, a 23.6% increase to $432,462. Canyon County home prices increased by a whopping $85,000 since last December, a 33.3% jump to $339,900. Not to be outdone, the cost of the typical home in Boise increased by $86,000, or 25.6% to $420,750.

Fortunately for home sellers (and less so for

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Boise Housing Market Forecast 2021: Prices, Trends and Predictions

At the beginning of 2020, no one could have predicted that within months the world would be battling a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, which would cripple both national and global economies. It was nearly inconceivable that local governments would be forced to limit or entirely shut down many business activities and that unemployment would rise to levels not seen since the Great Depression.

Just as no one could have predicted that national home sales would hit 14-year highs during this same time period, ringing in new price records in every major American city.

While it seems counterintuitive, what we’re seeing is two sides of the same coin. For better or worse, the roaring twenties have indeed arrived, and in Treasure Valley real estate at least,

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Boise furniture and home decor stores

While there are dozens of chain furniture stores in the Treasure Valley filled with hundreds of couches and tables and lamps, transforming a house into a home takes a personal touch. A new house is just good bones; you have to fill it in with heart and soul to make your home, well, home.

And by “heart and soul,” we mean mid-century couches that beckon you to relax after a long day of work; antique bookcases to hold a lifetime’s worth of tchotchkes and novels; a stately dining table designed to hold decades’ worth of family dinners; the perfect lamp to tie your living room together; and whatever else catches your eye and suits your personal style.

To help you find everything from big-ticket items to unique finishing touches, we’ve compiled a list

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Downtown Boise Construction Projects & Developments to Watch in 2021

As tumultuous as 2020 has been, construction is still a booming industry in the Treasure Valley. In the next year, Boise will continue to raise its downtown skyline and begin construction on nearly 850 apartment units, including much-needed low income, elderly, and workforce housing.

This year has also brought movement on several much-anticipated projects, including a court ruling on contested luxury condos along the Boise River, restoration of the beloved Blues Bouquet building, and a groundbreaking for a new public park downtown.

Below you’ll find a detailed list of all the downtown Boise building projects to watch in 2021.

Idaho Central Credit Union Building

Status: Announced | 4th St and Idaho St | Downtown

This project will be

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Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation & Ski Resort - Boise, Idaho

Make Memories All Year Round at the Bogus Basin Recreation Area

There are not many places in the nation where the commute to your local ski resort can rival many people’s commute home from work. Then again, not many cities have a ski resort less than 45 minutes away – one of the many unique perks of living in Boise.

The Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and Ski Resort, located just 16.5 miles north of Boise, is beloved in the Treasure Valley. The drive alone – along a switchback road that transitions from high desert sagebrush to coniferous evergreens, all the while offering breathtaking views of the valley across to the Owyhee Mountains – is worth the trip, regardless of the season.

One of the best things about Bogus Basin is that you

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How Boise Home Prices Jumped 17% in a Year

We’ve seen many new records set – and subsequently broken – in the Treasure Valley real estate market in 2020, and the last month is no exception

In October, we saw housing prices surge to new records once again as feverish buyers competed for a dwindling supply of homes. This caused the length of time houses spent on the market to drop to a median of 5 days, a new record in both Ada and Canyon counties.

Even in the hottest spring markets the Treasure Valley has experienced, homes have not sold this fast.

Let’s look at October’s numbers before taking a step back to reflect on how the month caps off what has been an extraordinary year in Treasure Valley real estate:

  • In the past year, the number of homes for sale in Ada County dropped
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Boise Local: Cool and Classic Things to Do in Boise

A guide to the places and activities that make Boise one-of-a-kind

When you think about what makes Boise unique, what springs to mind? Every Boisean has a beloved checklist of unique, only-found-in-Boise things that they treasure. Call them the greats or call them the classics, we’re talking about the places and activities that you’re eager to introduce out-of-town visitors to, or that convinced newcomers to make Boise their new home – the things that speak to the heart of Boise and give our city its soul.

In the interest of celebrating these classics – and maybe reminding you of a few you haven’t hit in awhile – we’ve compiled a list of our favorites. In order to narrow down our list (it turns out we have a lot of favorites!), we set a few

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Where to Stay in Boise, Idaho | Best Boise Hotels

Traveling to Boise for work or pleasure? You’re in for a treat. It’s not only the stunning vistas, whitewater rafting, incomparable hiking, vibrant cultural scene, and novel cuisine that will delight you. You’ll also get a chance to experience the best that Boise’s hospitality industry has to offer.

Whether you’re visiting Boise for a weekend getaway, exploring neighborhoods looking for a new home, or just eager for a staycation, our local hotels deliver.

Some of our favorite local hotels offer comfort in style, with incredible locations that will show you the heart of Boise and leave you feeling pampered. We’ve rounded up a shortlist of the cream of the crop; the hotels offering experiences you won’t get elsewhere. Get ready to grab your

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