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1611 S. Lincoln Ave.


1800 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

Lot size .21 acre

Built in 1910


Selequity Real Estate: Richard Wolfe, 208-863-6468, richardwolfe@selequity.com, www.myidahoproperty.com

This house, near Highland Street off Boise Avenue, is in what was once the town of South Boise, which became part of Boise in 1913. The house was built as a farmhouse in an apple orchard for a worker in a nearby mill. I love this neighborhood for its quiet and diversity. This one street alone features a big mix of homes: some charming, some whimsical, some old, some new and some expensive.

A big gate leads to the large fenced front yard of this 75-foot-wide property, and trees and bushes dot the lawn. The house is tan stucco trimmed in green, white and red with shutters on the second-floor windows. A red glass front door leads to a sun porch surrounded by windows. A set of glass French doors leads to the living room floored in expensive-looking patterned oak hardwood floors. A heatilator in the fireplace blows the fire's hot air into the room. The oak-floored formal dining room—with a pair of French doors leading to the porch—sits at the other end of the space in a square bay of five cottage windows. The beautiful, colored antique Italian hanging lamp stays with the house. All the doors in the house are solid mahogany, many with the original crystal door knobs.

The kitchen has a newer gas stove, the original French porcelain sink and a breakfast nook lit by skylights and a 5-foot-wide garden window. A door leads to a bedroom with eight more cottage windows, and there's a nice bathroom attached.

Just behind the kitchen are stairs to a carpeted second floor with the laundry room, a bonus room and the master bedroom. There's also a charming bedroom with windows overlooking a treetop. The bathroom features a clawfoot tub and a pedestal sink. The house is heated with gas forced air on the first floor and baseboard electric heat on the second. It has several window air conditioners and fans, keeping the inside temperature quite comfortable. The plumbing and electrical have been updated and the carpet is newer.

Off the breakfast nook is a door to a big side deck covered by a pergola and vines. It connects to a back deck with a solid roof. The entire yard is densely planted with mature landscaping worth a fortune. Some of the yard is covered by grass; there is a garden spot for vegetables; there are apple, pear and plum trees and blueberry, raspberry and blackberry bushes. There's a big, covered dog run, and next to it, a gate to the alley. Gravel covers many of the flower beds to cut down on weeding. A lower fence divides the fenced front yard from the fenced back yard.

Pros: I love this house because, as an updated farmhouse, it is absolutely charming. As a gardener, I can't help but enjoy all the bushes, trees and flowers, and I would love to relax on the decks. As a house plant aficionado, I can imagine many of my plants thriving on the sun porch. The fireplace is a good centerpiece for the living room, and it is efficient. The kitchen and sun porch floors are covered in a nice tile. After mentioning what I like about the neighborhood, I should add that it is centrally located. Also, if the new owners wouldn't mind losing some of the side yard, it's legal to separate off a 25-foot-wide lot and sell it for a "skinny house."

Cons: There's no garage, but there is plenty of room in the big back yard to build one off the alley. This house has a lot of windows, and cross ventilation and fans plus window air conditioners cool it. If that isn't sufficient, it would be easy to install duct work on the second floor and add air conditioning.