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710 E. State St., Boise


This two-story house was Fire Station No. 4 from the time it was built in 1912 until sometime in the 1940s. The tall doors that used to open up for a horse-drawn fire wagon now open to a small courtyard paved with vintage, weathered concrete.

A three-car garage was added to the back of the dwelling in the 1940s. It now serves as a spacious photography studio with an infinity cyclorama: a big wall with an exaggerated curve at the bottom that looks like a skateboard ramp. In 2002, a locally produced indie movie called Tattoo: A Love Story was filmed at the house.

Ninety-eight-year-old pine wainscoting remains in what is now a great room, warmed by a slate-tile fireplace. The stylish step-up kitchen is outfitted with fir plank flooring, mismatched granite counters and a deep farm-style sink.

Upstairs, there are three bedroom suites with fir floors. Each has its own bathroom and shower. The master suite has a private balcony.

Vintage North End character permeates this northeast Boise neighborhood. From the front door, Flying M Coffeehouse in Downtown Boise is an 11-minute walk. Hiking in the Foothills and bicycling along the Greenbelt are both less than a mile away.

Pros: Converted firehouse residence contains photography studio and office space.

Cons: No garage.