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Boise’s Meridian Home Price Surges $50,000 in Less Than a Year; Now What?

Over the last twelve months, the cost of the typical home in Boise rose by nearly $1,000 a week.

Boise’s median single-family home price increased to $335,000, up 17.54 percent from $285,000 last May.

Ada County home prices also reached a new record of $342,765, an increase of all most $38,000 or 12.42 percent.

In contrast, Canyon County prices are up only $34,200 to $243,200. That’s below the record high set last month but still the second highest on record.

In Boise, homes are selling in a median of six days on market. Even that number understates demand as many savvy sellers won’t review any offers for 48 to 72 hours. The delay gives more time to buyers to see the property, therefore, increasing the opportunity for multiple offers.

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West Bench Neighborhood: A Cozy Boise Staple

It’s not unusual to find families who’ve lived in the West Bench neighborhood for decades.

Generations of Boisians watching this community grow and change as the neighborhood they call home continues to thrive.

Anchored by Capital High School, the Boise West Bench is also home to three beautiful city parks, a popular public pool, and a fantastic central location. There’s something for everyone on the West Bench.

Spacious and affordable homes on large lots, excellent parks, schools within walking distance, and a mature canopy of trees: these are the markers you’ll recognize in the West Bench area of Boise. This cozy suburban neighborhood has a sense of community and is known as a quiet, safe, friendly home for families and young professionals

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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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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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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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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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What is the Cost of Living in Boise, Idaho?

Are you thinking about moving to Boise? You’re not alone. In 2018, Forbes found that Boise topped the nation in growth in 2017 with a 3.08 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. Californians make up the

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Boise Housing Market Forecast 2019: 5 Trends to Watch

Where is the Boise real estate market headed in 2019? In a nutshell - a move to a more balanced market.

First a quick recap of what’s happened over the last twelve months:

  • Boise area home prices jumped nearly 20%, with most neighborhoods showing flat or declining inventory.
  • Construction of new homes increased a bit but not enough to offset the high demand we saw from buyers.
  • Mortgage rates have risen from 3.92% to 4.87%, an eight-year high.

Price Appreciation Slows

Home values in the Boise area have been outpacing the national average since 2011. The double-digit appreciation we have seen over the last year will be a thing of the past in 2019.

The combined effect of higher home prices and higher mortgage rates pushed Boise

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The Depot Bench Neighborhood: A Boise Bench Original

Meandering tree-lined streets, stunning sunset views of the Treasure Valley, contemporary and historic homes, and a short commute to downtown Boise—these are just some of the reasons residents love living in the Depot Bench neighborhood.

In 1925, the Union Pacific Railroad blazed its way through Boise, bringing more industry to a rapidly-growing city. Over the previous 25 years, the city had boomed from a population of around 5,000 to over 20,000.

The railroad built a depot on a hill above the bustling post-gold rush city of Boise, and with it brought the adjoining neighborhoods into city limits. This was the beginning of Boise’s Depot Bench neighborhood, so named for the iconic and historic site of the Boise Depot which still towers over

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What Boise Buyers Are Looking for in New Construction Homes

A new construction home is an ideal opportunity to have the house you’ve been dreaming of. While every client we assist is unique, there are some “wants” and “must-haves” we see on house wishlists across the board. Here’s a quick look at what we are seeing buyers ask for in a new home.

People-Centric Floor Plans Designed for Modern Living

There was a time when it was highly fashionable to segment a home, usually to add a sense of formality and to sequester the kitchen and bedrooms away from the entertaining areas.

Today, buyers want open floor plans with lots of natural light and are ready to sacrifice formal dining rooms, parlors, and living rooms to get it.

While open concept is nothing new, the focus has moved from the living room to

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