September 05, 2019 at 3:31pm | Jonna Weber
It's hard to believe that summer is over and fall has begun! As always, there's a lot of buzz circulating about Boise and the Treasure Valley area. 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. Enjoy!  

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Boise-Area House Prices Keep Rising. Still, Californians and Utahns Want to Buy Here
Source: Idaho Statesman

As noted in previous newsletters, home construction is booming across the Treasure Valley, and the average price of existing homes continues to set new records. From Boise to Caldwell, the average home price has risen 13.6% (compared to the national average of 5%), and yet, regardless of this well-known and documented price hike, Boise remains a top pick for many out-of-staters looking to relocate. In fact, according to Realtor.com, Boise recently ranked No. 2 on their list of "cities with the most out-of-state views on its website". According to this informative article, Boise home prices continue to "feel like a steal” to out-of-state buyers looking to leave similarly sized cities.

American's Best Drivers Report 2019
Source: Allstate

On the heels of Labor Day weekend travels, this may (or may not) ring true to you, but Boise was recently recognized as having the safest drivers across the nation. According to this new set of rankings “Drivers in Boise, Idaho, are the country's safest when taking into account population density”.

2019’s Best Real Estate Markets
Source: WalletHub

In an attempt to rank the nation's best real-estate markets, WalletHub compared 300 cities across two key dimensions, “Real-Estate Market” and “Affordability & Economic Environment.” In the midsize cities bucket, Boise landed at the very top of the list. Read the full article here.

 

America’s Best Basque Food is in Boise, Idaho
Source: Matadornet.com

According to the Boise Basque Museum and Cultural Center, there are approximately 15,000 Basque descendants currently living in Idaho’s Treasure Valley, as well as “a treasure trove of Basque-themed restaurants and bars. Enough, in fact, to make a worthwhile Basque culinary crawl.” Check out the full article to learn more about Boise’s booming Basque scene.

The Cost of Living: Boise, Idaho
Source: Livability.com

Noted as being #1 on a recent Top 100 Best Places to Live in America article and praised for being a “beautiful, welcoming, rapidly growing city”; Boise is the subject of this recent compilation piece in which a local resident describes her experience living here (and specifically how it impacts her checkbook). Curious to see how your personal experience compares to one resident’s ‘Cost of Living in Boise Diary’? Check out the full article here.

Cheapest Places to Live in the West
Source: Sunset

Although it’s undeniable that the general cost of living has increased across the Treasure Valley, we remain quite lucky to still be considered “reasonably affordable” when compared to similarly sized cities across the nation. In this colorful article, Boise was recognized as the being the most affordable town “that’s also an awesome place to live”.

10 Cities With Up-And-Coming Coffee Cultures
Source: MarketWatch

While Idaho tends to be synonymous with potatoes, Boise’s emerging coffee scene has increasingly been receiving accolades at the national level. It sure is fun to see the wide variety of lists of "bests" that Boise lands on! Check out this fun article to read about Boise's rockin' coffee scene (and to discover their pick for Boise’s "Coolest Coffee Shop").

What's Happening In and Around Boise: Calendar of Events
Source: Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau

There really is always something happening in Boise! From concerts, art exhibits, festivals, and family fun - our valley seems to bursting with fun experiences. So if you're looking for something to do tonight (or tomorrow, or this weekend, or next week, etc.) take a look at this great calendar to discover something new to experience.  

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