Stephanie Trail, 208-794-1549
If the economic recession is causing you to think seriously about downsizing your lifestyle, then check out this house.
Located in a sleepy corner of West Boise, this immaculately clean dwelling sits among similarly modest and nicely maintained homes in an established neighborhood. The Albertsons supermarket at McMillan and Eagle roads is three miles west, and Capital High School is a mile and a half to the east. A low roof line and brick trim accentuate this and other ranch-style residences in the subdivision built around the time when Flashdance was popular on drive-in movie screens.
Rust-colored brick and terra cotta-colored siding define this home's exterior. A touch of ivory was used on fascia boards and around the garage door. A slender, east-facing concrete porch provides just enough shaded space for a pair of chairs and a side table, where the new owner can catch up with neighbors after mowing the lawn on a summer afternoon.
The home's open floor plan places the living room, kitchen and a spacious dining area at the front of the house, while the private quarters are situated toward the rear. Clean, off-white paint sets a light tone for the interior along with off-white carpeting with flecks of brown and black woven in. Baseboards and trim have been stained a dark brown hue.
The kitchen's original vinyl flooring and wood cabinetry are in good shape. And, fortunately, there's not a trace of 1980s mauve in sight. Countertops are ivory laminate and the attractive wood cabinetry is stained the color of black tea. The current owner recently installed new stainless steel appliances including a side-by-side refrigerator, microwave oven, dishwasher and an oven range with a smooth glass cooktop. The overall effect is clean and tasteful. A window above the shiny new stainless steel sink provides views of the tidy front lawn.
A sliding glass door in the generously sized dining area leads to a covered concrete patio and a sizable L-shaped lawn that would easily accommodate a swing set. The patio seems like a good spot for al fresco dining on warm, breezy weekends. A pair of large mugo pine trees gently punctuates the northern fence line and should provide dappled shade to family and friends as they sip Coronas and nibble grilled salmon on the patio.
Back inside, the private quarters are comprised of two bedrooms, one full bathroom and a master suite with a three-quarter bathroom. Both of the smaller bedrooms have windows that look out at the narrow side yard. The full bathroom is outfitted with a bathtub/shower combo and a single vanity with a new sink and faucet. The bathroom's creamy ivory and dark brown color scheme is tastefully neutral and ready for colorful textiles.
The master bedroom is so immaculate that even the baseboards appear to be polished. The master bathroom is underequipped by modern standards. It only has a shower stall and a single vanity. But what it may lack by not having a bathtub or dual vanity, it gains by providing ample floor space for traffic to flow during daily beautification rituals. Besides, it is easily large enough for secretly practicing the "Maniac" warm-up scene from Flashdance before performing it on the back patio for the neighbors.
Pros: Immaculate family home in established West Boise neighborhood.
Cons: Some buyers may want a bathtub in the master bathroom.
Open House: Saturday, March 21, 1-4 p.m.