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3301 W. Kootenai St.

1630 sq. ft.;3 bedrooms, 2 baths


1630 sq. ft.: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths


Built in 1930

Corner lot: .17 acre

The Real Estate Group: Laree Goodman, 208-602-8403, www.buyandsellidaho.com

This tree-lined block of Kootenai between Shoshone and Owyhee, home to many houses dating to the '30s and '40s, is a very desirable place to live, including this home: a light gray and cream stucco Tudor revival with brown beams, ornate shutters and a steep red roof.

The front door opens to a landing with a cozy living room on the left. The several windows on the front and the side are divided-light windows, as are all the windows in this house. The big plaster fireplace is faux-painted dark brown and has a brick surround. Maroon drapes hang from wrought iron rods, and the window treatments throughout the house are equally dramatic and attractive.

An archway leads to a maroon formal dining room featuring another 1930s original hanging lamp. French doors and a step down lead to a cozy room with windows on two sides and a glass door on the third. This could be a den, an office, a bedroom or a home office in which clients could enter through the exterior door. Another door off the dining room leads down a few steps into a generously sized master bedroom with many windows, gray-green carpet and a big closet with mirrored doors.

The master bathroom is floored in a dark gray-green vinyl, the walls have oak wainscoting, and has a tub, a shower, an enormous mirror with sconce lights set into it and a big medicine cabinet.

The kitchen has a double sink, oak cabinets with plant shelves, gray vinyl countertops, a big, beautiful glass-fronted cabinet and a small eating nook by a large window. Stairs lead to another exterior door and to an unfinished basement with a washer and dryer, and plenty of storage.

This house could be viewed as a four-bedroom, two-bathroom residence, or a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house with an apartment on the second floor. The carpeted front stairs lead up to two big rooms with closets and a kitchen, all floored in hardwood. The kitchen is small and has granite countertops. The bathroom sports lots of mirrors and a big walk-in shower with its own window and overhead light. A glass door leads to a wonderful three-season south-facing porch/sunroom. Exterior stairs lead down to the back yard. If the second floor is rented out, renters could use the exterior entrance or the front stairs entrance also.

Outside of the den and the other back door on the first floor is a big back yard fenced on two sides and a one-car garage with a new door and attached carport. In the front of the property are a mature elm tree and two other small trees. The front and sides of the house are surrounded by flower beds.

Pros: The living room, dining room, den and bedrooms in the house are the essence of coziness. If you bought the home, you could pretend you were living in the 1930s but with up-to-date amenities. The second floor would make a lovely one-bedroom apartment, and the sun porch is a real plus. Previous owners have rented the upper unit for as much as $700 per month. The house is on a corner, so the garage and carport face the side street.

Cons: The lot is large, and I've always thought it needed more landscaping. That should be a labor of love especially since now I see that the beds on three sides of the house are already established. To completely fence the lot, it would only need a bit of fencing on the sides of the house and the garage. The upstairs shower surround is past its prime. It could be re-tiled or a new fiberglass shower installed.