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Think residential development is dead? Time to take a drive to Barber Valley


Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez

Residential development in the Treasure Valley has slowed down, no question. However, during a recent drive through east Boise and specifically the Barber Valley, I was pleasantly surprised to find out how much construction is happening these days.

The number of new homes that have popped up along Warm Springs Avenue since I spent some time out there last fall was a welcome sight. In River Heights, which is across the street from Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the neighborhood is buzzing. It seemed that every street I turned onto (each with a Shakespearean reference, which I loved) was in some stage of residential development.

Not only were crews out in force, but I also noticed a number of people driving through the Brighton community who seemed to be checking out the area. For a Friday morning, around 9 a.m., it was encouraging to see.

Construction in Brighton's River Heights community has taken off, with multiple home sites being developed. (Photo by Jennifer Gonzalez)

Construction in Brighton's River Heights community has taken off, with multiple home sites being developed. (Photo by Jennifer Gonzalez)

Near Lucky 13, tractors were moving dirt in a new Tahoe Homes neighborhood that will begin to take shape in the next couple months. The Mill Station community will feature nearly 30 homes, with construction slated to begin in July. Now that’s what I consider a short building timeline!

So, just when you thought residential construction was dead and nothing was happening, a quick drive to this neck of the woods will prove you wrong.

About Jennifer Gonzalez

Jennifer Gonzalez covers construction, real estate and development news. Contact her at jennifer.gonzalez@idahobusinessreview.com or 208.639.3515.

4 comments

  1. Nice one, there is actually some good points on this blog some of my readers may find this useful, I must send a link, many thanks.

  2. This is ridiculous; stop shilling for the Boise metro realtors. Acknowledge the fact the area is seeing no new net investment because no serious major investors want to come to a cold, remote place that pokes them in the eye with high taxes, uber-ideological politics controlled by rural kingpins, and no concern for modernity (like education, infrastructure, etc).

    The IBR could be a real force for good in Idaho, if you guys would grow a pair.