This two-story home sits on Owyhee Street in Boise's Bench area, where charming cottages and classic colonials mingle with ranch ramblers, pueblo dwellings and a handful of newer houses. Throughout the area, stately old shade trees--some a century old--lend a mature, settled quality to the neighborhood.
Tucked along a two-block stretch where residences were constructed primarily in the 1940s and 1950s, the green stucco exterior of this colonial-style home blends effortlessly with its neighbors.
Although it was built in 1910, a number of updates and remodeling projects have expanded the home over time. A private suite with a full bathroom has been created above the two-car garage. A large mud room with laundry facilities and a built-in storage bench sits at the rear of the home.
This house blends antique character with a neutral palette and a gently updated interior.
Several windows are 100 years old and show a characteristic waviness. A claw foot bathtub in the upstairs bathroom hints at generations past. An original doorknob and other antique hardware still remain as well.
Khaki walls and white trim on baseboards and around windows create a handsome backdrop for the new owner.
Modest updates throughout are suited to the age and character of the house. The living room and informal dining area have wood-look laminate flooring in a bleached wood finish. The kitchen has been updated with blond wood cabinets, white appliances, laminate counters in a medium-brown hue and sheet vinyl flooring. A small breakfast bar provides enough space for two wooden stools where kids can do homework.
The floor plan places the living room, an informal dining space, the kitchen, mud/laundry room and master suite on the first floor of the house. The small master suite is outfitted with two closets, several storage cabinets and a number of built-in drawers to take the place of a free-standing dresser. There is also a large, framed mirror on one wall for one last look before heading to work in the morning.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and a three-quarter bathroom, where the claw foot tub and a pedestal sink await. Well-placed windows allow sunlight to naturally illuminate the upper floor during the day.
The fifth bedroom is located above the garage. It would make a good home office, teen quarters or a rumpus room.
Like a tone arm screeching across the surface of an LP, the dwelling's homey, vintage groove was skewed when I noticed the presence of a bloated McMansion looming just a few feet beyond the backyard fence. The 6,400-square foot brick monstrosity would be more appropriate in a sprawling executive subdivision on the river in Eagle rather than in an established neighborhood of charming 2,000-square-foot residences. Although some will find the behemoth annoying, others probably won't mind its presence.
From the front door, it's a one-mile pedal to the 145-acre Ann Morrison Park, where a summery float down the Boise River ends at the park's eastern parking lot. Hand-tossed pizza and spicy buffalo wings at Papa Joe's near Boise State are just a one-mile walk from home. Restaurants, movies, shops and nightlife in a walkable downtown environment are all two miles northeast of Owyhee Street in the heart of the City of Trees.
Pros: Antique character blends with updated finishes on Boise Bench.
Cons: Overbuilt McMansion looming behind back yard.
Open house: Saturday, June 27, 12-4 p.m.