Emmett, Idaho Real Estate

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Gold was a drawing force to the Emmett Valley. Miners from the Boise Basin tried their luck along the riverbank. No goldstrike, but raising crops created a different kind of wealth as miners hungry for fresh produce excitedly purchased the produce from the verdant land.


The top of Freeze Out Hill frames the picturesque scenic view of the Emmett Valley below. Freeze Out was named as attempts to enter the valley through steep terrain led carriers to lock or ‘freeze’ the wheels and slide their wagons down the hill. Coming back, sometimes twelve teams of horses took a day to pull the wagons up the hill. Also, folklore has it that in the depth of harsh winter, early freighters camping at the top before entering the valley were nearly freezing to death before they could descend the next morning. This steep old summit has been known as “Freeze Out Hill” ever since. Emmett is the county seat for the Gem County, a true cornucopia for fruit growing, farming, and ranching. Emmett is truly a Gem in the midst of clean air, ample water, and neighborly friendliness. Join this vibrant, growing city and enjoy these and other amenities.

Emmett is located northwest of Boise where residents enjoy all the activities of a large city and then travel back over the hill to rural quietness. Emmett offers shady and inviting parks with swimming pools, tennis courts, playground, horseshoe pits, and band shell for outdoor concerts. Firebird Raceway, with 34 seasons of NHRA Championship Drag Racing, draws race car racing enthusiasts with a wide diversity of events from April through October.

The oldest continuously running celebration in Idaho is the Emmett Cherry Festival. The valley opens her arms to welcome 80,000 guests as they experience the flavor of this Garden of Eden.

Outdoor enthusiasts are offered great recreational experiences a short distance from Emmett. Trek the Emmett back-country trails, camp in the Emmett campgrounds, soak in the Emmett hot springs, or raft the Payette River system. Black Canyon Reservoir provides boating and water sports. Emmett has a nine-hole golf course.

The small size of the town doesn’t hinder the development of an active arts scene. Four community plays are produced each year for the community’s entertainment. The Gem County Historical Museum displays replicas of historical interest from an early day schoolhouse to a blacksmith shop. Meander downtown and catch a featured artist’s work on display sponsored by the arts commission.

Matching the growth of the Emmett valley, eight public schools and one Christian School provide education for grades K through 12.

Join those who are interested in living in a friendly, small town environment. An emerging trend is that many Ada and Canyon County residents are relocating to Emmett to benefit from the lifestyle and lower housing costs.