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957 Threave Ave, Kuna


4 Bed/3 Bath
1,762 Square Feet
Built in 2009
.19 Acre
Coldwell Banker Tomlinson GroupWendy Alexandre, 208-412-2109
MLS #98391678

Do you know anyone looking for a brand new, family friendly starter home in a low-key community where the cashiers at the local grocery store greet their customers by name?

Throughout the Treasure Valley, newer subdivisions are struggling to attract buyers to purchase existing inventory, which, in some locales, has been sitting vacant for more than a year. But in the case of Pioneer Estates in Kuna, five new starter homes have sold in the past three months.

Many of the materials used to construct the house appear to be of better quality than in equivalent models from two other locally known, entry-level builders. The floor plan is simple and functional, and the structure doesn't feel shoe-horned onto its lot. This week's home is a brand new two-story dwelling disguised as a single level.

From the street, it looks like an attractive but unassuming residence with a great-room layout and a two-car garage. But two bedrooms, an open flex space and a full bathroom are hidden underneath the gabled roof's peak. Inside, you'll find textured walls and a main-level master suite--convenient for a maturing couple. A great room flows from the living room to an informal dining space and into the kitchen. The first floor also contains a full guest bathroom and a bedroom that would work as a nursery or home office.

The kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances, honey-tinted knotty alder cabinets and a free-standing work island. An oil-rubbed bronze chandelier hangs above the casual dining area, where there is enough space to host a dinner party for six.

The upper level is nothing short of a teenager's haven. Two bedrooms are arranged on opposite ends of the floor. Between them sits a full bathroom and an open space where a loveseat, television and video game system could be set up.

A scruffy patch of land surrounding a big retention pond one block away is in the process of being turned into a four-acre city park. When the project is complete, it will also have walking paths connecting the subdivision.

This home sits on a lot that is almost one-fifth of an acre, making it wider than the usual .12- to .15-acre parcels normally found in a starter sub. Out front, the facade of the side-loaded two-car garage is enhanced with two shutter-flanked windows, board-and-batten siding and a stacked stone wainscot.

Kuna is home to the World Center for Birds of Prey, which is a rehab center for injured raptors, and also the headquarters for The Peregrine Fund, where falcons and condors are bred. The center, is about eight miles away as the osprey flies, but is 15 miles by car.

On those afternoons when you don't feel like cooking dinner, friendly locals converge for some damn fine Mexican food at the casual El Gallo Giro restaurant in downtown Kuna, a 1.5-mile bicycle ride from this house's front door.

Pros: Brand new family-friendly home in low-key Kuna.

Cons: Subdivision is still under construction.

Open House: Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 29-30, noon-4 p.m.