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3713 Gekeler #29, Boise; Built in 1989; 850 Square Feet; 1 Bed/1 Bath

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$123,400

Keller Williams Realty Boise

Joe Dewey, 208-353-0725

www.gekeler29.blogspot.com

MLS #98354341

This condominium was built in 1989, the same year that Hawks Memorial Stadium—home of the Boise Hawks baseball team—opened to the public. While the stadium has picturesque views of the Boise Foothills and can accommodate 3,500 fans, this 850-square-foot unit is tucked along a quiet, tree-shaded edge of the Woodbine at Lakewood condo complex in Southeast Boise and is best suited for just one or two occupants.

Woodbine is composed of about a dozen apartment-like buildings situated throughout the landscaped grounds in a way that makes the complex feel private and protected rather than stacked and sterile. All structures are painted tan with white trim and have reddish doors and fascias. Two swimming pools and two club houses provide residents with private conference rooms, a couple of workout rooms with weights and cardio equipment, a sauna and showers, and spacious living room-like areas for receptions or parties.

Unit #29 is located on the second floor of a three-story building and, for such a small dwelling, boasts an impressive amount of storage space in the form of closets, cubbies and cabinets. The immaculate interior is painted off-white and has beige carpeting. Vinyl flooring and laminate-faced cabinets line the kitchen and bathroom. One of the best features is the closet that conceals washer and dryer hookups, eliminating the need to do the laundromat boogie every week.

As you enter the unit, the single bedroom and a full bathroom with a shower/bathtub combo are located at the front of the condo, while the kitchen, living room, informal dining space and a private deck are situated toward the rear. Windows in the bedroom provide views of the giant sycamore and tall crab apple trees out front.

Windows in the living and dining rooms bring in plenty of light and overlook the nicely landscaped grounds. The splashing of a nearby water feature is audible from the elevated deck, where there is enough space for a bistro set and a few potted plants. The deck also has a large storage closet for ski equipment and Christmas decorations. You won't need a lawn mower at Woodbine because the $155 monthly homeowners' dues include regular maintenance of the park-like grounds with its lawns, ponds and splashing fountains.

The bright, monochromatic kitchen with sparkling-clean tiled counters and almond-colored appliances, is open to the main living area. In the corner of the living room a black fireplace is set into an angled wall. It has a plain ceramic tile hearth and bears neither mantle nor ornamentation.

The neighborhoods surrounding Woodbine at Lakewood are comprised of established single-family homes as well as other condominium and apartment complexes. A two-minute drive will take you to a buzzing hive of storefronts along Federal Way that include Home Depot, Fred Meyer, IHOP and Wal-Green's. Warm Springs Golf Course is less than five miles away, and the softball fields at Ivywild Park are just a one-mile pedal north from your front door.

The freeway is also fairly close by, so a trip to the mall or out to Nampa involves a relatively quick hop onto the thoroughfare. This condo would be ideal for an empty-nester, a single professional or a young couple. People who have a difficult time climbing up and down stairs should pass, as there is no elevator access.

Pros: Low-maintenance living in an established Southeast Boise neighborhood, close to shopping and not far from golf and softball.

Cons: Single bedroom limits the pool of potential buyers.

Open House: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2-4 p.m.