The Boise Bench, located in the 83705 and 83706 zip codes is home to an eclectic style of homes, ranging from mid century modern, to historic estates, to new construction. One of the city's first suburbs, the Bench began to grow from its agricultural roots to a highly sought-after residential area once the Boise Train Depot was finished in the 1920's. Vista Village, reportedly the nation's first strip mall, was built in 1949. It included a movie theater and an A&W Drive-In. Meanwhile, the country — and the Bench — was in architectural flux. There was no set popular design. It was a revival era in home styles — Tudors, Ranch, Cape Cod, Colonial Revival, Spanish Revival and so on. It's central location puts this neighborhood in great proximity to downtown and everything Boise has to offer!
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One of Boise’s most special neighborhoods, the Boise Bench area began to grow from its agricultural roots to a highly sought-after residential area once the Boise Train Depot was finished in the 1920's. Homes here have an eclectic style, ranging from mid-century modern, to historic estates, to new construction – and most are built on larger lots. Its central location puts this neighborhood in great proximity to downtown, freeway, Boise State University campus, Boise River, Greenbelt, and everything Boise has to offer! Fun fact: Vista Village, reportedly the nation's first strip mall, was built in 1949.
Parks & Recreation
The Bench is centrally located providing access to many of Boise’s parks and outdoor recreation. Ann Morrison Park is 153 acres featuring a distinctive spray fountain, bocce courts, disc golf course, horseshoe pits, outdoor gym, sand volleyball court, Together Treasure Valley Dog Island, playground, tennis courts, lighted softball diamonds, soccer, cricket and football fields and a reservable picnic shelter makes the park a staple for Treasure Valley Residents and visitors. Access to the Boise River Greenbelt provides connectivity between parks and welcomes bike riding, rollerblading, running and dog walking. Kathryn Albertson Park is a 41-acre special use park located near downtown Boise. A haven for wildlife, deer can often be seen here. The park features wide, paved footpaths and reservable outdoor gazebos in a beautiful natural setting.
Things To Do
Sitting just above downtown Boise, the Bench offers a diverse array of shopping, including Boise’s first strip mall the Vista Village, dining and global food markets. Its close proximity to the River allows for leisurely strolls or a 26-mile bike ride along the Greenbelt. You’ll also enjoy easy access to downtown Boise where you’ll find great shopping, restaurants and breweries. Book a Culinary and Cultural Tour of Boise where you meet up with a foodie guide and fellow food-loving group members in the center of Boise's downtown and then take off on foot through the bustling downtown. Century-link Arena is home to the professional Idaho Steelheads Hockey Team and many great events throughout the year, and the JUMP venue which offers a wide variety of classes and events designed to spark creativity, engage with our community, and inspire people to try something new. The Boise Art Museum offers great exhibits and classes throughout the year and the Discovery Center has something for everyone. Learn about the Basque who settled in the Valley at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center.
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