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404 S. Old Quarry Rd.

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In 1986, I thought $90,000 sounded high for a house and $125,000 very high. Now in 2005, this lovely but modest property is perfectly priced at $175,000 in Boise's booming real estate market. It is amazing how inflation creeps up.

The first thing I notice about this 1618-square-foot house is its nice neighborhood. There are sidewalks, the trees are at least medium-sized and all the houses are well taken care of and attractive.

404 S. Old Quarry Way is sided with cream vertical siding, trimmed with brick and accented in maroon. The front yard is well landscaped with a pine tree, a birch tree, a luxuriant lawn and bushes. The brown double doorway leads into an entryway laid with tile. To the right is the living room with a brick fireplace and a raised hearth. It has a big window and a door leading to the outside. Separated by an eating bar is the kitchen with a gas stove, disposal, dishwasher, side-by-side refrigerator and two very big windows over the sink. From the kitchen is a doorway leading to a dining area and the sunken family room. This room has several big windows on the back and side of the house and a sliding glass door leading to the back patio.

Returning up out of the family room, I find a corridor leading to the bedroom wing. There are two closets on the way: one storing the washer and dryer, and one, the furnace, air conditioner and water heaters. Straight ahead are two bathrooms: the main bath and the master bath. Mud set tile surrounds the showers and to the right is the good-sized master bedroom with two big windows facing the other side of the property. Passing the bathrooms again and heading to the front of the house, I walk to the two other bedrooms facing the street. Except for the entry, kitchen and bathrooms, the floor coverings in this house are wall-to-wall carpet. The living room's carpet is light gray, and every other room is off-white.

Off the family room through the sliding glass door is a very inviting patio, covered with healthy grape vines and facing a colorful flower garden. Towards the front of the yard is a nice homemade dog run with concrete, grass and a dog door to the garage. The fully fenced backyard is quiet and private as it faces a few acres on which alfalfa is grown. Just beyond the back fence runs a small irrigation ditch and several 30-foot trees. The lawn is surrounded by flower and herb beds, there are a few fruit trees, and on the other side of the yard, outside the master bedroom, is a generous-sized vegetable garden. There are also solar panels on the back of the house which power one of the water heaters. The owner(s) can water this property with the automatic sprinklers and city water, or hook up hoses to the pump and use the irrigation water from the ditch.

PROS: This property is exceptionally landscaped, and the inside is as perfectly maintained as the outside. I love big windows over a kitchen sink. Using solar power to heat water, and irrigation water to water are excellent money savers.

CONS: I already have a house, and really shouldn't buy this one as well.

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