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Buying A Mattress

When was the last time you had to buy a new mattress? I recently had to purchase a new mattress and was not prepared for what was out there. Granted there are mattress companies on every street corner in Boise, so you would think it would be easy. It is not like buying a car . . . or is it?

Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep.

Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses. Each has pros and cons when it comes to durability and comfort customization.

Firmness: Mattress firmness plays a huge role in the quality of your sleep. Mattresses that are too firm or too soft can cause aches and pains, so it‘s recommended that you test a mattress for 10- to 15 minutes in store before making a purchase.

Sleeping position: Your mattress should match your sleeping style (side, back, face-down, etc.). You want a mattress that keeps your spine in proper alignment. For example, some mattresses are better for side sleepers, while others are better for back sleepers.

Size: It’s not quite as simple as choosing between a king and a queen mattress. You should also consider your height, as some mattresses are a better fit for shorter people while tall people will want a longer mattress so their limbs aren’t hanging over the edge of the bed.

Stability: For couples, you should consider how the mattress reacts when one person moves, so the other person’s sleep isn’t disturbed in the middle of the night.

We ended up buying an adjustable bed that has two separate mattresses at a cost more than my first car! Of course, it’s back ordered for a month. So, I guess we must put up with each other’s snoring for a little longer.


With Garden Valley being only 1 hour from Boise most furniture companies will deliver. So, if you are looking for a place to put your new bed check out our website at www.gardenvalleyproperties.com to find that perfect cabin of your dreams.

Summer in Garden Valley Idaho!

Idaho has its fair share of well known attractions, renowned landmarks, and classic summer activities, but summer in Garden Valley is in a league all it’s own.  Summer should be a time of exploration and adventure, as well as relaxation, so if you’re looking for something unique to do this summer in the Garden Valley, be sure to add the following attractions and activities to your bucket list:

·    Take in a top-notch show under the stars at the Starlight Mountain Theater.  Their schedule can be found at the Starlight Mountain Theater website! (starlightmt.com)

·    Explore the historic city of Crouch.  Just a short drive down Middlefork rd has long been the center of commerce for the valley.  The charming wooden rustic town center has a variety of food and gift establishments.  

·    Hit the water!  The Payette River system offers whitewater classifications from I-IV.  A number of commercial outfitters in the area offer full and half day trips that are sure to satisfy even the biggest thrill seekers.  

·    Float the Middlefork.  If you are looking for a more relaxing water experience grab your tubes and enjoy the lazy float down the Middlefork of the Payette River ending right in the middle of town.  

·    Get on the trail.  Garden Valley offers numerous trails full of gorgeous scenery and sweat breaking landscapes.  Whether you are looking for hiking, biking or off roading it’s all here.  You can find more info on the trail systems at the Garden Valley Chamber website. Attractions  &  Map - Garden Valley Chamber (gvchamber.org)

Come be a part of the summer fun here in Garden Valley!  Check out the Garden Valley Chamber website for all of the events and happenings in the area or just stop on by the Garden Valley Properties office and we’d be happy to give you some suggestions on how to enjoy this beautiful place!

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Wildflowers in Idaho!

Spring is a beautiful time in Garden Valley! If you have taken a drive around the area, it is likely you have seen a variety of colorful flowers in bloom! Here are a few varieties you may see in the area.

Western white trillium is a staple in Boise County mountains. Some refer to this flower as a ‘wake-robin’ because they are among the first wildflowers to emerge each spring. They prefer moist, shady areas. Sometimes you will see them with petals that are pink or even purple. This means the flower is older! The rhizome of a trillium is slow-growing and takes a long time to spread, but this amazing plant can live for up to 25 years!


The syringa is the state flower of Idaho, and we are fortunate to have them growing along the South Fork of the Payette River in abundance! They smell wonderful and are elegant and beautiful to boot! In fact, the syringa is sometimes called a mock orange because the aromatic qualities of a syringa resemble that of orange blossoms. The bushes can grow up to 20 feet tall and generally bloom from May through July. They also attract many species of butterflies and moths!


This stunning flower is the white mariposa lily, which is lovely on its own and breathtaking when you happen upon a high meadow filled with their beauty!

It takes several years for the bulb of these flowers to mature enough to produce a blossom, but they are certainly worth the wait. Because they grow from bulbs this delicate flower can survive wildfires, which can provide additional nutrients to the soil and allow these lilies to flourish. It is well suited to rocky soil where competition with other plants is minimal and it prefers higher elevations. This photo was taken near the Deadwood lookout, which sits at an elevation of 8,200 feet.

Remember, when you are out enjoying the beauty that surrounds us, take the time to appreciate and enjoy the numerous wildflowers you will come upon! If you are not sure what they are, take a photo! Someone in the area will likely know what it is. Another option is to use an app on your phone, like PlantSnap, to identify those flowers.

Happy Anniversary to Garden Valley Properties!

May 27, 2020.  Whether Fantastic or Foolhardy, Julie Leslie and Kathy Vaughan, launched a New Adventure by purchasing Garden Valley Properties.  

Despite the world being plunged into a pandemic, businesses shutting down, disastrous economic prediction and stock market adjustments, Julie and Kathy were optimistic they could continue to keep Garden Valley Properties the thriving business it has always been.   So why not take it another step further?   Julie and Kathy moved the business into 539 S. Middle Fork Road after a furious couple of weeks of remodeling, sprucing, cleaning and painting.  

This week we celebrate our 1st Anniversary.   Not only has the business Thrived, but it has Grown.  Along with the incredible team that stayed with us, we added a new agent, new support staff and a marketing team member.  

We adapted to new business protocol.  We moved our business toward new technologies and new marketing avenues, we helped 154 families start their own new adventure.  We shared with the community.

As we launch into the coming year, we want to thank everyone who has supported us and encouraged us.  Please visit us at our 1 year Anniversary Open House on June 5th from 3PM-5PM.  Everyone is welcome.

Thank you, Garden Valley for being such a great community and thank you especially to Jim Jardine, Toni Palmiotto, Marissa Sevilla, Dani Welsh, Lisa Willey, Ciara Wagner and Kelly Bonner.

Idaho Adventures with Kathy!

I recently took a trip to northern Idaho!

I love to travel the backroads and explore places I haven’t been to in a while.
Leaving Garden valley I traveled to McCall where, as you can expect, business is doing quite well.    Even though it was April and pre-tourist season, McCall was busy. 

Dropping down Whitebird Hill, Grangeville showed many signs of growth since my last visit to the area.  The least traveled, beautiful,  path along the Clearwater River though Kooskia, Kamiak and St.Mary’s was a real treat .  Granted a lot of the tourist centric businesses are not fully opened yet, but some of the more remote communities still seem to be suffering from business slow downs.  That said, there were signs of new construction everywhere.   Some of the newer homes seemed out of place in their otherwise struggling communities.  A luncheon stop at Orofino found a bustling community.  Next you’re there, make a stop at Augies for lunch or ice cream. 

Arriving in Hayden,  Boy was I surprised by the changes there.  New construction everywhere! Traffic was very slow going and at some intersections difficult to navigate.  Numerous overpasses were under construction in an effort to accommodate traffic patterns. A visit to Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene was very busy will the parks full of visitors and the sidewalks busy with shoppers.  On the way to Spokane there was new road construction along the way. Ramps to the freeway were backed up. 
Although Washington restrictions are tighter, there was  plenty of activity downtown!  The parks were busy.  Restaurants and shops I  visited were all lively.

At Roosevelt lake I was not surprised to see lots being sold for a pretty penny and new construction, remodeling and upgrading evident everywhere.

Immediately after my return there was an article on the Wall Street Journal naming Coeur d’ Alene the hottest emerging market in the US.  The article claims a 47% increase in year over year home pricing with a 71% decrease in inventory.   Spokane was listed as #5
At the same time an article in the Coeur d’Alene Press reported the city of Hayden, after annexing property in 2013 on the condition of a 4 home per acre density had agreed to change the zoning to 20 homes pe acre.  This all, apparently occurred according to the article, at the end of the agenda for a city meeting with no public notice or input. 

Growth can bring both good and bad!  We should all be involved in helping our local government manage the growth.  It’s here to stay. 

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