The tri-level home has been popular with American families since it was introduced in the late 1950s as a way to accommodate a new invention called the television. The floor plan provided a room, usually on the lower level, to contain the noise from the new technology, while allowing others to enjoy relative peace in other areas of the home.
This gently upgraded 20-year-old tri-level is located off of Cloverdale Road in West Boise near schools, shopping and community conveniences. The suburban back yard comes stocked with fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Like many tri-levels, this floor plan places a formal living room, the kitchen and a breakfast nook on the main level. Down a half flight of stairs you'll find the family room, one bedroom and a cozy half-bathroom tucked beneath the upper staircase. Two more bedrooms and a full bathroom with a tiled shower/bathtub combo are located upstairs, as is the master suite.
Upgrades have been made throughout the residence that are both functional and attractive. Beige-colored tile flooring flows from the foyer through the dining area and into the kitchen. Vanities in all three bathrooms have been topped with slabs of granite in coordinated hues of caramel and khaki. And a second, stand-alone vanity matches the original in the master bathroom, making them truly his-and-hers sinks. Heavy-duty solar screens reduce the amount of heat that enters through windows on the south-facing front of the house and help keep interior temperatures comfortable.
Within a mile or so, there are four elementary schools, one junior high and a high school. The number of cars headed toward the schools during the week, as well as toward the Hewlett Packard campus nearby, can make it necessary to leave the house several minutes early in the morning.
The upside of living in this West Boise subdivision is the proximity to conveniences like an Albertsons grocery store and a neighborhood pub. The West Family YMCA and Boise Aquatic Center are located about two miles from the front door. So is the Charles F. McDevitt Sports Complex, which contains a stocked fishing pond, little league fields and a skate park that has hosted Tony Hawk.
The landscaped yard features a lush lawn and an ornamental tree out front. In back, another verdant, living carpet is surrounded by concrete-curbed garden beds. Trees bearing ripe fruit shade the border and rear fence line alongside a nicely shaped cherry plum tree and a tall maple tree.
When friends come over, a large concrete patio that is partially shaded by a decorative aluminum canopy provides ample space for a patio dinette with six chairs. A hot tub next to the patio seems like the perfect spot for soaking away the day's troubles while overlooking the tidy back yard. An RV pad next to the three-car garage has a dedicated hookup so an out-of-town guest can park his rolling base camp while visiting you. When his stay is over you can send him along with fresh produce from the garden.
Pros: Upgraded West Boise tri-level located close to schools and conveniences.
Cons: Notable increase in traffic just outside the subdivision during peak hours.