We have been exploring nearby cities recently, trying to locate some neighborhoods we would like to live in. This is a HARD thing because we really can't tell enough about a "hood" without living in it or knowing someone who does.
There is a neighborhood in Middleton that holds a special place in our heart because it holds people who are special to us. Middleton is on the outskirts of the Treasure Valley and still has a small town feel to it. I both love that and am concerned by that. There is space, a person can breathe out there... but boy is it unnerving to drive down country roads at night... with NO streetlights. Here's Middleton...
We drove around Meridian today and really like many of the early 90's neighborhoods. The trees are mature, sidewalks exist, the lots are decent sizes, and the homes are not cookie-cutter sytle. We've heard Meridian is where lots of CA runaways land and I'm not sure I want to be around that... I would rather be immersed in Idaho culture.
We drove all the way out to Idaho City to take a look last week. Definitely will not be putting that on the list of possible places to land. It's charming to visit but not where I want to live.
Boise is nice but I find myself wanting to live away from a "big city". Yes, there is a lot of culture in Boise, and I am just fine driving to it rather than living in it.
Eagle is lovely and mostly out of our price range. It's another CA runaway location, probably because it still has a familiar feel to CA. Man, those neighborhoods sure are pretty!
Each city really has its own feel, so there really is something for everyone. It's been kinda funny talking to people about moving to the Valley and trying to find a place to land. They each have their own take on which cities/ areas are preferable. I shouldn't be surprised, and I'm not, really... it's just humorous because no one seems to agree. That just goes to show the diversity of citizens up here and it's wonderful.
Suffice it to say, wherever we land, we hope to have enough room for you to come and visit.