Boise is the capital and most populous city of the State of Idaho, and the principal city of the Boise metropolitan area. Boise and its surrounding metropolitan area have seen dramatic growth in the past couple of decades. Boise has grown considerably in recent years and is now comparable in size to other midsize cities at the center of their own metropolitan areas in the United States. Come see what homes for rent in this gem of a city have to offer.
Known as the "Last Great Place in the American West", Boise -- where housing remains affordable, Western culture still thrives, and access to the nation's wildest state begins within city limits -- is a delightful blend of traditional and non-traditional sights and attractions. The City of Trees boasts one-of-a-kind museums and urban parks, a river flowing through the heart of the city and a 25-mile riverfront greenbelt. Among the many unique sites to visit are the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, the Morrison-Knudsen Nature Center, the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Idaho Black History Museum and the World Center for Birds of Prey. Southwest Idaho's easily accessible outdoors beckons the Boise visitor to enjoy nearby mountains, desert sand dunes, canyons and rivers for whitewater rafting.
Boise is the headquarters for several major companies, such as Washington Group International, Micron Technology, Albertsons (a major supermarket chain now owned by Supervalu), the J.R. Simplot Company and Hewlett Packard's printer division. Other major industries are headquartered in Boise or have large manufacturing facilities there. High-tech industries are becoming increasingly vital to Boise's economy. The public sector is one of the city's main employers, as it is the capital city for Idaho and home of Boise State University.
Boise is also the headquarters of Idaho Power, Boise Cascade, Micron Technology, Simplot, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, WinCo Foods, and Idaho Timber Corporation. Other high-tech employers include Bodybuilding.com, Crucial.com, MarkMonitor, Blackfin, Treetop Tech, Keynetics, Sybase and Microsoft. Technology investment has become increasingly important to the city. Boise also has thriving in-bound technical call centers like Teleperformance USA which boasts clients such as Apple and AT&T. Qwest, T-Mobile, and DirecTV also are major players in the local call-center industry in Boise. Varney Airlines, founded by Walter Varney, was formed in Boise. The company is the root of present-day United Airlines, which still serves the city at the newly renovated and upgraded Boise Airport.
Downtown Boise is Boise's cultural center and home to many small businesses and a few skyscrapers. Downtown Boise has a wide array of shopping and dining opportunities. Centrally, 8th street contains a fairly large pedestrian zone that, with its street-side cafes and restaurants, lends a slightly European feel. Downtown is home to many local restaurants, bars and boutiques, and supports a lively night life.
The North End contains many of Boise's older homes and is known for its tree-lined drives such as Harrison Boulevard. Here you can find many quiet neighborhoods right in the center of Boise. From Camel's Back Park, enjoy a view of downtown Boise and the sea of trees that is the North End. On 13th Street, Hyde Park is home to many small restaurants and businesses and is a favorite place among natives for an evening outing.
Southwest Boise has traditionally been known for its more country-like aesthetics. It contains sparsely populated neighborhoods built anywhere from the 1960s to the early 1980s. There has been enormous growth of new homes and neighborhoods in the area; nevertheless, a short drive brings you to plenty of shopping and the area lies fairly close to Interstate 84, theaters, shopping, the airport, and the Boise Bench area. Also close by on country roads are Kuna, Meridian, and Nampa.
Northwest Boise lies against the Boise Foothills to the north, the major thoroughfare State Street to the south, the city of Eagle to the west, and downtown Boise to the east. It contains an eccentric mix of old and new neighborhoods. Downtown is just minutes away, while Veteran's Memorial Park provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily city life as well as easy access to the Boise Greenbelt. Across the river sits the Boise Bench and to the west is fast access to the bedroom communities of Eagle, Star, and Middleton.
Warm Springs is centered on the tree-lined Warm Springs Avenue and contains many of Boise's largest and most expensive homes. South East Boise spans from Boise State University to Micron Technology -- all areas between Federal Way and the Boise River. The rest of South East Boise was developed in the last 30 years with suburban-style homes. Most people consider this end of Boise a hidden gem, as just about everything is about 15 minutes from home: the river, greenbelt, the mountains, lakes, snow, and the high mountain desert. The Boise Bench is south of Downtown Boise and is raised in elevation approximately 60 feet. The bench is so named because the sudden rise in elevation gives the prominent appearance of a step, or bench. The Bench is home to the old Boise Train Depot, Vista Village shopping center, and extensive residential neighborhoods.
The city is home to the Boise School District as well as several private schools. Post-secondary educational options in Boise include Boise State University, University of Phoenix, and George Fox University, as well as a wide range of technical schools. Boise is home to Boise Bible College, an undergraduate degree-granting college that exists to train leaders for churches as well as missionaries for the world.
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