Development is booming in Boise, and property values are rising.
That’s good for some, but for others it can make buying a home more difficult.
"The good news is, downtown is more vibrant. There's more retail, there's more jobs but with that the property values are rising," Dana Zuckerman a board member of Capital City Development Corporation said.
Zuckerman noticed areas near downtown Boise like the Bench, the North End and Garden City are no longer affordable for people who make between $30,000 and $40,000.
"The lower income housing or workforce housing is quickly evaporating and people have to move further and further away from downtown in order to afford a nice place to live,” she said. “So I wanted to provide a nice level of housing with nice finishes that wasn't a fixer upper. "
So she created a development in the far North End made up of four small homes: three one-bedroom homes and one two-bedroom home.
"I took one old house that no one had been living in for many years, had broken windows, had built many outbuildings that were just an eyesore and removed that from the property," Zuckerman said.
These aren’t tiny homes, they’re modular homes. All under 700 square feet in size. They are built to the same standards as any other home built in Boise. They all have full-size bathrooms, stainless steel appliances and even quartz countertops.
“I wanted the homeowners to be proud,” Zuckerman sand. “This is a nice place to live. It has a porch, a small backyard where you could have a small dog or a garden bed. I wanted to make sure they didn't feel like they were living in an apartment or a condo."
There are no set prices yet, but Zuckerman said the one bedrooms will be less than $150,000 and the two bedroom will run somewhere in the upper $160,000 price range.
Zuckerman hopes this will be the first of many developments like this and believes this will help the entire community.
"Boise has arrived, but now we have this problem because we've arrived our housing prices are rising,” she said. “I think all sorts of people should get to live close to downtown and use downtown and that only makes for a stronger community for the rest of us."