1705 S. Vermont Ave., Boise; Built in 2008; 1,559 Square Feet; 3 Bed/3 Bath; .07 Acres 



Group One Realty

Andrea Hansen, 208-863-2326


MLS #98376675

If you are interested in a house built according to the highest nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of a high-performance green building, then you should take a look at this one.

This home was built to meet the platinum standard set by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit group dedicated to sustainable building practices.

From the outside, the house resembles a cozy farm house bearing pewter gray stucco and a half-hipped roof line. Its facade is nearly as narrow as the 25-foot-wide parcel of land it sits on. But the lot is 125 feet deep, and the two-story home stretches efficiently along the length of it. This is one in a trio of houses built as a small infill project in a neighborhood of post-World War II cottages located near the intersection of Broadway and Boise avenues.

Hidden from the street, the front door is situated in an entry courtyard with room for a pair of colorfully painted Adirondack chairs. While the exterior may say country, the interior is contemporary and eco-minded. Inside, cork floors line the main hallway and the great room. Wool-blend carpets in a medium-brown hue are used in all three bedrooms, and there is recyclable Marmoleum flooring in all three bathrooms. Low-VOC paints and stains were used throughout and the color scheme is composed of dove gray on walls and honey-colored stain on hardwood doors and trim.

Daylight illuminates the home through an abundance of windows, glass doors and clerestory windows that allow sunlight in while blocking uninteresting views and providing privacy from the neighbors.

The floor plan places one bedroom suite and a great room containing the primary living spaces on the main level. Upstairs are two bedroom suites. In addition to the entrance courtyard, a second courtyard has been created between the house and the detached two-car garage behind it.

Sleek maple cabinetry stained the color of black coffee sets a bold tone in the kitchen and living area. A built-in corner bench in the informal dining nook reduces the amount of floor space that would normally be taken up by a dining table and chairs. A custom bamboo work island in the center of the kitchen is topped with a black glass cook top, an ivory-colored Silestone countertop and a contemporary hood vent made of curved glass and brushed steel. A built-in desk, stainless steel appliances and a glass tile backsplash in a transparent light blue color complete the sustainably outfitted kitchen.

The living room features a built-in buffet below a giant blank space that is wired for a wall-mounted television. The rear courtyard is visible through a wall of windows and a sliding glass door, creating a nice visual flow between indoors and out. Colorful artwork and furniture will help to warm up the interior, which appears stark in its empty state.

Local conveniences include the tennis courts at Manitou Park, which is a three-block walk from home; and Albertsons supermarket, which is less than a mile south. Boise State, Julia Davis Park and the Greenbelt are also less than one mile north, toward downtown Boise.

Pros: Eco-friendly contemporary home in an established neighborhood. Shopping, education and recreation are nearby.

Cons: Small-footprint living may not appeal to all buyers.

Open House: Saturday, Oct. 4, noon-4 p.m.

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