The Boise Metro Area of Southwest Idaho incorporates the cities of Boise, Idaho; Meridian, Idaho; Garden City, Idaho; Eagle, Idaho; Star, Idaho; Nampa, Idaho; Kuna, Idaho; Middleton, Idaho and Emmett, Idaho.
While Idaho’s Capital City, Boise, is the hub of the area, much growth has spread to its west and south. Incorporated within this spread we find many retirement communities, often referred to as 55+ communities or senior developments.
These Boise area retirement developments are designed with the purpose of serving the needs of those who have reached retirement or are approaching retirement age. Typically, these areas are considered 55+ communities and at least one resident of the home must be at least 55-years old.
The theme of a 55+ retirement community in Boise is that of a well maintained, safe, quite neighborhood. Many are gated communities and in the evenings the gates are shut, allowing only those with gate codes access to the retirement development. This feature provides the obvious benefit of keeping the area safer, but also discourages door-to-door solicitation and unwanted traffic.
Retirement communities in the Boise Metro Area range from complete assisted living, partial assisted living to complete independent living. Many of the retirement developments include irrigation water and lawn mowing as part of the home owner association dues. Maintaining the appearance of the neighborhood is essential to all Idaho retirement communities. Some have volunteers who will maintain some of the common area by assuming responsibility for planting and caring of flower beds, trimming of bushes and other similar tasks. This feature permits the retirement community to minimize its expenses while enabling its residents to become actively involved with the care and well being of their home surroundings.
The Boise Metro Area offers many outside activities for its residents. Fishing, boating, hiking, golf, skiing, hunting, tennis, white water rafting… just to name a few. There are many movie theaters, stage productions, the ballet, museums, art galleries, the Boise Philharmonic and numerous historical sites to visit. For sports enthusiasts, we have the renowned Boise State Broncos football team and the Idaho Steelheads Hockey team.
If you still have some time left over, you can volunteer to participate in any number of rewarding activities ranging from Meal-On-Wheels to helping at the Red Cross. There is never an excuse for not having something to do in the Boise Metro Area.
Retiring to any one of the many Boise area senior developments can prove to be an enlightening experience for anyone moving from out of state. The cost of living is reasonable, the people are nice, the roads are well maintained, most of the area is very new, shopping is plentiful and the weather is moderate.