Northwest Boise

Welcome to Northwest Boise

A tranquil, serene community nestled in the Boise Foothills  

As Idaho grows in popularity, so does the demand for wide open spaces within the Boise metro. Northwest Boise might be your ideal place if you are searching for a more residential community while staying within a reasonable distance of the downtown core. Nestled between Boise's foothills to the north and the Boise River to the south, Northwest Boise is often considered one of the Treasure Valley's best-kept secrets, largely due to its secluded location and laidback ambiance. In many ways, Northwest Boise feels like a small town, but compared to nearby Eagle, Northwest Boise has maintained a low profile, giving it a more tight-knit feel than some of its surrounding communities. 

One of the biggest boons to living in Northwest Boise is its easy access to nature. If you love mountain biking or hiking, Northwest Boise is the place to be. This community is home to some of Idaho's most beautiful trails and nature parks, including the Hillside to Hollows Reserve. If you want to become one with nature, find your tranquility in Northwest Boise.

What to Love

  • Direct access to the Boise Foothills Trails
  • A residential community with beautiful golf courses and parks
  • A 15-minute commute to and from downtown Boise

Local Lifestyle

With its beautiful, stately homes on expansive lots, Northwest Boise is the perfect place to stretch your legs and get more space. Even though Northwest Boise is just 25 minutes from downtown Boise, Northwest Boise feels like it's in a completely different world from the downtown core since some of the area is still rural. It's not uncommon to find horse ranches and sprawling estates throughout the community, even while master-planned communities are popping up throughout Northwest Boise. If you are considering moving to Northwest Boise, you will find a healthy blend of traditional and modern homes set on mature lots. Many properties even have panoramic views of the Boise Foothills.

Dining, Shopping, & Entertainment

Living in Northwest Boise has many positives, especially if you want to be in a more tranquil community within the Boise area. One of the greatest aspects of living in Northwest Boise is its proximity to shops and restaurants. Northwest Boise is known for exceptional restaurants, especially if you prefer a more laid-back dining experience. For some of the best burgers in Boise, look no further than Boise Fry Company. Using only locally-sourced potatoes and fresh beef, their fries are made from different varieties of potatoes, including yams, purple potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

A popular burger joint near Northwest Boise is Burger N Brew. Considered one of the area's most popular sports bars, Burger N Brew is known for its impressive beer selection and some of the best finger steaks in Idaho. For a fun night out with friends, check out Brixx Craft House, a laidback gastropub known for its mouth-watering burgers and extensive draft beer selection.

For some of the city's best authentic Greek food, check out Sofia's Greek Bistro. Casual and welcoming, Sofia's is a family-owned restaurant that focuses on providing an exceptional dining experience for its guests. Some of their must-try menu items include moussaka and gyros.

Things to Do

Living in Northwest Boise provides easy access to recreational activities. One of the community’s biggest assets is the Willow Lane Athletic Complex. Set along the Boise River, the Willow Lane Athletic Complex is a 57-acre park that hosts many sporting events throughout the year, including baseball games, soccer tournaments, and other activities. The Willow Lane Athletic Complex also has direct access to the Boise River Greenbelt, an elaborate network of cycling trails throughout the Boise area. The Greenbelt Access at the Foothills has some of the area’s most breathtaking views, and it is a bikeable area.

One of Northwest Boise’s best parks is Veteran’s Memorial Park, also set along the Boise River. It is primarily a memorial for veterans and fallen soldiers, though it has facilities including picnic areas and playground equipment.

One of Northwest Boise’s crowning jewels is Plantation Country Club. Referred to as The Country Club by locals, it is one of the Treasure Valley’s most exclusive private courses, featuring an 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, fitness center, pickleball court, and swimming pool.


Similar to many communities surrounding the downtown core, Northwest Boise is part of the Boise Independent School District. Here are some notable schools in the area:

Overview for Northwest Boise, ID

25,050 people live in Northwest Boise, where the median age is 44.4 and the average individual income is $41,238. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Northwest Boise, ID

Northwest Boise has 10,670 households, with an average household size of 2.34. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Northwest Boise do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 25,050 people call Northwest Boise home. The population density is 462.27 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in Northwest Boise, ID

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The following schools are within or nearby Northwest Boise. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Treasure Valley Math/Science
4th - 12th
No rating available
Rolling Hills Public Charter
K - 8th
No rating available
Riverglen Junior High School
7th - 9th
Hidden Springs Elementary School
PreK - 6th
Shadow Hills Elementary
PreK - 6th
K - 6th
No rating available
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Pierce Park Elementary School
PreK - 6th

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