Holland Realty, Inc.
Janis Ogawa, 866-2081
Former BW Home Sweet Home columnist Anne Matjeka has put her own home on the market. Now, it's payback time for the retired Boise State reference librarian, who critiqued local homes for sale in this column over the past two years. Up for review this week is the home she's lived in since 1992. Matjeka derives much happiness from gardening, and the many beds surrounding the house display her deft handiwork. The north-facing front yard features an organic raised bed with young lettuce and spinach already coming up, as well as lush mounds of hollyhock bearing leaves that are the size of salad plates. Roses, tulips, poppies and iris are just some of the flora that mingle with an hinoki cypress, grape vines and pink dogwoods in landscaped beds throughout the property. Both the front and back yards have places to sit and admire the gardens. The house itself is a hipped-roof ranch style that is painted white and trimmed in blue. Its verdant surroundings and quiet location at the far end of a dead-end street make it hard to believe that the shops and restaurants along bustling Vista Avenue are just a couple hundred yards away.
As you enter the house and step into the living room, you'll notice the golden patina of the original hardwood floors, which flow throughout the entire house. The home is divided simply into two sections, with the main living spaces forming one half of the house and private quarters creating the other half. There are windows aplenty, making the dwelling appear light and welcoming, and the property's tidy landscaping is visible from every room. A mostly white color palette enhances the interior's comfortable aura. In the living room, an Orley wood-burning stove sitting on an Oakley stone platform hearth heats the house efficiently and provides an alternative to using the gas furnace. Next to the living room stands what used to be the original attached single-car garage. It has been turned into a sunken family room with plenty of windows for light.
A colorful exception to the neutral palette is found in the kitchen, where there are blue laminate countertops and a dove gray tile backsplash. From the kitchen sink, you can look out over the back yard, and there is a decorative wooden valance above the window that looks very retro. The informal dining area is located in the kitchen. Past the eating nook is the laundry room, where you can view the back yard while washing your clothes. Beyond the laundry room is the furnace room, which stays cool because of its concrete floor, making it a good storage space for wine, as well as firewood.
The first of three bedrooms contains a full wall of bookshelves. The closets in each bedroom have built-in drawers below and cabinets above. The bedrooms all have ceiling fans that, according to Matjeka, keep each space at a comfortable temperature in the summertime without having to use the central air conditioning. There is even an automatic exhaust fan located in the attic that helps to maintain a pleasant interior temperature. In the sole bathroom, there is a single vanity and a combination shower/bathtub.
The back yard features a wooden deck with a pergola, and a concrete pad that is wired for a hot tub. A small paved area along the back fence is shaded by two tall juniper trees and provides a cool spot to sit during the summer. An oversized single-car garage at the rear of the property has a built-in work bench with storage cabinets, and even more storage space in its lighted attic.
Pros: A quiet, secret nook in a central location. Both house and yard appear to be clean and well-kept. Lots of storage space.
Cons: One bathroom.