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Old 01-28-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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Hi. My wife and I are trying to choose between Idaho Falls and Twin Falls for our retirement destination.

Looking at the homes in the 2 areas, it seems that most IF homes have full basements, and very few homes in Twin Falls have basements. Can someone tell me why the 2 areas would be so different in their home designs.

I also would ask if those in the know could share some of the other differences between the 2 areas?

John
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Old 01-28-2017, 09:23 PM
 
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Can't answer your questions about basements. My only best guess is Twin was built with the idea of it being a military area and there may have been some cost-cutting to build homes quickly and cheaper. EDIT: Was thinking Mountain Home.

Both cities are similar in size, have the same stores and chains. Weather will be somewhat milder in Twin, with warmer winters and somewhat warmer summers. Twin is not as isolated obviously, as you can be in downtown Boise in 45 minutes, while IF to Salt Lake City is 3 hours away. Both areas have a somewhat high LDS population, though I would say IF is higher.

EDIT: Thinking Mountain Home here with the military. Wrong town.

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Old 01-28-2017, 09:38 PM
 
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Twin is not as isolated obviously, as you can be in downtown Boise in 45 minutes.
It's 130 miles from TF to Boise.
Definitely not a 45 minute trip.
Closer to an hour and 45.
In fact Twin is pretty much halfway between IF
and Boise, with IF being about 20 miles farther.
If I were being held at gunpoint and forced to
choose between TF or IF, I'd take the bullet.
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Old 01-28-2017, 09:45 PM
 
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Oh, I was thinking Mountain Home...my error. (can't seem to separate the two, lol) And I agree about your bullet theory.
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:56 PM
 
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If you hate either town so much, then what are you doing in the forums? Just sayin.
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Old 01-28-2017, 11:15 PM
 
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Because you don't have to love somewhere to comment on it. Duh.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:10 AM
 
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The original poster was asking about basements, not for an outsiders personal opinion. Or even mine. I just don't understand why a person lurk around on a forum of a city they don't like.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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The original poster was asking about basements, not for an outsiders personal opinion. Or even mine. I just don't understand why a person lurk around on a forum of a city they don't like.
Ok thread policeman...
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Old 01-29-2017, 11:59 AM
 
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When I moved here 4 years ago, the reason I chose Idaho Falls over Twin Falls was because I preferred to be closer to the Tetons and Yellowstone and all of the world-class recreation in the area. Idaho Falls is growing at a good pace and has many of the conveniences of a much larger city. I think we have solid infrastructure and it seems the city and county are making strides with roads and other improvement projects to stay on the front end of the population growth. The downtown area of Idaho Falls is going through an exciting revitalization and we are transforming our vocational/technical school into a community college soon and building a new Events Center in the near future which will host conventions, concerts, and possibly a minor league hockey team. Idaho Falls, itself, has just over 60,000 residents while Twin Falls has just shy of 50,000. Now that I-15 is 80mph the entire way, I can get to Salt Lake City in just over 2.5 hours. I find Twin Falls gets hotter in the summer and has milder winters.

Not sure why the houses here have basements, while houses in Twin do not, but I'm happy to have one. Maybe something to do with different geology of the two areas.
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Old 01-29-2017, 01:39 PM
 
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When I moved here 4 years ago, the reason I chose Idaho Falls over Twin Falls was because I preferred to be closer to the Tetons and Yellowstone and all of the world-class recreation in the area. Idaho Falls is growing at a good pace and has many of the conveniences of a much larger city. I think we have solid infrastructure and it seems the city and county are making strides with roads and other improvement projects to stay on the front end of the population growth. The downtown area of Idaho Falls is going through an exciting revitalization and we are transforming our vocational/technical school into a community college soon and building a new Events Center in the near future which will host conventions, concerts, and possibly a minor league hockey team. Idaho Falls, itself, has just over 60,000 residents while Twin Falls has just shy of 50,000. Now that I-15 is 80mph the entire way, I can get to Salt Lake City in just over 2.5 hours. I find Twin Falls gets hotter in the summer and has milder winters.

Not sure why the houses here have basements, while houses in Twin do not, but I'm happy to have one. Maybe something to do with different geology of the two areas>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Thank you very much for your answer and input, you and the others who answered my basements question as well as input on Twin Falls and Idaho falls.

With a couple of years before I pull the trigger and my wife and I up and leave the area we grew up, were raised, married and raised a family in...... I can honestly say we are evenly divided between TF and IF.

Like most retirement folks, we are seeking a safe area, good close medical care, good friendly people and all the necessary conveniences near by. I'm sure it will be no problem getting around the first 2/3 of our retirement, but expect the final 1/3 to be a different story.

We plan on spending a week traveling around both cities during the spring when our last is on his Easter break from High School.

I would greatly appreciate any and all input concerning the good, the bad and the ugly of both TF and IF.

I would also appreciate the person who dislikes both of the cities maybe elaborating on why????

Than you all so very much.
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