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July
18

Western Idaho Fair: What to Expect in 2022

Western Idaho Fair

Since 1897, the Western Idaho Fair has been summer's main event near Boise homes for sale. Find out why our real estate agents expect that this year's version, appropriately dubbed "The Big Social," will once again be the highlight of the season.

History of the Fair

Around the turn of the 20th century, Boise was relatively isolated from other cities. The Intermountain Fair was designed as a way for the communities to connect, as Boise showcased their strong agricultural foundation.

In 1936, Ada County appointed a fair board to oversee what was now known as the Western Idaho Fair. The event expanded with the times to include carnival rides and games.

While the fair has generated an increase in local business, financial troubles caused sporadic closings over the years. Since the mid-1980s, the Western Idaho Fair has been entirely self-supporting, with no taxpayer funding. Today, as the fair celebrates 125 years, more than a quarter of a million people attend annually.

Acts and Attractions

From animal exhibits to strolling violinists, the fair features entertainment appealing to all ages and interests. Here's a look at some of the most anticipated attractions:

  • 4-H and Future Farmers of America are staging show competitions for a wide range of animals, from horses to guinea pigs (or cava). There will also be a number of educational seminars and displays, such as "Alpaca 101" and the Mobile Dairy Classroom.

  • What's a fair without motorsports? Adrenaline junkies can get their fill at the Octane Addiction shows, featuring top freestyle riders on snowmobiles, motorcycles, and quads. Little ones can join the fun with the kids' pedal tractor races.

  • Are you the BBQ master in your family? How far can you toss a 3.5-pound skillet? You can also show off your skills and win prizes in myriad categories including flower arranging, cake baking, umbrella decorating, photography, and more. Spend time wandering through the exhibition buildings to view hundreds of displays, crafts, and art.

  • Once again, a full selection of carnival rides and games will be on hand for everyone, whether you're a daredevil or you prefer tamer thrills.

  • Fair food is the stuff of legends, and the eats at the Western Idaho Fair lead the pack. The award-winning Idaho ice cream potato was named to the "50 Best Fair Foods" list by Food Network. Other mouthwatering treats include hand-dipped Party Pups, onion blooms, turkey legs, and deep-fried Snickers.

  • Strolling entertainers keep you amused as you wait in line for rides or stop for a refreshment break. Watch for violinists, clowns, and Robocars that are real-life Transformers.

Grandstand Shows

Plan to enjoy big-name concerts during fair week. Admission is included with your fair ticket. Seating is first-come, first-served.

  • Chris Janson: Monday, August 22

  • Ja Rule and Ashanti: Tuesday, August 23

  • Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo: Wednesday, August 24

  • Stone Temple Pilots: Thursday, August 25

  • Billy Currington: Friday, August 26

All shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Dates and Information

  • The 2022 Western Idaho Fair runs from Friday, August 19, through Sunday, August 28.

  • Gates open at 11 a.m. on weekends and noon on weekdays. Closing time is 11 p.m. except on the final day, which ends at 9 p.m.

  • Adult admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the gate, while kids aged 6-11 are $8 and $9, respectively. Carnival wristbands for all ages are $30 and $35. Combo packs are $70 and $150 and may be purchased in advance only.

  • Enjoy free admission from noon - 2 p.m. on opening day with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Idaho Foodbank.

  • Expo Idaho fairgrounds are located at 5610 N. Glenwood St., Garden City, ID 83714.

Life in Boise is full of fun and tradition. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us.

July
5

Theater in Boise: Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Boise Shakespeare

The theater is alive and well in Boise! Every summer, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents classics in a beautiful setting that's only a stone's throw from the Boise River, and the 2022 season is no exception. 

A typical season for the festival includes five or six productions, each shown multiple times between June and September in a spectacular outdoor amphitheater. As always, our real estate agents are excited to see what the Idaho Shakespeare Festival has in store for us this summer. 

About the Venue

Located just minutes from these Boise homes for sale, Idaho Shakespeare Festival events take place at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater surrounded by a wooded habitat reserve. It's a state-of-the-art facility that was designed to naturally amplify the human voice. 

The Amphitheater seats 770, but there's also a spacious general-admission lawn area overlooking the stage. General admission patrons are welcome to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs. There is also an option to reserve a specific tableside spot with a chair already set up. 

Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and drink as well. The on-site Café Shakespeare also offers a wide range of refreshments, including gourmet deli items, picnic dinners, desserts, and beverage options, including beer and wine.

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has been going strong since 1977, and attendance over the course of a season often exceeds 50,000 people. After being forced to cancel the season due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, we're thrilled to welcome the festival back for 2022!

Idaho Shakespeare Festival 2022 Season

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival presents a different slate of stage productions every season, and contrary to what some may expect, it's not all Shakespeare! As is usually the case, this season includes some of the Bard's most well-known works, along with several more modern plays.

The 2022 season began with an amazing and now-concluded run of Shakespeare's classic, Much Ado About Nothing. But that was just the beginning! Be sure to catch these upcoming shows (and check out the festival's official calendar for more details): 

  • Ain't Misbehavin' (June 17- July 9) - Showcasing the show-stopping music of legendary jazz musician Thomas "Fats" Waller, this Tony award-winning musical features five actors performing some of Waller's greatest songs.

  • Romeo and Juliet (July 15- 30) - Arguably the most famous of William Shakespeare's many classic works, this tale of love and loss between two star-crossed lovers from rival families has resonated with audiences across centuries. 

  • Little Shop of Horrors (August 5- 27) - A classic musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, revolves around a florist whose chance for success and romance comes with the help of a giant man-eating plant.

  • The 39 Steps (September 2-25) - One of the most exciting entries into the 2022 lineup, this fast-paced whodunit packs in both laughter and thrills and has been described as Alfred Hitchcock meets Monty Python!

Whichever shows you choose to attend, be sure to get your seat early. Most dates include pre-show events such as live music and beer or wine tastings, which are not to be missed! Check their website for any schedule changes due to Covid.

Boise has earned a reputation as a hub for arts and culture, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us today to learn more about life in Idaho, and be sure to ask our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Boise and the surrounding areas. 

June
6

Summer Baseball and Softball Games Throughout Boise

Boise Baseball
Summer is just around the corner, and our real estate agents are ready to play ball!

If your search for Boise homes for sale brings you to the area during the summer, you're sure to hear about the busy athletic scene. In addition to home games played by our Boise Hawks, there are plenty of athletic clubs and leagues all across Boise. These cater to kids, teens, and adult players of varying skill levels.

Whether you want to spectate, play, or volunteer to support local sports, it's easy to get involved. Let's learn all about summer games in Boise!

Watch the Boise Hawks this Summer

There's nothing like spending a summer evening out on the baseball diamond. And while playing is fun, there's also a lot of enjoyment in watching talented athletes play America's Favorite Pastime. Our local Boise Hawks play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Garden City. With a capacity of 3,452 baseball fans, the stadium hosts many fun evenings throughout the summer that the whole family will enjoy.

Check out their full 2022 summer schedule to find a date that fits your family's schedule. Besides the fun a baseball game has to offer, there are promotional evenings, that add an extra layer to an already memorable night. These include "Fireworks Fridays", Hawks' Kids Club on Sunday games, and Tuesdays is Bark in the Park (where yes you can bring your canine friend along!). 

Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues

Have a budding baseball talent in your family? Throughout the Valley, there are a number of leagues that your child will love playing in during the summer months.

With options available in the North Boise, West Boise, South Boise, Ada, and Nampa areas, you're sure to find an option close to home that'll help your baseball player improve and grow their skills. These leagues are great ways to meet new people and to get to know more about Boise area parks. Research the closest option for your family.

Adult Softball Leagues from Boise Parks and Recreation

Adults, don't feel left out – Boise also has plenty of athletic opportunities for you, too! If you're raring for adult softball action, Boise Parks and Recreation is here to help with its schedule of weeknight adult softball leagues for players at all levels. Registration is offered by team only.

With the typical registration season taking place June 3-24, Gold and Senior Season games are played between July 25 and October 7, while Sunday Season games are held between July 31 and October 9. Players may register even if they are not from the Boise area (for a slightly increased fee.)

If you are a prospective player who is not yet affiliated with a team, all is not lost. You can call Boise Parks and Recreation directly at (208) 608-7651 to be placed on a pick-up player list that established teams will consult. Remember that adult softball games are subject to rain delays and cancellations!

Visit City of Boise Parks and Recreation for the latest rules and schedule.

Ready to get in on the action? Contact us to learn more about Boise real estate.

May
16

Disc Golf Courses Near Boise

Boise Disc Golf

Think you've mastered Frisbee? Take your game up to another level. Test your aim and consistency on these enjoyable disc golf courses around Boise homes for sale

  • Ann Morrison Park - 1000 S. Americana Blvd., Boise, ID 83706
    Located alongside the Boise River, Ann Morrison Park is 153 acres of paradise for outdoor sports lovers. In addition to an 18-hole disc golf course, the park features bocce courts, horseshoe pits, an outdoor gym, tennis courts, softball diamonds, and a playground. After your round of disc golf, take Fido for a romp at Together Treasure Dog Island, an off-leash area for swimming and playing. Ann Morrison Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Eagle Island State Park - 165 S. Eagle Island Pkwy., Eagle, ID 83616
    Eagle Island State Park is home to what has been acclaimed as one of the best disc golf courses in the state. The challenging 19-hole course is so popular that it's given rise to Welcome to the Chain Gang, a disc golf club exclusive to the park with the goal of promoting the sport. Cool off after a hot game with a trip down the waterslide or a refreshing swim. The entry fee to the park, not far from Eagle homes for sale, is $7 per vehicle, but there is no additional charge to use the disc golf course. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily.

  • Osborne Park - 2830 S. Avondale Ave., Nampa, ID 83686
    Developed in 2006, Osborne Park is a delightful 11-acre green space tucked away near Nampa homes for sale. The Elijah Pathway enables visitors to take a pleasant stroll around the grounds, which include a scenic pond. Other amenities include an open play area, horseshoe pit, and BBQ area. A nine-hole disc golf course was added in 2009 to expand the available activities. Osborne Park opens 30 minutes before dawn and closes 30 minutes after dusk.

  • Mallard Park - 15200 S. 10th Ave., Caldwell, ID 83607
    If nine holes aren't enough of a challenge, head over to Mallard Park and its 18-hole disc golf course. Enthusiasts appreciate that this course is adaptable to all levels of experience and skill. The newest park by Caldwell homes for sale offers beautiful views of Lake Lowell along with a playground, basketball court, and walking paths. Hours are 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.

  • Bogus Basin - 2600 N. Bogus Basin Rd., Boise, ID 83702
    Bogus Basin is the center of a multitude of outdoor activities all year long. There's skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in winter, followed by biking, hiking, and climbing in summer. While many of the activities are fee-based, the 18-hole disc golf course on Bitterroot is open to the public at no charge. Hours are sunrise to sunset daily.

  • Lucky Peak State Park - 74 Arrowrock Rd., Boise, ID 83716
    Swimming, boating, biking, and fishing are a short 10 minutes away from downtown Boise at Lucky Peak State Park. The 2,750-acre facility includes three distinct units with their own assortment of features. Sandy Point, at the past of Lucky Peak Dam, includes a large swimming area and beach with two volleyball courts and a newly-added 18-hole disc golf course. Entry fee is $7 per vehicle, with no additional charge for disc golf. Lucky Peak is open daily from sunrise to sunset, while hours at Sandy Point are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Let our real estate agents help you "ace" your sale or purchase of a Boise home. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson to get started.

April
18

Visit the Idaho Botanical Garden This Spring

Botanical Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden is more than just a garden. This 33-acre space is also a living museum, a youth education center, an event venue, and a cultural hub in the heart of Boise. With the spring wildflowers in full bloom, now is one of the best times to visit the garden.

Spring is a great season to visit the Idaho Botanical Garden, and our real estate agents are here to be your tour guides! These are just a few of the can't-miss sights and events you should catch at the Idaho Botanical Garden this season: 

  • Garden Tours
    Exploring the rich plant life at the Idaho Botanical Garden is always a great way to spend a day in Boise. Visitors can take a self-guided tour any day of the week between 9 am and 5 pm. It usually takes 60 to 90 minutes to stroll through the grounds and see all the major features, but you may be tempted to linger in many of the themed garden areas. Guided Tours are also available for groups of 10 or more and can be planned in advance by reservation. The gardens are located on Old Penitentiary Road in Boise, just minutes from many Boise homes for sale.

  • Summer Concert Series
    Some of the most exciting events of the year at the Idaho Botanical Garden take place during the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series. Outlaw Field is the large outdoor live music and event space at the Idaho Botanical Garden, and it hosts a wide range of live performances throughout the summer months. Upcoming concerts to look forward to in 2022 include Lord Huron (May 29), Ween (June 28), and the Avett Brothers (July 12). 

  • Classes and Workshops
    If you've ever wanted to learn more about nature and develop your own green thumb, the Idaho Botanical Garden is a great place to do so. Workshops and Classes are available at the garden throughout the calendar year, offering learners of all ages unique opportunities to acquire skills ranging from growing vegetables and arranging spring wildflowers to bird identification and plant photography. Upcoming offerings change with the seasons, so be sure to check the Idaho Botanical Garden's events calendar to see what's coming up!

  • Garden Sculpture & Art
    The Idaho Botanical Garden is as much an art gallery as it is a garden, and you'll find one-of-a-kind sculptures and art scattered throughout its landscape. Some of the most fascinating are the salvaged scrap metal sculptures of Dr. Maximilian Kaslo, which are located throughout the garden. All told, there are dozens of artworks scattered across the garden, representing more than 15 individual artists. 

  • Youth Learning Opportunities
    Few things are more gratifying than visiting the Idaho Botanical Garden with kids and watching them learn and explore as they develop their relationship with the natural world. There are always exciting Learning Opportunities for Kids at the Idaho Botanical Garden, including garden play dates, field trips, and week-long summer nature camps. Registration is still open for this summer's nature camps, which include themes like "Outback Idaho," "Pollinator Patrol," and "Garden Explorers."

When it comes to exploring all the opportunities Boise has to offer, the Idaho Botanical Garden is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us today to learn more about exploring Boise and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in Idaho. 

April
4

5 Boise Yoga Studios to Visit

Boise Yoga Studios

Yoga is a great way to take care of both your body and your mind at the same time. Whether you're a beginner wanting to try it out to see if yoga suits your needs, or you're an advanced student looking for a place to fine-tune your skills, Boise has some great yoga studios. 

Our real estate agents know that there is so much to love about living in the Boise area, thanks to the area's many small businesses! Be sure to stop by one of these local yoga studios. 

  1. Yoga for Wellness, LLC - 1175 East Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise, ID 83706
    If you're looking for a yoga studio that specializes in restorative yoga, Yoga for Wellness, LLC is for you. This Boise studio offers yoga classes that are accessible for different skill levels and beneficial for everyone. Choose from Nidra, therapeutic, chair yoga, slow flow yoga, and more, all under the supervision of a studio director who carries an Integrative Restoration Institute certification in meditation instruction. Need a break from your busy life? Yoga for Wellness also offers yoga retreats.

  2. Yoga Tree of Boise - 1674 West Hill Road, Boise, ID 83702
    Yoga Tree of Boise is a unique studio that is close to many Boise homes for sale and is truly a part of the community, as they provide classes for a range of skill levels, host local events, foster education, and hold yoga workshops. Their all-level classes include traditional yoga, such as restorative, yin, and slow flow, but also some specialized and fun classes, like yoga barre, rock 'n' flow yoga, and of course, yoga for the kiddos.

  3. 28th Street Barre - 1602 North 28th Street, Boise, ID 83703
    Not sure traditional yoga is for you? Check out 28th Street Barre. This unique yoga studio mixes yoga with music, dance, barre, and pilates for a full-body workout that's never boring. Choose from various classes that range from more traditional, such as yoga flow, to unique options such as Power Party Sculpt and Deep Dance Experience.

  4. Dash Aerial Yoga - 819 West Idaho Street, Boise, ID 83702 
    Speaking of something different, be sure to check out Dash Aerial Yoga. This aerial yoga studio gives you the chance to practice your yoga in a wholly unique way: while suspended in the air from a silk hammock. Dash Aerial Yoga offers a variety of classes suitable for a range of yoga skill levels, and no prior aerial experience is required.

  5. Zen Riot Yoga & Wellness Studio - 5333 Franklin Road, Boise, ID 83705
    Offering a variety of class types, you are sure to find a class for your schedule and to improve your yoga practice at Zen Riot Yoga & Wellness Studio. Whether you opt for a relaxing restorative class or a class to improve flexibility and strength, the instructors at this studio are here to help. Besides their usual class schedule, keep an eye out for their yoga retreats and yoga teacher training.

No matter which studio you choose, yoga is a great way to relax, find peace, have fun, and get in touch with your community. To start the search for your dream home in one of Boise's neighborhoods, contact us today.

February
7

The Hockey Fan's Guide to Boise

Boise Hockey

Whether you're looking for a hockey league to join, a place to practice on your skates, or a hockey class for your kids, Boise has a lot to offer. Our real estate agents are happy to offer this helpful guide to hockey in Boise. 

Professional Hockey in Boise

The Idaho Steelheads are a minor league pro hockey team based in Boise. The Steelheads played their first season in 1997-98 and have been an affiliate of the NHL's Dallas Stars since 2003. 

Perhaps a little surprisingly, the Idaho Steelheads play in the ECHL—the East Coast Hockey League—and are the westernmost team in the league. They've won the ECHL's Kelly Cup championship in 2004 and 2007. 

The Steelheads play at Idaho Central Arena, just outside Downtown Boise and a stone's throw from many Boise homes for sale. This state-of-the-art facility has a seating capacity of 5,002 for ice hockey games. 

Adult Hockey Leagues

A spacious recreation center in Southeast Boise, Idaho IceWorld offers two indoor skating rinks with numerous options for adult hockey. Several different hockey leagues are formed multiple times a year here and are largely run by Boise Parks & Recreation. 

If you're interested in playing, you can choose between the A/Advanced League, B League, and C League, depending on your skill and experience level. A Women's League is also available.

Keep in mind that no matter which league you choose, a current, valid USA Hockey membership is required. Opportunities for pick-up hockey are also often available at Idaho IceWorld (learn more here). As with adult hockey leagues, all pick-up players must be 18 or older. 

Learn & Practice Hockey in Boise

Regularly scheduled 'Stick Times' are also scheduled at Idaho IceWorld, so check their current calendar for upcoming opportunities. Stick Times offers an opportunity to practice your skating, stick handling, and other skills.

Stick Times are perfect for adult hockey players who haven't been in the ice in a while and might be feeling a little rusty. You can sign up for sessions and pay the fee individually or purchase a Stick Time Punch Pass in advance, which is good for 10 sessions. 

Idaho IceWorld also hosts Hockey Learn to Play (HLTP) classes for total hockey newbies. These classes are designed for kids in various age groups and include foundational skills like skating, basic hockey stance, knee bend, and how to hold a stick. 

Youth Hockey Leagues

A lot of exciting opportunities are available for kids in Boise who are enthusiastic about playing hockey! First and foremost are the Junior Steelheads, the Boise Youth Amateur Hockey Association's official competitive travel ice hockey program. 

Youth Hockey Leagues are also available at Idaho IceWorld, ranging from the Mite League (ages 5 to 8) all the way up to High School League. USA Hockey membership is required, and scholarships are available. 

The Fire Blades—Idaho IceWorld's girls' house travel team—is open to ages 11 to 19 and is a great opportunity for girls to play at a competitive level. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Boise and the surrounding areas. When you're on the hunt for your Idaho dream home, our real estate agents are here to help every step of the way. 

November
6

Should You Renovate or Move?

The last 18 months changed what many buyers are looking for in a home. Recently, the American Institute of Architects released their AIA Home Design Trends Survey results for Q3 2021. The survey reveals the following:

  • 70% of respondents want more outdoor living space
  • 69% of respondents want a home office (48% wanted multiple offices)
  • 46% of respondents want a multi-function room/flexible space
  • 42% of respondents want an au pair/in-law suite
  • 39% of respondents want an exercise room/yoga space

If you're a homeowner who wants to add any of the above, you have two options: renovate your current house or buy a home that already has the spaces you desire. The decision you make could be determined by factors like:

  1. A possible desire to relocate
  2. The difference in the cost of a renovation versus a purchase
  3. Finding an existing home or designing a new home that has exactly what you want (versus trying to restructure the layout of your current house)

In either case, you'll need access to capital: the funds for the renovation or the down payment your next home would require. The great news is that the money you need probably already exists in your current home in the form of equity.

Home Equity Is Skyrocketing

The record-setting increases in home prices over the last two years dramatically improved homeowners' equity. Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American, quantifies the amount of equity homeowners gained recently:

"Remember U.S. households own nearly $35 trillion in owner-occupied real estate, just over $11 trillion in debt, and the remaining ~$24 trillion in equity. In inflation adjusted terms, homeowners in Q2 had an average of $280,000 in equity- a historic high."

As a homeowner, the money you need to purchase the perfect home or renovate your current house may be right at your fingertips. However, waiting to make your decision may increase the cost of tapping that equity.

If you decide to renovate, you'll need to refinance (or take out an equity loan) to access the equity. If you decide to move instead and use your equity as a down payment, you'll still need to mortgage the remaining difference between the down payment and the cost of your next home.

Mortgage rates are forecast to increase over the next year. Waiting to leverage your equity will probably mean you'll pay more to do so. According to the latest data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), almost 57% of current mortgage holders have a mortgage rate of 4% or below. If you're one of those homeowners, you can keep your mortgage rate under 4% by doing it now. If you're one of the 43% of homeowners with a mortgage rate over 4%, you may be able to do a cash-out refinance or buy a more expensive home without significantly increasing your monthly payment.

First Step: Determine the Amount of Equity in Your Home

If you're ready to either redesign your current house or find an existing or newly constructed home that has everything you want, the first thing you need to do is determine how much equity you have in your current home. To do that, you'll need two things:

  1. The current mortgage balance on your home
  2. The current value of your home

You can probably find the mortgage balance on your monthly mortgage statement. To find the current market value of your house, you can pay several hundreds of dollars for an appraisal, or you can contact a local real estate professional who will be able to present to you, at no charge, a professional equity assessment report.

Bottom Line

If the past 18 months have refocused your thoughts on what you want from your house, now may be the time to either renovate or make a move to the perfect home. Contact us today to help guide you through the process and help determine what makes the most sense for you!

October
15

Stark Autumn Beauty: Shoshone Falls

Don't Let the Lack of "High Water" Keep You from Visiting this Fall

Looking for some weekend adventure, but want to explore somewhere new? If you are in the Boise area, take the two-hour trek to Shoshone Falls in south-central Idaho's Magic Valley. Located approximately three miles west of the city of Twin Falls, the "Niagra of the West" drops an impressive 212 feet, 45 feet higher than the real Niagra.

Though the most dramatic time of year to visit is in the spring when flows can reach in excess of 20,000 cubic feet per second, the fall and winter bring a different kind of beauty. Striking rock formations and stunning pools reveal themselves only when the water is low.

Lying within the Snake River Canyon, the Falls and surrounding geology is a fascinating scene created over millions of years and is truly one of nature's—and Idaho's—most glorious wonders worthy of visiting any time of year.

Shoshone Falls Park is situated at the bottom of the canyon via a fairly steep and curvy road that is open year-round, except when snow and ice make travel too dangerous. The road is paved and fine for all vehicles. In the fall and winter months, the park is open from dawn to dusk, and there is no charge for access. Picnic areas, overlooks, and portable toilets are accessible all year.

Wear comfortable shoes and plan to take a hike along one of the many trails in and around the Falls. Centennial Trail takes explorers 1.4 miles to the site of Evel Knievel's failed attempt to jump the canyon in 1974. The out-and-back trail is paved and features canyon overlooks.

To get to Shoshone Falls from Boise, travel east on I-84 to US 93/exit 173 south to Twin Falls. Turn east on Falls Ave. E to N 3300 E/Champlin Road and follow the signs.

Be sure to stop at the Twin Falls Visitor Center at the south side of the Perrine Bridge for breathtaking views of the canyon and to pick up a trail map.

October
14

View the Latest Employment Report from the Mortgage Professionals at Idaho Central Credit Union

 

 

Latest Employment Report Reveals Job Gains Went Down

This past week, analysts and investors closely watched the latest employment report. Unfortunately, it revealed that job gains went down, falling short of expectations. For the most part, the other major economic reports coincided with expectations. In other news, investors shifted to riskier assets. While doing so, stocks increased while bonds decreased. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week higher.

Job Gains Fall Short in Latest Employment Report

The latest employment report suggested that COVID-19 hindered job creation. Friday's release showed that the economy added just 194,000 jobs in September 2021 against a consensus forecast of 500,000. While this result resembles August 2021, job gains plummeted dramatically from over one million in July of this year.

However, there were many offsetting factors. First, upward revisions added 169,000 jobs to the results for prior months. Second, the unemployment rate declined from 5.2% to 4.8%. Not only did unemployment decline far below the consensus forecast of 5.1%, but it also hit the lowest level since February 2020. These two components often paint a somewhat different picture. While companies provide data for the job gains calculation, the unemployment rate is based on a separate survey of individuals.

Analysts also looked for the latest figures on average hourly earnings. Average hourly earnings, an indicator of wage growth, rose 0.6% from July 2021. This statistic jumped well above the consensus of 0.4%. Of note, average hourly earnings clocked in at an impressive 4.6% higher than a year ago. The latest employment report showed that this number also climbed above an annual rate of increase of 4.0% last month.

Education jobs sharply underperformed expectations. Analysts attribute this due to distortions in the seasonal adjustment caused by the pandemic. Experts adjust education job data to reflect historical seasonal trends, such as the start of the school year. Concurrently, many of the usual hiring and firing patterns changed during the pandemic. To summarize, job gains fell short partly due to seasonal issues related to the pandemic. On the other hand, wage gains remained very strong. Conclusively, the report barely affected mortgage rates.

ISM Service Sector Index Reports Growth

Aside from the latest employment report, the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) released another significant economic report. The ISM national service sector index rose to 61.9. Not only did the service sector index rise above the consensus forecast of 60.0, it also neared a record-high. Levels above just 50 indicate that the sector is expanding. Readings above 60 are rare.

Of note, a large number of companies reported difficulties in hiring enough skilled workers to keep up with growing demand. Many other companies indicated that supply chain disruptions held back production. Because of these current obstacles, later months may see stronger readings as companies catch up.

Looking Ahead After the Latest Employment Report

Looking ahead after the latest employment report, investors closely watch global COVID-19 cases. They also look for hints from Fed officials about the timing for changes in monetary policy.

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October
18

All About Idaho's Hot Springs

Idaho Hot Springs

Did you know that Idaho is one of the best places in America to experience the relaxing natural glory of hot springs? They'll all require a bit of a ride from Boise homes for sale, but the trip is more than worth the effort. Whether you're looking for a rugged, natural experience where you can soak in springs surrounded by mountain scenery or an upscale, modern spa experience, there's an Idaho hot spring with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all the details you need to know before setting out to visit Idaho's amazing hot springs.

  • The Springs at Idaho City – 3742 ID-21, Idaho City, ID 93631
    For a resort hot spring experience, few destinations can top The Springs at Idaho City, which are also the closest hot springs to Boise. This resort is equipped with a large outdoor pool, private pools, hot tubs, and tons of spa amenities. There are also rooms for rent nearby, making it easy to plan a family vacation – just remember that reservations are required to visit The Springs at Idaho City.

  • Gold Fork Hot Springs – 1026 Gold Fork Rd., Donnelly, ID 83615
    Some of the largest hot springs in Idaho can be found at Gold Fork Hot Springs, which features six pools ranging in temperature from 85 to 110 degrees. While it's not a spa resort, there are plenty of simple, useful amenities like changing rooms, lockers, outdoor tables, and a snack bar. No reservations are required, but these are some of Idaho's most popular springs so you may want to visit at off-peak hours to avoid the crowds.

  • Burgdorf Hot Springs – 404 French Creek, McCall, ID 83638
    Interested in turning back the clock, and enjoying a truly rustic hot springs experience? The Burgdorf Hot Springs resort is surrounded by nature, with stunning mountain views in every direction. There are cabins to rent, and the resort is so historic that it has earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It's best to visit in fall, spring, or summer unless you're willing to make the final leg of the trip by snowmobile in the winter.

  • Kirkham Campground & Hot Springs – 7359 ID-21, Lowman, ID 83637
    If you're looking for a totally natural hot spring, then Kirkham Hot Springs is a popular choice. There's a day-use campground nearby where you can park, then make a quick trek to the springs, which feature multiple shallow pools that make this a popular destination for families. The site also features a few hot spring waterfalls, along with great views of the Payette River.

Tips for Visiting Idaho's Hot Springs

The first, most important rule of visiting Idaho hot springs is simply to protect the land, and the springs themselves. Don't litter, and avoid using soap or anything else that might contaminate the water. Make note of the temperatures of any hot springs you visit, and make sure they're safe for younger visitors if you plan to bring the whole family. Since many hot springs are located in secluded areas, make sure to pack everything you need for the day, including food, bathing suits, changes of clothes, and anything you need for kids.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the incredible natural attractions that Idaho has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Boise, ID area.

October
13

Home Prices in September Hold Steady

Fewer Buyers Paid Over Asking Price for Homes in September 

By Breanna Vanstrom, Chief Executive Officer, Boise Regional REALTORS®

The median sales price for homes in Ada County moved to $534,950 in September 2021, marking a slight 0.8% increase over August when the median sales price was $530,500. 

While prices remained steady month-over-month, the most notable statistic was the share of homes that sold for over list price dropped to 33.1% — the lowest level since June 2020. 

Competition for homes has been fierce for nearly a year, and as market times fell, more buyers were willing to pay over list price, which became a primary factor driving up the median sales price. When the share of homes that sold over list price exceeded 40% in August 2020, the median sales price moved into the $400,000-range for the first time. When it reached nearly 65% in May 2021, that's when prices exceeded the $500,000-mark.  

(For more on this, and additional factors driving home prices, check out our blog post: "Making Sense of the Rising Home Prices in Ada County.") 

That jump in price likely brought prospective sellers to the market, which has helped inventory levels increase. In fact, September marked the sixth consecutive month of inventory growth. The 1,249 homes available for sale at the end of the month represented an 11.1% increase from August and a staggering 165.7% increase compared to September 2020. 

In addition, the average number of days between when existing homes were listed for sale and an offer was accepted increased to 17 days — the longest market time in the last 12 months — and 21.4% longer than the 14 days we saw in August 2021.  

The increased inventory and a slightly slower pace are good news for buyers and may be two reasons that fewer homes sold over list price last month. 

That said, while the Months Supply of Inventory (MSI) continued to trend up — reaching 1.5 months in September — Ada County is still not in the 4-6 month range of supply which is typically considered a balanced market — creating ongoing opportunities for sellers. 

This fall is still proving to be a great time for homeowners to capitalize on the current home prices. For those who are considering selling, we recommend talking to a REALTOR® about the different factors at play within our market and how they may affect different situations.

Stages of a Real Estate Transaction

In each of our reports in 2021, BRR is focusing on the various phases of a real estate transaction to help consumers be prepared before, during, and after a real estate transaction, showing them what their REALTOR® will be doing for them along every step, and the key data points they can look for to make sense of the market.

To view the Treasure Valley homes currently for sale, CLICK HERE.

 

September
27

9 Tips for Buying and Selling Your Home at the Same Time

Selling your home while shopping for a new one can feel daunting to even the most seasoned homeowner––especially when the competition for housing is so high. That doesn't mean, though, that you should just throw up your hands and give up on moving altogether. In fact, as a current homeowner, you could be in a better position than most to capitalize on a seller's market and make a smooth transition from your old home to a new one.

We can help you prepare for the road ahead. Here are some of the most frequent concerns we hear from clients who are trying to buy and sell at the same time.

"What will I do if I sell my house before I can buy a new one?"

While it may be an inconvenience, this is a common scenario that can usually be handled with a little creativity and compromise. Here are some options to consider:

1: Flex your muscles as a seller.

In some cases, a buyer may agree to a rent-back clause that allows the seller to continue living in the home after closing for a set period of time and negotiated fee. We can discuss the benefits and risks involved and whether it's a good option for you.

2: Open your mind to short-term housing options.

If you're lucky enough to have family or friends who offer to take you in, that may be ideal. If not, check out furnished apartments, vacation rentals, and month-to-month leases. If space is an issue, consider putting some of your furniture and possessions in storage.

3: Embrace the idea of selling now and buying later.

With cash on hand from the sale of your current home, you'll be in a better position to budget for and buy your next home. And by focusing on one step at a time, you can alleviate some of the pressure and uncertainty involved.

"What if I get stuck with two mortgages at the same time?"

If you can't afford to carry both mortgages, then selling before you buy may be best. (See Tip #3.) But if you have flexibility in your budget for some overlap, it is possible to manage a home sale and purchase simultaneously. Here are some steps to help streamline the process:

4: As you get ready to sell, simplify.

You can condense your sales timeline if you only focus on the renovations and tasks that matter most. We can advise you on the repairs and upgrades that are worth your time and investment.

5: Prep your paperwork.

If you'll need a mortgage for your next home purchase, get pre-approved in advance. And start pulling together relevant records for your current home, such as appliance warranties and renovation permits. That way, you'll be ready to provide quick answers to buyers' questions should they arise.

6: Ask about other contingencies that can be included in your contracts.

For example, it's possible to add a clause to your purchase offer that lets you cancel the contract if you haven't sold your previous home. This tactic could backfire, though, if you're competing with other buyers. We can discuss the pros and cons of contingencies and what's realistic given current market dynamics.

"What if I mess up my timing or burn out from all the stress?"

To make sure you're in the right headspace, take the time to slow down, breathe and delegate as much as possible. In addition:

7: Relax and accept that compromise is inevitable.

Rather than worry about getting every detail right with your housing search and home sale, trust that things will work out eventually––even if it doesn't look like your Plan A or even your Plan B or Plan C. Luckily, if you've got a good team of professionals, you can relax knowing that others have your back and are monitoring the details behind the scenes.

8: Don't worry too much if your path is straying from convention.

Remember that rules-of-thumb and home-buying trends are just that: they are estimates, not facts. So if your home search or sale isn't going exactly like your neighbor's, it doesn't mean that you are doomed to fail.

9: Enlist help early.

This leads us to our final tip: If possible, call us early in the process. We'll not only provide you with key guidance on what you should do to prep your current property for sale, we'll also help you narrow down the parameters for your next one. That way, you'll be prepared to act quickly and confidently when it comes time to list your home and make an offer on a new one.

Call today for tailored advice that works for you.

Buying and selling a home at the same time is challenging. But it doesn't have to be a nightmare, and it can even be fun. Click here for a free consultation so that we can help you review your options and decide the best way forward - or visit our site for a listing of homes for sale.

September
16

Facebook: Spoofed Profiles

 

What is a "spoofed" profile?

From Your Friends at Integrity Computer Consulting and Repair

A spoofed profile is where a scammer copies your profile and pretends to be you. The scammers use the information that the original profile makes public.  This includes profile pictures, location(s), and biography information, so they are very convincing. Oftentimes, these spoofed profiles send out another friend request to people on copied profile's friends list.  While more and more people are becoming aware that this is an issue when they get a second friend request from someone they are already friends with, many people still don't know what is happening (no, their friend has not been "hacked" i.e someone has gained unauthorized access to the account) or what to do about the profile, and there are many people who still will add the fake profile and further perpetuate this activity. 

 

Besides it being annoying, what damage does this cause?

Once a spoofed profile is created, the creator will add friends listed on the original profile, send messages that ask for money… or worse, send videos and/or clickable content via messenger or page posts that contain phishing sites, adware, malware, or viruses when clicked.

 

How do you prevent this from happening?

Make your friends list viewable to "Friends only" or better yet, "Only me".  These settings can be accessed both on the computer and in the Facebook app on phones.  Simply view your profile, then go to Settings and Privacy, then under Audience and Visibility, "How People Find and Contact You".  Select "Who can see your friends list", and select Friends or Only me.  Setting it to "Only me" is the only sure-fire way to make it so people cannot use your friends list to create fake profiles and spam your friends, colleagues, and clients who may be friends on your page.

 

It's already happened to you. Now what?

Have your friends report the spoofed profile as soon as possible.  All you or they have to do is go to the scammer's duplicate Facebook page and click on the three dots.  Select "Find Support or Report Profile" and then "Pretending to Be Someone."  You will then be asked who they are pretending to be.  If it's a friend, you'll report which friend it is and then confirm your submission.  Facebook will then review your report and notify you of the outcome.  The process is pretty quick and painless.

Next, take steps to secure your public information. And it wouldn't hurt to complete Facebook's privacy checkup, and lock down your privacy settings which includes not allowing people to post anything on your page without your review.

Any of these things can be done remotely.  Please call or email our office if you have any questions or need immediate assistance!

August
30

5 Factors That Reveal Where The Real Estate Market Is Really Headed

Boise Downtown

It's the old supply-and-demand predicament: U.S. home sales continue at a rapid pace, but the number of listings remains limited. Amid historically low mortgage rates, buyers keep shopping, reducing inventory and sparking a rise in home prices.

Meanwhile, homebuilders are coping with an increase in material costs and a shortage of labor. These issues come during an ongoing housing shortage. A National Association of Realtors study shows the U.S. has a deficit of about 2 million single-family homes and 3.5 million other housing units.

Follow along to learn the five factors that illustrate where the U.S. housing market is today and is heading tomorrow.

ROCK-BOTTOM MORTGAGE RATES TO GRADUALLY RISE

Low interest rates continue to fuel demand from homebuyers. Some experts believe mortgage rates will creep up later this year, but they expect rates to remain near historic lows. In June, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that 2020 closed with the average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at 2.8%. But the association anticipates the average rate climbing to 3.5% at the end of 2021 and 4.2% by the end of 2022.

What does it mean for you?

When mortgage rates are at or near historic lows (as they are today), you should seriously consider taking advantage of those rates to borrow money for a home purchase or to refinance your existing mortgage.

HOME PRICES EXPECTED TO KEEP CLIMBING

In June, the national median list price for a home reached an all-time high of $385,000, up 12.7% on a year-over-year basis. And according to the Home Buying Institute, various reports and forecasts indicate home prices will keep climbing throughout 2021 and into 2022. While this may be welcome news for homeowners, high prices are pushing homeownership out of reach for a growing number of first-time buyers.

What does it mean for you?

If you're a buyer waiting on the sidelines for prices to drop, you may want to reconsider. While the pace of appreciation should taper off, home prices are expected to continue climbing. And rising mortgage rates will make a home purchase even more costly.

SINGLE-FAMILY HOME SALES REMAIN ROBUST

Single-family home sales are down from their peak in October 2020 yet are still above the overall level last year. In May 2021, 5.8 million existing single-family homes were sold in the U.S. That's a 45% increase over the 4 million homes sold in May 2020.

However, home sales saw a 0.9% dip in May 2021 compared with the previous month, the National Association of Realtors says. That was the fourth straight month for a decline in home sales. The number of home sales has slid recently because of rising prices and a lack of inventory, but Fannie Mae expects total home sales to tick up slightly in the fourth quarter and finish the year up 3.8% over last year.

What does it mean for you?

The market for single-family home sales remains quite active. As a result, if you're a homeowner, you may want to ponder whether to sell now, even if you hadn't necessarily been thinking about it. With demand high and inventory low, your home could fetch an eye-popping price.

LACK OF INVENTORY STILL CONSTRAINS THE HOME MARKET

According to the National Association of Realtors, in May there were 1.23 million previously owned homes on the market, down 20.6% from the same time last year. This translates to a 2.5-month supply of homes, which is well below the 6 months of inventory typical in a balanced market. According to the Realtors group, the lack of inventory translates into tougher searches for buyers and contributes to a rise in prices.

What does it mean for you?

If you're thinking of selling your home, now may be the right time to do it. Across the country, it's a seller's market, meaning demand is outpacing supply. That supply-and-demand imbalance puts sellers in a great position to sell their homes at a premium price. The May 2021 Realtors Confidence Index from the National Association of Realtors found the average home that was sold attracted five offers, and the association says nearly half of homes are selling above list price.

CONSTRUCTION OF SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES SEES SLIGHT UPTICK

Frustrated buyers may soon find some relief from an increase in new construction. Economists forecast that 1.1 million new houses will be started in 2021, compared with a predicted 940,000 units just six months ago, with 1.2 million new starts predicted for 2022 and 2023, according to the Urban Land Institute.

What does it mean for you?

Given the issues affecting the new-home market, it may make sense to widen your home search to include both new and existing homes. Your brand-new dream home may not be available, but you might be able to find an existing home that lives up to your vision. Keep in mind that we can help you find either a new or existing home and can advocate for you to ensure you get the best deal possible.

ARE YOU THINKING OF BUYING OR SELLING?

If you're in the market for a home, you're ready to sell your house or you've simply been wondering whether you should sell, you could benefit from an expert to help you navigate the hot real estate market. Let's set up a free consultation to discuss your situation. We can review your options and come up with a plan to capitalize on the value of your current property or to find your ideal next home. Contact us today. We are here to #guideyouhome.

August
23

Interior Design Trends: Cottagecore Home Decor

When you buy a new home, you want it to be a reflection of you and your style. As you consider various trends, you may come across a popular new one called cottagecore. But what is it, exactly, and will it work for your interior design needs? Essentially, cottagecore home decor is a nostalgic journey to a simpler time and place. If sipping tea in a garden, breathing in the delicate scent of roses and honeysuckle strikes your fancy, this could very well be the interior design style you are seeking. If the homes you are asking to be shown are reminiscent of country living, you may want to consider these key elements:

  • Nostalgia
    From the garden to the living room, the house should speak of bygone days. This may look different to each person. If your cherished memories include crocheted Afghans and ruffled curtains, by all means, include them. If they lean more toward the brown leather overstuffed couch and the roll-top desk you might find in an 1890's ranch house, then go that direction. It's even possible to blend styles a bit in this very unscripted decor. If you have antiques or just books and knick-knacks that have been in the family for a long time, cottagecore provides a perfect setting to display them.
  • Simplicity
    Although many of us work in the world of technology, we don't all want to live there. When incorporating cottagecore interior design trends, necessary technology will often be hidden inside wooden cabinetry or disguised in other clever ways. The lifestyle celebrates minimalism, including handcrafting, home cooking, and creativity over video games. Rather than the cold, sleek surfaces you will find in industrial decor, you will find the warmth of wood, the natural textures of organic materials, and the cozy atmosphere they bring. Shining wooden floors with simple rugs and a wooden coffee table that reflect the same color as the floor. You might find the same wood theme repeated in bathrooms and bedrooms. 
  • Nature
    Embracing nature is critical to the cottagecore style. This doesn't mean that you must raise your own chickens and livestock in order to enjoy the designs. But the interior of the home should blend with the environment surrounding the exterior. This can be accomplished with muted colors, natural materials, house plants, and fresh or dried flowers. Imagine a little girl collecting wildflowers and displaying them in a milk bottle. The romantic ideal of rural living can be reflected in prints and paintings without the less pleasant realities of farm life. An indoor herb garden is just the right touch to a cozy kitchen, while the fresh herbs bring your recipes to life. 
  • Vintage
    Antiques are certainly great additions to cottagecore home decor, but you can obtain the vintage feel without an extensive collection. Simple lines, wooden frames, and natural textures will help balance the design. Wooden chairs next to pristine white wainscotting in the dining room are reminiscent of homes of a hundred years ago, even if they were just purchased recently. The elegance of a colorful quilt can carry the sleeper back to Grandma's house. Overstuffed chairs reupholstered with soft, nubby fabrics or floral designs are both frugal and practical, echoing the lifestyle of the past as much as the appearance. 
  • Do-it-yourself
    To truly embrace the cottagecore lifestyle, you should bring in your own creations. Have you learned to embroider? Frame an original piece and hang it on the wall. Did you grow your own fruits and vegetables? Proudly store them in wire baskets on the kitchen counter. Craftspeople know that you can't create anything worthwhile without making a little mess. You can embrace the clutter a bit without letting it take over. A basket of colorful yarn complete with knitting needles will actually enhance the decor of the den. A loom in the corner will make a fascinating conversation piece. You may even discover common interests with friends you didn't know existed. 

If you've been waiting for some of the vintage things you love to come back in style, the time has come. Our real estate professionals will be happy to help you find your new home. Contact us when you're ready to make the change. 

April
5

Your Guide to Getting Your Boise Garden Started

Boise Garden TipsWarmer temperatures are rapidly approaching, and now is the time to think about your Boise garden. What would you like to add this season? From flowering plants to veggies, you'll have a lot of options to consider.
  
Our real estate agents offer the following guide to getting your Boise garden started, from helpful tips to stores that are worth a visit:

Helpful tips  

  1. Start with a plan.
    Take the time to plan your garden's layout and design before you put anything in the ground. Check out local garden stores to see what types of flower and vegetable plants and seeds are available, and plan out your space on a piece of graph paper. It's not important to be exact but map out an estimate of space and the location of existing plants, sun and shade hours, and where sources of water are located.
      
  2. Consult a planting guide for the Boise area.
    Following a planting guide to ensure that you're getting each type of plant into the ground at the correct time. If you plant too soon, you run the risk that they could be damaged by a late frost. The frost-free growing season for the Boise area starts on May 22 and ends on October 6, so some plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, should be started indoors and then later transplanted into your garden.
      
  3. Consider weed control.  
    Weeds can compete with your garden plants for space and nutrients from the soil, so take steps to reduce them before they have a chance to gain a foothold in your garden. If you're planting seeds in your garden, do it as soon as possible after tilling so weeds don't get a head start. Adding mulch like an organic material or fabric, and pulling weeds by hand are methods that will help reduce weeds.

Local garden shops to visit  

  • Zamzows – several Boise locations, including 6313 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, Idaho 83704
    Zamzows is a go-to store for most of your garden-related needs, including weed control products, soil amendments, bug control, and more. You can also expand your gardening knowledge with the store's classes, including one that covers everything you need to know about growing and caring for berries. 
      
  • The Home & Garden Store – 4291 S. Cloverdale Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709
    You'll find plenty of plants, soil amendments, chemicals and fertilizers, and more at The Home & Garden Store. The shop also carries a wide variety of other gardening supplies, and if you need some advice on where or what to plant or how to deal with pests, the staff – including an Idaho-Certified Nurseryman with over 46 years of experience – is friendly and knowledgeable.
      
  • North End Organic Nursery – 3777 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, Idaho 83714   
    Want to make your garden organic? Then you'll want to visit North End Organic Nursery, which carries 100% organic fertilizers, pest and weed control products, and more. Over 300 varieties of certified organic vegetable starters are sold, so you can transplant them this spring and get your garden off to a great start. You'll also be able to select edible, native, and water-conserving plants for your garden to make it more environmentally friendly. And if you have questions, the nursery always has qualified horticulturalists on hand to help.

Contact us if you're interested in looking at Boise homes for sale or would like to sell your home. Our agents know the area and its housing market very well and can help you buy or sell a home. 

March
1

Mountain Biking Trails to Explore in Boise

Mountain Biking Trails Boise

Ready to spend some time in the great outdoors? Mountain biking provides an invigorating workout in wide open, natural spaces, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our real estate agents love to let off some steam at these favorite mountain biking trails, conveniently located in and around Boise. This time of year can be tricky weatherwise, so before you head out, be sure to check trail conditions at the Ridge-to-Rivers website, and please, please stay off muddy trails.

  1. Around the Mountain - 10.1 miles
    With its scenic route circling Bogus Basin Ski Resort, Around the Mountain gets high marks from riders as the best all-around trail near Boise homes for sale. Starting near the parking lot of Simplot Lodge, the trail goes up to Pioneer Lodge and back, looping past all the ski runs. Around the Mountain is dog-friendly, well-marked, and offers a ride that's suited for mountain bikers of all experience levels. As a bonus, Around the Mountain connects with a number of other trails so you can have a different ride with every visit.

  2. Ridge Crest - 1.2 miles
    Has your mountain biking experience been limited to multi-use trails, where you share the road with walkers, runners, and skaters? Located in Boise's historic Military Reserve, Ridge Crest is a good introduction to singletrack biking trails. There is a moderate amount of climbing, but the short length and lack of trees and other obstacles make it an ideal course for newbies, kids, and dogs. Want a longer ride? Pair Ridge Crest with Bucktail, a 1.3-mile trail that's also popular with beginners because of its wide, sweeping curves and display of wildflowers.

  3. Sidewinder-Fat Tire Traverse-Freestone Ridge - 3.5 miles
    Need a break from sitting at your desk? Whether you work at home or in an office, these trails are easily accessible, just minutes from downtown Boise. Start off at Camel's Back Park on the aptly-named Sidewinder, which leads to the connecting trail of Fat Tire Traverse. Finish with a blazing sprint down Military Reserve's Freestone Ridge, enjoying its wide-open sightlines. Dogs are welcome on all three legs of the trail.

  4. Lower Hulls Gulch Trail - 2.2 miles
    Ridge to Rivers is a unique network consisting of more than 190 miles of interconnected trails, constructed and maintained by a full-time crew. One section, Lower Hulls Gulch Trail, has achieved classic status among local riders largely due to its descent, which is moderately technical but still allows for some speed. Lower Hulls Gulch also has a sandier composition than many other trails, making it easier to ride during rainy conditions as the ground doesn't get muddy. Note: since this is one of the more heavily-used trails, pedestrians often make up some obstacles. 

  5. The Big Potato - 42 miles
    For serious riders looking for an all-day jaunt, it doesn't get much better than the Big Potato. This 42-mile loop through the Boise foothills, with thick vegetation, numerous obstacles, and elevation approaching 7,000 miles, is for expert riders only, but you'll be rewarded with spectacular views. Be sure to take plenty of food and water, as Simplot Lodge at Bogus Basin is the only place for supplies. Bring Fido along if he's in good shape. 

Boise is a satisfying blend of urban attractions and outdoor activities. If you're buying or selling a home in the area, contact us at Coldwell Banker Tomlinson for assistance from our friendly and knowledgeable real estate agents. 

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