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960 N. Spirea Ave.

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1680 sq. ft.: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, office

Lot size .19 acre

Built in 1993

$212,000

Group One: Stephanie Smith, 208-373-1062;

http://ssmith.group-one.com

The homes in the neighborhood off of Cloverdale and Fairview are very well maintained and attractive. This white house with black trim is no exception. The front door is a beautiful oak with a beveled glass insert and matching transom above. Inside is a vaulted great room. To the right, French doors lead to a den with a divided-light window and a deep, white tile window seat. This room is carpeted in rose taupe, as is most of the house, though the entry and corridor to the bedrooms are floored in oak. A gas fireplace surrounded by off-white tile, a raised tile hearth, and an oak mantel share the focus of the room with a huge TV. There are very nice blinds on all the windows in the house.

The dining room is in a charming, bright bay of two windows and two sliding glass doors. Beyond the breakfast bar is the kitchen, full of light oak cabinets, many with glass fronts. The countertops are beveled off-white vinyl; there's a dishwasher, electric stove and side-by-side refrigerator. The double white sink is set in a corner with views out two windows. Behind the kitchen is a laundry room and a good-sized pantry. The next door leads to the two-car, finished garage.

Returning to the bedrooms, there's a back bedroom with lovely light blue and white striped wall paper under an oak chair rail. The front bedroom is very dramatic; it is vaulted with a huge arched divided-light window. It also has wainscoting at the six-foot level. The present owners remodeled the hall bathroom. They installed a new deeper and wider tub, and new double sinks, fixtures and a rain showerhead. Over the sinks, around the tub and over the toilet, they placed accent bands of large white, black and silver tiles. The walls are gray; the floor is tile and the toilet seat is black. The room is light and airy but presents perfect contrast with the blacks, silver and gray.

An open, lodge-style staircase leads to the second floor master suite, which is big, as are the two downstairs bedrooms. This room is also vaulted with a divided-light window over a deep, oak window ledge. A large white shower with a bench in each corner is the centerpiece of the bathroom. Off of it is a walk-in closet with a laundry chute, a feature that is rare in a newer home.

Out through the dining room sliders, I'm surprised at how big the east-facing back yard is. It is fully fenced, and there is pasture behind, where the new owners will be able to hear horses and sheep, and see hawks, herons, ducks and geese. A part of the yard is fenced off to protect the garden space from dogs and children. There is wisteria and Virginia creeper planted over arches, a hot tub, a trampoline and a swing set. The latter two amenities stay with the house, as does the big cement dog run with a canopy frame for a tarp on top. The owners have planted aspens, oaks, rose bushes, lilacs, grapes, a Bradford pear, an apple tree, a willow, a hibiscus and many other plantings in this lovingly tended yard. Convenient gates lead to the front, and RV parking along the side of the house is possible, because one of the gates is a double. The lawn in the front and back is lush and weed-free and the flower beds are lined with brick, stone and concrete.

Pros: A home this size, so perfectly maintained inside and out, is a great deal, believe me. It contains many high-end materials, and the back yard landscaping is a triumph. The interior and exterior are all newly painted, and the back deck will be refinished. The downstairs bathroom really pops. It's easy to reach Boise, Meridian and Eagle Road from this location.

Cons: I'd have to be very creative to find any downside to this house.

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