Odds & Ends » Home Sweet Home

223 Parkway


Parkway and its surroundings lie tucked away between Boise Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Parkcenter Boulevard. The neighborhood is one of Boise's hidden treasures. I've known about the area since 1986, and have wanted to live there ever since. Most of the houses are built on generously sized lots, if not full acres. Some lots back up to Logger's Creek, and all the houses are attractive. There are ranch-style homes, two-story houses, some '70s-styled homes and a few rustic-style cabins.

This house is a u-shaped ranch with the living areas on the left and in the middle, while the garage is on the right. Sided with a grayish stone on the front, the rest of the house is sided in the same color fiber cement siding. The house is one story, and the roof has a gentle slope. Through a gate, you walk into a front courtyard that is beautifully landscaped. This would be a great space for a formal, freestanding fountain as the sound of the water would echo off the surrounding four walls. The front door has an etched glass panel and is surrounded by sidelights. Immediately upon entering the home, I am faced with the formal dining room. To the left is the living room with a wood and gas burning fireplace and a bay window. These two rooms, as well as the rest of the house, have many windows, which fill the house with plenty of light.

This entire house was completely rebuilt—not just remodeled—in 2003. The owners took the house down to the foundation and rebuilt it, including an addition in the back.

I first noticed how new this house looked to me in the kitchen, which has tumbled tile countertops and hickory cabinets. Though the kitchen is small, there is a large pantry in the nearby hallway. Both the hallway and kitchen lead to an informal eating area that is as large as the formal dining area. Beyond that is a family room with exposed beams, a vaulted ceiling and a gas fireplace. The fireplace is surrounded by river rock, and French doors lead to a 700-square-foot covered back deck and into the fully fenced backyard. A large chunk of money was spent on the landscaping of this property and it looks beautiful. There are flowers and bushes all along the fences that must look wonderful in the growing seasons.

Back in the house is a hallway to the bedroom wing. The bedrooms are well sized, and the master bedroom is especially large with two walk-in closets. Both the hall bathroom and the master bathroom have sun tunnels to bring extra light into the rooms. The master bedroom has chair rails and a window facing the back deck that could easily be made into a door leading onto the deck. There are built-in linen closets in the master bedroom, as well as in the corridor.

The bedrooms and living room are carpeted but the rest of the house is covered in Pergo flooring. Every room has crown molding. All the windows are new, double-paned and have a low-emittance coating. The walls are painted in a distinctive modern palette, which accents the beauty of the rooms.

Outside is a two-car garage with an adjoining shop.

PROS: The neighborhood is great. The house is beautiful and the heating, air conditioning, insulation, electrical, plumbing, gutters, sprinkler and drip systems are all new. The lot is large. From the front lawn, you can see Warm Springs Mesa.

CONS: It's difficult to find a con for this house, except that I can't afford to buy it. As I've said before, I prefer houses with one eating area. If I lived in this one, I would probably do something else with the formal eating area adjoining the living room (perhaps buy a baby grand piano).