October 01, 2020 at 11:02am | Jonna Weber
Just as we are always keeping a close eye on the Treasure Valley's real estate market, we're also watching for various news stories that highlight changes and happenings in our local area. Here's our monthly high-level recap of many of those stories. Intended for life-long Boiseans, newcomers, potential re-locators, and out-of-state investors alike - there is something for everyone.

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Besides the physical benefits of pedaling a bike, this mode of transportation is great for both the environment and one's pocketbook. Thus, the team at SmartAsset decided to switch gears (pun intended) to discover which U.S. cities are best for cyclists. Unsurprisingly, Boise was among the top 15. To see what other cities made the list, check out the full article here.
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The 6 Best Hikes Near Boise
Source: GearJunkie.com

While there are many great things to love about Boise, one of the best is its access to the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for an all-day adventure or just a quick hour-long hike, the Treasure Valley has plenty for you to explore.   Here's a fun roundup of six popular hikes in or close to Boise.

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Sneak Peak Inside Nampa's New Amazon Warehouse 
Sources:  Idaho Press & KTVB

Idaho Press and KTVB recently provided sneak peaks inside the Treasure Valley's new 650,000 square foot Amazon warehouse. Said to house about 40 million items, this new facility will process hundreds of thousands  of orders daily (and offer approximately 2,000 new jobs). Read the Idaho Press's full article here and/or view KTVB news story here.

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Growing Pains: What Rapid Growth Means For The Future Of The Treasure Valley
Source:  Boise State Public Radio

Here's an interesting listen (and the most recent episode of Boise State Public Radio's "Growing Pains" series) that dives into Boise's rapid growth. This episode features BoiseDev's Don Day as he "helps us wade through the complexities of trying to get two counties, several cities, at least one state agency and a handful of planning departments on the same page." Check it out here.
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Idaho Ranks First Among States for Financial Stability
Source: Idaho's Office of the Governor

Leading all 50 states for best financial shape, Idaho's economic rebound continues to strengthen. According to Governor Brad Little, "We’re far better off in Idaho than elsewhere, thanks to our handling of the pandemic and fiscal conservatism in state government – our management of the state budget and watchful eye on regulations. We are well positioned to handle the ongoing impacts of COVID-19." Read the full article here.

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Cities Where Renters Can Afford to Live Alone – 2020 Edition
Source: Yahoo News

In this study, SmartAsset compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across five metrics: average rent for a unit with fewer than two bedrooms, percentage of housing units with fewer than two bedrooms, median earnings for full-time workers, cost of living, and unemployment rate to determine which cities were most affordable to live alone.  Boise made the Top 10. Read the full article here.

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11 Idaho Restaurants Win Wine Spectator Awards, 6 in Boise Area
Source: Idaho Statesman

For the wine loving foodies among us, deciding where to dine involves two menus: the food menu and the  wine menu. A big congratulations to the following Boise Valley Wine Spectator Award winners: Bella Aquila Ristorante, Capitol Cellars, Chandlers Steakhouse, Fork, Richard's Restaurant and Txikiteo Boise. 

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Idaho Construction Continues to Boom During the Pandemic
Source:  BoiseDev

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the construction industry is at a two-decade high. According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), approximately 54,200 Idahoans are working in construction. The AGC also reported that there are many construction jobs available noting that of Idaho’s 6,893 construction firms, 83% have openings in hourly craft jobs.  

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Giving up "Big-City Lives" in California and Moving to "Small-Town" Boise
Source: Business Insider

As a city deemed "the best place for millennials to live in the US" and one of the fasted growing metros in the country, it's safe to say that Boise is booming. This article summarizes the experiences of three millennials who gave up their  "big-city lives" in California to embrace "small-town life" in Boise.

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Best & Worst Cities to Drive in
Source: WalletHub

The Treasure Valley's increase in traffic over the past several years has undeniably been raised as a top local concern. With that said, according to this article by WalletHub, who compared the 100 largest cities across 31 key indicators of driver-friendliness, Boise remains among the top 5 best.

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