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    Question Boise ID or Highland UT - Where would you rather live?

    Next year I'm planning to sell my California house, extract a few hundred grand from its value, and move somewhere a little less crowded and less expensive. I don't want to discuss the options within California right now, but we're also considering moving either to the Boise Idaho area or to Highland Utah.

    My wife is originally from Boise and I'm originally from Utah, so we both have family in the two areas. We've looked around a bit in both areas and have determined a few areas where we think we could happily live.

    In Boise, we're considering south of I-84 around the Meridian/Boise border. We know that we like those neighborhoods. Southeast Boise also looks good, northeast of the Boise River. If you know much about the area, I would appreciate hearing what you think is good or bad about living there.

    As for Highland, it's the only town anywhere near Salt Lake that I happen to like. There is no place in the Salt Lake Valley where I would really want to live, nor in Davis County. I was originally considering both Highland and Alpine, but Alpine seems to be either huge mansions or smaller older homes. If I could find the right house in Alpine, I would consider it. But I've looked around Highland quite a bit and they seem to have quite a few neighborhoods that I like. Again, all opinions welcome on what would be good or bad about living there.

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    Born and raised in Boise and we still like it here.

    Are there any types of outdoor activities you enjoy? Southeast Boise gets you close to the river and Greenbelt for fishing, biking, walking, birdwatching, etc. Also gets you close to the foothills for hiking, mountain biking, etc. Close to Lucky Peak for boating, sailing, etc.

    Southwest Boise/Southeast Meridian is a nice central location in the valley. You can get anywhere from East Boise to Eagle to Nampa relatively quickly. Not as easy to access the river or foothills as Southeast Boise. Also tends to be more affordable than Southeast Boise.

    Either Boise location will get you all four seasons, and, being at a lower elevation, it tends toward milder winters than SLC.

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    boise is great if truck stops are your thing. highland has you at les and the marriott center in 20 mins
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    Next year I'm planning to sell my California house, extract a few hundred grand from its value, and move somewhere a little less crowded and less expensive. I don't want to discuss the options within California right now, but we're also considering moving either to the Boise Idaho area or to Highland Utah.

    My wife is originally from Boise and I'm originally from Utah, so we both have family in the two areas. We've looked around a bit in both areas and have determined a few areas where we think we could happily live.

    In Boise, we're considering south of I-84 around the Meridian/Boise border. We know that we like those neighborhoods. Southeast Boise also looks good, northeast of the Boise River. If you know much about the area, I would appreciate hearing what you think is good or bad about living there.

    As for Highland, it's the only town anywhere near Salt Lake that I happen to like. There is no place in the Salt Lake Valley where I would really want to live, nor in Davis County. I was originally considering both Highland and Alpine, but Alpine seems to be either huge mansions or smaller older homes. If I could find the right house in Alpine, I would consider it. But I've looked around Highland quite a bit and they seem to have quite a few neighborhoods that I like. Again, all opinions welcome on what would be good or bad about living there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Are there any types of outdoor activities you enjoy? Southeast Boise gets you close to the river and Greenbelt for fishing, biking, walking, birdwatching, etc. Also gets you close to the foothills for hiking, mountain biking, etc. Close to Lucky Peak for boating, sailing, etc.
    Easy bicycle riding is one thing that is important to me. Riding 10-15 miles. The greenbelt along the Boise River would be great for that and I like Southeast Boise because it's fairly close to the river.

    Having decent motorcycle riding available is also important, both paved mountain roads and dirt roads, but I've already checked out that part. Boise beats Highland a little bit for that.

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    Boise: I know a decent parking spot for football games that allows for easy access to the freeway after the game. Also, Gowen Field. A story for another time.

    Highland: Mrs. Diddley is from there. Too much wind for my tastes, but it does have easy access to the Murdoch Canal trail that you can ride you bike on.

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    Also, Southeast Boise is closer to Yellowstone, Southwest Boise is closer to Crater Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    Next year I'm planning to sell my California house, extract a few hundred grand from its value, and move somewhere a little less crowded and less expensive. I don't want to discuss the options within California right now, but we're also considering moving either to the Boise Idaho area or to Highland Utah.

    My wife is originally from Boise and I'm originally from Utah, so we both have family in the two areas. We've looked around a bit in both areas and have determined a few areas where we think we could happily live.

    In Boise, we're considering south of I-84 around the Meridian/Boise border. We know that we like those neighborhoods. Southeast Boise also looks good, northeast of the Boise River. If you know much about the area, I would appreciate hearing what you think is good or bad about living there.

    As for Highland, it's the only town anywhere near Salt Lake that I happen to like. There is no place in the Salt Lake Valley where I would really want to live, nor in Davis County. I was originally considering both Highland and Alpine, but Alpine seems to be either huge mansions or smaller older homes. If I could find the right house in Alpine, I would consider it. But I've looked around Highland quite a bit and they seem to have quite a few neighborhoods that I like. Again, all opinions welcome on what would be good or bad about living there.
    This statement strikes me as odd, although I do agree with you about the Davis County part. There are many places in SL County with great neighborhoods. Highland is creepy with how LDS it is. I mean, South Jordan where I live is also very heavily LDS but it's not as creepy as Highland/Alpine. Highland/Alpine is ultra-right wing, tea party, everything closed on Sunday, nazi-Mormon heaven. Gayle Ruzicka lives in Highland; 'nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    I do agree with you about the Davis County part.
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    Yup Highland/Alpine would not be my first choice in Utah unless you like driving a long way to get anywhere you would need to go. You're not close to BYU, not close to skiing/airport/SLC amenities. Doesn't seem ideal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacCoug View Post
    Yup Highland/Alpine would not be my first choice in Utah unless you like driving a long way to get anywhere you would need to go. You're not close to BYU, not close to skiing/airport/SLC amenities. Doesn't seem ideal to me.
    The airport isn't that much further than the closest one to me currently and it's closer than the airport was for the five years that I lived in Folsom. Skiing is also closer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    Highland is creepy with how LDS it is. I mean, South Jordan where I live is also very heavily LDS but it's not as creepy as Highland/Alpine. Highland/Alpine is ultra-right wing, tea party, everything closed on Sunday, nazi-Mormon heaven. Gayle Ruzicka lives in Highland; 'nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott R Nelson View Post
    The airport isn't that much further than the closest one to me currently and it's closer than the airport was for the five years that I lived in Folsom. Skiing is also closer.
    Highland closer to LES.
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    How about the beautiful village of Rocks south of American Falls, could do some fishing up in American Falls, that is we're young u will have to get most of your r groceries. Could go about 50 miles to Bengal games if you don,t mind seeing people lose.

    Snowmobiling and hunting there, but you might have a pretty good neighbor who splits his time in the hometown of his wife and I guess Egle Mountain, you might run into me a few times if you want to see some good Hs sports and my local school beats yours.

    My hometown similar, have eagles nest and merc, several miles for major things. If you really want to live in rural Idaho.

    U am pretty sure most of the Treaaure Valley is heavy urban, even Kuna and Melba are more urban, Some towns along the Oregon border have some rural areas. Boise valley has some milder winters and the church is strong. I would bet in urban areas Ward boundaries are not that big geographically. I don,t know much about Highland Utah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Highland closer to LES.
    As the crow flies but not necessarily in terms of travel time. There is no convenient way to get from Highland to LES. You have to either drive through PG and get on State Street, or you have to drive over to the freeway. That's the problem with Highland - it's miles off the freeway. Alpine is even worse. I would contend that many locations in SL county can get to LES in about the same amount of time, if not faster sometimes depending on traffic, than from Highland. Google maps at 9 in the morning on a weekday supports my assertion:

    Highland to LES: 28 minutes, 18 miles
    Draper to LES: 33 minutes, 28 miles
    Riverton to LES: 34 minutes, 29 miles
    Sandy to LES: 40 minutes, 32 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    As the crow flies but not necessarily in terms of travel time. There is no convenient way to get from Highland to LES. You have to either drive through PG and get on State Street, or you have to drive over to the freeway. That's the problem with Highland - it's miles off the freeway. Alpine is even worse. I would contend that many locations in SL county can get to LES in about the same amount of time, if not faster sometimes depending on traffic, than from Highland. Google maps at 9 in the morning on a weekday supports my assertion:

    Highland to LES: 28 minutes, 18 miles
    Draper to LES: 33 minutes, 28 miles
    Riverton to LES: 34 minutes, 29 miles
    Sandy to LES: 40 minutes, 32 miles
    Since they opened the weird commuter lane thingy getting to the freeway from Highland is a breeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    As the crow flies but not necessarily in terms of travel time. There is no convenient way to get from Highland to LES. You have to either drive through PG and get on State Street, or you have to drive over to the freeway. That's the problem with Highland - it's miles off the freeway. Alpine is even worse. I would contend that many locations in SL county can get to LES in about the same amount of time, if not faster sometimes depending on traffic, than from Highland. Google maps at 9 in the morning on a weekday supports my assertion:

    Highland to LES: 28 minutes, 18 miles
    Draper to LES: 33 minutes, 28 miles
    Riverton to LES: 34 minutes, 29 miles
    Sandy to LES: 40 minutes, 32 miles
    totally different on a game day
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    Quote Originally Posted by grapevine View Post
    How about the beautiful village of Rocks south of American Falls, could do some fishing up in American Falls, that is we're young u will have to get most of your r groceries. Could go about 50 miles to Bengal games if you don,t mind seeing people lose.

    Snowmobiling and hunting there, but you might have a pretty good neighbor who splits his time in the hometown of his wife and I guess Egle Mountain, you might run into me a few times if you want to see some good Hs sports and my local school beats yours.

    My hometown similar, have eagles nest and merc, several miles for major things. If you really want to live in rural Idaho.

    U am pretty sure most of the Treaaure Valley is heavy urban, even Kuna and Melba are more urban, Some towns along the Oregon border have some rural areas. Boise valley has some milder winters and the church is strong. I would bet in urban areas Ward boundaries are not that big geographically. I don,t know much about Highland Utah.
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    Idaho vs Utah Move to a state without income tax, enough Mos, that you can easily merge into a good size ward (or are you one of the nikumanites? I lose track of all his followers, anymore). Also bonus points for having direct flights to Utah without actually live anywhere new Lebowski or Old Gregg.

    Edit: I meant income tax. OR has no sales tax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    Idaho vs Utah Move to a state without sales tax, enough Mos, that you can easily merge into a good size ward (or are you one of the nikumanites? I lose track of all his followers, anymore). Also bonus points for having direct flights to Utah without actually live anywhere new Lebowski or Old Gregg.
    Scott R. Nelson wants nothing to do with the ridiculous price we pay for cocktail sauce in LV. Even without sales tax, he'll be better off in Idaho or Utah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    Idaho vs Utah Move to a state without income tax, enough Mos, that you can easily merge into a good size ward (or are you one of the nikumanites? I lose track of all his followers, anymore). Also bonus points for having direct flights to Utah without actually live anywhere new Lebowski or Old Gregg.

    Edit: I meant income tax. OR has no sales tax.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatMeanie View Post
    As the crow flies but not necessarily in terms of travel time. There is no convenient way to get from Highland to LES. You have to either drive through PG and get on State Street, or you have to drive over to the freeway. That's the problem with Highland - it's miles off the freeway. Alpine is even worse. I would contend that many locations in SL county can get to LES in about the same amount of time, if not faster sometimes depending on traffic, than from Highland. Google maps at 9 in the morning on a weekday supports my assertion:

    Highland to LES: 28 minutes, 18 miles
    Draper to LES: 33 minutes, 28 miles
    Riverton to LES: 34 minutes, 29 miles
    Sandy to LES: 40 minutes, 32 miles
    What does google say about travel time to LES from Boise, ID?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    What does google say about travel time to LES from Boise, ID?
    When I attend games, I'll usually drive down at least the day before and stay with family in Springville.

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    I would choose Utah over Idaho every time.

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