1530 N. McKinney Lane 

These 42 brand new condominium units are clustered in an area between Fairview Avenue and Emerald Street, almost as far west as Cole Road. Each building comprises four units including a two-car garage for each. The style of the buildings is European Country: tan stone, black shutters, red brick trim, dun-colored hardy plank siding. The look is quite charming. There are patios at each entrance, surrounded by a privacy fence.

Some units have three bedrooms and some have two, and all the units have at least two bathrooms. Two of the models have a lovely sunroom with windows on three sides, connected to the living room by French doors. A buyer can purchase a home with basic finishes and appliances: vinyl countertops and floors, basic cabinets which I believe are oak, or they can opt for more expensive finishes: granite counters tops, tile floors, higher-end appliances, etc.

All of the units have nine-foot ceilings and/or several vaulted ceilings and ceiling fans. Each living room has a gas fireplace and a round-topped, Palladiun window. The two-bedroom units have a bath attached to one bedroom, and a bath just outside the other bedroom door. Two of the three-bedroom floor plans have a second master bathroom on the second floor. The floor plans are nice and open with the kitchen, dining room and living room flowing into one another. The kitchens have raised breakfast bars with the sink facing the dining room, canned recessed lighting and pantries. A utility room and a door to the garage open off of each kitchen. There are pull-down stairs in the garage to lighted storage areas above. The garage interiors are finished.

The interior doors are raised panel with lever door handles. The community has a big clubhouse available 24 hours via its secured key-pad entry system. There is a very big community room with a living room, fireplace, gathering area, kitchen and an exercise room filled with equipment. Next to the community center is a fenced-in swimming pool.

The units are heated by forced-air gas and have central air conditioning. Because of that, an owner could have either an electric or gas stove. The 40-gallon water heaters are quick recovery for energy efficiency. Of the 42 units, about 20 are sold, and 10 are already occupied. There is an association fee of $250 a month, which includes water, sewer, trash, exterior maintenance, building insurance, pool and clubhouse maintenance and a fund for future expenses. The units are wired for cable and for security systems. Currently more Epcon Communities are being built in the area: The Orchards at Cloverdale and Ustick, The Orchards at Eagle and The Orchards at Middleton.

Pros: The exteriors are very attractive. I love the sunrooms. I would opt for tile or vinyl on that floor and fill the room with plants. These condos are for people who want to live in elegant surroundings, but not deal with exterior maintenance responsibilities. There are no age restrictions in this development. The location is convenient to the Boise Towne Square Mall for shopping and close to a hospital.

Cons: I think the $250 association fee is a bit steep. There could be a little bit more outdoor space between units.

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