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200 N. Coston St.

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For more than a month, I noticed the advertisement for this house and have finally been able to get into an open house. North Coston Street is a quiet dead-end street off of Warm Springs Avenue. The house is a good example of the period style homes that were popular in the United States in the early part of the 20th century. This house is a Tudor Revival on a large lot and was built in 1938 by a builder who emigrated from Germany. It is half timbered in brown, filled in with brickwork covered with white stucco, is shuttered and has a massive ornate brick chimney. The house is set quite a way back from the street with a circular driveway leading up to the door.

One must pass the detached two-car garage, which I'm told includes a workshop, to reach the front door. A covered breezeway connects the garage and the front door, and as I enter the house, I find myself in a foyer and walk straight ahead and down a step into the living room. This room has a dark wood coffered ceiling and many casement windows. There is a lovely fireplace and lots of built-in shelves, all of which are painted white. The room is absolutely gorgeous and very bright due to windows on two of the four walls.

Up two stairs from the living room is a formal dining room that is paneled in dark wood. It has a vaulted wood ceiling with exposed beams, also dark. I usually look for brightness in a room, but all the dark wood in this dining room is very elegant and calls out for many meals lit by candlelight. I would venture to say there aren't many dining rooms as unique as this in Boise. Both the dining and living rooms have wide oak planked floors. From the dining room, a door leads to a very white and bright kitchen with lots of windows and light-colored cabinets and flooring. Off the kitchen is a small breakfast nook.

To the back of the house is a spectacular and roomy master bedroom, also with a dark wood ceiling. It has a large bay window facing the back yard and a lovely attached bath with lots of tile.

Returning to the main hallway, I find another full bath with the original tile that was laid in 1938. Next to this room is another bedroom, which is currently being used as a study. This room is long and the end area is lit by lots of windows; it could be arranged as a bedroom with a sitting area in the windows.

To get to the other bedrooms, I return to kitchen and step down a carpeted stairway to the basement. The biggest bedroom has two windows, one an egress window. The other two rooms are also bright. A fourth room has a washer and drier and a half-bath. This would be an ideal place to add a shower or tub to make a full bath.

Upstairs is a back door leading to a lovely deck. Other than the garage, there is one shed in the yard for storage. The other building is a playhouse that is wired for electricity and has lights, windows and computer outlets. The yard is almost fully fenced and private. There are mature trees all over the lot, and in the back there is a stone barbecue grill.

Pros: This house is absolutely charming with an old-world, European feeling. It is located in an area of very nice homes and is on a quiet street, so it can only appreciate in value.

Cons: If I was lucky enough to own this house, I might add another egress window to another of the basement rooms.