5812 N. Flamingo Dr., Boise 

$184,900
4 Bed/3 Bath
2,136 Square Feet
Built in 1958
.23 Acre
Sterling Real Estate Cameron Baldwin, 208-850-9888
Realtor.comMLS #98391709

Many West Boise neighborhoods are loaded with so-called cookie-cutter houses built in the 1950s and 1960s. These modest ranch homes and tri-levels with brick exteriors and low-sloped rooflines are gaining popularity as mid-century architecture comes into its own more than 50 years after the style was introduced. This home contains several elements that typify a mid-century ranch.

Built-in cabinets, drawers and shelves galore in hallways and bedroom closets turn dead air space into functional workhorses. Martha Stewart types will appreciate having ample storage space for dishes, linens, seasonal decorations, board games and even split logs for wintry Idaho nights. A pair of short doors next to the living room fireplace conceals a large firewood storage bin that can be loaded from the garage. Prized dinnerware can be shown off in a built-in wall unit with glass doors in the formal dining room.

The dwelling's east-west orientation and an abundance of well-placed windows help to capture summery breezes and bring natural light inside. Sliding glass doors in three separate rooms form a horseshoe around the patio and bring the outdoors in, making lilac bushes and a huge shade tree in the back yard feel like part of the interior decor.

The home's interior could use a gentle facelift, but what it needs would be more like getting a few shots of Botox during lunch hour than being completely knocked out and going under the knife.

A mish-mash of light fixtures and ceiling fans seems to have been updated at various times over the past six decades and would create a more cohesive backdrop if they were similar in age or style. The same goes for drawer pulls and door knobs.

Outside, the mature landscaping could use a deft gardener's touch. But the basics for a homey, informal residence that can handle family life as well as entertaining duties are definitely in place.

The U-shaped floor plan places the living room, a formal dining room, the kitchen and a light-filled breakfast room on one side of the house. Three bedrooms and the master suite occupy the other side.

The golden glow of oak flooring greets guests as they enter the living room, where the brick fireplace and firewood cabinet are located. A sliding glass door in the formal dining room opens to the spacious deck, which is also accessible from the breakfast room and master bedroom.

Oak cabinets and white laminate countertops set a country tone for the open kitchen, where a built-in writing desk provides a handy place for making the weekly grocery list. Seven windows in the adjoining breakfast room's three walls make it a bright spot for morning coffee and a spinach omelet.

Original plywood cabinets, drawers and closets in the laundry room provide ample space for detergent, brooms and other cleaning supplies. A three-quarter bathroom with a shower stall is tucked behind the kitchen in the laundry area, making it possible for three occupants to bathe at once. Two more full bathrooms are located in the bedroom sector.

The spacious master bedroom is outfitted with a sleeping area, a built-in computer desk, two big closets and a sitting nook, where there is room for a loveseat and side table.

This home is located on a quiet loop of a street tucked behind Koelsch Elementary School, half a mile from the busy intersection at Curtis and Fairview.

Pros: Homey, daylight-filled mid-century ranch with storage space aplenty.

Cons: Could use more unifying elements.

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