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Driving through the city of Star is similar to most of small-town America with 1 stoplight and the local Star Merc [Mercantile] and Star Cafe being the cornerstones of the community. It has always been a quaint town nestled on the outskirts of Boise. But with the growth of cities like Boise and Meridian, Star is becoming a sought after area for those expecting the sunset views and a little piece of their own private Idaho.
They say the name of Star was originally adopted from those traveling west from Boise to Middleton and saw the “star” on the old schoolhouse which helped to know the East and West directions. In 1905 it incorporated and established city limits spanning 4 miles in each direction yet was not officially recognized as apart of Ada County till December of 1997 - 92 years later.
The geography of Star is very attractive to newcomers and similar to that of popular neighboring cities like Eagle and Middleton: foothills and public BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land to the north, flat farm ground and State Street/Highway 44 in the center for ease of travel, and the Boise River to the South providing many options and lifestyles. And with cities like Eagle and Boise growing significantly, naturally, Star has become a hidden secret for those looking for affordability and seclusion.
With that demand, development has followed. The population of Star was roughly 5,700 in 2010 and in the last 10 years has doubled in size making one of the fastest-growing cities in Idaho during that time. Developers are actively seeking land but have been able to establish neighborhoods such as Heron River (575 homes) and Rockbridge (272 homes) to supply the growing demand of needed homes in the area with more planned developments to come. In 2018, the city of Star approved the annexation of 1,554 acres for future development with a potential of over 3,000 more homes. Even with all of the coming growth, there are still as many acreage properties for those who relish the endeavor of raising their own cows or chickens, having a horse to ride on neighboring BLM ground or for fall hunting expeditions, or simply the feel of privacy and elbow room between neighbors.
Naturally, with families and homes coming to Star, more businesses and infrastructure are being brought in to service the community. A few restaurants like Pizza Hut and Dairy Queen have recently set roots as well as other local establishments and the well known local Albertsons is slated to build a modern grocery store in the coming years. Improved infrastructure has started and will continue in the near future as well. In 2014, Highway 16 was extended from State Street/Hwy 44 to Chinden Blvd/Hwy 20-26 providing another artery for commuters to quickly access Star and neighboring Emmett and that expressway is projected to extend all the way to Interstate 84.
We hope this gives you great insight into the community and with all of the planned future growth, Star will definitely be a contender with neighboring cities for those weighing a move to the Boise area.