The Firm Real Estate Corporation
Kyle Fabitz, 208-608-1708
The 100-year-old Hyde Park retail and dining district is the hub of Boise's North End. Bicycles and pedestrians almost outnumber automobiles on summery afternoons, and the handful of shaded dining patios along the two-block stretch are as popular with young families as they are with beer-sipping mountain bikers still glistening from their workout in the nearby Boise Foothills.
This week's house is located two blocks from Hyde Park, making a stroll to the neighborhood ice cream parlor for an after-dinner treat seem downright mandatory. Half a mile up the street, active bodies are drawn to the 74-acre Camel's Back Park and Reserve, where a sprawling lawn, a playground, tennis courts and trailheads leading to hilly paths and gravel roads for hiking, running and cycling all beckon for play time, while picnic tables and shade trees provide places to chat and linger.
The owners of this North End cottage remodeled and updated it with an eye toward making it their primary residence. It combines classic and stylish elements by blending original details like a coved ceiling and hardwood floors with contemporary touches like granite countertops and vessel bathroom sinks. The compact-looking exterior is painted sage green with ivory trim, and there is a pair of terra cotta-colored awnings above the front windows. A small brick stoop leads to the dark brown front door, where a dinner plate-sized porthole made of mirrored one-way glass allows the occupant to see out but prevents visitors from looking in.
The floor plan places two bedrooms on the main level and one bedroom in the basement. The primary living space is in a great-room configuration with the living room and an informal dining area open to the kitchen. Khaki paint on walls and white paint on baseboards and doors creates a neutral background.
The living room feels warm and inviting due in part to a gas fireplace faced with creamy travertine tile and capped with a handsome espresso brown mantle. There is oak flooring throughout the main level, except in the kitchen, where the floor appears to be made of pine. The kitchen has been outfitted with cinnamon-tinted cabinetry, light brown granite counters, stainless steel appliances and amber-colored pendant lights.
The bathroom on the main level features a 9-foot-tall shower stall lined in travertine tile. It has an extra-tall shower head, which is a treat for anyone who has had to habitually stoop beneath a shower head in order to wash his or her hair.
The remodel also turned two dinky bedrooms into a single spacious one with two distinct spaces. The front area, with its built-in wardrobe closet, looks perfect for a pair of bureaus, a plush side chair and an end table, while the back area is suitable for a great big bed.
The khaki color scheme continues downstairs where four utility windows peek out at ground level and provide southern daylight to a sizable, carpeted family room featuring a fireplace that resembles the one upstairs. The third bedroom and a full bathroom with a vessel sink and a travertine-lined shower/bathtub combo are also located downstairs. The basement could be used entirely as a generous master suite, a teenager's hideout, or possibly as a rental.
Pros: Handsomely updated North End cottage located near Hyde Park hub.
Cons: Active neighborhood won't appeal to someone seeking tranquil surroundings.
Open House: Sunday, Nov. 30, 1-4 p.m.