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Grand Avenue Condos; Grand Avenue between 14th and 15th streets; 743-1,322 sq. ft

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Built: 2007-2008

$202,500-$329,900

Keller Williams, Listing Agent: Joyce Little

O: 208-472-5338, C: 208-371-7200

The recently completed Grand Avenue condo project is located close to downtown, just south of the connector. The project is 20 townhouse-style units in a range of square footages and price points. The exterior finish materials are stucco (in cream, tan and sage green) with horizontal siding (dark red) used as an accent and gray metal roofing. The white vinyl windows really pop against the stucco walls and the projecting second floor decks break up the street facade and articulate the entry into each unit. The landscaping in front of each unit has a grass area with low plantings mixed in. The common areas associated with the project include secured parking (each unit has one covered stall), as well as a small hardscaped/landscaped area adjacent to the parking area. There are several finish packages to choose from (all the units are complete so you'll have to pick the unit you like based on location or finishes).

I toured a model unit of the Camas floor plan, with two bedrooms, 953 square feet, the Teton finish package and a selling price of $249,900. A small, covered entry leads to the front door, which opens directly into the dining/living room with hardwood floors and a large, street facing window. The kitchen sits off to the side, open to the living/dining area and is equipped with a bar-height counter, granite countertops, stained-wood cabinets. It's not overly large but it's functional and has a stainless steel range/microwave and dishwasher included. The powder room is out of sight from the living areas and outfitted with Marmoleum flooring, wood cabinets and laminate countertops. (A powder room on the first floor seems to be a requirement these days in a lot of townhouse type projects, regardless of the unit size, so many of them though are placed within eye and ear shot of the main living spaces, often opening directly into them—that's just not pretty). The staircase is carpeted and has a wood railing and baluster. A nice feature is the area enclosing the stairs. It's wood panels in a grid pattern with one panel providing access to storage under the stairs.

Upstairs are two bedrooms both carpeted and decent in size. They share a small, covered exterior deck that overlooks the street. The washer/dryer is housed in a closet off of the hall. There is only one bath upstairs, also shared by both bedrooms. The bath has the same finishes as the one downstairs, except in lieu of laminate, it has a stone tile countertop. At the top of the stairs is an exterior door that provides access to a large, pergola covered deck overlooking the common area. The deck has Trex-type decking and a painted metal railing.

Of the other floorplan options, the Galena at 1,322 square feet is the largest unit with three bedrooms and three exterior decks. The Galena and the Freemont (three bed, 1,094 square feet) are the only unit types that do not have a direct first floor access, so all the living spaces and exterior decks are elevated off the street providing a little more privacy than the other units.

Other notable features are a fire sprinkler system throughout, energy efficient fluorescent lighting and CAT 5 cabling for super-fast connections. Although I'm not a big fan of vinyl windows, the configurations and varying sizes create a nice pattern across the unit facades. There will be open houses on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Pros: It's a great location close to downtown and the Greenbelt. All of the units, with the exception of the four ground floor units, have exterior decks that provide great outdoor living opportunities and some surprisingly great views. The home owners' association takes care of the exterior maintenance for a fee, of course. Secured, covered parking.

Cons: It seems like they are out of the "affordable housing" market range.

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