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An undulating city skyline that blends perfectly with its mountainous surroundings, Boise is one of the most starkly beautiful cities in the country. The Boise River twists through the center of the city, adding to the wild splendor that permeates the landscape. Boise rises from a high desert plain in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. This area is called Treasure Valley, and it is definitely a treasure. This remote city surrounded by mountain peaks is remarkably self-contained with a strong school system, a thriving economy, and plenty of entertainment – especially of the adventurous sort.
Nicknamed the “City of Trees,” the capital city was founded in 1863 when French Canadian fur trappers discovered this tree-lined oasis and called it “La riviere boisee,” or “the wooded river.” Today, Boise is a large city with a population around 214,000. It is home to Boise State University, Boise Art Museum, and a terrific downtown complete with a town square. Many companies are headquartered in Boise, including Albertsons, WinCo Foods, and Micron Technology.
Ready for a life in a gorgeous, tree-filled city that delivers a beautiful river and mountains as an action-packed backyard? Want to spend your free time skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, tubing, and mountain-climbing? Get the scoop on Boise apartments, then head for the hills!
Things to Do in Boise:
Skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding in Bogus Basin, hiking the 25-mile riverside Greenbelt path, floating on a tube down the river, boating, bicycling, ice skating, swimming – Boise’s list of outdoor adventures is long and action-packed! But there’s more to do in Boise than ski down a mountain, enjoy a lazy day on the river, and hike. Boise has a beautiful downtown filled with shops and restaurants. The city offers plenty of museums and theaters to enjoy, and it is a college town, home to Boise State University. But the landscape is so spectacular you’ll love having ample time to enjoy it once you’ve rented a Boise apartment.
Downtown Boise is home to Julia Davis Park, a beautiful municipal park on the Boise River – the first of a string of parks that dot the river, known as the “String of Pearls.” The Boise River Greenbelt runs through the park, which also offers river access, a playground, a tennis court, a pond with paddle boats, and a rose garden. This large park also houses several museums and attractions, including the Boise Art Museum, Zoo Boise, and the Gene Harris Band Shell. Students of Boise State University have access to the park across a pedestrian bridge.
Boise National Forest covers 2.5 million acres. This impressive park features the North Fork Payette River Canyon and the soaring Trinity Mountain. The park contains more than 500 trails and 250 lakes and reservoirs. Activities in the forest include bicycling, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, OHV riding, picnicking, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, swimming, boating, rafting, kayaking, and fishing.
Boise has a large Basque community, estimated at about 15,000 residents. Downtown Boise has a strip called the “Basque Block” along Grove Street that features Basque restaurants, bars, the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, and the Basque Market – the ideal place to get imported ceramics, specialty items, imported meats and cheeses, paella, and tapas. The area also has several festivals and events, such as the annual Wine Fest, the Sheepherder’s Ball, and the St. Ignatius Basque Festival.
Downtown Boise is a terrific location for shopping, dining, and nightlife. The downtown area features public art, murals, and a variety of art galleries and museums. Once you’ve unpacked your new apartment in Boise, head to the Discovery Center, a hands-on science center. Or catch an event or show at the Boise Centre on the Grove, an 85,000-square-foot convention center. It opens onto Grove Plaza, the site of many annual events.
Visit the Idaho Aquarium, catch a performance at the Boise Contemporary Theater, attend the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and visit the Velma V. Morrison Center — Idaho’s premier performing arts center — to enjoy a variety of performances and special events. College sports fans can cheer on the Boise State Broncos at Albertson’s Stadium.
What to Consider When Moving to Boise:
Yes, Boise is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. But it is also a city filled with culture, events, shops, restaurants, museums, and more. Boise is the capital of Idaho and the county seat of Ada County. It is a large city, covering about 64 square miles. When looking at Boise apartments, be sure to check out the diverse and exciting neighborhoods available.
Downtown Boise has some terrific areas filled with sidewalk cafes and charming boutiques. This is where you’ll find nightlife, great events, and popular attractions. Downtown Boise is where the action is, home to the Boise Art Museum, the Capitol Building, Julia Davis Park, and the Basque Block.
Boise State University is located just south of downtown. The area surrounding the university is dominated by apartments, book stores, pubs, and restaurants that cater to the college crowd. The area is home to the Albertsons Stadium, the Taco Bell Arena, and the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts.
The Bench is a unique name for a unique neighborhood. The Bench actually resembles a step – it sits on a steep rise above the downtown area. This neighborhood is close to the Boise Airport.
West Boise is a terrific neighborhood for shoppers. The area contains the largest mall in the state – Boise Towne Square. It also contains strip malls, restaurants, and several apartment communities. In contrast, the North End is a quiet neighborhood filled with trees. It also contains the Hyde Park Historic District, a terrific area that contains specialty shops and restaurants. Hyde Park also hosts the annual Hyde Park Street Fair, a popular event that includes a parade and live music.
Why Boise Apartments Are Hot:
Tucked into the foothills of the Rockies and home to the stunning Boise River, the untamed landscape offers every outdoor adventure imaginable, from cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing to zip-lining, mountain climbing, and camping to swimming, fishing, and boating. Attractions in Boise include hot springs, sand dunes, mountain lakes, and the famous Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.
Time Magazine recognized Boise in 2014, naming it the number one city for “getting it right.” Boise has also been named one of the best mid-size cities for entrepreneurs by Inc.com, the number one best city for men by Men’s Health, one of the ten best places to live by US News & World Report, one of the best towns in the West by Outside Magazine, and one of the best places for business and careers by Forbes Magazine in 2008.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Boise State University
- American Institute of Health Tech Inc.
- Boise Bible College
- ITT Technical Institute
- University of Phoenix Idaho
Nearby Military Bases
- Boise State University, home to the Broncos college football team.
- A large Basque community with restaurants, a museum, and market.
- Outdoor fun includes golfing, skiing, boating, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.
- As the capital of Idaho, Boise is a cultured city with museums and art galleries.
- Fishing in Barber Park and Ann Morrison Park, and floating down the Boise River.
- Downtown Boise offers great nightlife, excellent shopping, and fabulous dining.