2145 S. Amy Avenue 

New town houses are popping up everywhere. It seems that any location within the Boise city limits is a target, and Amy Avenue was hit hard with new construction. This dead-end street in southeast Boise was primarily made up of trailer homes and a few small single-family structures. Now there are sprinklings of town houses and other newer housing, without rhyme or reason to any of it. This particular town house is one of three, but just to the north is another series of town houses that are different in size, style, etc.

This townhouse is a two-story, hipped roof box with horizontal siding painted a tan color. Most town houses lacking an alley for parking end up with front facades dominated by garage doors. This particular town house has just enough room to squeeze in a single car garage door and front door. The entry is marked by a stone and wood double column detail and a contrasting door color. The front door opens into a small hardwood floored space. I call it a "space" because I am not too sure how to define it. There are two tall windows centered in the space. Obviously, because of its proximity to the entry, this could easily be called the foyer but the windows looking out to the neighbor's concrete driveway threw me for a loop. Some high windows along that side with a full glass entry door might make the space more usable—perhaps a small sitting area. Trekking down the hall I pass the half-bath and head into the all-in-one kitchen/dining/living room—or the "great room." The kitchen/dining area has hardwood flooring. The kitchen has darkly stained wood cabinets with plain fronts and plastic laminate countertops. The fridge is recessed in the wall and not necessarily adjacent to any other appliances, but just kind of floating in the wall plane with a wood cabinet above—a bit odd. The living area is carpeted in the new color for the season (beige) and has a ceiling fan and sliding patio doors.

The stairs leading to the second level are wide and carpeted. There was no trim at the wall, stair tread/riser locations, and it needed it. At the top of the stairs are the laundry closet and a small storage closet on the opposite side. The master bedroom suite sits at one end of the house and is a comfortably-sized bedroom with a ceiling fan and windows that look down to the postage stamp-sized backyard and into the neighbors' yards as well. The master bath has sheet vinyl flooring in a faux stone pattern, a tall vanity and shower enclosure. There is a walk-in closet as well. I understand that walk-in closets are now a must in these master bedroom suites, but what's the point? Most of them are too tiny to do anything but walk-in get your things and walk out. I doubt anyone could actually get dressed in them. Sure, they look all spacious when they're empty, but don't be fooled.

The other two bedrooms in the house are the same in size. The other bath is decked out much like the master bath, expect that it has a tub enclosure. This bath is not located along an exterior wall, but a window was cut in that borrows daylight from the stairway. That window sure was needed, but I would have made it bigger.

The garage is set up for tandem parking, which is kind of a drag, but I imagine if the home's owners have two cars, it is inevitable that one will be parking in the 20-foot driveway in front. I briefly mentioned the size of the backyard but left out other specific details. There is also a concrete pad, a patch of grass and a tree. The area along the back is fenced off from the neighbors across the way but not along the sides.

PROS: It's newly constructed, so there are no worries about moving in to a money pit. Convenient location.

CONS: Town house infill projects are challenging and usually end up with some awkward spaces because of trying to cram so much into a small lot. But people want to be close to town to avoid commuting an hour each way every day, and I am sure this one will be sold just as fast as the others.

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