Built in 2006
Keller Williams Realty, Joe Dewey, 208-353-0725; JoeDewey.com
This house is located north of State Street and two blocks west of 28th Street, placing it just outside of the official 28th Street boundary of Boise's North End neighborhood. The two-story, dove gray home looks as though it is part of a larger, quasi-Craftsman-style infill project. It is surrounded by nearly a dozen newly constructed homes on 30th Street between Good and Breneman streets. Narrow lots, compact floor plans and front porches accented with columns help this group of new homes to blend in with the existing homes on the street, some of which are nearly 100 years old.
Looking at this home from the curb, a trio of clerestory windows above the porch gives the illusion of an upstairs bedroom, but inside, they simply invite more light into a living room with vaulted ceilings. In addition to new sod and fully automatic sprinklers in both front and back yards, a row of young hedges pokes out from a planter that runs the length of the front porch's streetward edge.
Sometimes the lack of a transition area at the entrance of a smaller home can make the occupants feel vulnerable if they're watching TV in the front living room and someone stops by unannounced. The good news is, you won't feel on display in this house. Just inside the burgundy-colored front door is a small foyer that makes a nice transition from the front door into the living space. The foyer was created by building a closet in the entryway. The only thing visible from the doorway is the closet's rear wall; closet access is on the other side. And although the exterior is gray, the home's interior is painted in a warm camel hue that is accented with white interior doors and trim. The floor plan is open, bright and feels efficient. A red oak floor flows from the foyer and living room through the dining nook and into the kitchen. Camel-colored carpeting is present in the main floor bedroom and throughout the second floor.
A freestanding, two-sided gas fireplace separates the living room from the informal dining nook, which looks like it is big enough to comfortably accommodate a table for four, maybe six. On the other side of the dining space is the kitchen, which has matching granite breakfast bar and countertops in a mottled sand and black color that complements the camel-colored paint on the walls. The stainless steel GE appliances (oven range, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher) come with the house. Next to the kitchen are a full bathroom, the washer and dryer closet and the downstairs bedroom with a picture window that looks into the back yard. From the kitchen, you can enter the small back yard, which has a covered concrete patio, lawn and a walkway that leads to the two-car garage with alley access.
Upstairs, there is an open loft area that would be perfect for a computer work station, a video game station or a reading nook. The loft has a closet for extra storage. The second bathroom has a tiled walk-in shower with textured glass sliding doors and tile floors. The upstairs bedroom has a pair of wide, shallow closets that already have shelving installed, and a picture window that overlooks the back yard and neighbors' yards.
Pros: The home is immaculate. The open floor plan makes the house feel much bigger than it really is. The master bedroom could be either downstairs or upstairs. The yard is fully fenced. Albertsons on 36th Street is nearby, and the Connector is five minutes away.
Cons: If you want to live on the fringes of Boise's North End, you're going to have to pay for it. But for a nearly-North Ender, the price seems reasonable.