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1315 N. 16th St., Boise


4 Bed/2.5 Bath
2,841 Square Feet
Built in 1905.19 Acre Lot
House of Brokers, Inc.
Chris Hansen, 208-866-0645
houseofbrokers.netMLS #98358639

This two-story Victorian home sits on a larger-than-average North End lot. Over the years, it has been elegantly modernized and remodeled while retaining its timeless charm.

Fish scale shingles cover the 104-year-old dwelling's dove-gray exterior, which has been subtly embellished with gingerbread details. Above a big picture window, white paint highlights horizontal bands of ball motif trim. The theme is repeated through wooden balls--skewered on thin spindles--that seem to bounce across the spandrels stretching across the front porch, where there is space for two rocking chairs and a side table. Shaded from the afternoon sun, the porch seems like a good spot for waving at the neighbors being walked by their pets as you unwind after work.

Inside, other patterns echo compliments to each other. Sunray brackets highlight a large mirror above the impressive fireplace in the living room. They are found again in the corners high above the kitchen's entrance.

The home's original fireplace chimney is another repeated element. The old stair-stepped mantle still stands in the kitchen as the chimney continues upward through two adjacent bedrooms on the second floor. Instead of being covered up, the brick's subtly varied, chalky shades of gray offer a glimpse into the dwelling's past. Details like period doors, doorknobs, and ball hinges also reflect century-old craftsmanship.

An abundance of windows throughout the dwelling illuminate it naturally during the day. A series of leaded glass windows set into interior walls near the second floor landing draw light into a stairwell that would be darker without them.

Over the past 13 years, the floor plan has been amended with a sizable master suite expansion and the addition of an upper bedroom. The cramped dungeon basement was excavated to create a bright, open family room with egress disguised as a big picture window with a garden-view window seat. The basement's newly expanded window well is lined with some of the house's original sandstone foundation blocks quarried from Table Rock 100 years ago.

On the main level, you'll find a living room, a tastefully remodeled kitchen with an open breakfast room, a formal dining room and the master suite, which has an updated continental bathroom also accessible from the kitchen. The upper floor contains two bedrooms, a full bathroom and a cozy nook with a ribbon of windows and treetop views where it is easy to imagine toiling over a laptop while hummingbirds flit past.

In the landscaped yard, is a small greenhouse and two elevated decks, one next to the kitchen, and the other near the master suite. A paved alley runs behind the one-car garage, which, for such a large house, is undersized by modern standards. But a newer storage shed with a work bench provides space for the lawn mower, as well as storing rocking chairs in the winter.

Pros: Period charm blends with tasteful, modern updates in Boise's North End.

Cons: One-car garage.

Open House: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-16, 2-5 p.m.