Dec. 22, 2017
There is a reason Meridian consistently shows up on "Best Places to Live" rankings, and even hit the number one spot on USA Today's list--it's because living in Meridian Idaho is a great experience! The former Boise suburb has grown to become a city in its own right, and successfully balances the elements that define the simple Idaho lifestyle with access to urban conveniences. If you are thinking about making the move and living in Meridian Idaho, consider the things you want in a hometown. Once you see that Meridian meets pretty much all of your prerequisites, you will want to start looking at the hundreds of homes for sale in Meridian Idaho.
Living in Meridian Idaho puts you in the perfect spot in the Boise Valley. It is not really a "big city" compared to metropolitan areas around the nation, so when you are shopping for homes for sale in Meridian Idaho, you will be pleased to find that most of them offer room to spread out, even those located in the more quaint neighborhoods in the city. With a population now of over 100,000, Meridian is not exactly rural any longer, but it is still conveniently close to the activities and attractions that Idaho is known for such as hiking trails, campgrounds, rivers and lakes for fishing, white water rafting and other water sports, and, of course, ski hills and cross-country trails for winter sports enthusiasts are just 45 minutes away. Yet, because Meridian is only about 11 miles from Boise, it is just a few minutes from everything the state capitol city offers, including all the sports, shopping, dining, and entertainment you could ever hope to find. Essentially, living in Meridian Idaho provides the best of both urban and suburban living.
Affordable Cost of Living
It is usually the small towns that get credit for low living costs but, considering everything it has to offer, living in Meridian Idaho is quite affordable. It gets an "A" from Area Vibes since Meridian's cost of living is 2 percent lower than the national average. There are several factors that go into determining how affordable it is to live in any city, but the low state income tax and 6% sales tax plays a part. Other notable aspects are the cost of groceries, which are 11 percent lower than the national average, and low transportation costs including the price of gasoline that is about 13 percent lower than the national median price.
The housing numbers seem a bit high for the Meridian area, but a closer look at homes for sale in Meridian Idaho show a decent selection of houses that are priced at or below the national median price of $253,500 as of August, 2017. That is a result of the healthy housing market in the Boise/Meridian area and lots of new supply on the way. New construction is alive and well in both cities, which provides the opportunity for home-seekers to find their dream home in an existing house or to build one to fit their picture of the perfect home at an affordable price.
Although living in Meridian Idaho puts you close to the amenities of Boise, Meridian itself has plenty of everything to offer residents. Wherever you settle in Meridian, you will be close to grocery stores, parks, libraries, fitness facilities, and restaurants. And, the city of Meridian is currently in talks with Costco to open a store in North Meridian near Ten Mile Rd and Chinden. With those necessities nearby, you won't have to make the roughly 20-minute drive to the larger city, unless you want to. Meridian boasts more than grocery stores for shopping, though it is notable to mention that there is a selection of different types of grocers in Meridian including specialty markets like the Boise Co-Op and other health food stores in addition to traditional grocery stores. If you find yourself in need of other items such as clothing, housewares, antiques, and even party supplies, you will find them all without leaving the city. Also, DIY-ers won't have to go far to get the home makeover and remodeling supplies they need for those little projects around the house, as Meridian has several home improvement-type stores like Home Depot and Lowes and specialty stores including tile and granite supply, cabinetry crafters, paint and wallpaper stores, and flooring and interior specialists.
One of the Safest Cities in the State
For single folks and families alike, living in a safe city is high on the priority list, and you can't do much better than living in Meridian Idaho. Not only is it one of the safest cities in the Gem State, but it is safer than almost three-quarters of cities in the whole country. While crime rates are going up in many parts of the U.S., it is actually dropping in Meridian, with the year-over-year number having decreased by 14 percent. Of course, any crime at all is a cause for concern, but SpotCrime.com reveals that most of the crimes in Meridian aren't violent ones, the majority being burglary or theft.
Education Gets High Marks
With about 20 public schools in the city plus a few private, charter, and magnet schools, many of the homes for sale in Meridian Idaho are close to quality education parents want for their children. Student to teacher ratios are fairly low, so whatever school your children attend, they will have access to individualized attention if they need it. Additionally, specialized tutoring programs such as the Tutoring Club, LearningRx Center, and the Mathnasium of Meridian can provide additional help or offer a challenge for kids who excel academically. All of these elements have worked together to skyrocket the average school test scores in Meridian to 13 percent above the national average.
A bonus for parents and teens living in Meridian Idaho is its proximity to the Capitol, the home of Boise State University. Overall, BSU is ranked high for schools in the West, but U.S. News and World Report puts the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University on its list of the best business schools. Additionally, with the great run the Broncos have had over the years, BSU is the place football players want to go for higher education. Idaho State University has also opened and is currently expanding its Meridian campus which specializes in medical arts.
Four Gorgeous Seasons
People who have always lived in climates that see the same type of weather year-round don't appreciate the variety of seasons in the Northwest. Most Idahoans would likely agree that they would miss spring changing to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, and winter to spring. The nice thing about living in Meridian Idaho is that it is in the Boise Valley, at a low elevation of about 2600 ft. above sea level and consequently an area where the weather tends to be a bit milder than the rest of the state. That means people looking for homes for sale in Meridian Idaho will be able to enjoy all four seasons without extreme weather for the most part. You'll still get beautiful blooms in spring, warm, lazy days in summer, stunning autumn colors in the fall, and enough snow in the winter to ski on just 16 miles outside of Boise at Bogus Basin Ski Resort, without having to endure major earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, or massive wide-spread flooding the rest of the country experiences on a regular basis.
Plenty of Things to do in Meridian Idaho
It's true that Meridian is close enough to Boise that residents can enjoy all the sports and entertainment the state capitol has to offer, but there are loads of things to do in Meridian Idaho. There are lots of parks, game and entertainment centers, bowling alleys, movie theaters, a water park, and brewery tours. The Village at Meridian offers a shopping experience to rival any big city, with retailers, restaurants, and fun events throughout the year including wintertime ice skating and concerts during the summer. There is a pumpkin patch and corn maze at Linder Farms, and Meridian has its own speedway, adding to the warm-weather things to do in Meridian Idaho. Naturally, because Idaho is one of the wilderness states, you don't have to go very far from Meridian to enjoy the outdoors. There are outfitters right in Meridian who can hook you up with the perfect camping/fishing/hunting trip, and some specialize in private tours for those who prefer a personalized experience. With so many things to do in Meridian Idaho, one thing is for sure: you'll never be bored.
If you like the idea of living in Meridian Idaho and getting the best of both worlds, you'll be looking for homes for sale in Meridian, Idaho, and Stewart Realty can help. Jeff Stewart has been in the real estate business for nearly 15 years, having worked in construction and as an appraiser before becoming a Realtor and a Broker. Jeff's extensive experience gives his clients an edge that other agents can't offer. When you are looking for the perfect home in the Meridian area, Jeff and the team at Stewart Realty will help you find it. To learn more about Meridian or the rest of Southwestern Idaho give Jeff Stewart at Stewart Realty a call for a personal tour of the area and some great homes that fit your style and budget.
Jeff Stewart, Broker/Owner 208-602-1993 or firstname.lastname@example.org