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2062 N Travertine Way


Warm Springs Mesa is an older foothills development in east Boise primarily populated with homes built between the '60s and '70s. I try to investigate any property that comes up for sale in this area and I always hope to get lucky. I didn't win the lottery on this one, but I did walk away pleasantly surprised.

This section of Travertine Way has similarly styled houses that have brick mixed with siding and low-slope gable roofs, both of which are vintage '60s residential architecture. This house has traditional red brick with dark olive painted wood siding, exposed rafters and trim, all of which is topped off with barn red exposed beams. The house looks pretty sharp and is in excellent condition. The low-slope gable roof is ballasted (those rocks are not some prank by neighborhood kids). The house sits elevated above the street and a "grand stairway" winds through a mix of trees, shrubs and ornamental grasses leading up to the front porch and door. The owners have made a heroic effort to xeriscape the heck out of the property, however there is a grass area perfect for kids to play on.

The front door with all its beveled/stained glass and embossed details was a mark on the con side of my list. Immediately inside and to the right is a low, wood-slatted bench with a plywood coat closet sitting on top that provides a small buffer to the living room. The living room is fully carpeted and has a large window wall with operable sliders down at the floor. A focal point to the living and dining room spaces is a three-sided fireplace, with tiled hearth and stucco chimney.

The dining and kitchen areas have 12-inch-square tile flooring that looks like faux Saltillo. The dining has a black iron chandelier and large patio doors providing access to the back yard. The kitchen looks to have been remodeled and the cabinets are a mix of gray and gray-ish green plastic laminate with polished chrome pulls and knobs. There is plenty of workspace and storage.

Just off of the kitchen is a hallway leading to the carport entry door. The furnace and washer and dryer are tucked into closets along the hall. The bedrooms are accessed through a hallway off of the main entry. The master bedroom is first up and has nice hardwood floors and his/her closets and built-in dressers, which are painted cornhusk yellow and sky blue (that could be one of the first things to go). The other two bedrooms are identical and a noteworthy feature of each is the tall plywood sliding closet doors.

The main bath is off the hall and has a southwest/craftsman theme. The floor is primarily 12-inch-square tiles in a jade green color, but smaller tiles with decorative patterns in vibrant colors are mixed in. The vanity cabinet is wood in southwest-style detailing and contains an integral sink/counter (his/her sinks). The tub and shower enclosure has the "rain pattern" glass doors and a large skylight floods the space with natural light. The other bath is accessed from one of the bedrooms (not the master) and from the hallway by the carport. It is long and linear with the basic accoutrements, and--oddly enough--the electrical panel.

The back yard has been completely given over to pea gravel with concrete pavers in a mix of sizes laid out in an irregular pattern and landscaping. Not a blade of grass (mow-able grass, that is) was present. It is a nice place and relatively secluded from the adjacent neighbors. A number of small storage units are built into the exterior and carport.

PROS: The low bench at the entry. I have seen this feature before in other houses and it makes for a nice detail, but here, the coat closet looks like it was just plunked right on top (if you're going to make an attempt to add something like that, at least make sure the wood species match).

CONS: I peeked under the carpet in the living room, and I found particleboard—bummer. The fireplace hearth straddles the tile and carpet. It is a minor, yet irritating detail and perhaps if it was something other than beige broadloom carpet, I might not have had an episode.