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Star Idaho Real Estate & Homes for Sale
Located less than twenty miles from Boise Idaho is the city of Star, which is one of the smaller cities of the state in terms of population -- being the 25th most populous in Idaho. The city is part of Ada County (on the western side) and Canyon County (on the eastern side). If you are looking for homes for sale in Star, however, in regards to property taxes, you won’t need to be too concerned for which county your home falls in. The counties have a difference of a mere .15% or less. The city is also called The Brightest Jewel in the Gem State and has a history that dates back to 1863. How the city got its name is rather interesting since it has something to do with an outline of a star on the city’s old schoolhouse. This star was used by travelers to determine how close food and lodging was, which was a mile from the schoolhouse. The city has been called Star ever since.
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More About Star’s History
Relocating to Star, Idaho is a move most people make when they want a city that offers a laid-back, old-fashioned lifestyle but still want some semblance of city living. With Boise just a 25-minute drive away, it is the perfect location for those who want to be near, but not in, a big city. This means you can live life at a relaxed pace but with the amenities and conveniences of a larger city.
Star is one of the earliest settlements in Idaho. Its rich history makes it an interesting city to live in. Great respect for that history helps it keep its identity as a modernized city with an old American feel. It is also a city that has less than 10,000 citizens within its borders, giving it that small-town ambiance that most people look for in a place to call home. Star, founded in 1863, was incorporated in 1905 and had established city limits four miles in all directions from its center. Over the years, Star saw progress bring in more improvements to the town, with the addition of the railroad, an increase in agriculture, and the introduction of more schools part of these improvements. This progress, however, took a downslide when the Boise & Interurban railway closed and fewer people passed through town. It got unincorporated in 1928, taking it from “city status” back down to “town status”. It got re-incorporated in 1997, becoming a part of Ada County. These days, Star is showing a lot of progress and is slowly picking up where it left off. The population is steadily growing as well, with numbers almost doubling from what it was in 2010.
Star Idaho Real Estate Market
There are a lot of housing options for those who are looking at Star homes for sale. These include new construction in planned communities, older colonial-style homes, and townhomes.
The increase in the number of people relocating to Star over the years has brought about a resurgence of the real estate market in the area. More planned communities and homes are being constructed for newcomers, which is probably one of the reasons why median listing prices are also starting to rise. Median home values in the city are at $339,400, which is 10% higher than it was a year ago. It is forecasted to increase by another 7% in the coming year, making it a great investment for those who are thinking of buying a home here. Gated communities and new construction homes are leading the way for available homes for sale in Star. They range in price from $189,000 to $2.5 million. If you are looking for a bargain, it might be a good idea to look for homes that are being sold at auction or undergoing pre-foreclosure proceedings, since these are usually selling for under $200,000 for 3-bedroom units.
Star ID Schools
Since it is a small city as of now, there is only one public school in the area, and most private schools are currently unrated by GreatSchools.org. If you are looking for Star houses for sale and don’t want to send your children to public school, check out the local private schools. Most of the schools in Star are for Pre-K and for kindergarten-age kids, with one elementary and middle school for your kids to attend. There is no high school in the city of Star. Students in grades 9-12 will attend Eagle High School located in the next town over (Eagle). The schools in Star include:
Star Elementary School - 700 North Start Road, Star, ID, 83669 Public district, PK-6
Donna's Learning Center - 131 N. Main St., Star, ID, 83669 Private, PK
Little Miracles Pre-School - 439 North Star Road, Star, ID, 83669 Private, PK
Stepping Stones Child Care Center - 12228 West Bridger Bay Drive, Star, ID, 83669 Private, PK
Star Middle School - 2211 N. Pollard Lane Star, ID 83669
Frequently Asked Questions About Star Idaho
When you first check out a listing of Star real estate options for your big move, you will definitely have a few questions regarding your soon-to-be community. Here are some of the more commonly asked questions new residents ask when they move or before relocating:
What is the cost of living in Star, ID?
As an up-and-comer, the cost of living in Star can be higher than the state average. This is due to the cost of housing rate, which is 119.7 -- 3 points above the rest of the state. The other indices, however, tend to make up for the cost of housing in the area since these are lower than the rest of the state. These include costs for groceries, healthcare, and utilities. The overall cost of living index for Star is 104.6, which is 4 points higher than the state average.
What are the area and zip code for Star, ID?
Star, Idaho’s area code is 208, and it has only one zip code: 83669.
Where is the airport in Star, ID?
Star does not have its own airport, but residents and visitors can fly in from anywhere in the country to Boise Airport. However, there is a domestic airport near the city (Nampa Municipal Airport), which is just south of Star.
How much is a house in Star, ID?
Houses for sale in Star can be as low as $189,000 and as expensive as $2.5 million, depending on the size, location, condition, and age of the home. Most new construction homes are priced between $330,000 to $580,000. The lowest-priced, new-construction homes have 3-bedrooms, and the more expensive ones have up to 6 bedrooms. If you want budget-friendly homes for sale in the area, your best bet would be to search pre-foreclosure, auction, and resale listings since these usually range from $185,000 to $300,000.
What is the most popular landmark in Star, ID?
While Star, ID is one of the oldest places in the state, it does not have as many historical landmarks as its sister cities. The city’s most historic building is Star Camp, which is a meeting center constructed and operated by Quakers in 1949. Other places of interest that can be considered popular landmarks in Star include Helina Marie’s Wine Shop, River Birch Golf Course, and the many parks in the area.
What should I know about the sales tax in Star, ID?
Idaho residents enjoy a 6% combined sales tax. Both the city of Star and Ada County forego adding additional taxes, keeping the sales tax in the area at 6%. Property tax in Ada County, however, is .801%, while Canyon County’s is .94%. Since Star is divided between the two, you will need to figure out which property tax rate fits your home depending on which side of the county line you live.
When do schools in Star start this year, ID?
Since Star’s schools belong to the West Ada school district, most of these will start on August 7, 2019, like Star Middle School. Some begin on August 26th, like Star Elementary School. For high-school students attending nearby Eagle High School, classes start at the same time as Star Elementary School.
Can I have horses in Star, ID?
Yes. If you purchase a farmhouse, you can very well have your horse there. If you don’t have space for a horse at your home, you can choose to board your horse at a boarding facility like Triple H Ranch located in Star, or Rose Ridge Stables, which is just outside of the city.
Things to Do in Star Idaho
Once you’re settled, check out the attractions that are in the city. The top attractions in Star include:
Wine Tours – The Winery Seekers Wine Tour is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and one you should try once or twice. It takes you to some of the local wineries in the area offering tastings, information about the wines and how they are made, and the history of the vineyards. You’re bound to make friends when you meet new people along the tour.
Skydive Idaho – For the more adventurous, another attraction that tourists and locals alike should not miss is the skydiving experience at Skydive Idaho. You can add this to your bucket list if you are inclined to try jumping out of a plane and dropping thousands of feet to the ground in a parachuting adventure.
River Birch Golf Course – Put on your golfing shoes, grab your bag of clubs, and head on down to the golf course to improve your swing and handicap in this challenging, walkable golf course in Star. The rates are fairly reasonable and you can choose to do the entire 18 holes or just 9.
Settling Down in Star Idaho: Local Tips
The official website of Star gives you lots of information to help you with your move to the area. These include tips like the following:
Garbage collection schedule and guidelines– trash collection in Star follows the Republic Services schedule and guidelines of the state of Idaho. You can choose the guidelines you want to learn more about on the Republic Services site for Star. These include the recycling calendar, trash-pickup schedule for your neighborhood, recycling guide, and information on plastics.
Utilities – You will find the government’s official site listing all the cable companies, the electric company, water & sewer company, and natural gas company that services the area. You can contact all of these via their websites or by calling the numbers that are also on the same page.
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Listing information last updated on May 28th, 2020 at 9:00pm CDT.