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6503 W. Holiday Drive; Built: 1955


Built: 1955

1,464 sq. ft, 4 bed, 1.5 bath, .22 acres


Keller Williams, Listing Agent: Karen Trock

O: 208-672-9000, C: 208-830-4282

Holiday Drive, in the Randolph-Robertson Subdivision, is bounded by Overland to the south, Cole Road to the west, Curtis Road to the east and the New York Canal to the north. Developed during the '50s, the neighborhood has modestly sized homes, dominated by the "contemporary" style—flat to low-sloping gable roofs, simple detailing, combinations of wood, stone and brick, and primarily single-story. There are ranch-style homes spread throughout, as well as some truly fine mid-century examples located along the canal.

This house sits at the end of the street and immediately adjacent to the new Grace Jordon Elementary School, still under construction. The house has the characteristic rectilinear form and a narrow brick wainscot, which terminates at a large chimney mass that accentuates the front. The current owner covered the original wood siding with cream vinyl siding several years ago. The windows were also replaced with white vinyl.

The front door opens into the "formal" living room—the brick mass from the exterior carries through to form the fireplace and firebox. Characteristic with this type of house is exposed roof structure on the inside with wood beams and some type of paneling to fill the space in between. This particular house has the beams and fiberboard panels all painted white. According to the owner, just prior to when he closed on the property, the seller had some work done to the house that resulted in the drywall texturing of the wood beams and the hardwood floors (Nice!). Since then, this owner has refinished the hardwood floors in the main circulation spaces and dining room and put in wall-to-wall tan carpeting elsewhere.

The kitchen/dining area is located on the other side of the living room; large windows look out to the back yard. The pass-through-type kitchen has white cabinets, gray laminate countertops, white appliances and faux stone sheet flooring. Adjacent to the kitchen/dining is the master bedroom. The room is spacious, and separation from other sections of the house provides some nice privacy.

From the kitchen, a short hallway leads back to the other bedrooms. Within the hall are built-in, full-height storage/linen cabinets on one side and the washer/dryer area on the other. Three of the bedrooms are similar in size with decent closet space. There is one larger room that currently serves as a family room. A nice feature in all these rooms is the high windows. They provide plenty of natural light and privacy and allow for more options for furniture placement.

A new furnace and A/C were put in a couple of years ago. Back in the '50s, electricity in the West was cheap (thanks to all of the damming of our rivers). As a result, many homes were built with little or no insulation, therefore this period of house is not always the most energy-efficient. The current owner has taken steps to create a more energy-efficient house.

Pros: Great location with an actual neighborhood school—no busing the little ones or any crazy, busy streets to cross. Carports still house cars well but do a lousy job of hiding all of our accumulated junk. Voluntary simplicity may be a worthy concept for the next owner if junk storage is an issue.

Cons: Wow, someone actually made a conscious decision to apply drywall texture to wood beams and hardwood floors. The former is going to be a chore to remove, but it's a must. The current owner mentioned how difficult it is to install overhead lighting because there is no attic space to run the wiring. Forget the overhead lighting­—dinner by candlelight, reading by a new Tolomeo floor lamp. The kitchen does need the fluorescent replaced, but there are some great track lighting systems out there that would look good with the exposed roof structure. I am not so sure about the public display of the washer and dryer equipment. Put in a curtain or a sliding door.