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One of the most desirable communities in the valley, North Boise, or the "North End" as it has been dubbed by valley residents, is a beautiful example of urban restoration and revitalization. Beginning in the 1890s as a remote area of development, the North end continued to grow through the early 1900's as the main area of Boise's residential expansion. Also in the early 1890s, 17th street was renamed Harrison Blvd. as a nod to President Benjamin Harrison who was responsible for signing the Admissions Act making Idaho a state. As Boise experienced rapid growth during the early decades of the 1900s, Harrison Blvd took shape as the picturesque, tree-lined street that we enjoy today. Large, stately homes with a variety of architectural styles sprung up as the wealthier of Boise's business owners became residents of the North End.
Following World War II the North End experienced a period of substantial decline. This deterioration continued into the 1960s, and the North End teetered on the edge of becoming a slum. Many of the large, Queen Anne style mansions were converted to low-cost apartments, and many homes fell into a state of disrepair. Concerned residents and community leaders banded together to change the fate of the North End. Involvement, activism, and smart zoning reformation gradually transformed the direction and desirability of the area. The result has a been a steady revitalization effort resulting in what we have today. Boise's North End was named to the National Registry of Historical Places in 1980 and the American Planning Association named it as one of its 10 Great Neighborhoods.
North Boise has become "The Place" to live for many of the valley's active young professionals -- it is a short bike ride to downtown or to the foothills. One of the best places in the valley to spend an afternoon, the North End offers eclectic eateries, coffee shops, scenic parks, and beautifully landscaped streets of historical architecture from restored cottages to stately manors. The North End also has a multitude of "hip" places to hang out, have a beer or glass of wine, hunt for antiques, and go for a hike or mountain bike in the foothills. From historical Hyde Park to Hull's Gulch, from the State Capital to the Basque Block, there is something for everyone to do or see.
As the popularity of the North End has soared, so have home prices. Once a very affordable neighborhood, North Boise has become on of the more expensive areas in the valley. However, the proximity to downtown, the historic feel, and the quiet, quaint streets are worth the money to many. There are many options here -- from small bungalows to impressive mansions. Search our MLS listings for your perfect place in North Boise!
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