Greg Scrivner, 208-890-2685
The 36th Street Garden Center is one of Boise's newest infill developments. By combining a mix of retail, office and residential spaces located on an existing bus route, the community acts as a hub in an area on Hill Road midway between the historic North End to the east, the Collister neighborhood to the west and the upscale Arrowhead Canyon development that winds through the Boise Foothills above 36th Street.
Before it was developed, the Garden Center was a 6-acre nursery with greenhouses and a retail shop where locals bought annuals, perennials, herbs and young vegetable plants for their gardens every spring. Today, the new community's eye-catching focal point is a round two-story brick building that houses a fine retail garden center and a bistro specializing in upscale comfort fare. Area residents have embraced the casually chic, out-of-the-way eatery, causing it to hum with activity during lunch and dinner hours.
This week's home is a townhouse that sits on Catalpa Drive facing a number of existing homes built in the middle of the last century. The brick facades of the modest, older dwellings are reflected in the use of brick and stucco on the new residential structures, as well as on the Garden Center edifice and a spiffy trio of office, dental and retail buildings recently completed along 36th Street.
The realtor and I entered the unit from the rear patio, which is a small paved space covered by a trellis and enclosed by a low brick wall. The patio faces the Garden Center's central plaza, where an antique fountain from England bears life-size bird sculptures perched on its tiers. In warmer months, the birds' beaks squirt water back into the stacked basins.
The interior of the two-story residence is painted a rich cream with white trim. Nine-foot-tall ceilings and an abundance of windows create an inviting and spacious feel. The floor plan places the main living spaces, a powder room and an office on the main level.
The master suite, a junior suite, a third bedroom and an open flex space are located on the second floor. There is cinnamon-colored maple flooring underfoot on the main level and pale carpeting upstairs. Brushed nickel light fixtures and hardware set a complementary tone throughout the dwelling.
The kitchen features khaki-colored slab granite counters, birch cabinets in a clear, natural finish, a creamy tile backsplash with brown glass tile insets and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen's breakfast bar is open to a casual dining area.
Next to it is the living room, where slate tile surrounds a gas fireplace topped by a white floating mantle and flanked by a pair of clerestory windows.
Both the master and third bedrooms have views of the Quail Ridge subdivision and Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area. The master bathroom features a gorgeous oversized shower stall with dual shower heads.
When it is completed, the 36th Street Garden Center will feature 15 townhouses, 10 live/work homes with dedicated retail space at street level and office space in a community atmosphere that strives to blend Old World craftsmanship and sensibilities with contemporary appeal and amenities. Combining the new project with existing older homes creates an attractive sense of character at a busy North Boise corner that was nearly invisible in its former incarnation.
Pros: New townhome and community hub in established neighborhood.
Cons: Construction will be ongoing for some time.
Open House: Saturday and Sunday, weekly, 1-4 p.m.