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Growing Pains: How One Millennial Went From Renting In Boise To Buying In Nampa

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Frankie Barnhill
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Since buying their first home in Nampa last year, Julia Green and her boyfriend have grown quite the large garden in their backyard. It's one of the perks of going from renting an apartment in Boise to buying a home with a big yard in Nampa.

We know housing prices have gone up rapidly in Ada County in recent years. In Canyon County, folks are also feeling the squeeze. So what does that mean for people looking to purchase their first home in the Treasure Valley? Especially for Millennials — who have gone through two historic recessions in young adulthood — buying a home can be out of reach in this very popular market.

As part of our “Growing Pains” series on the Treasure Valley, Idaho Matters senior producer Frankie Barnhill wanted to hear from her friend Julia Green who made the leap to homeowner in 2019 — trading in her historic Boise apartment rental for a 1950s bungalow one county away in Nampa.

Julia was raised in Boise and is a self-employed artist, and never expected to buy in Canyon County. She and her boyfriend tried to buy a house in Boise, but they couldn't afford it. They turned their sights to Nampa and found a place where they can spread out and be happy.

This interview is part of our new series called "Growing Pains." The series explores stories and issues surrounding the Treasure Valley's rapid growth and increasing unafforability. Subscribe to our podcast to hear every interview, and download the Boise State Public Radio app to send us a voice message using our Talk To Us feature.

Support for "Growing Pains" comes from Broadcast Society members Jennifer Dickey and Andy Huang.  Member support is what makes these interviews possible. Support this coverage here.

Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!