Monday, July 18, 2016

The Island Home

Here's our house story - 

Last spring while I stayed back in Draper, frantically selling the house, wrapping up kids in school and finishing my work, Greg was busy scouting out a new home in Boise. 

I'd flown up a few times to check out areas with him and by May we had a fairly good idea where we wanted to buy - definitely where we did NOT want to buy.  We loved the Warm Springs District in Boise with their classic homes and geothermal heating (very reminiscent of the Avenues in downtown SLC).  We also were keen on the new developments nestled against the mountain.  But there was one attraction that won us over completely.

The Boise Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt is a paved pathway that runs parallel to the entire Boise River.  It's incredible.  The moment we saw the setting and the access, we knew we had to find a house where the Greenbelt would be within walking distance.  

The downside of homes in Boise is the size and acreage.  We couldn't find anything that would fit us - and forget a decent yard.  There's nothing there.  We spent a weekend looking in Meridian, Star, Nampa, Caldwell - but all of those were too far from the Greenbelt.  Finally, we checked Eagle and that's when we found it.  

The Boise River splits in half for about 10 miles in Eagle, creating an organic island.  And Greg found our house in the middle.

It's a smaller home - both in square footage and acreage.  And I'm not going to lie - we're in a massive struggle to downsize.  Houses here don't have basements.  But there's a small pathway right outside our back-yard fence that takes you past a lake, over a little bridge and straight to the HOA pool, tennis courts and playgrounds - all in 5 minutes.  If you keep walking on the same little path, you hit the banks of the Boise River and the Greenbelt in another 10 minutes.  

Fist pump in the air!

It's heaven!  It's beautiful!  Every day we're fishing.  Every day we're mountain biking.  If I can just get Bubbs off the stupid training wheels, life will be darn near perfect.  

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