3401 W. Kootenai, Boise 

$399,900
4 Bed/3 Bath2,800 Square Feet
Built in 1925
.3 Acre
Sage Properties
Bill Middleton, 208-866-3766
sageproperties.usMLS #98408111

This house was first constructed on an entirely different piece of dirt at a time when Calvin Coolidge was president. The structure was relocated to the current site in 1955, then expanded with the addition of a gracious living room and private upper master suite. The current owner has improved it further by turning the dank cellar into a comfortably habitable space. The updated house is surrounded by a sprawling, shaded lawn, a secret courtyard and an in-ground pool.

Remnants of the original 1925 structure still lend their charm to the four-bedroom home. Arts and Crafts sensibilities are evoked in the formal living room, where heavy exposed beams support a peaked ceiling, and the brick work surrounding the fireplace bears an organic pattern. Throughout the dwelling, dainty glass doorknobs add class while built-in drawers, cabinets and other nooks provide character.

When the home was moved to its current site, a two-story addition was made. The main floor received a living room graced with an understated fireplace and three sets of French doors that open to the yard. The upper story was created to house a master suite with verdant views and a bathroom with an awkward layout. The current owner rearranged the bathroom thoughtfully, resulting in a naturally lit space illuminated by three windows with views of the big front lawn and two huge, shady elm trees.

Other recent improvements to the home include a remodeled kitchen. Alder cabinets are stained the color of cinnamon, and slabs of spattered gray and black granite form long, smooth countertops. Wine bottles can be stored in a built-in rack below the counter while glass stemware hangs like upside-down bats underneath the upper cabinets. A pair of vintage, built-in corner cabinets punctuates the casual dining nook, where there is enough space to seat four around a compact table.

Behind the wooden backyard fence hides a kidney-shaped pool with a pebble-surface deck. New stucco walls enclose a private courtyard where a carport once stood. Today, a pair of French doors in the living room opens graciously onto the courtyard's slate tile patio as water from a decorative outdoor wall fountain emits a pleasant trickling sound.

The home's floor plan places the living room, formal dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a retro bathroom with mint green tile and a beefy antique pedestal sink on the main level. The second story contains the master suite. Down in the basement is an open family room, one bedroom and a three-quarter bathroom. The property does not have a garage, but there is on-site parking for four vehicles. A novice eye can pick out the details that typify each period of growth this residence has seen, from the initial construction and its Eisenhower-era relocation and expansion to present day. Over time, styles have been updated to complement each other.

Pros: Remodeled home combines yesteryear charm with mid-century intuitiveness and thoughtful revisions.

Cons: No garage.

Open house: Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 6, noon-5 p.m.

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