4810 Pierce Park Lane, Boise; Built in 1992; 2032 Square Feet; 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms; .75 Acre Lot 

$399,900

Selequity Real Estate

Peggy Cedillo, 859-4383

http://selequity.com

The street on which this house sits, Pierce Park Lane, was named after the Boise mayor and real estate developer Walter E. Pierce. In 1907, Pierce opened a 185-acre playground for the picnicking public called Pierce Park, which featured tennis courts, a bandstand, and a manmade lake for rowboats. He also built the electricity-powered Boise and Interurban Railway in order to connect what was then considered Boise's out-of-town west end with the center of town. Today, the sprawling park has been replaced with the Plantation Golf Course, and the presence of an Albertsons, a Wal-Mart and a six-screen movie theater (within walking distance of our subject property) make the area more of a bustling hub than a remote recreational destination on the outskirts of town. Although new construction abounds, tidy horse pastures and 100-year-old farmhouses still remain in this northwest corner of Boise.

This home sits on a deep, three-quarter acre lot. The neat-as-a-pin exterior of this 15-year-old dwelling looks like a two-story farmhouse with a trio of gabled dormer windows up top and a great big covered front porch at ground level that seems to beg folks to relax and shoot the breeze over an ice cold pitcher of fresh lemonade. The front and back yards look scruffy, but here's where this gets interesting. The spacious lot has the potential to have five more homes built on it. A plat map has already been drawn up, which the property's new owner can submit to the city for final approval. Otherwise, there is plenty of room for horses, a shed, a workshop, garage, dogs, kids, swing sets, you name it. Unless you really like the, um, natural state of the sizeable lot, you might want to do some landscaping.

An attractive leaded-glass insert punctuates the home's front door. Inside, a rich toffee-and-caramel color scheme runs through the house in carpeting and on painted walls. Wide door openings surrounded by six-inch-wide, plain moldings that are painted a creamy off-white hue help to break up the mostly monochromatic palette. The lower level contains the main living spaces, which include both a living room and a family room, the kitchen, an informal dining area, laundry room and a cheery peach-colored powder room. The private quarters—two bedrooms, a full bathroom and a nice master suite—are all located upstairs. The low ceilings downstairs give the house a cozy farmhouse feeling, while contemporary finishes—like terra cotta tiles in the entryway and kitchen, stainless steel appliances and immaculate glass-front cabinets in the kitchen, and wrought iron spindles along the stairway—make it feel more downtown than out-of-town.

You get unbeatable views of the Boise Foothills from both of the upstairs bathrooms and one of the smaller bedrooms. But it's too bad that the builder did not place the master closet and bathroom on the opposite side of the master bedroom so the owners could appreciate the Foothills from their private retreat. However, cozy sitting nooks have been created in two of the dormer windows, while the third has been turned into a study area with a desk in one of the smaller bedrooms. The dormers overlook Pierce Park Lane.

Pros: The color scheme and a host of nice finishes make the interior inviting. The floor plan is livable and seems family friendly. There are great views of the Boise Foothills from upstairs.

Cons: The absence of a garage means you better not be a pack rat. The yard needs TLC. You can't gaze at the Foothills from bed in the master suite.

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