Idaho Real Estate: City or Country?


A decision you need to make when moving is whether you want to live in the city or the country. Whichever one you choose, Id real estate offers lots of both, and they're not a few minutes apart in Idaho's unique rural and urban mix. There are many advantage and disadvantages to either option, you just have to decide which works better for you. You can browse through Id real estate on our innovative search engine to get a feel of both options to help you make your decision.



A major advantage of living in a city, like Boise (Idaho's most urban area) is close-by neighbors and proximity to everything you'd ever need. If you have an emergency, there's always someone nearby who can help. If you go out of town for a couple of days, there's usually a neighbor willing to water your plants or feed your plants. Running to the store is a five-minute trip, not an hour expedition. If you live in a snowy area, which Id real estate mainly is, the main city roads are the priority to get cleared. Another very important advantage is that emergency response, such as police officers and firemen are close by and can arrive on the scene quickly. Perhaps most importantly, in the city you are close to work and surrounded by a hub of entertainment of every kind. This makes the real estate a bit more expensive than rural houses however.

Still, having close neighbors is considered a disadvantage by some. You may get stuck with difficult neighbors who you don't get along with, who might keep you up at night. Privacy, safety, and claustrophobia may also be a concern faced by city dwellers. Another disadvantage of the city is that it can get a little noisy. There are always sounds of traffic and often times there will be planes flying overhead. Some enjoy the hustle-and-bustle and like the up-tempo pace of urban living--it's a choice of individual taste.


sawtooths5_sm_300A big advantage to country life, in a small town like Kuna or one of the dozens like it, is the peace and quiet. There's not much traffic and there's a lot less people around. This also means you'll know almost everyone in the area, so the town will seem like one big team. Crime rates are also a lot lower in rural areas, since everyone watches out for each other. You also get to see some wildlife in the country, which is nearly impossible in the city. Hunter's in the city have to travel to find a good hunting area, whereas country folk can often hunt near to or from their backyards.

The biggest disadvantage to living in the country is you won't be near anything. Emergency response is going to take a little bit of time to arrive and it's farther from hospitals. Shopping is limited, so if you want a variety, you'll have to travel into the city. A lot of country towns are also farming towns, especially with Id real estate, so during farming season there will be a lot of tractors and other equipment that disrupts the peace. If you have a job in the city, the commute might be a strain as well.

Living in the city and the country are very different, so you have to decide which is best for you. Neither one is better than the other, it just depends on what kind of lifestyle you want to have. Whichever one you decide, Id real estate has something to offer you and luckily you can find a place that's somewhere in the middle as well if you so desire. Browse all area urban, suburban, and rural real estate by clicking here and let the search begin!

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