Blue Rooster Realty
Lisa Corbett, 208-368-0803
This house was built in 1900, the same year that the historic Idanha Hotel was constructed 17 blocks away in downtown Boise. Back then, the beloved city we see today was a small, 37-year-old burg surrounded by open, grassy meadowland. While the Idanha has become an historic landmark, this humble bungalow has stood quietly for 108 years on its generous three-tenths of an acre lot near the North End.
The location and interior of 2808 Stewart are understated and interesting. The shingle exterior is painted medium green and trimmed in burgundy. Although the color scheme may not appeal to everyone, it's a cosmetic feature that can be easily changed. A single dormer pops out from the hipped roof above the front porch and looks like an attic hideout from the street. The shaded porch seems like the perfect spot to put your feet up with the Sunday paper and a cup of coffee on a summer morning. Inside, you'll find oak floors stained medium-brown and tall windows that have the wavy appearance of 100-year-old glass. Tongue-and-groove paneling is used liberally throughout the house, as is wainscoting in bedrooms and bathrooms and along a few bedroom ceilings.
Stepping into the house, I felt like I was being wrapped in my softest sweater, hugged by my mom and offered a fresh chocolate chip cookie—all at the same time. There was just something about the warmth from the natural wood materials that flow through the interior, the simple trim around doorways and windows, and a Vermont Iron wood-burning stove in the corner of the living room that gave me a sense of comfort and character you don't often find in modern houses. The warm feeling continued in the spacious kitchen, which has been updated with slab granite counters and a dual-oven range with a griddle insert that begs to be heated and drizzled with blueberry pancake batter after you finish your coffee on the porch.
Behind the kitchen, three bedrooms are laid out in a split-level configuration (two up and one down). The two upper bedrooms each have a bank of eyebrow windows—or half windows tucked just beneath the eaves—that peer out over the big back yard. Today's homebuilders seem to slap a window into one wall of a bedroom and call it good. Many older homes, like this one, have windows in more than one wall in the bedroom. It gives the room character and connects you to the outdoors.
The bedroom downstairs is as big as the two bedrooms upstairs combined. It has half-height windows and backyard access. A big laundry room is also located downstairs, which would be cool to convert into a third bathroom to create a spacious master suite. One of the home's two bathrooms is located in the upstairs split, while the other is on the main level. Both feature vintage sinks.
Three-tenths of an acre is a lot of land. Out back, there is an oversized single-car garage and a sizable storage shed that is fully paneled inside. There is also a child's playhouse with a half-height entry door. Yet, these structures don't even put a dent in the big back yard. A handful of trees sporadically line the perimeter of the deep lot. There is ample room for the new owner to install horseshoe pits and a vegetable garden. In a private yard this large, summer barbecues seem mandatory. During the past 108 years, you can bet there have been many.
Pros: A house full of character on a large lot located close to downtown Boise.
Cons: No air conditioning, but ceiling fans and mature shade trees help keep the interior cool.