199 S. Capitol Blvd. #903; Built in 1997; 1,202 square feet; 2 Bed/2 Bath 


SelEquity Real Estate

Laurie Barerra, 208-859-5660


MLS #98357755

The Washington Mutual Tower Plaza was among the first modern projects in downtown Boise to combine commercial businesses on its lower floors with private residential condominiums filling up its upper stories. Nationwide, people are returning to an urban core lifestyle that provides work, entertainment and recreation within walking distance of their homes.

The desire for neighborhoods that are close to restaurants, bookstores, farmers' markets, coffee shops, parks, grocery stores and art galleries has triggered a revitalization of downtown centers as more single people, young couples and empty-nesters desire to feel like they are part of a vibrant community while forgoing the hassle of maintaining a detached home in the suburbs.

This ninth-floor condo sits smack in the heart of downtown Boise, across the street from City Hall. A wall of windows along the unit's east side provides an impressive vista of the Boise Foothills as well as a bird's-eye view of Capitol Boulevard below. When the residential units were initially built, each owner was allowed to finish the interior any way they pleased. As a result, no two units are alike.

The colorful interior of this fully furnished condo has a bachelor pad vibe to it, due in part to the billiard table set up at the far end of the great room. An array of colors was used to create a contemporary mood. Pale mint green appears to be the primary backdrop, but the moderately sized interior is visually broken into smaller sections with a bold eggplant purple wall in the living room, an icy blue tone throughout the master bedroom, and a combination of toffee and black in the open kitchen. The new owner may want to simplify the palette.

Maple cabinetry in a natural finish and Corian countertops are used in the kitchen and both bathrooms. The kitchen appliances are black. Both bedrooms are accessed through glass double doors topped with transom windows, helping to increase the open feeling of the home.

Sunlight fills the elevated dwelling each morning, while twilight brings twinkling views of the City of Trees. It would be a nice view to come home to. Just add a glass of wine, a few chocolate-covered strawberries and a loved one for a romantic getaway any night of the week.

The condo's floor plan is pretty simple. The main living spaces are in a great-room configuration on one side of the unit, with the kitchen placed closest to the front door, and the living room in the center and flowing toward the rear of the home. An alcove next to the window wall is currently used as an informal dining nook.

A bedroom, the three-quarter guest bathroom and the master suite run along the other side of the condo. The first bedroom, which is closest to the front door, does not have a closet so the new owner would have to use an armoire to store hanging clothes.

Washington Mutual Tower Plaza is located at the intersection of Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street. The Saturday Capital City Market on Eighth Street is mere steps away from the condo's street-level lobby, and the Egyptian Theatre is also right around the corner.

There are numerous restaurants and nightlife hot spots within walking distance in any direction, not to mention coffee shops and art galleries, too. Runners, walkers and bicyclists will appreciate that the 25-mile-long Boise River Greenbelt is just three-tenths of a mile from the heart of downtown.

Pros: Downtown Boise high-rise condo with city and Foothills views.

Cons: No closet in second bedroom.

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