Summer’s Last Hurrah: 8 Ways to End the Season in Style

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The kids have headed back to school, the Western Idaho Fair has ended, and Alive After Five won’t be back until next year. Summer days are behind us, right? Not so fast! It’s still technically summer, and there are still a lot of fun outdoor events in the Treasure Valley in the weeks ahead. Here are seven ways we plan on making the most of the warm months that remain.

Markets, Festivals, and Fairs

The Capital City Public Market (held on 8thStreet) is open Saturdays through December 19thand the Boise Farmers Market (located at 10thand Grove) is also still going strong. What better way to keep your fridge stocked with farm-fresh goodies—all while reveling in the lingering warmth of summer mornings?

vegetables for sale at an outdoor market

Saturday markets are the quintessential end-of-summer activity.

The Hyde Park Street Fair, which hosts vendors and artisans from all over the west, is an annual fundraising event held in Boise’s Camel’s Back Park. This year’s festivities (which take place September 18-20) promise live music, kids’ activities, and exotic foods, beer, and—our personal favorite—a wine garden.

Get Outta Town

If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to get out of Boise proper for an off-the-beaten-path excursion, here are a few ideas.

mountain biker riding on trail near rocks

Bogus Basin Mountain Resort is a mecca for outdoor activities—even during the summer and fall months.

In answer to recent years of disappointing snowfall, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area has offered an impressive line-up of outdoor events for mountain bikers, yogis, frolfers (Frisbee golfers), and music lovers. In the months to come, there will still be more live music on the grounds, but Bogus has also teamed up with Treefort Music Fest to feature a fall edition of Alefort. Check out an updated events listing here.

Outdoor Movies

Whether you’re looking to take the family to a movie under the stars or you’re jonesin’ for or a kid-free flick, experiencing the silver screen via an outdoor screen is more popular than ever.

If you (or the kids) have never been to a drive-in movie, Parma Motor-Vu (in business since 1953!) holds screenings of recently released films every weekend throughout the summer, and is open Friday and Saturday through the fall.

Typically geared toward night owls and grown-ups, Movie Mondays at Saint Lawrence Gridiron are a great way to experience Southern-inspired fare at late-night happy hour prices, all while watching popular films from their outdoor patio. SLG hopes to continue showing movies through October, but stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates.

Live and Local: Musical Venues Not to Miss

For a memorable afternoon of beautiful views and good tunes, the Ste. Chapelle Concert Series features musical performances, on-site catered lunch, and beer and wine at the venue’s scenic Vineyard Park. While it’s a bit of a jaunt out of town, the experience is worth the drive. Concerts run every Sunday through September 20th. Visit the Ste. Chapelle Winery’s website for updates.

One of Boise’s most ambient patios is the setting for live music from local legends all summer long. The Sandbar (located at the Riverside Hotel, right off the Boise Greenbelt) is open for the season until early October (the 4th, according to the website). Find more information about their schedule and the food and drink menu on the Riverside’s website. 

cup between knees looking over audience at an outdoor performance

Outdoor performances at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival are a summertime must-do.

Last but not least, if you haven’t yet experienced the magic of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, be sure to catch this season’s last performance of the world’s longest running musical: The Fantasticks. (The show runs through September 27th.)

The Capital City Public Market (held on 8th Street) is open Saturdays through December 19th and the Boise Farmers Market (located at 10th and Grove) is also still going strong. What better way to keep your fridge stocked with farm-fresh goodies—all while reveling in the lingering warmth of summer mornings?

How Does Your Garden Grow? Local Planting/Harvesting Resources

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City of Trees, Garden City—with monikers like that, it’s no surprise that Boise is home to an increasing number of community gardens, CSAs, and a bevy of professional growers.

baby tomatoes in palm

But thanks to the area’s nutrient-rich clay soil (along with a little extra composting and care, of course), even home-based gardeners can successfully grow produce in their own backyards/plots.

It’s not too late to get started, either. End of May/early June is a great time to transplant tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, tomatillos, ground cherries, melons, squash, cucumbers, and flowers, since the danger of frost has passed. It’s also the ideal opportunity to direct seed corn, beans squash, and flowers. (See the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s 2015 Best Planting Dates Calendar for Boise.)

Once you’ve selected your desired plants, it’s helpful to create a garden plan. The Old Farmer’s Almanac website offers an online garden planner (or a handy app for iOs devices) to help you map out where everything should go to best optimize your available space.

Next, it’s time to get planting. Here is a list of local resources for seeds, plant starts, and places to go for general advice on planting and cultivation:

plants in a bag

The farmer’s market can be a great place to find plant starts.

However, despite having access to the resources above, you may feel your thumb is less than green. Or if you lack space, time, or are too intimidated to plant and cultivate your own garden, consider volunteering at (or donating to) a local community garden. Many also offer CSA programs. There are many local growers who would welcome the support (find a comprehensive list here or view a full list of refugee gardens), but these are some of our favorites:

Jordan Street Garden Boise

Founded in 2009, the Jordan Street Garden is an urban refugee garden bridging cultural barriers in North Boise.

Want to get the kids involved? Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) affords students ages 6 to 15 the opportunity to learn the ABCs of growing and cultivation—all in an organic garden setting, in the kitchen, or at the farm stand.


Shana Moore & Sherri B

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Boise to Celebrate National Bike Month (and Beyond)—in Style

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“The City of Trees” is a moniker often used to describe our capital city, but Boise is known just as well for our community’s bike-centric lifestyle.

Here, cycling is not just a means of recreation, it’s a way of life. Whether you see roadies in spandex shorts, BMXers riding dirt jumps at Eagle Bike Park, mountain bikers navigating technical terrain amidst the trees near Bogus Basin, or laid-back cruisers on the Greenbelt (this last one might be me), our town lives and breathes BIKES.

And Boise is about to get even more bike-friendly.

Boise Bike Share bicycle

A sneak peek of Boise GreenBike equipment. Image: Boise Weekly

You’ve likely heard rumors about a bike-sharing program soon to launch in the Downtown area. Well, it’s on. Boise GreenBike introduced the first eight bikes Wednesday, April 15th, with the full 115 bike roll-out hitting the streets on Earth Day – April 22nd!  Visit Boise GreenBike online for more information on how it works and how to become a member. If you’d like to find the bikes, but aren’t yet sure where to look, there’s an ap for that: Social Bicycles Inc.

Boise’s bike sharing program will likely have it’s official start just in time for Boise Bike Week, which takes place May 9th through the 16th.

In fact, the entire month of May is celebrated annually as National Bike Month. And Boise, being the velo-hub that it is, will be host to several events dedicated to all things cycling. Years past have seen parties; a “Pedal Power Parade”; group rides for all types of cyclists (mountain, roadies, and casual riders); and more. Also, don’t forget: Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 16th. (Visit for a full schedule of events.)

If you’re looking to incorporate more bike-related activities into your summer schedule, there is plenty happening post-bike-week, too. After all, Boise is the quintessential cycling community, and several non-profit organizations exist for the sole purpose of cultivating this culture in the Treasure Valley.

Boise Bicycle Project headquarters

Boise Bicycle Project headquarters. Image: BBP

For starters, if you’re looking to meet other cyclists in a casual setting, the BBP holds a social ride the first Friday evening of the month (May 1st is the date of the next ride). The group typically convenes at BBP headquarters, then rides to a predetermined destination, usually for beers and dinner.

This June, the BBP will again hold Pedal for the People, Boise’s ten-day community bicycle festival. Also coming up: the BBP is proposing to transform Boise into “the bicycle capital of America” for 24 hours beginning on May 7th. (For more information about this endeavor as well as other BBP-related events, follow them on Facebook or view their online calendar.)

man using tool on trail

Trail maintenance efforts keep the foothills in good shape. Image: SWIMBA

If dirt trails, hill climbs, and steep descents are more your style, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association (SWIMBA) has group rides planned all summer, as well as skills and maintenance classes, and trail work days, when volunteers can sign up to help build and maintain trails throughout the Treasure Valley and all of Southwest Idaho. Visit SWIMBA’s event schedule for more information.

hundreds of bikes on grass

Tour de Fat, Boise’s summer spectacular. Image: SWIMBA

Lastly, don’t forget New Belgium’s Tour de Fat, by far Boise’s biggest and most spectacular bike-related event. Riders—in lavish and deliberately laughable costumes—begin the day with a parade throughout the streets of Downtown Boise. Then, the crowd descends upon Ann Morrison Park for food and beer, contests, live music, and more. Last year, the Boise event raised more funds than ever before—about $70,000—all of which benefited the local biking community. This year’s event is scheduled for August 18th, and is not to be missed.

So tune up those bikes and get ready for a breezy ride in Boise this summer, because there’s  something fun—on two wheels—for everyone!


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise IdahoSherri Battazzo Boise


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A Year of Giving Ends; A 5-Year Anniversary Celebration Begins

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“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” -Clarence Odbody, It’s a Wonderful Life

This quote from the 1946 classic film perfectly summarizes why we believe even little things add up, especially when it comes to helping to foster a better Boise.

That was part of the inspiration behind Buy-Boise’s sponsorship of It’s a Wonderful Life, during the final Boise Classic Movies event of 2014. In case you missed it, you may click to view our Christmas announcement and end-of-year video.

And, in true George Bailey form, when we reflect upon 2014, I can’t help but think it was Buy-Boise’s best year yet. It feels good that nearly all of my business came from referrals. I value those connections and return client interaction.

Many of our clients have been surprised to learn that the spirit of holiday giving lasted the entire year, at Boise’s fully women- owned and operated independent real estate brokerage. At Buy Boise Real Estate Group, we put time, energy and nearly ALL of the company’s profits right back into the community in 2014, to support organizations that make Boise a better place to live.

2014: A Year of Giving

Buy-Boise Real Estate Group, with support from loyal clients, allocated nearly all their profits to support the following organizations:

  • Silver Sage Girl Scouts (cookies for clients!)
  • Ada County Sheriff’s Association event to support relationships between police and at-risk youth
  • Highlands Elementary Parent-Teacher Association
  • BUGS (Boise Urban Garden School)
  • The Boise Bike Project (BBP), in memoriam of fallen firefighter Mark Urban, and to support their permanent building fund
  • Kinderhaven – North Idaho’s community organization dedicated to supporting children in crisis, so that they may restore a feeling of safety and well-being in their lives
  • Community Cancer Center in Sandpoint, Idaho, dedicated to supporting people who receive a cancer diagnosis
  • A sponsorship of one year of shelter for a person in need at Interfaith Sanctuary

These philanthropic activities are just a few of the reasons why I feel proud to be a part of this dynamic, big-hearted, and generous team.

“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” -Pa Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

Celebrations to Follow in 2015

If 2014 is any indication of what’s in store for this year, we believe good things are ahead.

It’s Buy-Boise Real Estate Group’s five-year anniversary! That is a milestone anniversary indicating that a small business has beaten the statistics. We’ll also be paying extra attention to working with sellers at Buy-Boise Real Estate Group. If you’re in the market to sell a home, ask me (or any of my buyers) why now is the perfect time to move forward.

Call for sellers and future sellers – it’s your year!

Let’s talk now and plan ahead if needed. If you’re not already signed up to receive my email updates, I invite you to contact us and I’ll make sure to keep you up-to-date on all the latest real estate happenings in Boise as well as:

  • Market trends
  • Tips and insights for sellers and buyers
  • Community updates
  • Story Time

If you’re not familiar with Story Time, here is a sneak peek of what you’ll be seeing: one-of-a kind buyer and seller stories that illustrate the home buying and selling process in a fun and unique way.

Looking forward, we expect 2015 to be not only a 5-year celebration, but also another year of community involvement, local thinking and successful buyers/seller introductions. After all, we believe fostering a better Boise really does make for a wonderful life!

We invite you to join us on the journey.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

Shana Foster Moore


Merry Christmas

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Happy Holidays!

Thank you to all of you who joined us at the Egyptian Theater on December 16th, to join us in watching the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is indeed a wonderful life and I’m so glad you’re a part of it.

Before the movie, Buy-Boise’s first video played on the silver screen for a packed house, as part of our sponsorship of this warm and fun annual event. We received great feedback on our giveaways and goodies, but also some surprise at all that we’ve done to support and foster the community in 2014. This sounds like the making of a future blog topic to recap of 2014, but for now, here’s a replay of Buy-Boise’s first video.

Thank you for supporting us this year, and helping fuel the support we’ve returned to your community. Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

My Favorite Places in Boise

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Eight Reasons I love Boise, Idaho

Evidenced in part by the pride people take in living in Boise, Idaho, this place has a lot to offer. The reasons for loving Idaho and being a Boisean are many, but today I’m sharing a few of mine.

The Foothills & Camel’s Back Park is one of my favorites. My daughter’s too – she had her birthday party at the picnic area near the park. I also appreciate  its proximity to the open spaces and foothills and trails that connect us to Bogus Basin, and beyond. Right now, the city is accepting commentary on your preferences for these lands, which it controls.

Local Food & Coffee.  True foodies might disagree with me here, especially when comparing Boise to the larger and more culinary cunning cities or the coffee culture of Portland and Seattle . . . and they have a point. We don’t have pizza like Chicago,  the ethnic diversity of New York or the beans of Portland. That said our city has a strong commitment to supporting local restaurants, particularly those who in turn support our local farmers, growers and ranchers with conscientious practices.
See my blog on my favorite restaurants to compare tastes, or comment on it to share yours!

Rivers.  The Boise River is my favorite, due to its proximity to my house and kid-friendly flows, however the Payette River system offers world-class whitewater and rapids of all levels, and I can’t imagine a Boise without this resource.

Bicycle Culture. I love it that the bike you drive is more of a material status symbol than your car. Then again, in a city that prioritizes the most practical rigs, like pick-ups and Subarus, it’s way more difficult to differentiate yourself by vehicle alone.

Green Belt. Many cities have one and every city should. When you need to “Take a Walk,” it’s where to go.

Location The Northwest has so much to offer. Boise has long-weekend access to Portland, the Oregon coast, Seattle, Yellowstone, Montana, Sun Valley, Stanley, Jackson Hole, Utah, Tahoe, etc.

Ski Hills. With Bogus Basin being half an hour door-to-door from my house, it was hardly surprising to find myself with a kid in love with skiing since being in the front pouch at 6 months old. It’s fully feasible to go after work  in addition to weekends.  For a longer journey, Brundage Mountain in McCall has great skiing and Targhee in Driggs has epic conditions comparable to Utah.

The Number One Thing To Love About Boise, Idaho is . . . Hands down, the people are the best thing about this valley. They make eye contact and return smiles; drive less competitively than everywhere else; and have the friendly, laid-back inspirations of the rural life that surrounds and once was this area. They treat their dogs like family members and bring them along more often than not. I like to remind those who move here to take a look at the culture as it is and try to adapt to it, if it’s part of the reason they were drawn to this special place. (Even if the slower driving drives them crazy).

No RSVP Required. Whether you’ve moved to Boise to retire, work, recreate or escape, or if you are considering a move, don’t worry about the social graces of RSVPing to our city, or the first invitation you receive here. Just show up here, with your pets, and find yourself welcome. You may also want to note that we’ll probably do the same for any parties you may throw (fair warning- Boise is simply not an RSVPing city).

If you’d prefer to be welcomed to Boise, Idaho with a home to call your own, I can help with that. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or email and together we’ll find exactly what you need. When you’re ready for a second home McCall, let me know that too. We have a favorite agent there who we can refer you to.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho


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The Boise Code: 15 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor

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If Mr. Rogers taught us anything, it was that showing friendliness toward one’s neighbors goes a long way toward bettering a local community.

And Boise has long been known for the kindness of its community members—even amongst seasoned world travelers. In Rick Steves’ Road Trip, he calls his afternoon in Boise “a delight” and even refers to its residents as “freakishly friendly.”

open hands in a circle, Boise community

As the city and its surrounding areas have grown, Boise’s reputation remains one of friendliness and goodwill. But this is no accident. Locals in neighborhoods throughout the area seem to live by an unspoken code, one that would make the late Mr. Rogers quite proud. Here are 15 ways to be a good neighbor:

  1. Keep an eye on your “hood.” Watch and question anyone who seems suspicious or out of place. Lead or volunteer in a Neighborhood Watch program.
  2. Greet new neighbors when they move in. That initial gesture not only makes a great first impression but will go a long way to create amiable feelings down the road , especially if its accompanied by homemade cookies or garden goods.
  3. Keep up the good work! Mow, weed, and trim your yard regularly (and compliment the good-looking lawn or fresh paint across the street).
  4. Stay in touch. One way is to create an email list and send out regular updates to keep your neighborhood informed about local events and issues that may concern them. Another is to join which is a broader, local classified and news-sharing site.
  5. Share the bounty from your garden and/or fruit trees.
  6. Reach out to neighbors who may need additional help (such as single mothers, those who may be sick, and senior citizens) and offer to assist them with small household chores or repairs.
  7. Be a connector. Coordinate a neighborhood running or cycling group, community garden,  annual block party or potluck or attend community events. (PS – Our block party is this Thursday, 9/26 – come on by!)
  8. Be considerate of differing lifestyles and what times your neighbors might prefer quiet. For instance, if you have a teen son who plays in a band, inform your surrounding neighbors in advance and ask them to let you know if it gets too loud.
  9. Plan, or participate in, a neighborhood garage sale.
  10. Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after its messes, especially if it has a tendency to run beyond your yard. If you have received comments about its barking while you are away, seek advice from your vet and/or training for the pet.
  11. Offer to care for a neighbor’s plants, pets, and mail while they are away on vacation.
  12. Show support. Buy the Girl Scout cookies, candy bars or latest fundraising items from the neighbor kids if you can afford them.
  13. Park in your garage, driveway, and in front of your own home (rather than in front of your neighbors’ homes) whenever possible.
  14. Let your neighbors know when you might be having a party. Better yet, invite them to attend!
  15. If you own a snowblower or feel strong, clear your neighbor’s walkway.

Most importantly, if any of your neighbors have done any of these things for you, let them know you noticed with a hearty “thank you.” Talking about their good deed with other neighbors is another sign of gratitude. Has one of your neighbors done something thoughtful for you recently? Tell us about it in the comments below.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

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Crime Time—Not on Boise’s Clock

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Stay Safe, Boise!

When it comes to criminal activity, Boiseans are fortunate to live in one of the safest places in the nation.

Elsewhere, crime is a subject that incites dread in people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds. But there’s little need to fear being a victim when you and your family take extra precautionary steps (in addition to choosing a safe city).

In fact, overall, national crime rates have been declining nationally—as well as in Idaho—for the past 20 years. According to the FBI’s latest annual crime statistics report, Idaho has one of the lowest rates of non-violent property crime nationwide (with only New York and Puerto Rico coming in lower). Our state’s violent crime rate is also low; only six states have lower violent crime rates.

But while Boiseans can be pleased that their community’s crime rates are some of lowest in the U.S., more is needed to maintain a climate of safety and security in our local neighborhoods, especially when it comes to protecting your home and property.

See your neighborhood’s crime statistics—updated monthly—here.

Earlier this month, local residents convened at several community locations for National Night Out, an event intended to promote welcoming, safe neighborhoods. And this is clearly a topic on the minds of many, considering that over 67 neighborhoods in the Boise metropolitan area participated in the event. So how can we continue to keep our city safe for ourselves, our family, and our property?

Do Your Part

In addition to the “If You See Something, Say Something” admonition, which suggests contacting authorities regarding suspicious behavior, here are further steps the Boise Police Department recommends in protecting your home, family, and neighborhoods. (See entire list here.)

  • Install quality locks on doors and windows—and use them.
  • Trim shrubs surrounding doors and windows.
  • Install peepholes on exterior doors.
  • Ensure indoor and outdoor lights are in working condition, and consider hooking up timers to indoor lights and electronics.
  • Close window coverings when away from home.
  • Pay attention to suspicious activity and report it by calling 911 in the case of an emergency.
  • Beware of solicitors. Don’t let strangers into your home if you are not there to supervise.
  • Have a trusted contact check on your home if you’ll be out of town.
  • Photograph your valuables and engrave your property with a form of ID.
  • Have locks changed when moving into a new home or apartment.
  • Start your own Neighborhood Watch program.

Don’t Forget About Your Bike

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While Boise’s bike culture is primarily an advantage in our community, it unfortunately continues to present thieves with a bevy of opportunities. Take the following precautions to make sure you’re not a victim of bike theft.

  • Register your bike with the Boise Police Department. If it is stolen and later found by authorities, it will be easier to return the property to its rightful owner.
  • Don’t leave your bicycle unattended without using a secure locking system, whether in public (such as parked outside a restaurant) or on your own property (such as in your yard or on the porch).
  • Never leave your garage door open and the items inside unattended, especially if you store valuable sports equipment (including bikes) there.
  • Invest in a theft-deterrent bike lock (such as a U-lock). These are more secure than combination cable bike locks that can be easily removed with wire cutters.
  • If you see something suspicious, alert the authorities.

For more information about crime and safety in the Treasure Valley, including additional resources, visit the Boise Police Department website.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

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Where does your green grass go?

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Happy mowing season! I hear a lawnmower grinding away in the background as I write to inform you that the options for your grass clippings have increased.

Did you know that at the end of last mowing season, Boise introduced a grass recycling program to add to our grass clipping management options? With four hundred folks already enrolled, Republic Services is pleased that it started taking off this spring, according to a quick investigative phone call I placed.

For $7.95 a month, participants receive an extra, tan 95 gallon trash bin dedicated to clippings and leaves. They’re hauled to a Silage Pit in Ada County, instead of the landfill. The cart is dedicated specifically to grass clippings April through October, and leaves in November (that’s right –no more leave bags). December through March it serves as an extra trash bin.

The silage is tested for chemical content and safety, tarped and will be used as cattle feed. Participants in the program are asked to use only animal- and Earth-friendly products on their lawn.

While grass may not be the most water-wise investment, Boiseans love their lawns and have several choices on what to do with the waste.

Other options for grass clippings include mulching nutrient-filled grass back into the yard, or using as mulch in garden beds, offering them to your backyard chickens, and sending them to the landfill. The landfill option also is well managed.

“The Ada County Landfill employs a methane recapture system to generate electricity and provide power to thousands of local homes. The presence of yard waste and other organic material in the landfill actually facilitates the generation of gas and more electricity,” according to the web site with all the information on grass clippings .

Cutting out grass clippings all together in our arid location is another option many progressive Boiseans have converted to. Xeriscapes and edible gardens don’t create grass clippings but they do put water to wise use.

I hope you’re enjoying your yard this summer, no matter how you’re managing it!


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of Boise housing market trends



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Listomania: Boise Tops the Charts (Again)

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Our Secret is Out

Boise has often been referred to as one of the nation’s best-kept secrets, whether it comes to its affordable housing, outdoor recreation opportunities, or burgeoning tech startup community.

But it looks like our little secret’s out.

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The City of Trees continues to appear at the top of “Best Places” lists: it was recently named the best place to move in 2014 and ranked in Livability’s 100 Best Places to Live list. I’m not one bit surprised, either.

When compared to cities of similar size, Boise may not seem out of the ordinary. What is unique, however, is that it really does have something for everyone, whatever their interests or stage in life. Whether it’s to raise a family, start a business, or retire; people—young and old— move here knowing that the Boise lifestyle is where it’s at.


A healthy economy is a city’s lifeblood; the speed and sustainability of its growth depend upon it. And affordability plays a huge role in whether newcomers (not to mention long-time residents) stay or go. Luckily for those desiring affordable housing and a manageable cost of living—especially for retirees, Boise is as attractive as ever. Here’s how we rank:

Recently, I’ve seen theses lists come alive in my work and personal life. I’ve added several new retirees to my favorite clients roster and also recruited my own retired mother to move to Boise part time, through a second home. She loves the foothills, but it’s the proximity to her Granddaughter and I that really sealed the deal.

Business and Technology

When it comes to the startup tech scene, survey says: Boise is hot, hot, hot. We were recently ranked the number one best “Under the Radar Tech Hub.” Further still, small businesses in general fare well here, as noted by the following sources:

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Culture and Recreation

In addition to being featured in National Geographic’s Adventure Magazine, Boise (and Idaho at large) continues to shine, thanks to an abundance of outdoor travel and recreation opportunities, as well as a growing arts and culture scene. Here’s how we ranked:

Quality of Life/Live-Work Balance

Time Magazine’s March 17th, 2014 edition ranks Boise as number one for “getting it right” in their recent story Red-Hot Town. The article cites the City of Trees as “a techy boomtown with a thriving cultural scene.” I can’t agree more. Here are additional kudos Boise has received for its stellar quality of life:

I love this city for so many reasons, many of which can’t be quantified by a series of lists (although there are plenty more). We are just minutes from the river, an ever-expanding foothills trail system, community gardens, outdoor markets, and a thriving downtown scene, complete with food truck rallies and pop-up shops. And that’s just the beginning. Check out my Bucket List for 20 things all Boiseans should try at least once.


Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho




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