The East End is an historic, established neighborhood nestled between Boise’s Foothills and downtown core. The neighborhood combines a mix of residential types, includes two historic districts, and enjoys close proximity to a large system of public spaces, parks and recreation facilities. As one of Boise’s oldest neighborhoods, the East End has a well-loved, distinctive character that neighborhood residents and businesses would like to maintain and strengthen, even as pressures mount due to the growing city population.
The East End Neighborhood, as defined by neighborhood association boundaries, is approximately 3.66 square miles or 2,343 acres. The neighborhood is bounded by the Boise Foothills Tram Trail and the Warm Springs Mesa on the east; the Boise River on the south; Broadway Avenue, Second Street, West Fort Street, the James A. McClure Federal Building and Veterans Administration Campus, Mountain Cove Road and Cottonwood Creek drainage on the west; and Military Reserve on the north. The East End Neighborhood boundary was expanded in 2016 to include several new areas, including Fort Boise, Military Reserve and the Shaw Mountain Road/Candleridge area, adding roughly 1,300 acres to the neighborhood.
The neighborhood is generally viewed as a desirable place to live due to its proximity to downtown, the Ridge to Rivers Trail system, the Boise River Greenbelt, several parks, and numerous other amenities. Like many Boise neighborhoods, residents describe it as having a very neighborly, close-knit feeling, which they aim to retain. The predominant land uses in the East End are single-family residential along with attractive parks and open spaces. A small percentage of the land use in the neighborhood is occupied by multi-family housing and commercial operations. An eclectic mix of professionals, families, and retirees live in the East End Neighborhood.