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CA357 09-29-2010 11:39 PM

Where to Live in Idaho?
 
My wife and I have been considering moving to Oregon, but it's becoming too much like California. So, we're thinking about Idaho as a possibility.

We want to live outside of town, but not too far out. We'd like to rent a property on at least a half an acre or more. Our budget precludes us from buying a house at this time.

Cost of living must be reasonable because we're older and on tight incomes.

We looked at Couer d' Alene, but I think rents may be a bit too high for us there and we'd prefer a bit less snow.

Can you give me any suggestions?

jeepcache 09-30-2010 07:45 AM

boise/nampa area is very nice and very cheap!

CA357 09-30-2010 11:27 AM

I've been looking at that area online. It sounds pretty good. I guess it's time for a road trip.

tai_66 10-01-2010 07:29 PM

I live in the Coeur d'alene area (Post Falls), and I highly recomend it. Most areas of Coeur d'alene itself I wouldn't want to live in, but you might take a look into the towns in the area for something cheaper. Post Falls, Rathdrum, Hayden, all are good. And while the snow isn't everyones favorite thing, if you like wintersports like skiing or snowboarding, its a great place to live. Easy driving distance to at least 5 great ski resorts.

CA357 10-01-2010 08:33 PM

Thanks for the input jeep & tai.

lazylucas 10-04-2010 10:26 AM

I really enjoy MEridian. Nice community.

CA357 10-04-2010 10:34 AM

Thanks Lucas. Isn't Meridian close to Boise?

Chewtoy 10-04-2010 12:05 PM

Yup Meridian is very close to Boise, about the only way to tell when you cross from one to the other is the occasional sign "Entering Meridian" or "Entering Boise". Most of the time you just know when you cross a particular street you are in one or the other. It is a great place to live.

rebecca 10-05-2010 08:15 AM

I have lived in Idaho all of my life. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. You are about 30 minutes away from the lakes if you like to boat, 10 minutes away from the rivers if you like to fish and 45 minutes away from the most beautiful camping areas. Traffic is a minimum, if you have lived in California, you can bet it will NEVER be anything like their traffic. The mall is in the center of the city, so 15 minutes MAX from any direction. It is safe; crime is VERY low. And if you have kids they can even attend Boise State! All in all, I would rate Idaho the #1 place to live.

CA357 10-05-2010 11:16 AM

Thank you Rebecca and everyone who responded.

I've been concerned about being in a large urban area. Unfortunately, my wife has some health issues, so we can't be too far out of town.

I'm going to get busy researching Idaho. It sounds like a great place.

zombieCat 10-06-2010 03:21 PM

It really depends on what you're looking for. Boise and the surrounding areas are very nice. Some of the outlying areas (within 30 minutes of any place in Boise) are Meridian, Nampa, Eagle (standard suburban communities); Kuna, Star, Middleton (more small-town rural communities). You can also have a place on the side of a forested mountain toward Idaho City. Coeur d'Alene would also be a good choice for a smaller-sized urban area. Any of the other areas within a decent distance of good medical facilities are all going to be expensive (Sun Valley) or quite unappealing to most people. Don't know if that helps.

CA357 10-06-2010 05:25 PM

Thanks Cat. I'm doing my homework at this point and I'll narrow it down from here.

lemeatm 10-07-2010 09:09 AM

Moscow is an incredible place to live. Has all the things a "city" should but is still small and has a very rural feel. Moscow mountain is close for hiking, wheeling, shooting, camping, recreating. Very close to a great casino, and Spokane is a quick 90 minute drive. Plus you have really good college sports to go to and a decent golf course.

CA357 10-07-2010 09:58 AM

I'll look into Moscow. Thanks.

concretepicture 10-08-2010 12:46 PM

We visit the family up in Lewiston a good bit. It is great if you like fishing and hunting, but you get that anywhere outside of any Idaho city. Lewiston is the lowest point in Idaho, so the snow isn't an everyday think in the winter, but it is just up the road if you want it.

CA357 10-08-2010 09:47 PM

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Originally Posted by concretepicture (Post 21765)
We visit the family up in Lewiston a good bit. It is great if you like fishing and hunting, but you get that anywhere outside of any Idaho city. Lewiston is the lowest point in Idaho, so the snow isn't an everyday think in the winter, but it is just up the road if you want it.

That's good to know. Thanks

sawtoothbiker 10-15-2010 04:07 AM

Twin Falls Area
 
Another beautiful are where cost is reasonable is the Magic Valley area its close to recreation, has a reasonably mild climate, It has a college CSI and the amenities that brings. There are a couple areas to live with in that, all within about 35 miles. Burley/Rupert, Twin Falls/Jerome and Gooding and Wendell. If you want to find paradise Google Elk City Idaho which is my home albeit it a little far from medical treatment. although life flight is about 15 min out.

Knute

sawtoothbiker 10-15-2010 04:09 AM

Idaho Postings
 
Hey how come most of you posting about where to live in Idaho are not from Idaho LOL

pmemond 10-15-2010 02:56 PM

I use to live about 35 mins from Town (Boise) off Highway 21. The Sub was called Wilderness Ranch. It has great view with lots of wildlife (Elk). Another nice future of that area is the low traffic levels on highway 21. But you do need to watch for deer crossings all winter. I woulds say anywhere on that road up to Idaho city is nice.

CA357 10-18-2010 05:47 PM

Thanks to all of you for contributing to my information gathering quest. :)

lazylucas 10-20-2010 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 27826)
Thanks to all of you for contributing to my information gathering quest. :)

Not a problem, good luck to you, and best health to you wife :)

MathMan 10-22-2010 08:32 PM

IMHO, any place in Idaho is a good place to live, assuming you are within, say, 50 miles of a larger town like Boise or Coeur d'Alene.

CA357 10-23-2010 01:31 PM

Thank you. At this point, we're at a toss up between the Boise area or the Grants Pass, OR area.

ntg 11-02-2010 10:35 AM

FWIW...the eastern side of Idaho has some great places too. The cost of living will be a little lower than some of the areas around Boise. Idaho Falls has a great reputation as a medical hub for the region, and you're close to Salt Lake for great medical facilities if needed. Oh, and I know the area well. Grew up in Idaho Falls, and returned to southeast Idaho after awhile and plan to never leave again. My 2 cents!

farmkid 11-03-2010 02:08 PM

I grew up in eastern Idaho, then spent several years in Utah and northern California. Idaho is still my favorite of all those places. If you can handle the cold, the Idaho Falls would be a great place to live. If not, then Boise would probably be better.

F150DVR 11-04-2010 07:28 AM

Boise is where its at for me. Way better than where I use to live in California

ntg 11-04-2010 08:03 AM

The recommendation about the Twin Falls area is a good one too. Not quite so cold in the winter, and close to a lot of great places, although it is rather dry/boring right around TF, but then there's that beautiful canyon right on the north edge of TF city limits. Also look up photos of Shoshone Falls which is at most 10 minutes from TF and rivals Niagra Falls in many opinions.

F150DVR 11-05-2010 11:46 AM

The people who would say Shoshone falls rivals Niagra obviously has never seen Niagra Falls

ntg 11-06-2010 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by F150DVR (Post 34856)
The people who would say Shoshone falls rivals Niagra obviously has never seen Niagra Falls

I've never seen both, that's just what I've heard. Shoshone has quite the "show" you'll have to admit when the water's high.

chuckinidaho 11-07-2010 09:15 PM

We bought property in New Plymouth (about 40 miles west of Boise) outside of town. Everyone was very helpful when we were shopping/buying and since when we have needed advice about weeds, irrigation, building and such. Beautiful country and affordable too.

hrabbot 11-18-2010 12:59 PM

Two words: North Idaho. Of course that's my subjective opinion, but there it is. Lakes, mountains, beaches (!), fishing, boating, skiing, hunting.

Wish I was still there...

CA357 11-18-2010 06:50 PM

Northern Idaho may be a bit too cold and snowy for us. We're still deciding at this point.

diatonic 11-19-2010 12:23 PM

There are a lot of great small rural towns with relatively close proximity to Boise/Meridian. Perhaps around Horeshoe Bend, up highway 55 from Boise. Or you could head around Weiser. I was born and raised in Boise. There is probably cheap property up around Donnely, which is close to McCall, but it's pretty snowy in the winter :).

CA357 11-19-2010 12:45 PM

Thanks, I'll look into those places.

aTEK 11-22-2010 04:50 PM

you might consider Homedale or Wilder, both are more country land, but not too far out there, really close to the snake river as well if you enjoy fishing :-)

CA357 11-22-2010 05:16 PM

Sadly, I'm allergic to fish, but I love rivers. :D

bastage 11-29-2010 12:33 AM

Kuna & star both have a small town feel & are still close to Boise/meridian.. I Live in Kuna & work in boise & its only about a 25 minute drive (35 when the roads are snowy & icy)

CA357 11-29-2010 01:39 AM

Thanks for the information.

I guess we've made our decision. We're going to move to Grants Pass, Oregon. It's where my wife feels most comfortable and at home. So come Spring, it off to Oregon.

I want to thank everyone who so graciously offered their input.

Thanks,

CA357

odinp13 11-29-2010 01:40 AM

Meridian is a great area. Boise is a stone's throw away and 5 min. gets you into the country. All seasons represented well. Not too much rain. Much more conservative atmosphere without all the liberal crap you find in Oregon or Washington. 5 years max and I'll B there.

aTEK 11-30-2010 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 46096)
Thanks for the information.

I guess we've made our decision. We're going to move to Grants Pass, Oregon. It's where my wife feels most comfortable and at home. So come Spring, it off to Oregon.

I want to thank everyone who so graciously offered their input.

Thanks,

CA357

Sweet! Grants pass is a beautiful area as well. Wish you guys the best of luck! :-)


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