3 Bed, 1.75 Bath
Danny M. Cafferty Realty
Robert Randel, 208-871-2977
The word "retro" best describes this home, which is located on the bench above Franklin Road near Curtis Road in Boise. Custom-built in the Randolph Robertson subdivision by the Bueller Construction Company for the Bueller family in 1958, the home's understated exterior details, like a low-angled roof, wrought iron supports beneath the front eaves, and a wide ledgestone planter box positioned below the front windows, are common features on "modern" homes like this from the late 1950s and early '60s. Situated on a corner lot with a north-south orientation, the home's pull-through driveway, contemporary color scheme of tan with black eaves and fascia, and windows trimmed in white give the home an updated, welcoming appearance.
Inside, the floor plan is divided simply into two sections. The main living spaces are to the left, and the private quarters are to the right. Despite its low profile, the home's many windows make the interior feel open and bright. Oak floors run throughout the home; the original floors remain in the hallway and bedrooms while newer oak floors flow throughout the main living areas, with the exception of the kitchen, which has tile-patterned linoleum.
When you enter, the living room sits at nine o'clock. This space is defined by a cool gray-blue tone and an off-white painted ledgestone wall that bears an unadorned wood-burning fireplace positioned off-center about a foot and a half above the floor. A built-in ledge that runs the width of the stone wall just below the fireplace acts as a simple hearth and could easily be used as casual seating during a big party. On the other side of the wall is the family room. A second unadorned fireplace—this one gas and also set in a ledgestone wall—punctuates the family room. A simple shelf above the fireplace that runs the width of the wide wall acts as the fireplace mantel. The room also houses an informal dining area, and a tiny kitchen is situated just beyond it. The kitchen appliances appear to have been updated sometime during the 1980s. There is also a small addition located off the dining room that would make a nice home office. An avid cook might want to triple the kitchen's size by blowing out the wall that separates the kitchen and office addition. Tucked behind the kitchen is a laundry room with several cupboards and access to the oversized two-car garage, which comes complete with a roomy work bench, a pair of storage closets and an overhead storage loft. A three-quarter guest bathroom with a shower is hidden next to the laundry room.
Stepping back inside the house, you move through the living room to the main hallway where the three bedrooms are located. A pocket door separates the private quarters from the living areas, but the door seems to be stuck in its pocket. The first bedroom has a built-in cabinet and drawers, and shuttered bi-fold closet doors. The second and largest bedroom also has built-in cabinets and drawers, mirrored closet doors and an entire wall covered in mirrored tiles with gold veins. The third bedroom has shelves built into the closet. An earthy taupe-and-green color scheme in the main bathroom is spoiled by a Pepto-Bismol pink bathtub. A bathtub in a coordinated color would tie it all together.
Pros: The home sits on a roomy corner lot and its retro architecture is unique. There are built-in storage nooks all over the place. Updated colors throughout most of the interior make the home feel fresh. The tiny kitchen is perfect for non-cooks.
Cons: The 50-year-old house could use some more updating.