When most people come to realize they are considering buying a home and moving, to a new neighborhood or even another state, they inevitably find themselves staring at a compute screen, trolling websites. Let’s face it–moving is no small matter. Those who live in or near Moscow know that our town does not neatly fit into our nation’s larger real estate market trends. Moscow moves at its own pace, responding to our own microcosm of universities, hemmed in by beautiful farmland.

Here on the Moscow Real Estate Resource, you will find far more than listings of properties. You can comb through a real estate agent’s blogs on topics like how the market trends impact our community, the latest rates available, guides on buying or selling a home, or how to select the best Moscow neighborhood for your family. For those wanting to learn more about Moscow, you will find the below stories helpful in learning about the people and the All About Moscow page will cover more than any other site available.

What Moscow means to me…

When my husband, Jim, and I were looking into moving here, we wondered what the people were like. No amount of digital digging though can ever truly show you the people of that certain place. I thought the next best way to achieve this would be to provide Moscowvites a way to share what Moscow means to them. Our stories will show who we are better than any city website, census data, or wiki page and be a place for us to appreciate why we all love our home town. So without further ado, I will jump start it with sharing my own answer to the question:

What is Moscow’s best aspect? Or share a Moscow moment that is special to you, that shows what is best about our town?

Shannon May

Moscowvite since 2014

Before we moved here and I told my mother, with a bit of anxiety, that we were strongly considering moving across country to a town a quarter the population of where we lived, her reply intrigued me. She told me that my grandfather spent some time stationed as a soldier in Spokane and he, who had been well traveled, thought Spokane was the prettiest land he’d ever seen. He was a farmer, so I knew what caught his eye was the Palouse.

Once we’d taken the leap of faith, and states, I had an additional appreciation. On top of the serene surroundings, ripe with outdoor opportunities like fishing, hiking, and skiing and more, I soon realized the best prize of all was, is, the people. My children made friends fast and more of them here than they ever had in Virginia. We too came to know people through our children’s activities and found Moscowvites a friendly, educated and open lot. Above all, they are friendly which defies the claim of only southerners are polite and welcoming.

Now, when I’ve spent time abroad, I am filled with such a peace and contentment when I look out the window and see those Palouse hills, knowing I am drawing nearer and nearer to Moscow and to home. I know this is the place for my family and for me. Moscow is a small town, or at least small for me, that I am happy to call home.


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Edel Martin

Moscowvite since 2014

I love Moscow because it is a small city but has a lot to offer because of the University of Idaho being located here. It feels like a great place to raise our kids. We allow our son to bike to school with his friends. Being a military family we have lived in many places and this is the first place we have felt comfortable doing this. It is a very common sight to see children walking and biking to school. We love the coffee shops, the Co-op, the variety in places to grocery shop and the restaurants. People are friendly and helpful. Combine all of this with how beautiful the area is and the fact that we get to experience all four seasons and Moscow is the place to be for us.

Al Espinoza

Moscowvite since 1973

I love Moscow because it is a friendly, safe, small, scenic, and compassionate community. In addition, it is diverse in its demographics, social, economic, and political perspectives. The University of Idaho provides a stable economic foundation for the community along with a substantial creative energy. Moscow is located near fantastic sites for outdoor recreation. The opportunity for outdoor recreation in the Clearwater and Salmon River Basins is virtually unlimited. Few areas in the United States offer such opportunities. Moscow is a great place to live and raise children.

Luke Ordway

Moscowvite since 1996

I moved to the area as a 4th grader and found the schools very fun and challenging. Small community with lots of great teachers and parents.

Graduated HS is 2001 and went off to college. Only while paying outrageous rent in Seattle and Portland did I realize how good we have it here on the Palouse with good culture, athletic events, food, and community. Farmer’s market is something like 16th in the nation.

Now a homeowner and I can only see the community growing and the investment in a home/duplex here being a good one.