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Fall Festivals + Events in Boise and the Treasure Valley

Autumn in Boise is a beautiful time of year and puts the local community into a festive spirit. Harvest festivals, Oktoberfests, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more are on the calendar throughout the Treasure Valley. We've rounded up the best of the fall events and listed them here for you.

The Haunted World

Caldwell, Sep 14-Oct 31

Make no bones about it, the Haunted World in Caldwell is Idaho’s scariest haunted house and Halloween attraction. This attraction is both indoor and outdoor and will treat you to nearly two hours or nightmarish fear. Learn more.

Linder Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Meridian, Sep 21-Oct 31

Get those classic fall moments checked off your autumn bucket list at the Linder Farms

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Things to Do in Boise ID in October | Boise October Events

October is a gorgeous month in Boise as the City of Trees lights up with fall colors. As the leaves start to turn, it’s a great time to enjoy the crisp air and cool temperatures. The month begins with average temperatures in the mid 70s—ideal for a morning at the market or a stroll in the foothills—and ends by dipping into the mid-50s, just when you’re ready to bring out your wool sweaters and pour a hot beverage. October is the season of autumn festivals and events, and there’s more than enough to fill your calendar.

Scarecrow Stroll | Idaho Botanical Gardens

All month

The Idaho Botanical Gardens’ Scarecrow Stroll is a popular autumn event in Boise, featuring whimsical and creative scarecrows throughout the garden in the month of October. 31

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Prices in the Boise real estate market saw new record highs in August as the number of homes for sale declined for the 48th month in a row.

Ada County’s median single-family house price increased 19.68 percent from the same time twelve months ago, hitting a new record high of $333,900.

With so little to choose from, homes are selling in a median 10 days, the quickest recorded for this time of the year.

In Boise, prices jumped 20.18 from August a year ago to a record $306,450.

Canyon County median home prices grew by 20.22 percent from a year prior. The new median single-family home cost across the county is $220,000. Although, that’s down slightly from the previous record set last month.

In August of 2017, the Ada County housing market

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Exploring the Boise Greenbelt

When Boise residents consider the many wonderful amenities of the City of Trees, the Boise River Greenbelt is always near the top of the list.

Following the meandering path of its namesake, the Boise River Greenbelt is a 25-mile path, nearly all paved, that connects the community like a vital artery.

The City of Boise maintains the 25-mile portion of this path that makes up the greenbelt, but it connects to a much longer system of paths and trails that stretch almost 50 miles from Lucky Peak Dam to Eagle, ID. Like branches from a tree, walking paths and trails split off from the main greenbelt and connect Boiseans to their picturesque city.

Throughout all four seasons, the greenbelt is beloved and well-used. In the spring and summer, families

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Things to Do in Boise in September | Boise ID September Events

September in Boise is one of the most inviting months.

As the summer heat begins to calm, Boise comes back to life with renewed early fall energy. September welcomes moderate temperatures in the mid-70s and a chance to get outside and enjoy the beauty of trees as they just begin to turn. You won’t need your heavy sweaters and boots yet, but you’ll get to experience the crisp autumn air and squeeze in a few last-minute summer activities before the weather takes a turn.

September brings with it some of Boise residents’ favorite yearly activities, including Art in the Park and the Hyde Park Street Fair. Fill your calendar with these concerts, events, performances, and activities!

Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic

August 29-September 2

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Have Boise Home Prices Peaked?

Boise-area home prices rose by more than 15 percent for the 7th month in a row in July.

Boise’s median single-family house price jumped 17.6 percent, up from an annual rate 16.7 percent in June.

Prices in Ada County finished the month at $316,000, an increase of 17 percent from last year. While below the high set in June, July’s home cost is the second highest on record.

Canyon County continues to lead local home price appreciation gains jumping nearly 24 percent to a new all-time high of $229,900.

As the last hold-out in the Boise-metro sub $200,000 group; Caldwell house prices rose to $206,495 from $196,445 in June. An increase of 23% from 2017.

The cost of a house within a 30 thirty-minute drive from Boise, in any direction, now

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Things to Do in Boise in August | Boise ID August Events

In Boise, summer hits its peak and starts the fast descent toward back-to-school and fall routines in August. Whether your kids (or you) are hitting the books again this month or you’re still riding high on summer’s last hurrah, there’s plenty to entertain in the City of Trees.

August is traditionally the month of fairs (and Idaho knows how to do a classic western fair right), and also brings back a Boise favorite: the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. You can beat the heat with a visit to a local public pool or float the river, or head indoors for a concert or art exhibit. Whatever you choose, be sure to put these Boise events on your calendar and enjoy our vibrant community.

Mamma Mia! and Pride and Prejudice | Idaho Shakespeare Festival

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Boise Area Real Estate Market Continues to Shatter Records

Treasure Valley home prices reached new highs in June.

The median price of single-family homes in Ada County finished the month at a record $324,147, up 18.84 percent over the past year.

Resale properties are leading price gains with new construction slipping to 25 percent of all homes sold in June, down from 29 percent year to date.

Up 21.86 percent over the previous 12 months, house prices in Canyon County jumped to $223,000, also a new record. As we have seen all year, the lowest cost areas continue to see the largest price increases.

In Boise, the median house price hit $297,750 just missing the previous high set in March.

The supply of homes for sale in Ada County increased to 1.52 months of supply from 1.43.

The number of homes

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Things to Do in Boise in July | Boise ID July Events

July is known as the hottest month in Boise, and while it’s true that the average daily temperature will likely top 90 degrees, there’s no reason to hide in your air-conditioned home. This month you can escape the heat with a drive to McCall or Bogus Basin, jump in Lucky Peak Lake or Quinn’s Pond, or apply some sunscreen and experience a festival or outdoor movie.

All across the valley, locals and visitors are celebrating Independence Day and the carefree vibes of summer together with fireworks, music, festivals, rodeos, and more. You can get a taste of urban sophistication or small-town America all in the same weekend. Whatever you put on your July calendar, you’ll find the local things-to-do scene is just as hot as the weather.

Music on the

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Idaho Homeowners Exemption: Save On Property Taxes

Have you applied for your Idaho Homeowners Exemption for the 2019 tax year yet?

If you’ve recently purchased a house or moved to Idaho, you may be eligible for a property tax exemption. You’ll likely spend more money on owning a home than any other one thing in your life, so a tax break is a welcome relief.

A property tax exemption reduces the net taxable value of your home and up to one acre of your property. Instead of calculating your property tax percentage based on the full value of your home, the Idaho Homeowners Exemption subtracts $100,000 and determines your tax rate based on the resulting amount.

In 2017, the legislature set the exemption reduction at an even $100,000 (up to a maximum of 50% of the properties value), to remain in

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