1012 E. Aldape Cove Road, Boise 

The balcony that wraps around the front of this two-story home allows views that skim treetops before reaching the downtown skyline. It also serves as a prime storm-watching perch in the spring.

The 51-year-old residence's location at the base of Shaw Mountain Road is close enough to city center for the owner to bicycle home from the weekly outdoor cocktail party known as Alive After Five in just seven minutes without having to struggle very far up the notoriously hilly road.

On the bottom floor is a handyman's room, the master suite and a family room with a wet bar. A great room, two bedrooms, a full bathroom and the spacious balcony are situated upstairs.

Original 1959 fixtures, like ash veneer closet doors and a cheerful yellow sink-bathtub-toilet combo, act as functional conversation pieces. Recent updates blend the home's mid-century sensibilities with colorful contemporary panache.

The retro kitchen centers on a vintage turquoise blue metal GE work island that has a 9-foot-long stainless steel countertop and an oversized sink. Stainless appliances and a glass cooktop have replaced the unit's original machines.

The turquoise wall behind the work center flows into the living room, where it frames a black tiled fireplace with a thick glass hearth and mantel.

Pros: Two-story mid-century dwelling with downtown views.

Cons: Two-car carport instead of a garage.

Open House: Saturday, May 22, 3-6 p.m.

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