Twin Falls Real Estate and Information
Twin Falls Real Estate and Information
The largest city in the aptly named Magic Valley region, Twin Falls is a vibrant city of just over 44,000. Surrounded by natural wonders and populated by outdoor enthusiasts, Twin Falls serves as a major hub for those living in south-central Idaho and northeastern Nevada. Twin Falls is also proud of its multicultural population, which includes people from Bosnia and the former Soviet Union (via College of Southern Idaho’s refugee center) as well as a large Hispanic community.
The origin of Magic Valley’s moniker dates back to the early 20th century, when irrigation canal systems and damns on the Snake River “magically” transformed the region from uninhabitable land to industrious farmland, thanks to the Carey Act of 1894. Twin Falls County was established in 1907, and named for the nearby waterfalls on the Snake River. Twin Falls emerged as an agricultural processing center. One of Idaho’s largest cities, Twin Falls’ agriculture-based economy now includes computer and recreational vehicle manufacturing.
Shopping and Dining
As a commercial center for the surrounding area, Twin Falls has plenty of big name shopping, including Old Navy, Walmart, and Target. Magic Valley Mall is anchored by JCPenney, Sears, Macy’s, and Shopko. The mall is also home to Barnes & Noble, American Eagle, The Children’s Place, Bath & Body Works, and more. Lynwood Shopping Center includes Anytime Fitness, Hudson’s Shoes, Kurt’s Pharmacy, SalonCentric, St. Luke’s Clinic, Sakura Stakhouse, New China Buffet, and more. Twin Falls Crossing is home to Bodyworks, Hastings Entertainment, Peerless Beauty & Barber Supply, and Aarons Sales & Lease Ownership. Twin Falls has several popular restaurants, including Rock Creek, Depot Grill, Idaho Joes, Sushi Tokyo, Prasai’s Thai, Elevation 486, Anchor Bistro and Bar, Buffalo Café, and more.
Parks and Recreation
The Twin Falls area is famous for boating, camping, fishing, hiking, golfing, skiing, and white water rafting. Of course, Visitors from around the country come to see Twin Falls’ falls along the Snake River. The “Niagara Falls of the West,” Shoshone Falls, with its 200+ drop and 1,500 feet width is quite popular; Shoshone Falls Park has several scenic overlooks and hiking trails. The Snake River Canyon was made famous in 1974 when Evel Knievel made an unsuccessful jump, which he survived with minor injuries. Balanced Rock is a geographic marvel. The rock is 40 feet high, weighs 40 tons and is shaped like a camel’s head and perches on just a few feet of rock span. Balanced Rock Park has a creek where visitors can picnic and hike. Earl M. Hardy Box Canyon Springs Reserve is in the Thousand Springs area, and is the 11th largest in the country. City of Rocks National Reserve draws mountain bikers and rock climbers to its granite pinnacles and monoliths. For skiers and snowboarders, Magic Mountain Ski Resort lies in the Sawtooth National Forest, and is the area’s most local ski mountain. Canyon Springs Golf Course is an award-winning public course with stunning views and year-round golfing. College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Center for Arts & Sciences has an observatory, planetarium, reptarium, and anthropological gallery. Miracle Hot Springs has private pools and an outdoor exercise pool. Anderson Camp has more than 100 campgrounds for tenters, cabin campers, and RVers on the Snake River plateau. The Perrine Bridge is a highly popular destination for B.A.S. E. Jumping.
Twin Falls’ temperate climate, natural beauty, and outdoor living has made it a popular spot for retirees. Twin Falls real estate has a median home price of approximately $125,000, more than 10% below the national average. Twin Falls homes for sale are located in established, affordable neighborhoods with good schools. There is a mix of single-family homes, rowhouses and attached homes, apartment buildings, and mobile homes. There is also a blend of older, historic homes and newer construction. Eastland Dr./Pole Line Rd. area’s median real estate price is approximately $220,000. Pole Line Rd. in the 2600 block and Kimberly Rd./Locust St.’s median price is around $160,000. The McMillan neighborhood’s median real estate price is approximately $215,000. This is a quiet, more rural area, with seasonal occupants as well as year-round residents. College of Southern Idaho/Blue Lakes Blvd. neighborhood’s median real estate price is approximately $130,000. This area is more urban and includes smaller to medium-sized homes and apartments. The Washington St./Park Ave. neighborhood homes for sale in the low $100,000s. Twin Falls homes for sale in the City Center include historic homes and newer construction, with both seasonal and year-round residents. The median home price in this area is approximately $117,000.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Twin Falls is served by the Twin Falls School District. The schools are Bickel Elementary, Harrison Elementary, I.B. Perrine Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Oregon Trail Elementary, Sawtooth Elementary, O’Leary Middle School, Robert Stuart Middle School, Bridge Academy Alternative School, Canyon Ridge High School, Magic Valley High School, and Twin Falls High School. There are two charter schools, Xavier Charter and Wings Charter Middle School. College of Southern Idaho is a community college, and also offers Boise State University and Idaho State University classes. St. Luke’s Magic Valley is a newer hospital that serves the region. Trans IV provides public transportation, and is operated by College of Southern Idaho. Joslin Field-Magic Valley Regional Airport provides flights to Salt Lake City International Airport. The city’s major arterials are Routes 30, 93, and Interstate 84.