A.V. West Real Estate
Katie Rosenberg, 208-841-6281
Boise's North End is popular for a number of reasons. One of them is its proximity to a couple of outdoor playgrounds in Boise's Foothills and mountains. The neighborhood in which this week's property sits is nestled a few blocks below Hill Road, which is a North End arterial that provides active people quick access to local escape routes that lead to wide open spaces where they can exercise year-round beneath blue skies.
The trailhead at 32nd Street, where a mountain biking wonderland along Foothills trails awaits the muscular-of-thigh during the summer, is located less than a mile to the west. Come winter, head east less than a mile to the base of Bogus Basin Road and drive the winding 16-mile road to skiing, snow boarding and inner tubing on pure Idaho snow at Bogus Basin Mountain Resort.
This 56-year-old home is surrounded by a mix of similarly modest older houses, as well as newer infill residences. Its butter-colored exterior is complemented by a red front door. Windows are trimmed in white and have black lower ledges. The front yard has a tidy lawn and the front walkway is punctuated by a handful of short, ball-on-stem topiaries.
Although it may appear small from the street, this understated Colonial-Revival style dwelling contains a full basement and appears to be well-cared-for. The floor plan places the living room, kitchen, formal dining room, two bedrooms and a full bathroom on the main floor. The basement has two more bedrooms, a family room, and a tiny maid's room that could be a fifth bedroom because it has a closet and adjoins a three-quarter bathroom with a shower. In fact, four of the five bedrooms have built-in closets with sliding doors and overhead storage cabinets.
On the main level, the walls are painted in contemporary colors: gray-green in the living room, butter-yellow in the master bedroom, lavender in the kitchen and in the second bedroom. The basement's color scheme has neutral vanilla hues. There are solid oak floors throughout the main level and carpet underfoot downstairs.
From the front stoop, you enter the living room, which has top down/bottom up window coverings that provide privacy while allowing natural light into the room. Next to it is a small kitchen, which has a bold backsplash in a white and black tile checker board pattern. Textured glass door fronts on the kitchen's upper cabinets add character. If lavender is not your thing, you could change the kitchen color. A window above the kitchen sink provides views of the front yard. The narrow kitchen lacks a pantry, but the kitchen and dining room could be remodeled to provide more space.
Next to the kitchen, is a formal dining room painted terra cotta with a white "shabby chic" corner cabinet. A white picket gate in the doorway between the dining room and kitchen prevents the current owner's pets from entering the main house, but it could also be useful in keeping small children from exiting the house and slipping into the back yard.
A small water feature near the covered back patio creates a pleasant burbling sound. The spacious patio has plenty of space for a comfy outdoor dining set and padded chaise lounges, where you could relax and relive the day's climbs and descents with friends over cold beers while your salmon dinner cooks on the grill.
Pros: Nicely cared for North End home not far from popular outdoor activities.
Cons: Small kitchen lacks pantry.
Open House: Saturday, Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m.