9 Amazing Southeast Boise Neighborhoods: Features of Each Area

The greatest fundamental aspect of neighborhoods in Southeast Boise is their proximity to nature.  There are a vast array of outdoor activities in which to engage along the Boise River and the Greenbelt.  Each of these communities is in biking distance of water sports, parks, walking trails, and majestic views.  Moving into one of these tightly-knit communities is a great way to get active and enjoy life!

The suburban nature of these neighborhoods means there are also plenty of offerings when it comes to shopping and dining.  Many people live close enough to their jobs that they can bike to work. These communities offer a variety of architecture and their location is convenient to most any activity you are seeking, whether urban or rurally based.

We have compiled a list of 9 of the most luxurious and popular Southeast Boise Neighborhoods:

  • Barber Point
  • Bown Crossing
  • The Island
  • Lakewood
  • Columbia Village
  • East Valley Subdivision
  • Solaire
  • Painted Ridge
  • Pier Point

Barber Point

Barber Point is home to over 103 dwellings, the earliest having been built in 1987.  This neighborhood features eclectic residents from all walks of life. It boasts its own park, privacy gate, and beautiful landscapes.  Barber point has access to the Boise River and the Greenbelt, making it a great place for outdoor activities. This neighborhood is also in close proximity to the shopping in Bown Crossing.

Bown Crossing

Building began in Bown Crossing in 2004.  This site is in close proximity to the Boise River and the Greenbelt.  Bown Crossing is well-known for its unique shopping and dining experiences.  Bown crossing is something like a small town unto itself.

Many people live and work in the same neighborhood.  The well up-kept streets are great for biking or walking pets.  The view of the Southeast Boise foothills is spectacular!


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The Island

The Island is a spectacular neighborhood, where the residents can really experience nature.  The Island is named so because it is bordered by the Boise River, Loggers Creek, Heron Creek, and the Greenbelt.  It is somewhat of a reserve unto itself.

This neighborhood is gated and features its own pool and tennis courts.  The Island is a treasure-trove of natural delights and is prolific with wildlife.  It is a natural wonder of Southeast Boise but is also conveniently located within biking distance of Micron, one of Boise’s largest employers.


Lakewood offers diversity in architecture and a retreat from the hustle and the bustle of the city.  The homes in Lakewood were built between 1973 and 2005. The landscaping is gorgeous, and the streets and sidewalks are immaculate.  There are also walking paths amidst the big, beautiful trees of the neighborhood.

Living in Lakewood is something like taking a step back in time.  It is a place you can casually walk down the sidewalk and speak to your neighbors or enjoy a beverage on your patio, as you watch the sun go down over the Boise foothills.  

Columbia Village

Columbia Village is located in a more urban area, convenient to Downtown Boise and many places of business.  Columbia village features both starter homes and larger homes. It is within walking distance of several parks and provides for plenty of outdoor activity and a tightly-knit community.  Whatever type of home you are looking for, you can likely find it in Columbia Village.

The parks within walking distance of Columbia Village, feature an abundance of outdoor activities.  You can become involved in hiking, biking, windsurfing, and boating.

East Valley Subdivision

The East Valley subdivision sits in close proximity to Marianne Williams Park and Barber Park, where one can engage in an array of river sports.  This is a newer community, with the earliest homes having been built in 2015. Amenities, including a playground, are still under development. This subdivision is convenient to Harris Ranch and the Greenbelt and features a beautiful view of the Boise foothills.

There is no lack of things to do in and around the East Valley Subdivision.  The subdivision is still close enough to urban life to make shopping and dining convenient.


Solaire is another newer neighborhood, with the earliest homes having been built in 2010 and construction still underway.  This community is convenient to Barber Park and the Luckey Peake Reservoir. Solaire features townhomes, as well as single standing dwellings.  There is an interesting draw to the mix of architecture in the community. With new homes still being built, there is plenty of potential for growth.

Barber Park is nearby, as well as the Greenbelt.  There are plenty of outdoor activities available, as with many of the other neighborhoods in Southeast Boise.

Painted Ridge

Painted Ridge is located within biking distance of Micron Technology.  Painted Ridge is still undergoing five phases of development and construction.  It features beautiful new homes in a suburban community with hiking trails and its own pool.  There is a great mix of both nature and urban life, all in close proximity to Painted Ridge.

With gorgeous views of the hills and the Boise River, visiting Painted Ridge is a great place to commune with nature and to learn and enjoy new activities.

Pier Point

There are over 220 dwellings in Pier Point.  With access to lakes, parks, and the Greenbelt, this neighborhood is another center for outdoor activity.  This is an older neighborhood with beautiful, shady tree growth.

It is in close proximity to city life, as well and to the annual Shakespeare Festival.  You can reach almost any destination you need to by bike. The sidewalks are kept in pristine condition, and the community has a tightly-knit feel to it.

What Does Southeast Boise Have to Offer?

The communities of Southeast Boise bring to mind the words “inclusive” and “convenient”.  These neighborhoods are far enough out of the inner city for the residents to truly enjoy nature, but close enough to be within a short distance of work.  The natural wonders this area have to offer cannot be valued. These are great options, if you want to live amidst nature’s beauty and still be within the city.