Jodi Archer, 870-9575
For decades, the northwest Boise neighborhood off of State Street between Pierce Park and Gary Lane had been comprised mostly of spacious horse-pasture properties nestled near the base of the Boise Foothills. Over the past 30 years, the former open spaces have been slowly transformed into a patchwork of subdivisions.
While filled with modest single-family homes, there are a few pockets of irritatingly overbuilt houses shoehorned onto small lots that scream greed on the part of the developer, and whisper lack-of-taste behind the back of the homeowner. While this home lies within this patchwork, it's not part of that trend.
Todd Campbell Construction acquired five separate parcels of land in the area and, from 2001 to 2005, turned each one into a quaint and colorful, one-street neighborhood of two-story, bungalow-influenced homes on small lots. Common features include little front porches with tapered support columns and tidy landscaping in the low-maintenance front yards.
The 21-house Palisades subdivision off of Gary Lane is where this bungalow-esque two-story is located. Painted a light sage green, it has white trim, black shutter detail on the second-story windows and front and back doors painted chili pepper red.
The interior is cozy and bright. Walls are painted a light sand color with white moldings. All of the windows have faux-wood blinds with wide slats. Simple Mission-style moldings—wide and unadorned—trim baseboards, doors and windows. The floor plan is simple: The living room, dining room, kitchen and master suite are downstairs, with two bedrooms upstairs.
The main living space is laid out in a great-room configuration and has maple floors in a natural finish. A pair of short half-walls and a wide arched opening separates the living room from the dining room. The half-walls on the living room side do double duty as book shelves lined in beadboard paneling. The room also has a window seat overlooking the front yard.
The dining room is accented by a bay window and a built-in desk nook. A second wide, arched opening above a breakfast counter visually separates the dining room from the kitchen, which is lined with maple cabinets. Although each segment of the great room is cozy, the layout is both open and efficient.
A short hallway near the desk nook leads past a laundry room to the master suite. The large laundry room and the spacious master closet are each lit naturally by one of two diamond-shaped windows on the home's streetward wall. From outside, the windows punctuate the front porch.
The master bathroom features a dual vanity, jetted bathtub and a separate shower. The master bedroom overlooks a long, narrow lawn running the length of a detached two-car garage placed at the rear of the property. I think it would be cool to replace the bedroom window with French doors and put a patio or a hot tub right outside the master suite.
Behind the garage hides a trio of raised beds. Although they are overgrown, their southerly position provides full sunlight all day and they beg to be cleaned up and properly planted.
Upstairs are two bedrooms and a full bathroom with a shower/bathtub combo and natural finish cabinetry. The upper rear bedroom has a built-in laminate counter that looks like a good spot for a computer. As a whole, this house and its quasi-bungalow neighbors are a complement to the modest single-family homes that surround it.
Pros: Efficient floor plan with old-fashioned charm and contemporary finishes on a low-maintenance yard with raised vegetable beds.
Cons: Rear yard not fenced for children or pets. Raised beds need TLC.