5 Facts about the Bruneau Dunes State Park

Hey guys, this is Randy with NextHome Treasure Valley. I’m a Realtor® in the Mountain Home and Boise Idaho areas. This week we’re talking 5 Facts about the Bruneau Dunes State Park.


Fact #1 It is the tallest single-structure dune in North America. It stands at 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. So it’s a tall dune, and I am way too lazy to climb it, but people climb it all the time. Anytime I go there, there’s always somebody up on the dune, but usually, there’s enough area that you can kind of have your own space also. So if you go and check it out with your family, don’t be worried about that. But it does attract people from all over the united states, and probably all over the world. 


Fact #2 There’s a whole bunch of stuff you can do there. So you can climb the dunes, of course, you can sandboard down the dunes, there’s horse riding, there’s stargazing, which will lead to another fact. You can go boating from there, fishing from there, so it’s conveniently located right by the snake river: just a cool place to spend your day, or even a weekend. There are different amenities too, and you can check this all out, but they even rent a couple of cabins out, but you can camp there, so there’s just a lot that you and your family could take advantage of and spend the weekend. 


Fact #3 – It is very close to Mountain Home and Boise. The Bruneau Dunes is about 17 miles south of Mountain Home and about 65 miles southeast of Boise. So it’s a short trip. I know of many people that live in Boise and don’t even know that they exist, and it’s less than 100 miles away from where they live. Something to check out if you are in the local area, but even if you’re not, it might be worth a trip just to come and do some camping there at the dunes. 


Fact #4I alluded to this earlier: there is an observatory there at the dunes. So in the campground, it’s open from March to October usually, this year because of COVID, there have been some changes. It was closed, and then I guess they were doing private tours, but it should open again hopefully in march, so we’ll see how things go. Hopefully, all this COVID stuff will be behind us by then, but we’ll see. 


Fact #5 You can rent sandboards to go down the dunes at the visitor center, for only $15 a day. I know a lot of people are taking advantage of this. Most of the people I’ve seen talk about it say that it’s a fantastic deal. But of course, because it is such a tall dune, many people get tired after a couple of trips up. So you might want to pace yourself and make sure you have enough energy in the tank to get back up the dunes there so tall. But for $15 a day, you can spread it out. Like I said earlier, all this information can be found at parksandrec.idaho.gov and also facebook.com/BruneauDunesStatePark, so definitely check it out. If you’re interested in Mountain Home, which is just 17 miles north, you can check out the five pros and cons of Mountain Home here, so thank you for reading this. Have a great day! Thank you!


Cost of Living in Boise, Idaho

Hey guys, Randy here. I’m a Realtor® with NextHome Treasure Valley. Today we’re talking about the cost of living in Boise, Idaho.


Recently I was at a party, gathering if you will. There were some people there that I met there—very nice people from Eastern Washington. We were chatting, and I told them that I’m a Realtor® in the Boise area, and the cost of living came up. I thought, well, that’d be a great video idea. There are two websites that I use. The first one is bankrate.com. You can go to this yourself. I have no affiliation with them at all. The second is bestplaces.net.

What you do is simple. You just put in where you live now. I went to Riverside, California, a few weeks ago, so we’ll use that as an example. Then you’re going to be moving to, say, Boise Idaho. Then what’s your annual income? I’m going to leave the default $50,000, but you can put whatever you want. The numbers are still going to crunch no matter what. A salary of $50,000 in Riverside California, could decrease to $36,243 in Boise, Idaho. Comparison Highlights Overall – Boise, Idaho is 22.2% cheaper than Riverside, California. The median home cost is the highest cost of living difference, and the medium home cost is 25% less expensive in Boise.

It breaks down what it’s talking about here. Riverside, California’s median home cost is $409,000 instead of Boise, Idaho, which is $303,100. Do your due diligence on these numbers. On bankrate.com’s cost of living calculator, the reason why I’m not using this as my primary example if you go to Boise City, Idaho, from say Abilene, Texas. It shows the housing cost median in Boise at $203,936, and I would say this is not the case right now. That’s why I’m leaning more towards the bestplaces.net calculator, but as I said, do your due diligence and check things out for yourself. But, these are great tools to get an idea of moving to Boise, Idaho might be the right thing for you. Like we can see we’re a little bit higher on health costs here. However, everything else seems to be lower for Boise Idaho. Including things like transportation and utilities.

I found the best way to pick a different city to calculate would be to click on the cost of living calculator, and it cleans everything out. As another example, a salary of $50,000 in White Plains, New York, could decrease to $28,932 in Boise, Idaho. The median home cost is 54% cheaper. The median home costs in White Plains, New York is $672,000 instead of Boise, Idaho at $303,000, that’s a big difference. Across the board, everything is less. That’s a larger place, and I recommend you go to bestplaces.net and use the calculator yourself. Put in where you live, don’t just take the examples that I’m giving.

I need to go over because I am a Realtor® in the Mountain Home and Boise area is the difference between Mountain Home and Boise. Mountain Home is about 30 to 40 miles from Boise. A salary of $50 000 in Boise, Idaho, could decrease to $40,534 in Mountain Home, Idaho. The median house cost is between $303,000 to $185,600. I will tell you as a Realtor® here in Mountain Home. It’s getting harder to find a house right now at $185,600 and even Boise, the $303,000 because things are moving so fast here. I think you have to realize that there might be a little bit of inflation in both places. But this is more accurate than what in my opinion than what bankrate.com is showing. You can’t even pull up Mountain Home, Idaho, on bankrate.com. It does show that utilities are a little bit higher in Mountain Home, as well as healthcare.

Anyways, if any of that interests you and you want to check out more, go to bestplaces.net. If you would like a free relocation guide to the Treasure Valley, go to tvguide.RandyWRealEstate.com. For those of you old enough to remember tv guide, I smile. I recommend checking out the moving to Idaho video and the Mountain Home pros and cons video if you are interested in moving out this way. I give you a little bit more information on those videos. Thanks a million for reading this whole blog, and we’ll see you next Friday!

I hope you have a great day.