Homes for Sale in Boise Idaho

Homes for sale in BoiseHomes for sale in Boise, Idaho are plentiful!

With a population of over 225,000 people plus surrounding county of another 200,000 there are all kinds of homes for sale in Boise, Idaho.  Besides being the most populous city in the State of Idaho, Boise is also the capital and the county seat for Ada County.  Boise along with Portland and Seattle are the three largest cities in the entire Pacific Northwest.

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Boise consist of five distinct areas:

The North End and Highlands homes built during the late 1800’s – early 1900’s; mostly bungalows on narrow tree-line streets.  The area is north of the capitol building, hence “the north end”  The highlands are the homes in the foothills adjacent to the north end.  These homes were mostly built on the 1970’s.

The East End is everything east of Broadway Avenue and south of the foothills.  This area includes Warm Springs Avenue, named for the prolific hot springs here.  The homes are heat by the hot water from the geothermal springs.  These were the homes built by the wealth miners from the early history of Boise.

Southward and east, the homes for sale in Boise are many here to include the Harris Ranch neighborhood and the thousand of homes that were built near Micron Technologies facility.

The Bench the plateau that overlooks the valley of the Boise, River.  Thousands of homes for sale in Boise can be found here.

West Boise/Ada the area reaching from the Bench out to the city of Meridian, Idaho.

Downtown including the capitol building and the many high-rise office buildings that form the hub of the business district is where the economic engine roars.  Many homes for sale in Boise here consist of high-rise condos and apartments.  The Basque block is also found here, where the basque culture is played out in the many restaurants and playhouses.  Downtown is also home to Boise State University and its famous “blue turf”, Ann Morrison park, Julia Davis park, the Art and history museum and the Center on the Grove.

Garden City follows the Boise River out from the downtown to Eagle, Idaho.  This area encompasses many business and affordable homes for sale in Boise, Idaho.



Accounts differ about the origin of the name. One account credits Capt. B.L.E. Bonneville of the U.S. Army as its source. After trekking for weeks through dry and rough terrain, his exploration party reached an overlook with a view of the Boise River Valley. The place where they stood is called Bonneville Point, located on the Oregon Trail east of the city. According to the story, a French-speaking guide, overwhelmed by the sight of the verdant river, yelled “Les bois! Les bois!” (“The wood! The wood!”)—and the name stuck.

The name may instead derive from earlier mountain men, who named the river that flows through it. In the 1820s, 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.

The locals simply call it the “city of  trees”.


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