January 30, 2019 | Melissa Shively
Whether you’re rapidly approaching retirement or already in the thick of enjoying your senior years, Boise, and the Treasure Valley area of southern Idaho, is a great place to consider adding to your list. Boise is one of the fastest growing cities in America and features a fantastic mix of affordable housing and numerous amenities and activities to get involved with during your retirement. As you decide where to spend these next years in your life, consider these five great reasons to make Boise your retirement home.

#1 Boise is Booming With Recreational Opportunities
U.S. News recently referred to Boise as a “recreationist’s paradise,” and that’s the absolute truth. Boise is the state capital and home to popular Boise State University and its unique blue football field. In between, Boise has a bustling senior center with countless opportunities to get involved in events like cooking classes, games, and discussion groups. Boise’s local YMCA also offers many different senior-centric classesand clubs that you can join for free or at a very low cost.

#2 Boise is Full of Sights to See
As a civic and social center, Boise is home to many amenities that will fulfill your love of cultural sites like historic homes and museums. Fill the time made available by retiring and explore sights like Fort Boise, the Idaho State Capitol, Discovery Center of Idaho, Zoo Boise and the Idaho Historical Museum.

#3 Boise Boasts a Great Climate for Seniors
In Boise, you’ll get to experience all four seasons. Although summers get somewhat warm and winters quite cool, the high and low temperatures for each season aren’t extreme. With lows in the winter in just the mid-20s and highs barely topping 90 in the summer, your body and the sensitivity you may have to weather extremes should acclimate well to Boise's climate. In addition, Boise is a fairly dry area, averaging just 11 inches of rain and 19 inches of snow per year. That means if you suffer from medical conditions exacerbated by humidity, you may find the relative dryness of Boise a welcome change.

#4 Boise is Very, Very Safe
In 2017, Boise was named one of the safest citiesin the entire world. It earned its top ranking for offering a great overall atmosphere where families and seniors can live and enjoy their surroundings with a high degree of safety. Numbeo ranks safety concerns in areas like experiencing attacks, auto theft, home invasions and robberies as low, and safety in walking through town ranks as high during daytime and nighttime.

#5 Boise Housing Prices are Leveling Off
For many years, Boise has experienced a boom in housing prices, but those prices are now leveling off, making this a great time for seniors to invest in their perfect retirement property. Retirees who already live in the Treasure Valley can take advantage of the real estate market and sell their current homes in preparation for downsizing.

A real estate agent can help you explore Boise and Ada County and find the right property to accommodate your changing needs. Boise is also home to many assisted living communities that can remove the obligations of homeownership and provide that extra help you may need as you continue to age.

Now is the ideal time to explore Boise and discover what a great match it can be for seniors. Bring your sense of adventure, your love of cultural opportunities and your desire to retire somewhere with a pleasant climate and beautiful outdoor scenery. We’ll supply the rest of the ingredients necessary to make your senior years your best season yet.

Article courtesy of: Seniorhomes.com: an organization dedicated to supporting senior citizens and their families. Our mission is to raise awareness about the available care options and resources that can help seniors stay connected with their community.


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