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2400 W. Bannock

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When I was new to Boise, the neighborhood located between Grove and State in the upper twenties and thirties blocks was of questionable appeal. The homes bore architectural resemblance to the always-hip North End, but charming and chic was replaced by dilapidated and defunct once you crossed State Street. A revitalization has taken place over the last few years, however, and its potential has increased dramatically.

2400 W. Bannock is a home that demands attention. Its Spanish exterior sets it apart from the homes surrounding it and the white stucco presents a bright, optimistic façade. The front landscaping is adequate, but open for a potential green thumb to enhance significantly. There is a small front patio with a half wall that bids potential owners to sit out front and wave to the neighbors as they pass by.

Inside, the rooms are all freshly painted in modern shades, and molding has been added near the ceiling to draw attention up. The living room is the first room you enter, and is large for a home originally built in 1937. Overlooking Bannock Street are three southern-facing, floor-to-ceiling, arched windows that bring in as much light as you could want. The wood floors are in good shape, and there is a fireplace that looks functional, if uninspiring.

Through one of the doorways off the living room is the dining room, which is spacious. A formal dining table could easily be accommodated, as well as a buffet table without impeding the flow of traffic, and the dining room also boasts three large windows.

Beyond the dining room is the kitchen. It has been remodeled since the Thirties, but for many buyers, it will not be modern enough. There is ample storage space in the oak cabinetry, and the countertops and backsplash are all tiled, but they don't correspond with the vibrant colors of the previous rooms and are definitely outdated. In the trends of real estate today, the kitchen is King, and this one will disappoint most home gourmets. It does have potential for cosmetic improvement and features a nook at the end for a breakfast table.

On the flipside of the main level are two bedrooms, a bit small, but typical for a home of this age. The closets were designed for an era in which people had a work outfit and a Sunday outfit, and not much more. The bathroom is the gem of the main level, though. It has been maintained in its original style, with one-inch black and white tile, and includes a lighted makeup area.

One of the advantages of the property is the full basement; however please note that it can only be taken advantage of if you are under average height. The ceiling in the stairway is very low, and felt imposing, even to my ridiculously short frame. The majority of the population would actually have to duck to get downstairs. It may be worth it, though. There is a very large family room, not common in older homes, as well as a third bedroom and a bathroom. The laundry room is located downstairs, too, so throwing the laundry down may be a more convenient option than carrying a basket.

The backyard has something that every home in Boise needs: a covered patio. That, combined with the mature trees, will enable the owners to spend time outside during the summer months. There is a disproportionate amount of patio vs. lawn, but the benefit of less mowing has appeal. At the rear of the property is a two-car garage, as well as a shop and/or playhouse.

PROS: The home is located on a corner lot with alley access, across the street from Fairview Park, which includes a children's play area, tennis courts and public restrooms. The living area is roomy and bright, and the neighborhood seems like a place where you might actually meet the neighbors.

CONS: 24th and Bannock may have more traffic than some desire, those blessed with height need not apply, and the kitchen is in need of a costly remodel on top of the price tag, which seems steep.

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