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1003 N. 16th St

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Sixteenth street is a tree-lined avenue in Boise's North End. A sycamore tree and a maple tree grace the parking strip in front of this two-story red brick bungalow. There are white accents and dark slate blue trim. The enormous front porch is just what an old-fashioned porch should be. The main door is half glass flanked by two side windows, and to the right is a plaque stating that the house is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

The front door opens into a large entryway. All the floors on the first floor are hardwood, and the ceilings are nine feet high. In the entry is an elaborate shiny brass heating vent, and there are several of these throughout the house. The house is heated by forced-air gas and cooled by central air conditioning. Straight ahead is a door to the kitchen, and to the right is the large living room. The windows in the room are an impressive five or six feet tall and let so much light into the room. There is a brick hearth in which the owners now have their television cabinet. The stove that used to be there is in the garage and could easily be reinstalled.

Behind the living room is a large dining room with what might be an original hanging lamp, and what certainly is an original mirrored, lit, built-in china cabinet. A door to the back leads to a small addition which houses a tiled bathroom with a shower, lots of cabinets and a door to a glorious large private deck with a built-in hot tub that is included in the sale. Steps lead to the backyard and a two-car garage (with an automatic opener) on the alley.

In the dining room, there's a door to the kitchen--all the appliances (including the washer and dryer) are included in the sale--which has tile countertops and two big windows above the double sink. Behind the kitchen is a spacious utility room with four windows and room for a pantry. Another door leads outside to a second covered deck.

Stairs lit by a window lead to the second floor landing. The house features three good-sized bedrooms, and each has a walk-in closet lit by a small window. The hall bathroom has a tub/shower combination surrounded by new tile. The walls are beadboard, and the oak toilet is an antique but has modern inner workings. The master bedroom, which is at the front of the house, has two windows and a half glass door leading to a charming and private balcony. The railing is topped by flower boxes equipped with a drip irrigation system. One of the back bedrooms connects to a sun/playroom/office featuring windows on two sides. If I counted correctly, there are 32 windows in this house! And they are original. Currently, the storm windows are up, and in the spring, the homeowner will put up the screens. The house also has picture rails in the rooms, so the new owners can hang pictures without making holes in the walls.

The front yard is landscaped with grass and a mature smoke tree in front of the porch, and is watered by automatic sprinklers.

Pros: This house is bigger and architecturally more imposing than is apparent in the photograph. It's ideal for parties as the entryway, living, dining rooms and kitchen all flow together and also connect very well with the front porch and back deck. The new owner will receive a booklet including the complete history of the house since its construction in 1912. It's amazing that all those walk-in closets were built so long ago! The house is ready to move into.

Cons: The stairs and the second floor rooms could use new carpet.