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Columbia Village in Southeast Boise

On the far end of Southeast Boise sits a charming neighborhood with tree-lined streets, sprawling family homes, and a serene vibe.

One of the first master-planned developments in Boise, Columbia Village is a well-established and highly desirable neighborhood. This gem of a community is bordered by Amity Road to the north, Federal Way to the west and Highway 21 to the south, with next-door access to major local employer Micron and only minutes away from downtown and the freeway.

With homes built in the 1990s, Columbia Village real estate is highly sought after. Home-hunting hopefuls are drawn to this idyllic area built around top-performing schools and the expansive 161-acre Simplot Sports Complex.

Known as a particularly family-friendly

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Why I love Boise, Idaho

Many of us already know how outsiders view living in Boise: after all, the city keeps earning accolades from publications like Forbes and Outside Magazine.

In fact, Livability just released their list of the 2019 top 100 places to live in the United States, and Boise nabbed the number one spot. But do locals share the same starry-eyed excitement over the City of Trees? What’s the insider’s take on this much-praised town?

The recently published 2018 edition of the biennial Boise Citizen Survey will give you a pretty good idea of the local view of the state of the city. Every other year, the city of Boise gauges resident’s feelings and opinions on services and government through a survey.

The most recent citizen survey was conducted by

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Boise’s West End Neighborhood: Whitewater + Wildlife + Culture

Historic and diverse with laid-back friendliness, Boise's West End neighborhood is enjoying a renaissance.

On the west side of downtown Boise, you’ll find a charming neighborhood with hundred-year-old roots and an exciting future. The West End sits between State Street and the Boise River between 19th and Veteran’s Parkway, and it’s no surprise that this area is turning a few heads recently.

In the past, the West End was popular as one of the most reasonably priced places to buy a home in North Boise. Today, the neighborhood is garnering renewed interest from prospective home buyers and renters. As the area continues to grow and attract new businesses and residents, there’s a sense of renewal and renaissance everywhere you look.

The West End

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Your Guide to Boise's Farmers Markets

When the snow starts to melt on the foothills and the ice turns to spring rain, signs of warmer months ahead pop up everywhere: tulips, cherry blossoms, green grass, and of course, farmers markets. There’s nothing that says “spring is here!” more than a lineup of booths and tents stocked to the gills with fresh local produce, handcrafted art, and more. In Boise, we’re lucky enough to have several local farmers markets to choose from within our city, and even more around the Treasure Valley. Here’s your guide to Boise's farmers' markets.

Boise Farmers Market

Schedule: Saturdays, April 6th thru October, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1500 Shoreline Dr, Boise, ID
(208) 345-9287
website

Founded in 2013 by 25 innovative local food vendors, the Boise Farmers

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Top Major Employers and Largest Companies in Boise, ID

Boise's largest employers have seen significant business and economic growth over the past decade, particularly in the technology and innovation industries. It's not surprising, then, that Forbes ranked the Boise metro area as the number one fastest-growing economic area in 2017 and #28 in the nation for jobs and careers.

The technology, advanced manufacturing, food production, energy, and outdoor recreation industries all have a strong presence in the Boise economy. With nearby schools like Boise State University and the College of Idaho, there's no shortage of qualified workers to feed into the area's growing companies.

Unemployment in Boise is consistently below the national average, coming in at 2.6% in March 2019 with projected annual job

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Boise's Ridge to Rivers foothills trail system

The Ridge to Rivers system is an interconnected labyrinth of trails, paths, and roads with the postcard-worthy Boise foothills as their backdrop.

Over 190 miles wind through these foothills, giving walkers, hikers, runners, bikers, and riders a chance to experience the calming beauty of the outdoors just minutes from downtown. The Ridge to Rivers Trail System cuts through some of Boise’s most stunning terrain and offers panoramic views of the city.

Maintained by a full-time staff, Ridge to Rivers trails are well-groomed and receive heavy use all four seasons of the year.

In 2016, the City of Boise collaborated with the Ridge to Rivers staff and management to create a 10-year plan for growth and sustainability. This plan included input from

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Garden City's Live Work Create District

When you think of Garden City, Idaho you might think of Chinden Boulevard, industrial warehouses, and auto repair shops. It’s time to think again.

Garden City’s Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District is breathing new life into the area right outside downtown Boise near the river, and the up-and-coming community gathering there is turning heads.

The Live-Work-Create District is named for late artist Surel Mitchell who chose Garden City for the location of her studio and home.

Today, Mitchell’s vision of a mixed-use neighborhood with an artsy twist is coming to life, giving Garden City a completely reinvented mystique. The Live-Work-Create District has an avant-garde, do-it-yourself, community-based feel that appeals to many residents:

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Exploring the Best of Boise: The Idaho State Capitol Building

The Idaho State Capitol building is a popular spot for both locals and visitors alike to tour and experience art, architecture, and history.

When you see photos of downtown Boise with its picturesque skyline and surrounding foothills, a common sight is the Idaho State Capitol building. It’s no wonder that this iconic structure is featured prominently in many pictures of Boise considering its striking architecture and beautiful grounds.

As impressive as it is from the outside, the inside of the building is even more breathtaking, with multi-colored marble from around the world, sandstone from Table Rock, floods of natural light, and a large collection of art and statuary.

Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the tenth, we have all the

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5 of the Best Downtown Boise Hotels

Downtown Boise is home to several incredible luxury hotels to fit every occasion and budget.

Whether you’re coming into town to check out Boise and the Treasure Valley for the first time, or you’re a resident and want to take a relaxing staycation, there’s a Downtown Boise hotel for you. We’ve put together this list with a variety of options in mind, from boutique and modern to cozy and traditional.

Many of these hotels have added perks like rooftop balconies and evening events to enjoy, and all of them call the bustling center of arts, culture, and food that is downtown Boise their home. Before you book, read on to find the perfect hotel for your needs.

Best Downtown Boise Hotels

Hotel 43 | 981 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702 | Hotel43.com

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Barber Valley: Living the East Boise Lifestyle

The Barber Valley is one of the most unique areas in Boise, with a rich spirit of history and a sense of excitement for the future.

Barber Valley residents and city planners have worked carefully to preserve natural wonders while making room for expansion, and there’s a shared understanding that even while Boise booms, the Barber Valley will never become a haphazard suburbia.

With big skies, backyard access to the foothills, and a growing community, neighborhood residents know they’re putting down roots in an uncommonly beautiful area.

Situated just southeast of downtown Boise, the Barber Valley is a substantial neighborhood of over 1,700 acres. Despite its location on the Boise map, the neighborhood is technically located in the southern

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