Sorry for not responding earlier but the market is extremely busy in the Boise area right now. I listed three homes in Boise last Tuesday and just finished typing up the last offer effectively selling all three in just days! I also wrote up three other buyer offers last week. I have been a Realtor here for over 20 years and have never been that busy!
St. Al's is really growing right now. I am even helping one of their key employee's for St. Al's in Canyon County (Nampa/Caldwell area). One thing you will need to find out is which St. Al's he will be based out of. The main facility on Curtis in Boise or in Meridian or possibly even in Eagle. ( I assume you aren't moving to the facilities in Canyon County, but you might double check). I would be glad to share the names of the other employee's at St. Al's I am working with privately if you want to check on references from within.
One thing that most people love is our "rush hour" is really about a half hour and the Boise Town Square Mall is only about a half hour from anywhere in the County.
Most of the acreage properties are in the south and the west part of Ada County. The average sales price is about $150k so you can still build a nice home on acreage for $200k-300k range if we get the land priced right. I am working with another family relocating here that wants a complete horse set up and I am working on a 2296 sq. ft. home on 2 - 5 acres for about $275k. Construction times are about 4-5 months on acreage if we have to do well and septic systems.
I know a great builder that is building homes on acre lots for about $100 a sq. ft. with really nice finishes. I would be glad to send you some of his floor plans and photos if you like.
I recommend talking to several Realtors to make sure you are comfortable with their knowledge and style before you sign any "buyer representation agreements"! I think of it like checking with different doctors before you decide which one you want as your pediatrician, dentist, or family doctor. Just like the medical profession, Realtor's have their unique niches and specialties but we just have a single license here in Idaho.
Hope this helps!
Being within close proximity of St Alphonsus Hospital sounds very important to you. That is what should be addressed first. As far as acres, not so much within 15 minutes of Boise.
Should you like to visit over the phone give me a call at 208-371.7623 or 208.869.7208 and we can discuss your options in a more personal setting. I like to keep my clients information confidential out of respect for you and the Code of Ethics I stand behind.
i don't know why it came up "buying in north end", must have just been the search engine page i landed on. we have no specific ties to any area as we are not from the are (or state!) but yes, would love to be more on the outskirts, with some land and a newer home, close to nature and parks, trails, beatuiful scenary, with neighbors but not right next door. we love to play outside and play guitar, etc when family gets together so some of our 'own' space would be nice. it is encouraging that st al's is within that commute time of some many beautiful places, i can't wait to see your city!
Wishing you much luck with your upcoming interview! Lisa
Let me know if you need anything else. Good luck.
Great Questions...St Alphonsus is very central to Boise. Easy commute from most of the areas surrounding Boise where you could get (acres) for a yard...However, for the price range you are requiring, I think that you would find what you are looking for in Eagle, Star, Middleton, Nampa and Kuna. Middleton, Kuna and Star are little farming towns and are very cute.
Eagle is attached to Boise and is kind of a popular destination for people seeking to live in some higher end home neighborhoods or homes with some land. It can get pricey but there may still be some properties that come up that might fit your requirements.
Nampa is up the freeway from St Alphonsus and would fit your commute time. It has land and homes that are more reasonably priced because it is a 20 minute commute to Boise.
Boise itself doesn't really have a ton of homes that are on acreage that are within your price range and age of home. If you were to find one with the acre+ yard and newer home it would probably be more than your 300 limit unless it was a fixer.
I would love to answer any question you have about the area anytime...I am a Realtor here that specializes in Relocations due to my experience as a military wife. My email is email@example.com, 208-724-3968. Cheers, and Welcome to Idaho!
St. Alphonsus (affectionately known as St. Al's) is centrally located and right off of a freeway exit so there is a lot to choose from within 15-20 minutes of the hospital. There are many great neighborhoods that meet your criteria. For homes closer to 15-20 years old, and some of the very best schools in the region, southeast Boise would be a strong area for your search. Southeast Boise also provides great access to the Boise river, greenbelt and foothills--all features that make Boise a great place to live.
For newer areas, many people chose Meridian. Within Meridian, I hear the most positive raves from parents in the Rocky Mountain High school area. There is a real sense of community amongst Rocky Mountain families and there are great buys on newer homes in the area. The area can be a bit "landlocked" traffic-wise, so would max out your 20 minute commute (probably a bit longer).
You can't go wrong with Boise High and north end schools, but this area is probably going to be out of your price range and homes are much older. My own family lives on the Boise bench and we love it. Borah (along with all of Boise's high schools) are on the Washington Post list of America's Best High Schools. This is also an older area where it would be tough to find a newer home.
A great realtor (wink, wink) can really help you to learn about neighborhoods and zero in on the best places to live. Good luck to you in your search!
You mentioned acreage- would you rather be on the outskirts of town?
I would love to help you narrow it down by getting a little more specific about what you are looking to get out of your time here in Boise. Feel free to call or write anytime!
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