Terra Nativa subdivision...

4 Replies | Boise, Idaho

So I am an out-of-state investor and Boise was on my radar recently. Several lots were in negotiations until my due diligence informed me of a local problem - the Terra Nativa subdivision settlement from sliding land tearing homes apart. 

I can’t find any news besides articles from over a year ago, when the settlement was reached. It was a mere $250K split between multiple homeowners who had to abandon their homes. 

I looked on Zillow and some listings are still for sale in that area. Others sold recently. I’m waiting to hear from the realtors about those to see if they’ll bring up the settlement or just assume I‘m a naive buyer. 

Anyone dealt with property in that area? Are all of the homes scheduled for demolition with no future building plans being considered? If that’s the case, why are the current owners keeping their listings active? 

Also, does anyone know what the zoning code A-1 is? I couldn’t find it anywhere in the zoning code index. 


@Nate Hananger :

Terra Nativa is a high-end subdivision. The city, highway district, developer and engineers and owners have all settled and the homes that were at risk have been removed along with the street that failed. There are still a couple of lots for sale in other parts of the subdivision but any potential buyer should conduct a geotechnical review prior to closing on anything there. I wouldn't necessarily be afraid of buying something there if I had a good geo-tech. 

A-1 zoning is open space, park or agriculture. 

Hope this helps. 

Hi @Nate Hananger - if an area or lot had something material like the history of Terra Nativa that you need to know about as a buyer,  then you should be informed...no question.  Be sure that you have your own representation, even when working with a builder/developer.  Terra Nativa was a big wake up call - a really sad situation.  That said, there have been hundreds of homes built into our foothills for decades without issue.  

Originally posted by @Lee G. :
@Nate Hananger:

Terra Nativa is a high-end subdivision. The city, highway district, developer and engineers and owners have all settled and the homes that were at risk have been removed along with the street that failed. There are still a couple of lots for sale in other parts of the subdivision but any potential buyer should conduct a geotechnical review prior to closing on anything there. I wouldn't necessarily be afraid of buying something there if I had a good geo-tech. 

A-1 zoning is open space, park or agriculture. 

Hope this helps. 

I'm familiar with the geotech review and topography because down here we have the Hollywood Hills, where mega-mansions are built on the oddest terrains. 

This morning I heard back from the Boise Planning Department. All of the local utilities companies in Boise now refuse to provide any kind of installation in the Terra Nativa subdivision. So, that's where it stops. 

It's sad too because others have messaged me telling me that the former developer skipped town after his negligence. Supposedly some basic preparation, standard when building on a hill, could've prevented what happened. 

Oh well. 

@Nate Hananger

Yeah, not a subdivision I’d be comfortable selling in with the current issues (still ongoing). We live in the neighborhood right next to Terra Nativa and it’s so awful what these homeowners have gone through.

There is an auction on Friday for the 5 lots that the county is attempting to recover past due taxes on for a total of about $42,000 .. seems crazy to attempt to sell these lots to people knowing that the land is unstable and not suitable for anything.

There are other incredible communities nestled in the Boise foothills offering city views - without the land issues and worry of your beautiful home crumbling. El Paseo/Boulder Heights is just around the corner, for example.

If you’ve got any questions about the area, NE and E Boise are the areas I specialize in (and live) so I’d be happy to help!

- Sarah Knapik