Keller Williams Realty Boise
Lindsay Dofelmier, 208-841-2263
What was once a meat packing plant set smack in the center of Garden City's industrial district has been turned into an award-winning, 17-acre infill development perched on the banks of the Boise River.
Although it is surprising to find such a spiffy neighborhood tucked behind streets lined with trailer parks and auto body shops, the new Waterfront District is in line with the city's efforts to shed its image as Boise's scruffy little stepsister. When completed, this project will have a community pool, a clubhouse, a beach and retail spaces.
Among the attractive single-family dwellings and colorful condominiums is a set of five townhouse complexes designated as live/work dwellings. The three-story townhomes are perfect for a small business like a hair salon or an attorney's office. Floor plans are flexible enough to place the work space on the main level, or on the third floor overlooking the Foothills. Each building has parking stalls for customers out front, while the alley in back provides each resident access to a private two-car tandem garage. Nineteen of the 23 units are on the market, and several of them can be customized. I looked at a furnished, end-unit model.
The boxy, modern exterior of 418 Thurman Mill St. is painted green with brown accents. Young shrubs and flowering plants dot the raised concrete landscaping beds along the foundation. A half flight of stairs leads to the glass front door.
The first floor is arranged in a great-room configuration. If used entirely as a residence, the living room is at the front of the home, the foyer and an informal dining space occupy the center of the room, and the kitchen sits at the rear. There are cherry wood floors underfoot, a clean off-white color scheme throughout, tall ceilings and an abundance of windows.
The dining area is punctuated with a brushed nickel contemporary chandelier and a wall that has been painted slate blue. The kitchen is outfitted with Silestone quartz counters, a freestanding work island, cinnamon-colored maple cabinets and a stainless steel gas range with a removable griddle that would be great for cooking pancakes in the morning.
The second floor is home to the master suite, one bedroom and a full bathroom. Sculpted carpet in a wheat color cushions the tootsies on both upper levels. On the third floor you'll find one more bedroom, another full bathroom, a small family room and the home's best feature—a rooftop terrace with incredible views of Table Rock and the Boise Foothills.
It's the perfect place for watching the sunrise and sipping java each morning. There is ample room for a portable fire pit and four padded patio chairs, making it also an inviting spot to unwind with a bottle of wine, a platter of cheese and a few friends after work.
The neighborhood is located just steps away from the Greenbelt. A leisurely bike ride to either Boise State or the downtown core would take about 15 minutes. The planned whitewater park will be located in the river adjacent to the Waterfront development, and the new 55-acre Esther Simplot Park will be built across the river. It, as well as nearby Veterans Memorial Park, will be easily accessed via a foot and bike bridge planned for the future.
Pros: Live/work townhome located near the Greenbelt with terrific Foothills views.
Cons: Neighborhood currently surrounded by industrial buildings and low-end housing.
Open House: Weekly, Friday 2-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.