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Middleton is a true Idaho farm town, only 45-minutes removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Boise. If we didn’t tell you Boise was so close, you might not believe it. Middleton has a small-town culture where horses and farmland are the norm and getting directions to the best old-fashioned ice cream shake seems like a natural conversation. (It’s the Burger Den on Main Street, if you were wondering.)
People choose Middleton for its charm and reasonably priced property. Because the cost of land in Middleton is about half of what you find in neighboring cities, buying acreage is more affordable. Many older homes in Middleton come with land, barns, and outbuildings. Purchasing acreage and building your dream home can easily become reality here. It serves as a bedroom community to Boise and Meridian, allowing families to live in a rural setting with convenient access to neighboring cities. And while the town hasn’t escaped the urban growth the Treasure Valley has seen in recent years, it remains a small town of more than 9,000 residents, retaining its rural feel and down-home hospitality.
Family is a big deal in Middleton, which is why the school district is one of the best in the valley. The student-to-teacher ratio is small, giving kids one-on-one attention typically only provided in a more expensive private-school education.
Showing their commitment to the future of Middleton and its children, the city built a new high school that is one of the most elite in the state of Idaho with regard to technology and safety. Five times larger than the previous high school, the campus can accommodate 1,600 students and was designed with extra, unused classrooms to grow into. They also greatly expanded the athletic facilities to include a 3,000-seat gym, tennis courts, and a 4,000-seat football stadium, complete with artificial turf.
The parks in this rural community rival those of larger neighboring cities. This town is so committed to family recreation that it has two parks departments—the City of Middleton Parks and Pathways Department and the Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation Department.
The City of Middleton owns four beautiful parks in this small town. Piccadilly Park, across the street from Middleton Middle School, is the largest park. It hosts a farmer’s market throughout the summer, offers an interactive splash pad, and features a new, progressive Grindline Skatepark, attracting locals and visitors to this top-of-the-line skatepark. Future plans include a zip line, outdoor workout stations, and amphitheater.
Greater Middleton Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to developing and preserving open space in this scenic, country town. They have three lovely parks for the community to enjoy and offer free movies at Foote Park throughout the summer. They also acquired and renovated an old elementary school gym, converting it into the Middleton Community Center. Here residents enjoy community plays and can play a game of pickleball, basketball or volleyball. It has become a daily gathering spot for seniors and retirees, and the community center offers an after-school recreation room for middle school and high school students.
Yes, Middleton may be the smallest of the cities in the Treasure Valley area, but it’s big on heart, family, and community. And that is just how the locals want to keep it.