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2004 Harrison Blvd., Boise

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Painted a cheerful yellow and situated on a .15-acre corner parcel facing Boise's historic Harrison Boulevard, this handsomely renovated 109-year-old American foursquare contains many original and period details.

Solid-oak flooring gleams underfoot on the main level and second story. Wide bands of white trim cap doorways and tall windows throughout the residence. Vintage ball hinges and antique doorknobs with fancy back plates open interior doors that lead to the home's three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Built in 1900, the floor plan places the living room, formal dining room, kitchen, sunroom, and a three-quarter bathroom with a two-person shower stall on the main level. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and one full bathroom. Out back, there is a big sun deck and a one-car garage with a carport.

The updated kitchen blends warm woods with cool metal finishes. The luster of stainless steel countertops and appliances glows against honey-tinted cherry wood cabinetry. A stainless steel hood vent hangs above the center work island, where a six-burner stove is set into a thick slab of solid butcher block.

The foursquare design was popular around 1890-1930 because its simple box shape and two-and-a-half story height provided generous interior square footage, while needing only a small footprint to fit on a city lot.

Pros: Classy Harrison Boulevard foursquare.

Cons: One-car garage.

Open house: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2-3, 1-4 p.m.