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Beautiful open spaces, new subdivisions, and equestrian properties dot the pastoral landscape in the small, growing city of Star, Idaho. Located between Eagle and Middleton, Star delivers the perfect combination of nearby opulence with rural sensibility. With plenty of undeveloped land, active agriculture, and rolling hills, Star is reminiscent of neighboring Eagle just a few decades ago.
Living in Star 20 years ago was considered living “out in the country.” In those days, with a population of about 500 residents, the small town was isolated from any surrounding cities by vast farmland. Following the development of several new subdivisions, a new school, and new stores, Ada County extended Highway 16, connecting Star to Meridian. Since that time, the city has experienced substantial growth, and today, this rural town of 11,000 is more accessible and is centrally located in the valley.
Even with the unprecedented growth Star has experienced over the past two decades, it is still a small town. The Star Mercantile, which opened in 1908, is currently the only grocery and hardware store in town and offers everything from lumber to milk. Yet residents are only a 15 to 40-minute drive to just about anywhere in the valley.
Downtown Boise is a little more than 40 minutes away. A trip to Costco in Nampa is only 20 minutes from town, while Eagle is a short 15-minute drive from multiple shopping venues.
Star’s friendly hometown atmosphere and country setting makes it an ideal place to live and raise a family. The strong community participation and local events create opportunities for new residents to become involved. Star’s River Walk Park is a secret gem known only to locals and is still quiet and pristine (although word is quickly getting out). Locally owned restaurants such as Sully’s and Star Country Café make you feel welcomed and part of the family.
It’s fun to shop the quirky stores along State Street. You’ll find kids—big and small—at the local skate park and families enjoying outdoor summer movies in the park. Because of Star’s size, crime is almost non-existent, and residents feel safe while out on a morning run or walking the dog. And there’s a good chance of bumping into the Mayor while pumping gas at the local gas station.
Star is everything you’d want in a country setting and more. Star delivers on authentic, small-town life with friendly neighbors, traditional festivals, and the absolute best 4th of July fireworks show in the valley!
Real-estate agents and locals alike are projecting continued and steady growth for Star. It’s a growing community with many wide-ranging developments. According to the city’s newly adopted comprehensive plan, Star will expand the central business district to attract more businesses to the downtown, making it a vibrant community hub as the city continues to blossom.
Housing prices are low compared to Boise (more in line with Meridian prices). Many homes offer stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges—Squaw Butte to the north, the Boise Foothills to the east, and the Owyhee Mountain Range to the south.
Young families aren’t the only ones taking advantage of this friendly country setting. It is quickly becoming a retirement community in the Treasure Valley. With developments being built along the Boise River, complete with tennis courts and miles of walking trails, retirees are seeing the advantage of cashing out of their existing home and purchasing a luxury home here, embracing a more relaxed way of life.
As an added benefit to purchasing a home in Star, qualified applicants can take advantage of financial perks such as the Rural Development Loan, which allows home buyers to finance up to 100% of the purchase price of the home. (That’s right—no down payment.) While applicants must go through a multi-step process, and not everyone qualifies for this U.S. Department of Agriculture loan program—the fact that it’s available here is amazing.
If a quiet country setting is what you desire, with all the homegrown goodness of a small town, then Star is where you’ll want to plant your roots and call home.