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724 E. Santa Paula Place

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Just above Fort Boise lies a neighborhood called Aldape Heights. This area, originally a pasture, is full of retro, split-level and single-level ranch homes just minutes away from downtown.

A short flight of curved cement steps edged with chunky lava rocks leads to the unassuming entry of this home. The front door opens to the main living room, which is airy and light due to a wall of south-facing windows. Ivory carpet spans the floor, while the walls feature a horizontally woven fibrous wall covering and pecan-colored solid wood paneling. The pitched ceiling draws the eye to the focal point of the room—a corner fireplace covered in flagstone. This home was built in 1951, and the mix of textures here is a perfect reflection of that period's style.

Through the living room and to the left is the family room. This area features cream colored berber carpet, faux wood paneling, a pitched ceiling with an exposed center beam and another fireplace. The highlight of this room is massive built-in shelving covering two walls that has a small mirrored dry bar and space for books and a TV. The living room and family room are connected by a small dining alcove before the kitchen. The cabinets and countertops here have been recently replaced with lackluster wood and beige Corian. The floor, luckily, is the original dark wood set in a herringbone pattern. This space is functional but cedes activity and congregation to the living and family rooms.

From the kitchen, a right turn leads to the spit-level stairway. Upstairs, the main hallway features a vintage wallpaper mural of a Japanese garden scene. There are three bedrooms here—small, medium and large. The largest lies along the south wall of the home, looking toward the city, the smallest room in the middle and the medium faces the foothills. The rooms feature period wallpaper and window treatments, each in a different color scheme (salmon/celery, seafoam/cream and sage/tan). The ivory carpeting here is a bit worn, and all the rooms could use updated lighting plans. They all share a bathroom, which has been recently remolded and stylistically does not quite fit.

The fourth, perhaps the master bedroom, is located downstairs. This is the largest bedroom, and is also covered in wallpaper and has cream colored berber carpet. Though not connected, there is a generously-sized bathroom that has also recently been remolded without much thought to the home's character. A hallway serves as a laundry area (with laundry chute) and connects to the office/mud room. This room has been advertised as a fifth bedroom, but serves better as an entryway because it connects to the double carport. To the right of the carport is a short set of metal stairs that accesses the rooftop deck covered in gravel. This would be an ideal spot for sipping a cocktail while watching the sun set over the city.

The backyard is accessed from a door off the kitchen as well as sliding glass doors in the family room. Here we found an attractive tiled in-ground pool and a small but very stylish sunken hot tub. The pool and patio are the focus here, but there is a small area of lawn and the hillside behind has been terraced with railroad ties and low-maintenance evergreens and roses. Attached to the house is a small tool shed and workroom large enough to store a mower, gardening equipment and pool toys.

This split-level model modern ranch home really is well-suited for an active family. The bedrooms are smaller than those in most new homes, but the open living and family rooms are designed to be the hub of the home. At $205 a square foot, it seems a little pricey. However, with a pool, views of the city and such style, why not!

HE SAID: As is, the house is a time capsule and would be great for any 1950s retro fanatic. I would love to leave it as is and change things as I saw fit the longer I lived there.

SHE SAID: The corner fireplace and cool hot tub sold me on this property! Updating the landscaping would be a great change as well.