Southeast Boise has attracted people since the 19th century, when the Oregon Trail (now Boise Avenue) brought emigrants from the East to the high desert of Southern Idaho. By the early 20th century, the area we call Southeast Boise was actually two small towns: Barber and South Boise, both surrounded by ample farm and ranch land.
The city of Boise long ago enveloped the area on the other side of the Boise River, but vestiges of Southeast Boise’s early days are everywhere if you look closely. Here, you’ll find a wide mix of homes, from early 20th-century bungalows to riverside condos to horse properties. Boise State University, located at the northern tip of Southeast Boise, offers plenty of activity — especially during Bronco football games — while the southern end provides a quick getaway to the mountains via Highway 21.
Bown Crossing, named after an early settler, continues Southeast Boise’s small-town tradition with neighborhood restaurants and shopping, while the fast-growing development of the Barber Valley is giving a new generation of settlers access to the best Southern Idaho has to offer.