If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re in California and considering a move to Eagle Idaho.
Here are 9 reasons why Californians move to Eagle Idaho
1) Quality of Life
We enjoy a mild four-season climate in the Treasure Valley.
If you don’t like humidity, you’ll appreciate our dry high-desert climate.
We lack the excitement of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami’s, monsoons, and earthquakes.
In most winters, we get a few light snowfalls that often melt by afternoon.
Hot weather around here is 100 degrees with 8% humidity for a couple of weeks each summer.
Mosquitoes don’t like our dry climate!
2) Lower Cost of Living
Our housing remains affordable when compared to other areas of the country.
The median home price for Eagle is currently $475,923.
Another option is nearby Meridian, with a median home price of $337,895.
You can buy a really nice home here with our attractive home prices!
In newer residential developments, we enjoy inexpensive untreated irrigation water for our landscaping (often included in HOA dues).
Lower utility costs (see below).
3) Good Schools
Our West Ada School District is responsive to our strong growth and building new schools to meet the need for more classrooms.
Our schools are funded by taxpayer-approved bonds that require a two-thirds majority for passage vs. funding from the state’s general fund.
In Idaho, school budgets are controlled by taxpayers instead of bureaucrats.
4) Lower Taxes
Our local and state taxes are lower than California’s taxes because we have less government.
Our state sales tax is 6%.
Our property tax rates vary, depending on a number of factors, but you can usually estimate your property tax to be around .75% of your home’s value.
If you occupy your home as your primary residence, you will receive a tax break with the Idaho Homeowner’s Exemption.
If you buy a new home, it will be taxed as an undeveloped lot initially.
When you trade cars, you pay sales tax on the difference between your trade-in and your new car (not on the entire purchase price).
Idaho vehicle license fees are often a fraction of those in California.
5) Less Government
Our legislature actually completes all of its business in two to three months each year.
Believe it or not, Idaho’s state constitution actually requires a balanced budget each year.
In years when tax revenues exceed expenditures, our state government must figure out how to handle pesky budget surpluses.
6) Lower Utility Costs
Some of my California buyers doubt me when I explain our low utility costs.
Most of our electricity comes from inexpensive hydropower that’s provided by numerous dams in the mountains and along the massive Snake River.
Utility costs for gas and electricity are often half of what they cost in California.
7) Less Traffic
Yes, we have some traffic.
But, it’s probably nothing compared to what you’re used to in California.
I often tell my clients “we have so much traffic that you may not get through an intersection on the first light!”
Our highway districts are proactive about widening roads in anticipation of current and future transportation needs.
Our local roads are managed by the Ada County Highway District.
Our state roads are managed by the Idaho Department of Transportation.
8) Friendly People
Many of my clients are pleasantly surprised by our friendly people.
It’s common for people to hold doors open for others, smile, and speak to you when they don’t even know you.
It’s a unique experience for Californians to stop for a 4-way stop sign and have other drivers motioning them to go through the intersection first.
9) Idaho Is Gorgeous!
You can be in the mountains, surrounded by tall pines, alongside the Payette River Scenic Byway within 30 minutes of Eagle Idaho.
Breathtaking Redfish Lake, near Stanley Idaho, is three hours from Eagle with a stunning alpine lake that’s surrounded by the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the rugged Sawtooth Range.
Scenic McCall, Idaho is about two hours north of Eagle, on the shores of Payette Lake.
Nearby national forests provide ample camping opportunities within an hour of Eagle.
Bogus Basin Ski Area is 45 minutes from Eagle with ski terrain for all skill levels.
For more information on the wonders of Idaho, check out https://visitidaho.org!
Thinking about your own move to Eagle Idaho?
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