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Old 04-26-2011, 06:34 PM
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Hello everyone,

I am moving from Minnesota to Idaho Falls in a couple months for work and need some input on the living situation. I have not yet made a trip to IF so I'm not very familiar with the area. I have done some searching on this site to try and see what people were saying about the various neighborhoods; however, most of the conversations regarding the topic were at least a year old and things seem to change pretty quickly.

In a post I have read on here to maybe stay away from the 'H' street area, does anyone know this to still be true? Would there be anywhere else to stay away from?

Also, I was wondering if anyone knew of any landlords or property management companies that might have a 2 bedroom house or town home for rent? That being said, I am also bringing with me a dog. I have looked at craigslist and ifrentals but I seem to be striking out in the house/dog department.

All input is welcomed and appreciated.

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Old 04-26-2011, 11:09 PM
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Hi, Thorn...
All the letter streets are the oldest part of town, and some of the neighborhoods on them can be rough. Same goes with the Bel Aire subdivision that lies just north of 1st St.- it's all housing that was put up fast and cheap in the mid 50's.

The numbered streets from 1st to 17th are also old, but contain many fine old houses. The closer the homes are to Boulevard the older, and the homes eastward mostly date to the 50's-early 60's. As you go southward on Boulevard, the homes get more and more recent. Boulevard ends at Sunnyside on it's southernmost end, and there are several newer additions south of Sunnyside- some homes there are very luxurious.

There are a lot of apartments and condos scattered around 17th St. and around Woodruff Ave. Both are main drags, and most of the housing dates from the 70's to present.

Your best bet is to come and talk to several realtors- there are a lot of homes for sale that may be available for rent, as well as strictly rental homes. Dogs can be problematic, but I found that it all depends on the dog and the folks who own the home. I rented a small house for a year, and had an old dog; the landlord asked for an extra deposit, and allowed me to keep the dog. A lot will depend on the breed & age of your dog. If you are willing to buy a kennel, this may help you out. Apartments and condos may not let you keep a pet, but again, it all depends.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:32 AM
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Thanks Mike!

Your explanation of the layout was great.

I will be visiting IF in late May to check things out and try to sign a house but I will make the move official in mid June. It all seems like its right around the corner so I'm trying to get as much of a start on it now even though it hard being 1200 miles away.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:25 PM
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Glad to be of help, Thorn...
There are a lot of homes, apartments and condos just outside of the city limits as well.

Ammon is a separate town, but butts right up to the I.F. city limits. There is a lot of recent construction there, as well as in some other smaller communities that lie just outside of I.F.- Iona and Lincoln also have new subdivisions.

Ammon lies due east of I.F.- 17th St. runs through both communities. Iona is northeast of Idaho Falls, about 7 miles away, and Lincoln lies between Iona and I.F. Both Iona and Lincoln can be accessed by Hitt Rd. and other routes.

All this area was over-built in the housing boom, and it may be possible to rent a new house that has never been occupied.

There are a bunch of country subdivisions circling this entire area- some older, some newer. Be ready to drive around with a realtor, and don't overlook a house outside of town; we don't have the severe traffic daily-drive congestion that's common in the east, but some of the main drags do get congested. It may not be a big deal for you to drive to work from a few miles out.
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