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"Which foothills neighborhood is the best to live?"


Which foothills neighborhood is the best to live? - 2/3/2007
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Tricia

I will be relocating to the Boise area and would like to live in the foothills. I am trying to understand which are the best neighborhoods to live if you have small children (schools) and would like to be maximum 15 minutes from downtown. I have looked at Morningside, Quail Ridge, and Terra Nativa. All seem nice, but need to get a local's perspective. Real estate always has subtle differences that you usually have to live in a place for a while to get a feel for. What are the differences between these three neighborhoods? Price is not really a factor and would appreciate any other suggestions, since I will visiting in March.

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Jason
Baltimore, MD

Live able but not greatest place - 12/31/2015

I agree with all of the good and also with all of the bad, as well. People are not trying to pump up Boise nor keep people away. Be warned, a lot of people love or hate Boise. It is nice and safe and very, very white generic lifestyle. That appeals to some and repulsive to others. Your call. Not really my taste but liveable. Had worse and had better living experiences. The air and water quality are bad. The wages low! Housing is either over priced historic or very generic cheap. But people have manners and are very low key. There are good parks and trails to use that are almost laughably deserted (more people about shopping here) but there is a really bad lack of green that I am used to, that is really tough on me personally. And I hate the conservative biased bigoted politics. Cannot read the paper, nor do most people though. Everyone just kinda lives unto themselves or own neighborhood-church and stays out of politics. Frustratingly blasé that way. But appeals to a lot of people from worse places. In general, schools are safe but not that great. Boise in general for me is generically "decent" place. But not doing it for me overall.

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Charles
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Great place to live - 9/15/2015

Great place to live.

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Boise
Eagle, ID

Boise, the good the bad. - 12/14/2014

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patricia
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Boise, not Boise City - 4/25/2014

I don't know where else to say this, but Boise City, folks, is in Oklahoma. Boise is in Idaho, and is the capital. It is known as the City of Boise, Les Bois (ley-bwah')-for 'the trees', but never Boise City. I may return to my hometown of Boise in the future, I have always loved it and have been away too long. There is so much beauty and variety of everything there. It is a cultural hub to be enjoyed.

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Connie
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It's Boise -- NOT Boise City - 8/31/2013

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Julie
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High School - 3/13/2013

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Steve
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Crime Rate - 1/26/2013

Crime rate is Boise is pretty low due good work by the police.

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David
Katy, TX

Desert Oasis - 9/13/2012

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David
Katy, TX

Desert Oasis - 9/13/2012

I fell in love with Boise right away. Truly the city for someone who loves the outdoors, is looking for a family oriented settings, and wants most of the perks of a big city without the big city. Cost of living is low, the desert keeps the summer heat dry, the valley keeps the winters relatively mild, and the foothills provide a beautiful backdrop from any place in town.

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Robbilee
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Best Place In The Country! - 9/7/2012

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Madison
Boise, ID

A little misleading - 9/6/2012

The weather and Climate rating is a bit misleading. The highest highs for this city consistently hits triple digits throughout the summer. Some people don't mind it, personally I wish I had a pool. I feel that the local water is kind of icky and over saturated with people, but I lived in and frequent McCall(guess I'm spoiled).

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Madison
Boise, ID

Weather - 9/6/2012

Wow, the weather portion of this is a little misleading. It reaches well above 90 on the hottest days here. Most years we hit at least 104, this year we hit 106. I'm not talking we hit 106 one time it was in the triple digits for most of the summer. It cooled down to 90 about September 2nd. This bothers me but I've talked to a few people from Wyoming who appreciate the mild winter and don't mind the heat at all. I will also mention that if you want to beat the heat by swimming, get a pool. I find the water here kind of icky and too saturated with people, but I lived in McCall for a while so I guess I'm spoiled.

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Madison
Boise, ID

Boise Cost of living - 9/5/2012

I was born and raised here, I've never had any trouble coming up with a job, or paying the rent. My husband and I bought our first home last year. We are 22 and 23. Neither one of us has a degree but are living extremely comfortably. The North end is really charming, and where I grew up, but really expensive. If you are looking for low cost housing that isn't a postage stamp venture to the bench or if you're a student check out the broadway area.

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Abhd
Kuna, ID

No comment - 8/30/2012

No comment

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Norma
Lexington, MA

Correct name of capitol is Boise NOT "Boise City" - 8/14/2012

As a native Boisean I call Sperling's attention to an error. The capitol of Idaho is Boise, period. It is nicknamed the "City of Trees" located on the Snake River in Treasure Valley. Please correct this error on your pulldown menu for Idaho. There is no "Boise City.". Please stop perpetuating this mistake. (Idaho City is a real city; so is Silver City.) I now live in Boston ( not Boston City) and am visiting New York City (not New York CityCity.)

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Marti
Boise, ID

Safe, friendly, lovely and great access to hiking, - 7/12/2012

Great place to live. Low stress and super friendly people

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Ann
Garden City, ID

Political Issue will affect air quality - 7/12/2012

When we retired from the military we moved to Boise in 2005 after reading about it as being a best place to live. Our biggest disappointment has been the air quality. Now, a very low end waste-to-energy plant is in the works which will make the condition worse. While it sounds green and promising, unfortunately the planned facility and processes include importing tires and trash to burn for energy without using available highend equipment to filter out particles. I do not recommend this area for people who value good air quality.

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bill
Boise, ID

Great Weather - 7/2/2012

Four seasons. Hot and dry in the summer. Cool in the spring and fall. Not too cold in the winter and the snow typically does not stick around too long.

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Jill
Boise, ID

So much to do!! - 2/24/2012

Boise has it all. At certain times of the year, you can ski, mountain bike, kayak, and rock climb in THE SAME DAY! All with in 20 miles of the city.

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Abhd
St. Helens, OR

missing idaho - 12/6/2011

I love boise, idaho. I have lived in boise, nampa for many years. I raised my kids in the area. I love everything about boise. The weather is wonderful. The people are friendly and nice. Parks are beautful. Close to so much nature and beauty of the outdoors. The only thing I am sad about is I do not live there anymore. I got married and moved to oregon. And I am stuck here for 12 more years until my husbond can retire. So all you folks that have the chance to move to boise go for it. And for now I will be dreaming of that sunshine and clean fresh air and sunsets with bright orange and pink.

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