So you’ve decided to move to Boise, there are several Boise communities to choose among. In order for you to make a decision that is best informed here is an overview of the different areas and their unique characteristics.
The Boise Bench is south of Downtown Boise and sits at an elevation approximately 60 feet. The Bench got this nickname because of the increase in elevation and therefore appears as a step, or as it’s known bench. If you’re worried about proximity to your place of employment, the Bench caters to Federal Way to the east, Cole Road to the west, and Garden City to the north. Orchard Street is a major north-south road to the neighborhood. If you like older residential homes with charm, history, and character then you’ll find them in the Boise Bench, as well as the North End. The Bench is also home to the Boise Union Pacific Depot (photographers hold photo shoots here often) and close to the Boise Airport.
Northwest Boise is snug against the Boise Foothills to the north, State Street to the south, the lovely Eagle, Idaho to the west, and downtown Boise to the east. For those who like to live outdoors but love city amenities then Northwest Boise is for you because of its quick and easy access to the Greenbelt, Downtown, and Veteran’s Memorial Park.
The West Bench is close to the most established mall in the Treasure Valley, Boise Towne Square Mall, and a number of restaurants, businesses, and shops. Cole Road, Fairview Road, Northview, and Milwaukee are all major streets. Winstead Park incorporates a large area of the West Bench, with a border touching Meridian. This area has an nice balance of older and new homes.
Downtown Boise in nicely tucked between the North End, Southeast Boise, Veterans Park, and the Depot Bench. Julia Davis Park (including Zoo Boise), Ann Morrison park, the cultural center, several high-rises and small businesses make up the layout of Downtown Boise. You’ll find a great mix of dining and shopping opportunities with many locally owned boutiques and restaurants.
Boise’s North End is full of those older homes with great architecture and history. Many homes are on the historical register in the North End. 9th street takes you right into Downtown, and 13th street is home to Hyde Park where you’ll find many restaurants and local businesses and a really fun Halloween trick or treat scene every year.
Boise’s East End is the perfect fit for you if you want fast access to the south-central Idaho mountains, the Boise River and the Boise Foothills. Warm Springs lies on the gorgeous Warm Springs Avenue, and is home to the largest and most expensive homes.
Boise is one of the top 10 cities to provide an overall great quality of life. From the entertainment venues, to schools, to the outdoor recreation there is a neighborhood that is sure to meet all of those needs in Boise Idaho.