South Fork LandingGarden Valley, Idaho – About an hour away from Boise is the South Fork Landing subdivision, a 670-acre planned community, in Garden Valley. Southfork earns its name from the Southfork of the Payette River, so as you might expect, the sounds of the natural river fill the background ambience, while making fishing and kayaking a breeze.

The subdivision was hit hard during the great recession in 2008, the original developer had quite a few plans for the area, many of which dried up as quickly as the capital. However, let’s be honest, what makes the area special isn’t the promise of a new city, it’s the peace and beauty of nature with homes that compliment the area. And that’s exactly what you’ll discover in South Fork Landing.

About 65% of the total development is preserved as Open Space and as Wildlife Conservation Areas. This means, the natural beauty of the area will always be preserved, yet, the improved access to the area has also made waterway restoration more accessible. This has led to improvements to restore the original trout habitat, as well as, restoring natural ponds and peripheral stream flows through the community.

South Fork LandingSouth Fork Landing, Garden Valley, IdahoAs for real estate in South Fork Landing, the existing homes in the development area are custom floorplans, expansive, and most of them have been built within the past decade. So, any remodeling or changes a new owner may want to explore to a home would be preferential or cosmetic, not out of necessity, unless you consider a larger spa a necessity.

You’ll also find plenty of available and buildable lots for sale – in fact, most the development remains mostly undeveloped. This route may be best for folks seeking a bit more than just a large spa; and with a number of custom homebuilders experienced in this area you’ll have a number of great choices. The upside to buying a current resale home is the much shorter move-in period; so, there are some trade-offs to consider before going the new construction route.

South Fork Landing is the near-perfect second home destination if you’re wanting to be within a comfortable drive of downtown Boise. This development in the Garden Valley is a must see. The development is well-laid out offering unabated views of water and mountains, wildlife moves through the area at ease, and infinite outdoor recreation is outside your front door.