1130 sq. ft.: 3 BD, 2 BA
Lot size: .11 acre
Built in 1988
Windermere Real Estate: Eric Straubhar, 208-371-8141, Windermere.com
Reading the description of this house in the weekend real estate section, I was attracted to the fact that it is on a cul de sac, which means low traffic, and that it backs up to a common area, which means privacy and a more spacious feeling to the back yard. Additionally, as I drove through the neighborhood off of Gary Lane in Northwest Boise, I saw that all the houses showed pride of ownership. Some houses on North Rumford are nicer than the rest, and back up to a stream, always a wonderful addition to any back yard. This house is very neat, attractive and painted off-white with light green trim, with a red roof and red brick accents.
The front door is on the side of the house and opens onto a vinyl-floored entryway, which leads to the vaulted living room. A big window fills one side, and new Pella sliders face the back yard. As a matter of fact, all the windows in the house are new Pella windows. A ceiling fan spreads the heat and cool through the room. A decorator has painted the interior many attractive colors: sage, gray, blue, red, and lovely window treatments complement these colors. Several different colored plush carpets cover the floors.
Next door to the living room, the eating area has a big window facing the side of the house. A breakfast bar finished in pink vinyl opens to the kitchen. Its oak cabinets are very elegant, and the window over the sink faces the front of the house. A door leads to the large double-car garage. There's also a pantry.
Off of the living room, past the coat closet, is the bedroom hallway. Several closets line the corridor. The hall bathroom has a bathtub/shower combination. At the back of the house is a big master bedroom with its window facing the back deck. A sink set in tile is flanked by two doors: one to a large walk-in closet, and one to a toilet and shower. Two more bedrooms complete the area with the windows facing the side. The neighbor has thoughtfully erected an eight-foot trellis and planted vines on it for more privacy for both properties.
The back sliding doors in the living room lead to a brand-new deck in a fully fenced yard. A mature Bradford pear tree dominates the yard, as does a corkscrew willow. The front yard is dominated by a mature specimen tree and a dogwood tree.
This house is priced low for the Boise market, and that is another reason I came to see it. Nevertheless, the house payment could easily be $1,000 a month. That would be comfortable for a two-income family, but for a single person, could take quite a chunk out of their income, especially if they had other debt like a car payment. The new owner might find themselves house poor. I bring this up just to say that I just don't know how single people manage to buy homes these days. The only positive for buyers is that house prices are going down.
Pros: The house is in perfect shape. The carpet quality and color, the wall colors and the window coverings are exquisitely clean and beautiful. The yard is the same and is a lovely, cozy outdoor room.
Cons: Though this is a small house, it's exactly what people mean when they refer to a "starter home." As high as housing costs have soared in the last decade, this one is affordably priced.