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1508 N. Eighth St., Boise


Everywhere you look, there's something new to discover inside this 107-year-old home, which is actually two homes. The main house was built in 1903 in a style that blends Victorian charm with rugged Old West character. The quaint stucco cottage next door looks to have been built in the 1930s or 1940s. Today, the two dwellings are connected by an open sun room and a paneled breezeway.

The home is known as the Klingensmith House. The main house was a wedding gift to a young Mrs. Klingensmith at the turn of the 20th century. The residence stayed in the family until about five years ago, when it was purchased by the current owner.

The beautifully landscaped quarter-acre property looks like a private, wooded oasis complete with a winding, eco-friendly koi pond and several waterfalls that cascade from wide stone ledges into a kidney-shaped swimming pool. Within the shaded, retreat-like setting, flowers and foliage unfold with the seasons. The ever-changing display is visible from every window.

The finely crafted main house bears period light fixtures, antique doorknobs and wide trim around doorways and windows. The second-story master suite is outfitted with skylights, storage space galore and a sizable private balcony with a hot tub.

Pros: Hidden oasis in the heart of Boise's North End.

Cons: It will take the right buyer to appreciate this bold, quirky gem.

Open House: Saturday, May 15, 1-4 p.m.