Southwest Boiseans have fought hard to keep the urban sprawl away. They like their wide open spaces -- pastureland dotted occasionally with houses, subdivisions where homes haven't been put in with shoehorns. But in 1998, the neighborhood began to feel the impact of faster growth, with 185 new homes sold.
Students in the neighborhood attend schools in one of two school districts - Boise School District or Meridian School District.
The rural mindset of the neighborhood also has led to the concentration of retail development along the neighborhood's northern edge - most of it on Overland Road, just south of Interstate 84. Other than the Boise Municipal Airport, which sits in Southwest Boise, the northern-edge retail development is the only portion of Southwest Boise served by Boise Urban Stages, the public bus system.
The neighborhood also is served by small retail centers such as those at Lake Hazel and South Five Mile roads and at Indian Lakes on South Cole Road.
No city parks have been developed in Southwest Boise, in part because most of the area is outside city limits. Boise's Parks and Recreation Department is planning for the future, though, and owns several park sites including a 163-acre site that would be Boise's largest park.