The Waterfront District Subdivision
Garden City is one of several dozen cities in the Treasure Valley. It is located between Boise and Eagle on the north side of Boise. It is primarily centralized around Chinden Boulevard and the Boise River and it is that river that gives this neighborhood-- the Waterfront District subdivision-- its magnetism. The Waterfront District subdivision is a small community of condominiums that is located on the shores of the Boise River. It offers various amounts of space for the different sizes of a condo. For instance, there are 2 bedrooms 1 bath units, 2 bedrooms 2 baths units, and even 1 bedroom 1 bath units. They can have different amounts of square footage, but usually, it hovers between 800 and 1,200 square feet a piece.
As far as amenities are concerned, these beautiful little condos are chalk full of them. For example, these units all have attached garages to store their cars, sidewalks to get around the neighborhood, and, of course, nearly instantaneous access to the great Boise River. You can easily enjoy the river during the spring, summer, and fall from your backyard with ease when you live in the Waterfront District. You can swim, fish, wade, and play to your heart’s content. Just be sure to be safe while you are in and near the water as it can be dangerous.
Homes in The Waterfront District Subdivision
The greenbelt is also just out the back of the Waterfront District condominiums. The greenbelt connects residents to the rest of the valley from Lucky Peak Reservoir to Eagle meaning they have access to places like the Garden City Library, Boise State University, and many more popular destinations. There are also dozens of shops just down the road as well as awesome shopping opportunities just up the road in Boise, making the Waterfront District one of the most relaxing and luxurious places to live in the Treasure Valley.
What brings you to the Treasure Valley, however? Is it for a job, for school, or just for fun. Whatever it is, however, you can rest assured that you’ll find it here. The Treasure Valley is one of the dynamic yet underrated parts of the Northwestern United States. It is home to 6+ of the state’s most popular cities as well as over a half a million people. It is a hub for business, agriculture, art, and learning, not to mention good ol’ fun.
If you are coming to the Treasure Valley to work, then you will be pleased to see the vast array of different jobs that are available here. There are jobs in business, in tech, education, music, art, medical, and much more. The top employers in the area, which come from many different industries all together, are Micron Technology, Inc. (a company that specializes in computer memory), Saint Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Hewlett-Packard Company, the J.R. Simplot Co. (one of the largest frozen potato companies in the US), Albertsons, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, and Boise State University.
However, since no one likes to work all the time, we here in the Treasure Valley also have quite of bit of fun things to do. For instance, as many people have probably gathered, Idaho is a very outdoorsy state; it has many places to enjoy the simple beauty of nature whether you walk through it, sleep in it, climb it, or snap a picture of it through a lens. One of the biggest outdoor hobbies that Idaho is known for is its abundant camping spots. If you like to camp, backpack, or anything like that, then you are in luck, you are surrounded by some of the world’s best destinations. You can spend a night near North America’s largest sand dune or spend a week next to the rivers and mountain meadows of the Rockies, whatever suits your fancy.
Hunting and fishing are another two of Idaho’s big pastimes. All throughout the state there are prime hunting and fishing spots for just about any animal. In Idaho you can hunt deer, elk, moose, wolf, pronghorn, black bear, bighorn sheep, ducks, geese, turkeys, and much more-- assuming you have the proper tags and licenses. When it comes to fishing in Idaho, you can always snag yourself some salmon or some steelhead on the North Fork, or on any of the other rivers really. There are also dozens of places to get your guns, bows, and reels serviced so you can always be ready for a trip. (http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/; https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/).
If you are into more of the water sports, there is always boating or swimming at Lucky Peak Reservoir. This man made lake is one of the most popular places to take to the water in the Treasure Valley. It is just up the canyon from Southeast Boise and is lined on either of its sides with docking ramps. It is perfect for any kind of water activity thanks to its usual calm nature.
Hiking and climbing are also very popular pastimes for the people of the Treasure Valley. This is due in part to the foothills region that lies to the east of Boise. They offer miles and miles of hiking trails that lead up to the base of the mountains even; eventually, they lead to great climbing opportunities. Be sure to wear proper gear, though. In the foothills there are plenty of opportunities to see local wildlife and vegetation, so be sure to bring your camera. It is very important to always remember that the foothills are these creatures home so you should always be respectful and careful as you go adventuring about.
If outdoor fun doesn’t strike your fancy, then you need to check out the Treasure Valley’s many sports opportunities. Fans of football, hockey, baseball, and basketball will love it here. However, if you prefer concert music, learning about the world around you, and enjoying art, then you should check out the Boise Philharmonic, Zoo Boise and the Discovery Center, any one of the museums around town, and so on. These opportunities are just as prolific as those of the sporty or outdoor kind. There are also many concert tours that make their way through the valley. Notable performers have included Imagine Dragons, Nick Jonas, Skillet, and many more.
But what people really appreciate in the Treasure Valley is not the entertainment or the outdoors (though they play a large role in people’s decision to move here). No, the real reasons that people are attracted to the Boise area are the low median house price, the low cost of living, and the low crime rate.
Low Median House Price
To understand the low cost of housing here in the valley, let’s look at Boise. Boise is the largest city, as well as the capital city, of Idaho. In the Treasure Valley, the houses of Boise are on the higher end of the price range. They are not the most expensive, but, when using them as a base for analysis, you can rest assured that most other homes will be less than or equal to these in price.
According to one of the nation’s most prestigious real estate websites (Zillow), the median house price in Boise is around $180,000. Where Seattle, on the other hand, is about $521,400 (according to Zillow as well). That is about a $350,000 difference. This means that you could easily buy a house that is much larger, or in a nicer location, than your current one-- if you are moving from Seattle to Boise. Now, keep in mind, this is just Boise v. Seattle. There are also dozens of smaller cities in the Treasure Valley that have significantly lower median house prices than that of Boise.
Low Cost of Living
Even if you can find a house that is within your budget, you must also be able to afford living there. Well, here is another place where Boise comes out ahead. According to a website called Areavibes.com, Boise was 48% less expensive than Seattle thanks to its low cost of food, housing, and amenities. This means that when you add in the amount you saved on your new home you will have almost twice the disposable income here as you would in Seattle (assuming that you pay has not changed).
Low Crime Rate
Let’s use Seattle as an example one more time. Seattle is a fairly safe city, or at least is known to be, but let’s compare it to Boise and see how it fares. In 2014, the City of Seattle reported that there were almost 1,988 reported accounts of aggravated assault. However, in Boise’s 2014 crime report it reported that there were only 412 accounts of aggravated assault. That is quite a significant difference. The Boise area is a safe place to live so you can rest assured that the peace and serenity of the surrounding mountains and plains will not be hindered by any worries about safety.
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Listing information last updated on October 24th, 2021 at 6:19pm MDT.