I grew up riding my bike all over Boise’s north end. I can remember when Hyde Park was mostly deserted except for a run-down laundromat and the original Boise Co-Op. This area has grown and gentrified, with aging historic homes now restored to perfection and real estate in this area some of the highest in the valley.
THE GRANDDADDY OF BOISE NEIGHBORHOODS
The north end offers historic neighborhoods, foothills view properties, new infill construction and some mid-century pockets here and there. You can expect to pay a premium to live in this location. Residents are devoted to the north end for its rich sense of community, walkability and access to both downtown Boise and the foothill trail system.
Below are some of my favorite historic north end pockets–I could write a book on north end neighborhoods alone–feel free to email me directly with any questions about Boise neighborhoods.
North End “Trolley Streets”
There are a few streets in the north end that used to be part of Boise’s trolley system. Once the trolley system was removed, these extra-wide streets became some of the most gracious in the north end.
North 24th Street between Ellis and Lemp is my favorite street in the entire north end. Gorgeous homes from the early 1900s grace oversize lots with huge mature trees—it’s a super-prime location. The neighboring blocks are wonderful, too. Highlights include Elm Grove Park at 23rd & Irene and the area around 6th & O’Farrell.
Streets to wander and explore: Thatcher, Pueblo, O’Farrell, 7th, 6th & 5th. This is such a quiet part of the north end with easy access to the Boise Co-Op. Neighborhood landmarks include Hollywood Market at 8th & Resseguie.
South of State Street
This area is not as in-demand as the area north of State Street, however this provides an opportunity to get a home with all of the benefits of north-end living at a better price. Plus, as people will tell you who live in this area, the convenience that living south of State provides is a huge benefit. This area is closer to the Greenbelt and downtown, has easier freeway access plus is walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Highlights include the park at 23rd & Bannock plus the shopping district at 17th & State.