The Boise Bench, or "The Bench", is an elevated area south and west of downtown with views of the foothills and of the downtown area. Its location near downtown and BSU makes The Bench popular with young urbanites, professionals, students, families, and retirees. In other words, the Bench has something to offer most anyone. Primarily a collection of residential communities, there are also shops, markets, and eateries sprinkled along the major thoroughfares, providing a multitude of shopping and dining options within the community.
Development of The Bench began in the early 1900s, particularly those areas closest to downtown. Building on The Bench continued sporadically through the 1940s, and then grew rapidly during Boise's boom in the 1950s and 1960s. Today home buyers can find small cottages, mid-century classics, and pockets of new construction. Along "The Rim" are million dollar mansions overlooking Anne Morrison Park and Kathryn Albertson Park, and the Boise downtown.
As home prices in the popular North End have skyrocketed over the past few years, the Bench has become an affordable alternative to those seeking a quaint, community-oriented home near Boise's vibrant downtown. Many now refer to The Bench as "the next North End" because of its proximity to downtown, and the affordability in relation to the prices in the North End. The Bench has become increasingly popular as more and more renovation and rehabilitation of the homes in this area has taken place. If you are seeking an eclectic mix of neighborhoods with close proximity to downtown and the foothills, The Bench may be the ideal location for your next home.
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