4112 S. 13th St., Unit 408 

1734 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 baths

Built in 2006


Holland Realty: Marni Stauts, 208-867-4067, www.CitySideLofts-Boise.com

At CitySideLofts, a one bedroom loft starts at $276,600; a flat in the lower $300,000s; and a two-story penthouse runs between the $400,000s to the $500,000s. Any one of these choices, and you'll be living at the western edge of downtown at 13th and Myrtle streets. The exteriors of the four- and five-story building present many blocky planes in red brick, tan stucco, red stucco and black wrought-iron fence accents. Color is clearly an important feature of these lofts: The first floor lofts have attractive red doors.

I toured a one-bedroom loft, with a great room and a half bath on the first floor, and a very nice master bedroom suite in the loft. Off the bedroom was a modest-sized wrought iron balcony. I didn't see any of the flats, but they are single-level one- and two-bedroom units on the second and third floors of the building, and they also include balconies.

Residents of the penthouse Unit 408 would drive home into a gated garage under the building, park in a reserved space, take an elevator up to the main floor to pick up the day's mail and then continue in the elevator up to the fourth floor. Once on the fourth, a wide, carpeted corridor would lead them home.

From there, they might enjoy the spectacular view of the northwest foothills and west downtown.

The great room has floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls and walnut floors. A corner gas-log fireplace cozies up the very sleek, modern room. The kitchen is open to the living room and the cabinets are made of cherry wood topped with granite tile—I love the flecks of azure blue in the black and gray tile. The sink is on the island and all the appliances are stainless steel with built-in convection and microwave ovens.

Just beyond the breakfast bar is the dining area and off of that is a glass door leading to the first outdoor area, a balcony shaded by a colorful striped awning and big enough for a small table and chairs or some potted plants. Two bedrooms carpeted in tan complete the first floor. The bathroom has a white sink and a shower/tub combination surrounded by the same attractive brown and gray tile that's on the floor. A small utility room includes hookups for a washer and dryer. All the walls are painted tan and the trim is white.

A single flight of carpeted stairs with sleek railings leads to the big master bedroom suite. Since it is on the fifth floor, the view from the two walls of windows is even more dramatic than in the great room. More tan carpet leads to a walk-in closet with built-in shelves, which also connects to the bathroom. The center of attention in the bath is the big garden tub under a window facing the view. There's a big separate shower with a rain showerhead. To accommodate a couple there are two white sinks set on the granite tile. Another door leads back to the bedroom. You don't have a back yard in this penthouse, but you do have two outdoor areas. From the master you can walk out onto a large patio floored in red stone and shaded by an awning.

Visitors will either park their cars in visitor parking in the garage; in parking in a neighboring development, or on the street, and come to the front door on 13th street to ring the doorbell. The owner will call down using the intercom and buzz them into the building.

Pros: Incredible views; the exterior is striking; secure and covered parking; lots of windows; lots of space; no lawn to mow; both a balcony and a patio, and this entire package close to downtown.

Cons: The interiors are decorated in tan, white and brown, accented in black—midrange finishes no doubt intended to keep the cost affordable. The new homeowner will enjoy the task of putting their stamp of personality on the house.

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