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Boise is the state capital of Idaho. With a solid quality of life, residents here enjoy a vibrant downtown, unique attractions and plenty of outdoor recreation. It's a cultural city that's friendly and safe to explore on foot. There's also an active arts community, a lot of shops and restaurants, there's something to do around every corner.
Here, you'll have easy access to both rural and urban areas, Boise is a perfect city for people who value being outdoors. It also attracts a lot of families and retirees thanks to its affordability and abundance of outdoor activities. The city was even ranked one of the best for millennials to call home due to its growing tech scene. There's a little something for everyone looking for apartments to rent in Boise.

The Best Neighborhoods to Find Apartments for Rent in Boise

With a ton of natural beauty and so many opportunities to get outside and have fun, living here is as picturesque as it may seem. The city offers a great variety of urban and suburban communities, you'll easily find apartments for rent in Boise in a spot that's the right place for you. No matter where you live, you're never far from work or play.

  • Southeast Boise: Skirting the banks of the Boise River, Southeast Boise is the largest neighborhood in the city. Here, you'll find something for everyone. Residents consist of young college students attending Boise State University as well as families. With easy access to work, the Boise Airport and wilderness, it's a perfectly situated place to live.
  • Northwest: A compact suburbia, Northwest Boise sits on the edge of a wonderful outdoor sprawl. Rentals here are often larger and more affordable, and the location puts you close to nature as well as shops, restaurants, cafes and more. Taste international cuisine before heading into Shafer Butte for some incredible hiking.
  • North End: Searching for apartments to rent in Boise will take you to the North End if you're looking for a little charm and a strong sense of community. Here you'll happen upon residents out for a stroll, a leisurely bike ride or heading to the local co-op area for some shopping and dining out. You're also not far from idyllic hiking and picnicking destinations as well.
  • West Valley: The small-town feel of West Valley brings you to quiet streets without taking you far away from more active parts of Boise. From here commuting is easy, and you're not far from state parks and skiing. This neighborhood attracts a lot of families looking for a little more space without sacrificing their proximity to the city.
  • East End: Across the river from Boise State University and Albertsons Stadium, you'll find another neighborhood some students like to call home. It's also close to downtown, which makes it an attractive spot for young professionals and those who like to live close to the center of activity. The area offers up plenty of beautiful outdoor space and a little bit of local history combination.
  • Downtown Boise City: You'll really feel like you're living in a modern city if you call Downtown Boise your home. It's always busy here from professionals commuting to work to locals heading out for drinks and dinner. There's outdoor dining, live music and more. Even with all the activity, the area has preserved the warmth and safety you'd find in a smaller community.
  • Vista: Sitting at the edge of the city, Vista is a quieter neighborhood with a strong suburban feel. Families come to this area thanks to the good schools, abundance of outdoor space and safety. It's also not far for the adults to travel for work.
  • Southwest Boise City: If you're looking for a rural-urban mix in the neighborhood you call home, check out Southwest Boise City. Located near the high desert of Boise Bench, large parts of this neighborhood are still sparsely populated. This provides ample outdoor space for all types of recreational activities and fun.
  • Southwest Ada County Alliance: Drawing in young professionals and families, Southwest Ada County has a loose urban feel and plenty of parks. It's not uncommon to see a lot of residents engaged in outdoor activities and spending time being active, but there are still options for shopping and eating out.

Fun Things to Do in Boise

There's history, outdoor recreation and more when you find an apartment for rent in Boise. Take your pick from a variety of activities to keep the fun varied and interesting.

  • An access point to the Boise River Greenbelt and Barber Park, Veterans Memorial Park, along North 27th Street, has several memorials for visitors to view. There's also a cute plaza, playground and picnic area. For those with a little more of a sporting agenda, the ponds are regularly stocked with fish.
  • For some bocce, disc golf, horseshoes and more, add Ann Morrison Park to your must-see list. Consisting of 153 acres, this park has its own spray fountain, athletic facilities and even the Together Treasure Valley Dog Island. Bring the whole family, and take advantage of playground space and a picnic area too.
  • You can't live in a state capitol without visiting the capitol building on West Jefferson Street. See where local laws are passed and government really happens. Guests can explore the Capitol on their own, and the 4th floor has public galleries always open to visitors. If you time it right, you can even see the House and Senate in action.
  • Learn about the unique criminal history in Boise with a visit to the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Not far from the College of Western Idaho, this interesting spot is now open for tours, this prison housed some of the West's worst offenders. You can see what Solitary Confinements, cells and even the Gallows all looked like way back when as you visit the 30 historic buildings and exhibits.
  • Get a taste of true beauty, with pops of color, when you visit the Idaho Botanical Garden. Located in the Boise Foothills, this 15-acre paradise includes native plants and flowers, a meditation garden and a children's adventure garden. You can see demonstrations, learn how plants help with water conservation and see the same native plants Lewis and Clark saw.
  • While it's actually three destinations in one, Lucky Peak State Park, combined, is the perfect outdoor spot when it comes to activity. Swim, picnic, fish, bike, hike or go boating. It's all possible. Sandy Point and Discovery Park are closest to downtown, with Springs Shores Marina a little ways away.
  • Get to know the story of Idaho in a fun and interactive way at the Idaho State Museum. Explained through the connection of the people and the land, you'll see exhibits, artifacts and more.
  • Catch a glimpse of animals from all over the world at Zoo Boise. See everything from anteaters to penguins. Experience a special animal encounter, hit up the zoo farm or watch an animal presentation. There's even a special experience for when the butterflies swing into town. It's an animal-packed adventure the whole family will enjoy.

Getaways from Boise

You can see it all when Boise is your home base. See an actual basalt lava field that looks more like Iceland than North America at Craters of the Moon. Ski at Bogus Basin, just 40 minutes from the city. Drive a dune buggy at Bruneau Sand Dunes. You can even visit old frontier buildings and immerse yourself in local history in Idaho City. Take your pick; Boise has you covered.

Find Apartments for Rent in Boise

Finding a new place to live can be a stressful experience. Be sure to use an apartment finder like Apartment Guide to help you locate your next rental property. Whether you're looking for a pet-friendly apartment or simply want an affordable place to live, we'll help you find your perfect match. Regardless of your desires, there are apartments for rent in Boise waiting for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Boise

What is the average rent in Boise?

The average rent of a studio apartment in Boise is $1,481 per month. For a one-bedroom apartment it's $1,562 per month. For a two-bedroom apartment the average rent is $1,719 per month.

What is the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom in Boise?

The average rent of a one-bedroom apartment in Boise is $1,562

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