South Boise and West Boise Moving Guide

Thank you to Alana McCarraher for bringing us this South Boise and West Boise Moving Guide.

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South and West Boise make up the large suburban area between Downtown and the Bench and Meridian. It’s the heart of the Boise suburbs.

This area includes commercial centers like the Boise Mall and some of the best parks, restaurants, and PEOPLE that Boise has to offer. Proximity to major highways ensures easy access to downtown Boise and the surrounding areas.

In the heart of the Boise suburbs, this area is known for its safety, friendly neighborhoods, and well-maintained infrastructure. Large, mature trees can be found in many of these neighborhoods, but the community roots go even deeper. Many of the people in these homes have lived here for decades. They brought their babies home here, and then raised them and sent them off into the world. Many of those babies have even come back to raise their own families now. The sense of community here is strong.

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The combination of natural beauty, community spirit, and modern amenities makes West and South Boise an attractive and welcoming place to call home.

Parks, Recreation, and Family Fun

Charles F. McDevitt Youth Sports Complex

This complex offers multiple sports fields, including soccer and baseball, along with playgrounds and picnic areas. It’s a great spot for sports enthusiasts and family outings.

Ada Libraries at Victory and Lake Hazel

These Ada County libraries are great, free resources for families. Everyone is welcome in these libraries, and they make that clear by having an abundance of programming for all ages. My son’s favorite part of both these libraries is the robust kids’ area. They have toys, puzzles, pets, and classes that we love!

Peppermint Park

Peppermint Park features playground equipment and open areas for after-school play and family activities. My son’s favorite here is the school bus! There is also a dinosaur-themed playground area.

Molenaar Park

This park offers a playground, walking paths, and picnic shelters. The park’s open spaces are great for sports and outdoor activities. The city recently added a new splash pad here. Boise has many splash pads, but this one is one of my favorites because it has shade coverings that keep the pavement cool for tiny bare feet! The playground equipment here is new, nice, and accessible for kids with a range of mobilities.

West Boise YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center

This facility provides swimming pools, fitness classes, sports courts, and various recreational programs for all ages. It is a hub for family fitness and fun.

Goldfish Swim School

Goldfish Swim School provides state-of-the-art aquatic swimming facilities that offer indoor swim classes for children ages 4 months and up. They have been a great resource for us in ensuring our little ones are ready to play in the water safely every summer.

World Center for Birds of Prey

This unique refuge is a great educational space to learn about birds of prey such as hawks, raptors, California Condors, and more! In the fall, you can actually see these birds take flight every weekend. The staff there is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about their important conservation and education work.

Beautiful Neighborhoods

One of my favorite things about the neighborhoods in this area is they almost all have beautiful walking paths lined with trees that take you to community parks and spaces. I’ve lived in a few of these Boise neighborhoods for almost 20 years combined, and they all have this great amenity. Nice, safe walking paths are something I appreciate and prioritize when looking for a home (especially with little kids and a dog).

South Boise and West Boise Moving Guide

Schools

Potential Drawbacks

As mentioned above, this area has experienced significant growth in recent years, like many areas in Boise. Especially in South Boise, it can feel as though the infrastructure has lagged behind this growth. Increased traffic is caused by a lack of commercial areas like what you see in Meridian, Downtown, or East Boise. Everyone who lives here travels further to get to stores and restaurants. That can be very frustrating.

Unfortunately, the massive growth in this area over the last couple of decades has resulted in a shortage of high schools and weird high school boundaries. Many of the kids in the southernmost section of Boise have to travel 15-20 minutes to Mountain View High School. This is one downside to living in this part of town, particularly in South Boise.

South Boise often feels “forgotten” by local politicians because much of the land out here is unincorporated and not within the city limits of Boise. That is great for our property taxes, but it means there are fewer services like parks and municipal water compared to the rest of Boise.

Why Your Family Will Love It Here

The community here can’t be beat. Many people not only know their neighbors, but they trust them to watch their kids, invite them over for dinner, and hang out with them on the weekends. On summer nights, you’ll often find kids playing in the street or splashing in the local splash pad or sprinklers in their front yard.

I say that this is the heart of the Boise suburbs because the people in these neighborhoods are some of the most loving I’ve met in my nearly 20 years here. It’s a safe, quiet, easy place to raise a family. It is close enough to downtown and busy commercial areas to feel like you are still connected but also tucked away enough to be quiet and peaceful. We would love to have you here!



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Brianna Bustos
Brianna grew up in Southern California before moving to Boise as a teenager. She then spent about 10 years away from Boise, attending Utah State University and spending time abroad, including living in Mexico, Argentina, and Spain, where she met her now husband. They moved back to Boise in 2018, and have since been joined by two adorable little boys. Brianna is a passionate person who enjoys just about anything she can do with the people she loves, such as cooking and sharing food with family and friends, spending time outside, and having spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen.

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