City of Trees Boise Offers Active Retirement Options

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 19th city on the list — Athens, Georgia. This week, we look at Boise, Idaho, and found three great homes — all for less than $500,000.

“Located along the Oregon Trail and nicknamed ‘the city of trees,’ mid-sized Boise is a green and active place to retire,” said MoneyWise. “With a large selection of shopping and dining choices, walkable downtown Boise is a lovely place to spend the afternoon.”

“For the truly adventurous, Southwest Idaho is also home to mountains, canyons and whitewater rafting opportunities! The median home price is around $208,000, and there are several highly-rated hospitals in town.”

Want to see what we found in Boise? Let’s jump!

Townhome With Two Masters

Price: $189,900

Bright, light, and airy, this 960 square foot townhome with vaulted ceilings and plenty of windows makes use of every single square foot of space, making it feel much larger than the numbers would indicate.

And with two master bedrooms, it’s still a great option for the retiree(s) who are expecting family and friends to visit. It’s been completely updated with vinyl plank flooring, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes, LED lighting and stainless steel appliances.

And it’s in a quiet complex with easy access to highways and the airport.

Alex Berti with Epic Realty has this listing. Want to see more? Click here.

1920s Cottage For The Downsizer Who Still Has Some Stuff

Price: $264,900

This three-bedroom, one bath 1920s cottage has been the beneficiary of a great renovation a couple of years ago, and it’s move-in ready.

It’s also close to downtown Boise, but also close to outdoor recreation opportunities, too.

Full of all the vintage aspects people want when they hear historic home, but also possessing thoughtfully chosen contemporary finishes, the home has new paint, vinyl flooring and carpet, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and a gorgeous bath that has been updated as well.

The home is listed by Stacy Bahrenfuss with Silvercreek Realty Group. Want to see more? Click here.

New Construction Where You Can Still Pick Your Finishes

Price: $469,000

Plenty of options in this three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home — because it’s still under construction. In fact, the photos we’re showing you are options, not final choices — you get to pick those.

A four-piece Bosch stainless steel appliance package is included with the home, and buyers can choose from granite or quartz, tile, cabinetry, and wood flooring options, as well as lighting, and the potential for upgraded trim on the fireplace.

The lot backs to a common area, too, and has a covered patio.

Eva Hoopes with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing. Want to see more? Click here.

For the original MoneyWise report, click here. To see all the homes we have found so far, click here.