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3509 W. Wood Acre Dr.


2571 sq. ft.: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths

Built in 1949

Lot size .34 acre


The Real Estate Group: Jason Lloyd, 208-724-2718, jlloydidaho.com

One of Boise's hidden treasures, Wood Acre Drive is a cul-de-sac tucked off Owyhee Street between Kootenai and Cassia. A former tree farm, it's shaded, with beautiful homes, including two designed by Art Troutner. There are several more modest, very well-kept homes.

This house is a rambling off-white bleeding brick home with a hip roof. The side entrance to the house opens to a hardwood entry and into a lovely great room, painted tan with white trim, and graced with white built-in shelves. The room is floored in plush carpeting as are all the floors that aren't wood. A new gas fireplace surrounded by tile is the focus of the room.

An eating area lies at the end of this room and a short corridor leads to an enormous corner bedroom. There are windows on two walls, two closets and a built-in desk. Next door is a large utility room with a deep sink set in a counter with cabinets, a brand new water heater, a door to the back and a window. A whimsical laundry-themed wallpaper border tops the room, and there's a bathroom next door.

A step up from the eating area leads to the bright oak-floored kitchen equipped with a white gas stove, side-by-side refrigerator (included in the sale) and Bosch dishwasher. The white cabinets are topped by Corian counters. A breakfast bar overlooks the eating area, and the adjacent formal dining room with picture window make this such an attractive area of the house. All the windows in the house are new and are covered in shades (included in the sale) that open from the bottom or the top.

It's the living room that's most amazing, though: three floor to ceiling windows face the park-like back yard. This living room has crown molding and a wood fireplace surrounded by white built-in shelves and cabinets, and the wall above the wood fireplace is wired for a flat screen TV, making this a favorite place to hang out with friends and family.

This is a big house, and yet another corridor leads to a second full bath with tub, and some very big closets. At the end of the hall is a master bedroom with a walk-in closet, and an attached bathroom with shower. The last room in the house, also off this corridor is an office.

From the office, sliding glass doors lead to the back deck which features a brand new $6,500 seven-person hot tub (included in the sale), with a waterfall. A brick path borders the house-lined on each side by big lush flower beds. Another deck is situated at the other end of the house. The .34 acre, fully-fenced yard is complete with an updated automatic sprinkler system and filled with mature trees: chestnut, linden, birch, oak, maple, Japanese maple and several evergreens.

Across the lawn along the back fence are more flower beds and a huge stone fireplace and hearth. To the right of the yard is a brand new wired shop with a garage door. It is connected to an oversized finished two-car garage. The very big Linden tree towers over the driveway. Two tall evergreens grow in the front yard.

Pros: The biggest bedroom is huge and dwarfs the king-sized bed. The living room with its view of the yard is spectacular. Of course, I love the back yard: so many different specimens of full-grown trees. A wood worker would greatly enjoy the shop, or the family could have a three-car garage. The yard plantings are exquisite and are lit up at night.

Cons: The shower in the master bathroom could use a little reworking and the closet in the master bedroom could use organizers.