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5330 N. Northwall, Boise

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Elementary school students can walk to class from this home in Northwest Boise. Located three blocks from Cynthia Mann Elementary School, this kid-friendly dwelling includes a large jungle gym and swing set atop a bed of shredded bark in the back yard.

Raised beds in the south-facing side yard are a prime spot to plant a "recession garden," filled with broccoli, zucchini and tomatoes.

Stepping inside the tri-level dwelling, you enter a living room with a vaulted ceiling. Beyond it is a dinette with ceramic tile flooring that flows into a small kitchen outfitted with white painted cabinets and stainless steel appliances. A window above the kitchen sink overlooks the back yard, making it easy to keep tabs on the energetic whippersnappers playing outside while you're inside making dinner.

On the upper level, there are three bedrooms and a continental bathroom accessible from the master bedroom, as well as from the hallway.

On the lower level, a wood-burning stove heats the family room, and the current owner says the stove is efficient enough to heat the whole house during the winter. A laundry closet, one full bathroom and an office are also located on the bottom floor.

Pros: Kid-friendly family home with jungle gym located three blocks from elementary school.

Cons: Laundry closet instead of laundry room.

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