160 Stinson St., Nampa 

2,745 s.f.; 5 BD, 2 BA

Lot .21 acre

Built in 1956

$156,900

Group One: Peggy J. Jordan, 208-3723, www.pjordan.group-one.com

Twenty-five minutes got me over the river and through the woods from Boise to Nampa and an established neighborhood near the Karcher Center. I was attracted to the house because the price is so low for its size. The house is constructed of red brick, and the roof looks brand new. The front lot is nicely landscaped with two red maples, bushes, flowerbeds with exterior lights in the beds and smaller trees, and the quiet residential neighborhood features sidewalks on the streets. A small covered stoop leads to the elegant black door with an inset window.

The small entry opens into a bright living room with hardwood floors and a large white brick fireplace with heatilator and raised hearth. The interior is freshly painted in decorator colors: taupe, tan and gray-green, usually with white trim. This room has some nice crown molding and detail on the trim. All the main-floor windows come with mini blinds and other coverings.

An archway leads to a big kitchen/eating area. The cabinets are painted a beautiful dark sage-green; the countertops are covered with warm tan tile with some salmon-pink, green and black mosaic mixed in. The floor is new off-white tile, and a picture window looks over the eating area. Stairs at the back of the room lead to a bedroom over the garage.

Behind the living room are two bedrooms. One has wainscoting up to 4 feet, a chair rail, a striking wallpaper border, maroon paint, crown molding, drapes and a closet with a built-in organizer. The other bedroom is simpler, but still nice. Both bedrooms have built-in cabinets from the 1950s. The bathroom between the two bedrooms has been completely remodeled with the same tile on the kitchen floor, a shower/tub combination and more mosaic tile.

A few steps down from the kitchen is the former single-car garage, which has been converted into a bonus room or home office. It has an off-white tile floor, plus striking dark tile accent bands and two windows. Stairs from this room lead down to a finished basement. At the end of a hall is an enormous family room with a second fireplace. It has a tiled floor, and is brightly lit by an egress window and a smaller window. The next room is a second remodeled bathroom. Across the way, is another fully finished room, which connects to an unfinished room with the hot water heater and hookups for the washer and dryer. Across the hall is one more bedroom with an egress window. The remodel has included a new furnace and air conditioner.

Out the back door of the bonus room is an area that could be a patio or deck. The back yard is fully surrounded by a 6-foot fence in good condition. The yard is planted with grass and small trees. On one side is a gazebo paved with red blocks, and roses, a big apple tree, a Japanese maple and vines complete the yard. A climbing rose covers an arched gate that leads to the front yard, and the property includes manual sprinklers.

Pros: This is a great deal of house for the money, and its renovation is almost complete. I like the paint colors, the wainscoting, the chair rails, the new lighting fixtures, the tile and the mosaics. The house goes on forever. It is in an established neighborhood but convenient to shopping and the freeway. A new owner who worked in Boise could get there pretty quickly if my travel time is any indication.

Cons: The house has no garage, but since it's on a corner, one could be built facing the side street, or facing the front on this extra wide lot. The original windows will need storm windows and screens.

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