Pocatello, ID Real Estate and Community InformationPocatello is one of the largest cities in eastern Idaho. Its population of 54,000 makes it the fifth largest community in the state.
The main campus of Idaho State University is in Pocatello. ISU enrolls approximately 14,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. It is just one of 98 universities in the country ranked as "Research University-High" by the Carnegie Foundation. Interstate 15 offers residents easy traveling south to Salt Lake City and north to Idaho Falls. Interstate 86 makes it simple to travel westward to Boise.
Pocatello: A Brief History
Many settlers arrived in 1860 following the discovery of gold in the area. Pocatello became an important stop along the railroad that served early settlers. Later, farmers and ranchers were attracted to the area, and more widespread commercial development followed in the 1880s.
After a severe winter in 1948, the mayor decided to lighten the mood of the community by making it illegal not to smile.The so-called "smile ordinance" remained on the books, and in 1987 the mayor at the time proclaimed Pocatello the "Smile Capital of the U.S."
Parks and Recreation
In the winter, the Pebble Creek Ski Area attracts snow lovers of all kinds. Both skiers and snowboarders enjoy 54 runs scattered over 1000 ski able acres. The base terrain is friendly to novices, while the upper terrain will challenge intermediate and expert skiers. Pebble Creek also offers USAA giant slalom and slalom runs.
Golfers enjoy the two municipal courses in the city. Highland Golf Course stretches to about 6,500 yards from the back tees, while Riverside Golf Course is about 6,300 yards long from the back tees. Both courses are par-72, 18-hole layouts. Highland GC challenges golfers with rolling fairways set amidst mature trees. The small, undulating greens demand real skill with one's putter. Both layouts are well-established courses that opened over a half-century ago.
Activities and Attractions
Enjoy animals like mountain lions, bison, elk, black bears, grizzlies and others in naturalized settings at the Pocatello Zoo, established in 1932. The modest-sized but well-maintained facility offers 30 exhibits spread out over 25 acres. The kids enjoy checking out the barnyard animals. Online, it's possible to check out the "Grizzly Cam."
Pocatello is a city rich in museums. Perhaps the most unique is the Museum of Clean. The displays feature all manner of artifacts selected to embrace the theme, including antique washing machines and vacuum devices. The museum is appropriately housed in a 75,000 sq-ft, LEED-certified green building. The Bannock County Historical Museum, Idaho Museum Of Natural History and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum are all great places to go on those days when you prefer to stay inside.
In the fall, Swore Farms offer the fun and excitement of a large corn maze. Many residents visit to pick out pumpkins in anticipation of Halloween. It's a fun place for kids and a fine source of fresh produce for the adults.
Festivals and Special Events
Every year Pocatello pays homage to its unique smile ordinance during Smile Days. The event includes a smile contest and those that do not smile are "arrested."
Old Town Pocatello hosts the Night of 1000 Santas Festival to kick off the holidays. At Old Town Pavilion, residents browse the excellent selection of fresh produce and a variety of baked goods at the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. On Wednesdays in the summer, Old Town hosts Revive at 5. The First Friday Art Walk is another popular event in Old Town. Browse the antique shops and visit a quaint cafe as you take in the ambiance of a bygone era.
Pocatello Real Estate
Those looking for larger residences will find an assortment of 3-5 bedroom homes, some with more than 3000 sq-ft of living space on spacious lots. Estate-style residences with over 5,000 sg-ft of living space often include amenities like panoramic views, home theaters, gourmet kitchens and three-car garages. For those interested in building their dream home, there are parcels of land offering unforgettable views of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
This is only a brief glimpse at all that Pocatello has to offer. To learn much more about the many recreational activities, cultural attractions and real estate opportunities that attract so many to the community, please contact Gloria Howell. I look forward to speaking with you!