Tucked against the iconic Boise foothills and the scenic Table Rock plateau is Boise's Bown Crossing neighborhood.
If you’ve spent much time on the Southeast Boise, you may have already stumbled on a picturesque shopping and dining district at Bown Crossing.
The shops, businesses, restaurants, and amenities at Bown Crossing have expanded tremendously over the past several years and now include a St. Alphonsus Urgent Care and family medical facility, a branch of the Boise Library, salons, a bike shop, and more.
Why People Move to Bown Crossing
This community has a laid-back feel and all the walkability of other coveted Boise neighborhoods such as the East and North End, but sports a less formal vibe. The resulting community is a walkable and unique work-and-live neighborhood with the Bown Crossing shops and restaurants at its center.
Bown Crossing Real Estate
Development began in the early 2000s, drawing new residents with backyard access to the greenbelt and a short commute to downtown. Bown Crossing homes for sale range in price from the mid 200s to over a million and include houses, townhomes and contemporary lofts.
This mixed-use development encompasses 35 acres and includes 92 residential homes as well as retail and restaurant space.
Some lucky homeowners enjoy the sounds of the Boise River from their own backyards. Bike-friendly and ideal for families, Bown Crossing is an attractive option for buyers looking for a quaint, peaceful, and walkable neighborhood with an upscale feel.
Living in Bown Crossing
Bown Crossing is more than just a neighborhood; it’s a lifestyle for many residents, one that includes access to the outdoors and close-by restaurants and entertainment. The residents of Bown Crossing neighborhoods enjoy a live-where-your-work lifestyle with nearby access to the Ridge to Rivers trail system and Boise’s scenic outdoor landscapes.
At the corner of Bown Way and Parkcenter, you’ll see the paved path leading to the Boise River Greenbelt, inviting you to take a walk and see Boise’s natural beauty up close. Hop on your bike or take a stroll through the tall cottonwoods and watch the river flow by.
This part of the greenbelt is a popular area for walking, running, fishing, swimming, and other kinds of outdoor recreation: it’s a perfect example of how Boise offers a fantastic mixture of working, playing, and living combined within many neighborhoods.
Close to the Bown Crossing neighborhood is Barber Park, a common starting point for many rafters and river floaters. Barber Park sits along the Boise River Greenbelt and features picnic tables, an event and education center, a playground and a basketball court. This park is full of natural beauty and only a short walk away from Bown Crossing.
Popular Shops & Restaurants
You can find excellent examples of Boise cuisine at Bown Crossing, whether you’re looking for a burger and beer or a locally-crafted risotto. Several of the restaurants have outdoor patios for summer dining with a stunning view of the foothills.
Tavern at Bown Crossing: Tavern at Bown offers fine dining in a casual but classic atmosphere. Their menu covers the works from burgers to sushi, seafood to steak, and a full bar.
Boise Fry Company: Idaho is famous for its potatoes, so the Boise Fry Company took the cue and created a menu where the fries are the main course—but they throw some high-quality, juicy burgers on the side. They serve free-range grass-fed beef from a local ranch and fry up their own vegan burgers, as well.
Bier:Thirty Bottle and Bistro: The perfect place to watch the game or spend time with a friend. Their beer-centric menu provides pub fare and they feature over 400 craft and imported bottles and ten rotating taps.
Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria: Wood-burning pizza ovens and a generous wine list and cocktail offerings make Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria a Bown Crossing favorite. Their patio is a favorite summer gathering place, and their kid-friendly atmosphere draws in many neighborhood families.
Locavore: The menu is wholesome, made from scratch, and local with an emphasis on creative farm-fresh food. Their fantastic 50-seat patio is a popular spot for brunch on the weekends.
A visit to Bown Crossing doesn’t have to end when your meal does. There’s more to do in this eclectic neighborhood gathering place.
Library! At Bown Crossing: The newest addition to the Boise Library family is at Bown Crossing and has quickly become a neighborhood staple. The new Library building features sustainable and eco-friendly (not to mention beautiful) design with meeting space, quiet study rooms, public events, and more.
Cravin’s Candy Emporium: After a delicious dinner or brunch, stroll down Bown Way to Cravin’s Candy Emporium, an old-fashioned candy store with gelato and all the classic sugary treats you remember.
Since Bown Crossing is still a small area, buying a home in this Southeast Boise neighborhood means joining a tight-knit community that works, lives, shops, and plays together. Mature weeping willows and landscape, cozy neighborhood streets and cul-de-sacs, and nearby parks and walking paths make Bown Crossing one of the most charming areas in Boise.
Bown Crossing at a Glance
- Distance from Downtown Boise: 15 minutes
- Walk Score: 44
- Bike Score: 79
- Median Home Value: $539,200
- Average Rent: $2,337