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926 Day Drive


1,106 sq. ft.: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

Lot size: .19 acres

Built in 1949


Assist 2 Sell, 208-887-7800; Scott Wilhelmi 208-412-1160

Two things attracted me to today's home: There's no neighbor in back, and it's being sold by Assist2Sell which offers a cheaper way to sell a house. Instead of a 6 percent commission, the seller pays a flat fee of $2,995 which pays for a licensed Realtor to do a market analysis to set the price, advertise and show the house. If another Realtor sells the house, the owner pays $2,995 plus commission.

Day Drive is a peaceful tree-lined street, tucked well behind Vista Village. The houses are modest but well-maintained. Today's home has curb appeal: a lush lawn, two mature shade trees in front and a comfortable front porch. The house is sided in light yellow aluminum, accented in red brick. In 2005, the old roof was completely torn off and replaced with 35-year golden brown shingles.

The front door opens into a living room highlighted by a red brick fireplace with decorative vents. A nice wooden mantle covers the fireplace and adjoining built-in bookcases. Natural northern light shines through the biggest picture window I've ever seen. All the original wood floors have been uncovered. The owner did a lot of re-texturing and repainting in this house and added many new brushed-nickel French door handles. The walls in the living room are tan with white trim. Some of the windows are new, and the rest have storms and screens.

The kitchen and dining area are to the rear, and there is a new brown and gray faux-tile linoleum, which I love, on the floor. To the left is a wooden booth, which is included in the sale. The cabinets are white with tan doors, and there's a contrasting red wall in the room. The countertops and backsplashes are a nice tile with colorful mosaics. Three windows add natural light.

Along the corridor to the bedrooms are a very deep coat closet and a built-in linen closet. The hall bathroom has a shower/tub combination. A medium-sized bedroom lies at the back corner of the house with a window on each wall and a walk-in closet. The bedroom is painted tan with maroon trim as are all three bedrooms, and I really like that color combination. The next bedroom is the smallest but features three smaller windows in a row, reminding me of being on a porch or in a camp. The largest bedroom has an attached bathroom that has been completely redone: big off-white tile shower with an elegant decorative strip, a tile floor and a new sink set in a dark wood-cabinet surround. The bedroom has its own door to the outside, so the new owner could rent out this suite for extra income.

Off the kitchen is a big mudroom with lots of storage and a deep utility sink. The washer and dryer and all the kitchen appliances—including a beautiful 1-year-old refrigerator—are included in the sale.

A door off this room leads down two steps to a patio made private by the attached one-car garage. The lovely yard is almost completely fenced, and there are trees, lawn, interesting bushes, flower beds, an automatic sprinkler system and a shed. The best part of the yard is the view. Sitting on the patio, the view is of the east foothills and Warm Springs Mesa. Tracks on the land beyond the fence are owned by Union Pacific, who uses them as a Y switch to turn trains around. Very rarely does that happen, but the main line does run about one-fourth of a mile away during the day. When a train went by during my visit, I thought it was fun: not too loud.

Pros: This house is a jewel inside and well worth the price. I love the yard. It's so peaceful, private, park like and has a view to die for!

Cons: The home is move-in ready but the hall bathroom would be next on my list to renovate.