Jan. 27, 2016

First Look at Central Addition Living

Don't blink.  Big changes are coming to Boise's Central Addition, the long-neglected neighborhood that, once upon a time, was a thriving area. Portland, Ore.-based Holst Architecture will stand before the city of Boise Design Review Committee in mid-May to unveil details of its planned seven-story, 204,000-square-foot apartment building at 401 South Fifth Street, which would see retail and live-work units on the ground floor and structured parking on the first and second levels.

The project is being called "Roost." According to architects, the development will include:
-"Farm-to-table" experience for residents, with garden plots and cooking/dining areas
-Five housing levels "to humanize the building with an organic, sinuous and lyrical volume, expressed as a rippling wave in plan"
- Second floor community spaces, as well as ground floor retail spaces
- A community open space along Broad Street

Feb. 24, 2016

Treasure Valley YMCA Prepares to Open Healthy Living Center

Combined with lower membership prices, it's all about accessibility...

For more than seven decades, the building sitting kitty-corner from the downtown YMCA housed Nelson School Supply, a store full of letterman jackets, school uniforms and cases of sparkling class rings.

Nelson closed its doors in the summer of 2015, sparking the interest of the YMCA.

"We were fortunate to be offered the chance to purchase that building by Rick Nelson and his wife," said Katherine Johnson, YMCA director of Marketing and Communications. "We wanted that to be a place for community health efforts. We purchased the building and the property to the left of it for a new parking lot."

Since then, the former Nelson School Supply building has been transformed into the YMCA Healthy Living Center, which opens on Thursday, March 3.

"When you walk in, there are beautiful, new windows that wrap the building. You'll see a big open room where exercise programs will take place, as well as some offices for private meetings and a classroom space with a kitchen for nutritional programs," Johnson said.

Four programs the YMCA has already developed, which currently take place in rented meeting spaces and hospitals around the city, will now be hosted at the Healthy Living Center.

The programs focus on arthritis and joint health, cancer survivorship, weight loss and lifestyle support, and neurological and cardiac rehab.

Feb. 3, 2015

Best, Affordable Living: Nampa, Idaho

Nampa recently topped a livability.com list for most affordable, best place to live. On average, Nampa is about five percent less expensive than the national average. Nampa comes in 8th on the list and it touted for a vibrant wine scene and 25 parks. 

Sep. 2, 2015

Forbes - Best Buy Cities: Where to Invest in Housing in 2015

Whether you’re an investor looking to pick up a few rental properties or a young professional interested in purchasing a first home, there are plenty of places where housing should be a pretty safe bet. The key is to buy in cities with strong job growth that people are moving to, so that the stock of potential tenants for would-be landlords is abundant.

Boise comes in on this Forbes list at #8.

MSA: Boise City-Nampa, ID
Pop.: 650,288
Avg. Home Price: $183,649
Pop Growth (’10-’13): 5.3%
Jobs Growth (annual): 2.2%
Unemployment: 3.5%
Annual price growth: 9%
Over (+) or under (-) priced by: -6%
Home Price/Rent Ratio: 17

Sep. 15, 2015

Take a Tour of Meridian, ID

Take a Tour of Meridian, Idaho!

Great video showing aerial footage of the City of Meridian from Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | 43° North.  Ever wondered what it looks like to live here?