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Boise, Idaho

If you are not from Boise, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about? Home to the Boise State University Bronco's football team, arguably the most discussed team in the country, based entirely on their accomplishments both on and off the field; Bronco football is a way of life in Boise. Our Bronco's stadium blue turf, appropriately deemed the “Smurf Turf,” has generated national attention, both for its color, and for the unsurpassed record number of wins the Broncos have established when playing at home. Boise has also received endless recognition from major media sources, garnering a nomination as Best Place to Live, Work, and Play, in comparison with other cities around the country. What could be so great about a city in the middle of a desert? The same question was raised in regards to Las Vegas, years ago, as well.


Visitors will enjoy all the city and area have to offer from numerous cultural events including philharmonic orchestra, opera, ballet and theater companies to the Boise summer Shakespeare festival that features outdoor performances along the Boise River. The Gene Harris Jazz Festival and Art in the Park continue to be favorites among both Boise locals and visitors and there are plenty of museums and attractions to educate and entertain all ages.

Culture and entertainment mix nicely with Boise's abundant outdoor recreation. Summer brings plenty of sunshine, perfect for a bike ride or a walk along Boise's 25-mile Greenbelt or a round of golf at one of the area's 12 beautiful courses. For those who like a bit more adventure, try mountain biking in Boise's foothills, floating the Boise River on an inflatable raft or tube, or whitewater rafting on the Payette River, just 45 minutes north of the city. In the winter, enjoy nordic skiing at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort or spend a day - or night - skiing or snowboarding the resort's groomed downhill trails. Boise's indoor ice-skating rink is open year-round. Sports fans can enjoy Boise's professional athletic teams, including the Idaho Steelheads ECHL hockey and Boise Hawks baseball.

Boise, Idaho's rare blend of urban amenities and outdoor recreation opportunities offers something for everyone.

Downtown Boise Idaho

Why are you Moving to Boise?

We here at Build Idaho have the opportunity to visit with people moving to Boise on a regular basis. The same question is raised during each conversation: Why Boise, ID? While each situation is unique, two common themes have been observed. The first, and most common answer: Following Family. Families are suggesting, and encouraging, their parents and siblings to move to Boise with them. Imagine the people you love the most suggesting you “Come with us to Boise, ID!"

Are you curious about what the second common theme is? Lifestyle. Obviously, these two themes go hand in hand, but it’s important to note that many people visit Boise, and are so charmed by all that is offered here, they choose to make Boise their “base camp.”  The list of activities available to do in Boise alone could fill an entire encyclopedia. With four seasons, a desert, several nearby rivers (Boise, Snake, Owyhee, Payette), mountains, foothills, an extensive greenbelt system, Bogus Basin Ski Resort (plus West Mountain, Brundage, & Sun Valley nearby), lakes, and numerous city and nearby state parks, Boise offers up an impressive list of fun to be had. Combine that with other popular features, including cost of living & affordability, and diverse culture; it makes sense that the growth of the area has exploded over the last decade. Our capital city truly is the Metro Resort of the Northwest. #ItsaBoiseThing

Whether relocating for a job or following family, when you are considering Idaho, it really is about the location. Each area of Boise Metro is very distinctive, and provides a variety of options to choose the lifestyle you want. For example, if you want to walk or bike to the local coffee shop in the morning, and find your friends for cocktails in the afternoon, you may enjoy the North End. Of course, those of you who may not want to see anybody most of the day,  can enjoy the rural areas surrounding Boise.

Boise Greenbelt

Boise Greenbelt

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Boise Idaho has it all!

Most people did not know about Boise, Idaho until about twelve years ago when the capital city and largest city in Idaho started consistently making the nations list of top places to Live, Work and Play. People started noticing businesses like Micron and HP as major innovators and the Boise State Broncos football team started winning games on the national stage in style. There are many reasons people move to Boise from jobs to family but one theme everyone mentions is the LIFESTYLE! Spend a week exploring the Treasure Valley and you will find this is a place you can feel safe living in and raising a family. Boise is also an affordable place to Live, Work and Play. Located along the Boise River and nestled against foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at any of the nearby reservoirs (Lucky Peak, Arrowrock Reservoir, Anderson Ranch Reservoir, CJ Strike, Black Sands Resevoir, Lake Owyhee, Cascade Lake, Brownlee Reservoir and Payette Lake).

Ridge to Rivers Trail System

This trail system runs throughout the foothills above Boise and even spans out to Hidden Springs and Avimor communities. This interconnected network of trails bridges parks, streets and  neighborhoods with public access to the Boise natural environment. There are over 190 miles of trails for all abilities for biking and hiking. As you explore, notice the diverse trails, plants and the animals, imagine our community without this unique treasure. Help protect and care for this special place!

Ridge to Rivers Trails System Boise Foothills

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Fun Facts about Boise and Idaho

Just so you know

  1. Boise (pronounced boy-see) is nicknamed The City of Trees.
  2. State Motto: "Esto Perpetua" meaning "It is forever."
  3. The state of Idaho was named after the Indian word 'ídaahę́', meaning "the Land of many Waters." The total length of Idaho's rivers and waterways (over 107,000 miles) could stretch across the US thirty-eight times.That's a lot of water. Yet, Idaho is also the 5th driest state in the country during the summer.
  4. Idaho is the 13th Largest State, bigger than all of New England combined (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island).
  5. Idaho's combined wilderness is over 4.7 million acres, which is greater than the US's three smallest states combined.The total land area of Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut is collectively smaller than our state's combined wild, roadless areas. 
  6. 63% of Idaho is public domain
  7. In the 1820's, French Canadian fur trappers set trap lines in the vicinity. Set in a high-desert area, the tree-lined valley of the Boise River became a distinct landmark, an oasis dominated by cottonwood trees. They called this "La rivière boisée", which means "the wooded river."
  8. The statehouse in Boise is geothermally heated from underground hot springs, pumped from a source 3,000 feet underground
  9. Idaho's state fruit is the Huckleberry. Idaho's state horse is the Appaloosa. Our state fish is the Cutthroat Trout. Idaho's state bird is the Mountain Bluebird.
  10. our state vegatable is, of course, the potato. Idaho is famous for potatoes, producing about one-third of the potatoes grown in the United States.
  11. Idaho is called the "Gem State", because nearly every known type of gemstone has been found in the state of Idaho. More than 72 different precious and semi-precious gemstones are mined from Idaho. Idaho is one of only two places in the world where star garnets can be found in any significant quantities (India is the other).


Idaho State Quarter

Things You Probably Don't Need to Know

  1. In Boise, it’s technically illegal to ride a merry-go-round on Sunday. Luckily, it’s an old law that isn’t usually enforced.
  2. Idaho law forbids a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.
  3. The first alpine chairlift was used in Sun Valley. In 1936 the fee was 25 cents per ride.
  4. The deepest river gorge in North America is Idaho's Hells Canyon (7,900 ft deep).
  5. In the late 1800s, there were several sightings of strange creatures in Bear Lake (on the Idaho/Utah border). The serpent-like monsters were up to 90 feet in length, could move faster than running horses, and were witnessed by several different people. To this day, there are still those who refuse to night fish on the lake.
  6. A person may not be seen in public without a smile on their face in Pocatello, Idaho.
  7. In Idaho, its against the law for anyone over the age of 88 to ride a motorcycle.
  8. Between 1863 (when Abraham Lincoln signed the bill making Idaho a Territory) and statehood (27 years later), the Idaho Territory had 16 governors, four who never set foot in Idaho.
  9. The total length of Idaho's rivers and waterways (over 107,000 miles) could stretch across the US thirty-eight times.
  10. Twin Falls is the location of Evel Knievel’s failed canyon jump.

Boise Idaho

Boise is an amazing place to come home! The Build Idaho real estate team could not be more excited to serve this wonderful community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any of your real estate needs.

Boise Idaho Panoramic of City

Boise (pronounced boy-see), the capital and largest city in the State of  Idaho, is the hub of commerce, banking and government for Idaho.

Located along the Boise River and nestled against Boise foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boise offers many outdoor activities to local residents, from skiing at Bogus Basin Ski Resort to biking on the Boise River Greenbelt to boating at nearby reservoirs.   The Boise area has it all - desert, rivers, mountains and lakes for hiking, camping, kayaking, river rafting, hunting and fishing.

Many large regional, national and international companies are headquartered here, including Simplot Corporation, Boise Cascade, Washington Group, Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard.

Boise is home to Boise State University, the state's largest university with an enrollment of over 18,600 students, as well as 34 grade schools, 9 junior high schools, and 5 high schools.

Boise's climate is characterized as semi-arid with four distinct seasons. Boise experiences hot and dry summers where temperatures can often exceed 100 °F (38 °C), as well as cold winters with fair amounts of snowfall. Rainfall is usually infrequent and light, averaging 1 inch (25 mm) per month. March is the wettest month with an average of 1.41 inches (36 mm). August is the driest month in Boise with 0.30 inches (7.6 mm) of rain. Spring and fall are generally temperate in Boise, ID.

The name "Boise" may actually derive from earlier mountain man usage, which contributed their naming of the river that flows through it. In the 1820s, French Canadian fur trappers set trap lines in the vicinity where Boise now lies. In a high desert area, the tree-lined valley of the Boise River became a prominent landmark. They called this "La Rivière Boisée", which means "the wooded river."

The original Fort Boise was 40 miles (64 km) west, down the Boise River, near the confluence with the Snake River at the Oregon border. This fort was erected by the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1830s. It was abandoned in the 1850s, but massacres along the Oregon Trail prompted the U.S. Army to re-establish a fort in the area in 1863, during the U.S. Civil War. The new location was selected because it was near the intersection of the Oregon Trail and a major road connecting the Boise Basin (Idaho City) and the Owyhee mining areas. Both areas were booming at the time. Idaho City was the largest city in the area, and as a staging area to Idaho City, Fort Boise grew rapidly. Boise was incorporated as a city in 1864. The first capital of the Idaho Territory was Lewiston, but Boise replaced it in 1865. Source

Boise has grown considerably in recent years and is now comparable in size to other mid-size cities at the center of their own metropolitan areas in the United States. Boise frequently receives national recognition for its quality of life and business climate.


Boise Schools

The Boise School District includes 30 elementary schools, 8 junior high schools, 5 high schools and 2 specialty schools. Part of the Meridian School District (the largest district in Idaho) overlaps into Boise city limits.

Post-secondary educational options in Boise include Boise State University and George Fox University, as well as a wide range of technical schools. University of Idaho and Idaho State University each maintain a satellite campus in Boise. Boise is home to Boise Bible College, an undergraduate degree-granting college that exists to train leaders for churches as well as missionaries for the world. Nearby Meridian is home to a campus of the University of Phoenix and neighboring towns Nampa and Caldwell boast Northwest Nazarene University and The College of Idaho respectively. As of May 2007 a community college special district was formed, with the intention of starting a community college in , Nampa, Idaho. Learn more about Boise Idaho Schools.


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