December 12, 2019 at 4:16pm | Jonna Weber
With the holiday season brimming and Boise BOOMING - it can be hard to keep track of everything going on across the valley right now! Here's our monthly recap designed to highlight "all the buzz about Boise". Perfect for life-long Boiseans, newcomers, potential re-locators, and out-of-state investors alike - there is something for everyone.  

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Housing Demand Soar Impact on Ada County Property Taxes
Source: KTVB
According to this KTVB news story, Ada County Assessor Robert McQuade says market value (and basic supply and demand) is one of two key factors that have driven up property taxes. The other primary factor is local taxing districts (such as a school districts or a city) increasing their annual budget (which is capped at 3%). Check out the full news story addressing this issue here.
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Ten Mile Road to be Widened to Five Lanes (New Bridges and Bike Lanes)
Source: KTVB

A $6 million project to widen Ten Mile Road in Meridian is moving forward. Last week the Ada County Highway District approved the project to widen the road from Ustick to McMillan, which will take the road from three lanes to five lanes and will incorporate curbs, gutters, sidewalks and bike lanes. Read the full article here.

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680 Homes Just Approved in Rural Ada County (Despite a 3-Year-Old Ban)
Source: Idaho Business Review

Set on what was once a family-owned ranch, the Dry Creek Ranch subdivision was just cleared to add an additional 680 homes. In addition to the new homes, the project is slated to include a fire station (to be built by the Eagle Fire Department), a commercial center, a community center, a community farm, trails and other amenities. While the Ada County Board of Commissioners voted it in unanimously, this development is certainly not without controversy. Check out all of the details here.
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What it's Like Living in Downtown Boise
Source: Business Insider

Here's a fun article detailing one New Yorker's experience checking out the Boise area. "As someone who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan, I was curious to get a feel for Boise's downtown and see what kind of lifestyle it offers for big-city transplants. After four days, I can, for starters, say this: Boise does not disappoint." Read the full article which references numerous national accolades and highlights several local breweries, farm-to-table restaurants, coffee shops, and luxury apartments here.
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The Best Hotels In Boise (Idaho)
Source: CEO World Magazine

In case you have friends and family coming to visit for the holidays (or are looking to plan a great stay-cation), here is a list of Boise's top accommodations (ranked by CEO World Magazine). And congrats to the Grove Hotel which received top honors.
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Cartoon Map Gives Glimpse of Early 1990s Boise
Source: BoiseDev.com

The team over at BoiseDev.com just recently posted an cartoon map from 1990 (provided by Keleka). Incredible to see the changes - less than a third of the logos/businesses that appear remain (or haven't changed). See the map and check out the full post here.
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Bogus Basin Now Open 7 Days a Week
Source: KIVI Boise

Exciting stuff for the ski bunnies among us - the 2019-2020 Winter Season has officially begun at Bogus Basin. Operations are open and running seven days a week. The tubing hill is also open for the season. Hours are Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance online reservations are required at Bogus Basin's website.
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Treasure Valley Commercial Real Estate Roundup
Source: Idaho Press Tribune

Provided by the team at the Idaho Press Tribune, here's a great roundup of current commercial real estate transactions that have recently occurred across the Treasure Valley.  
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What's Happening In and Around Boise: Calendar of Events
Source: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau

It's true - there really is no place like home for the holidays. And this month Treasure Valley residents (both new and old) are basking in the holiday spirit! Be sure to check out this great calendar to ensure you don't miss any of the fantastic markets, concerts, festivals, expos, etc that are happening. Happy December friends, we hope you have a joyous holiday season!
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