As we continue to keep a close eye on our valley's real estate market, we're also always making a note of various news stories that highlight changes and happenings in our local area. Here's our monthly high-level recap of many of those stories. Intended for life-long Boiseans, newcomers, potential relocators, and out-of-state investors alike - there's something for everyone.
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Idaho Makes the Top 10 on Another Growth List

Source: Idaho Statesman
As we all know, Idaho has been one of the fastest-growing states in the nation for the past several years, consistently ranking highly for population growth. Last summer a University of Idaho study found that approximately one in four people are new to the state, and this recently released U-Haul study has backed up those findings.

Four Idaho Chefs Nominated for Prestigious Restaurant Awards

Source: KTVB
The Treasure Valley is officially the home of not one, not two, not three - but four James Beard award-nominated chefs. Noted in the "Best Chef: Mountain" division, Salvador Alamilla of Amano in Caldwell; and three others from Boise: Dan Ansotegui, Ansots; Kris Komori, KIN; and Kibrom Milash, Kibrom’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Food. If you haven't yet had the opportunity to check out their restaurants, add them to your list!

Take a Look at the 12 California Cities Sending the Most People to Boise

Source: 107.9 Lite FM
There’s no denying that the migration from the Golden State to the Gem state is happening. This article pulls from Neighborhood Scout, the American Census Bureau,, and to see which California cities are sending the most people to the booming Boise area.

Top 12 Happy Hours in Boise

Source: TotallyBoise
The team at Totally Boise recently put together a list of 12 top spots to hit for Happy Hour. Their list includes several faves and some we've added to our list to try!

Hot New Place in Boise to Get Your Bagel Fix!

Source: 107.9 Lite FM
Located at 2422 W Main St (just across the street from Gil's K9 Bar) Good Times Bagels is now open! Specializing in Montreal-style bagels, which are hand-rolled and wood-fired, Good Times Bagel is a must-try. The menu offers a variety of bagels, spreads, sandwiches, beverages, and more - we're already big fans!

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Propose Casino Outside Mountain Home

Source: KTVB
Back in 2020, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes bought 157 acres right outside of Mountain Home. Consisting of 2,000 gaming machines, 250 hotel rooms, 6 food and beverage venues, a 15,000 sq. ft. event center, and an outdoor race track and concert venue - they are estimating it will generate $187 million annually for the local community.

Boise Has a New #1 Radio Station — and It Comes as a Bit of a Surprise

Source: Idaho Statesman
According to Nielsen Audio's 2022 rating report, 107.9 Lite FM won the "12-plus" category. Said to play "the best variety of the '80s, '90s, and today", the radio station nearly tripled its spring number - soaring from a 2.3 share to a 6.2.

Perfect Valentine's Day Gift... Name a Cockroach After Them?

Source: Boise Zoo
Not feeling the flowers, chocolates, and champagne vibe? Does your Valentine have a funny bone? Zoo Boise has you covered. Treat your special someone by naming a cockroach after them, yes, seriously. For $20, you can name a zoo cockroach after your Valentine. The name will also be listed on Zoo Boise's website. There is a disclaimer, all names must be approved by zoo staff, because yes, even cockroach names have limits.

You Asked: What is Being Built Next to the Meridian Costco?

Source: Boise Dev
Construction crews have started work on an empty lot at 3485 W Chinden Boulevard (directly across from Costco in Meridian and Dutch Bros). What's going up? Keybank and then Slim Chickens (at 3369 W Chinden Blvd).

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