6431 Hummel Dr. 

Hummel Drive is in the Randolph Robertson subdivision extending from Cole Road to Curtis Road and Overland Road to the rim. It is one of Boise's most well-established neighborhoods and a good place in which to own a home, as costs range from lower-end homes to rather expensive. For instance, Randolph Drive is on the rim and many of its houses have rim views, which drives up the prices of those homes quite a bit. The streets are not laid out in a grid but instead, on curves that slow down traffic and may lose the first-time visitor.

This home is one of the more modest houses in the subdivision. A brick, ranch style with an attached two-car garage, I would classify this house as a bit above a starter home since it has two bathrooms, four bedrooms and a sunporch. The property, which sits across the street from the Southminster Presbyterian Church, is a corner lot bordered by sidewalks.

The living room's features include a large picture window, a wood-burning and/or gas fireplace adorned with an attractive turquoise-colored stone. This room, as well as the whole house, is carpeted in neutral colors. However, there are advantages to a house of this age, namely the hardwood floors hiding under all that neutral-colored carpet. A buyer might be tempted to pull up the carpets even before they moved in, as shining hardwood floors would add a great deal of elegance to the residence. Directly behind the living room is the dining room, which is connected to the kitchen. Behind the dining room are sliding glass doors connecting to a sunroom with windows on three sides and doors to the backyard; this would be a lovely place to sit in warm weather, and in which to grow plants during the cooler weather.

The kitchen is bright and includes a new dishwasher, a cooktop stove, a wall oven, a disposal and a serving counter facing the dining room. Off the kitchen is a large master bedroom with a picture window and an attached bath. The closet is small, but the owner will build a bigger one before the deal closes. Oddly, the door from the garage enters this room but it is close to the kitchen, so it doesn't break up the wall too badly. I suspect the master bedroom and bath were added on after the house was built. A pocket door separates the kitchen from this bedroom. The garage has automatic garage door openers and a door leading to a covered patio on the side of the house, where there is a stone barbecue, an area of lawn, RV parking, two storage sheds and a large tree.

On the other side of the house are three smaller bedrooms with lots of windows. It seems that house plans built years ago were more generous with windows than they are today. For instance, in newer houses, a corner bedroom will usually have a window on one wall, while older houses have windows on two walls. There is also a second bathroom in this wing of the house.

PROS: This house is attractively priced and well maintained. Brick siding is convenient and money-saving, since you don't have to paint it. Having room for RV parking is a big plus, too. The backyard is fully fenced, and is modestly sized, but big enough.

CONS: This house is located two doors from Overland Road. There are many plantings to shield the side yard from the road, but I would be tempted to plant even more bushes as a barrier.

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